How I Spent My Valentine’s Day: Car Tune Up!

For many, it seems to me that Valentine’s Day is a special day. In my case, I have grown up without really making the day as something special. It’s just me. No offense meant to those who love to make the day special.

Jokingly this morning, I posted in my Facebook account that I really don’t need a Valentine since I am a Valentine. My dad named me after my grandfather, Valentin. So, my wife has got a funny Valentine!

One other interest that I have which I guess I have inherited from my dad was his love for engines and vehicles. As a young boy, I grew up in a home where the living room, the dining area and other parts of the house had engine or vehicle parts all over. Our house back then sometimes was like an auto repair shop! Outside the house there were trucks, a pickup, a wrecker and a jeep. And I used to run errands to buy spare parts when my dad and his mechanic/s or driver/s were fixing or doing some repairs. I hated that part of going to the auto supply shop when something is being fixed or repaired. I wanted to see the whole thing and how it was done or fixed. That ended when I was sent to Manila to get a college education. But I got interested in engines too because of that early exposure as a young boy from my dad.

Beginning sometime in 1987, it has become my habit to clean my car’s spark plugs and tune up the car myself. Of course, there are occasions when I go to a shop or hire a mechanic to do it for me but normally, I do the tune up myself. I love to drive the car when I know the engine is in top shape. It’s been about 30 years now and thankfully, I’m still able to do it myself somewhat. But maybe in the coming years, I may have to ask someone to do it for me since I’m now a senior citizen. But for now, it’s a kind of hobby also aside from photography or biblical study.

I also owe my knowledge and experience with engines and vehicles to a dear friend, the late Capt. Jess Bahinting, a pilot and an aircraft mechanic. He was then a pastor in Cagayan de Oro and I was the associate pastor. I also learned from another dear friend, Tadeo “Boy” Almera, an expert mechanic. We were all together for some 5 years and we fixed a lot of vehicles. We bought vehicles for our pastors, sold vehicles, fixed, repaired, repainted vehicles — we were like an automotive shop haha! We sort of “maintained” the church’s fleet vehicles in our area. Those were the days.

Oh well, just reminiscing the good old days.

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