According to Ailsa of where’s my backpack, “Transportation is an integral part of travel and whatever mode of transport you choose will affect your experience of the journey.” And I totally agree with her.
My passion for traveling and going around Oman was finally realized when my husband got his driving license. It was a total relief since getting a driver’s license is hard and difficult considering also the expenses, time, and effort incurred in taking the driving lessons. Oman has strict policies on road safety and driving regulations which cause many expatriates, particularly Asians, becoming desperate and sometimes opt to stop from getting a license in the middle of the training. My husband took about a year and half to finally pass the test and legally drive on the highway.
Then the decision to choose the right car became a whirlwind scenario since my husband and I have different car preferences. I choose the Sedan type of car while he likes the 4WD SUV one. Although we can say we are capable for both types, but I was more concern of saving money and making sure that our financial obligations can still be manageable. A month after visiting car companies and asking our friends’ opinion, we both agree of buying the KIA CERATO 2011 edition. This type of car has everything we need from automatic transmission mode to its additional features such as power steering, power windows, key less entry systen, fog lamps, air temperature, etc. Most of all, its color is “sweet orange” that my son and I love so much. The car’s amortization is somehow way manageable that will take us four years to pay in full.
We took the car from the Showroom on May 3 because we taught it was a lucky day for us (number 3 is also the day of our wedding). On the 5th of May 2011, the car was blessed in Ghala Church before we attended the holy mass. We were so happy because after almost two years of waiting, we finally have our first brand new car.
From then on we have been to many places around and outside Oman because of this car. Every journey we take has become a wonderful experience for us all.
Thanks to Ailsa for this week’s travel theme on Transportation, because I get to introduce to everyone our car, that we named “KIANO”.
The meaning of the name Kiano is Tools Of The Wizard. The origin of the name Kiano is African.