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ACE: Servicing Centre and Workshop
If you are looking for a dependable and reasonable place to take care of your car then Ace Workshop and Service Centre is the place for you. Equipped with all the necessities of a good servicing and also managed by trained staff, ACE is truly a one-stop solution to all your car needs. The centre has a workshop, a car parts shop and even a servicing wing, something that is rare for a servicing station. The centre located in Tejgaon, also adds special consideration to environment issues, increasing awareness and also importing environment friendly machinery.
One thing that stands out about ACE is the quality of servicing. They log all the changes that are carried out in your car, so that the mechanic knows exactly what happened to your car the next time you come in for servicing. It's not only the servicing logs that catch the eye at this workshop, every car is looked at with care with options for a full diagnosis. For automatic cars, they have ATF Exchangers, which drain the gearbox oil completely, and replaces it with an accurate amount of fresh oil. This can further increase the performance of your automatic gearbox car. They also intend to purchase the computer engine analyser in the near future, which shall further enhance their services.
Customer service is their top priority, with innovative ideas for the improvement of their services. They have customer evaluation draws from time and time and also give out promotional material for regular customers. The one thing that really catches the eye about ACE is the newly launched web page of the centre. This option has given car-owners in Dhaka a completely new experience, with prospective customers able to book their appointment at the service centre and workshop though the internet. This reduces the hassle and also the waiting time, so someone can just come in during the appointment and save time. The web-page also has good means for feedback, with online forms that are used by ACE to improve the services. Car services through the internet are revolutionary in Bangladesh and it is a well taken step by the management of ACE. They even have a portion of their web-page dedicated to children, to increase awareness about the environment amongst the younger generation.
The car shop is also a place to visit, besides the service centre and the workshop. One can purchase everything from car speakers to alloys, from automobile decorations to audio CD's, so one has a large array of products to choose from. For a car lover, this is definitely the place to be. Spare parts and all sorts of car oil can also be acquired at the store. They also have body covers and even car mats. The car oil at ACE is bought directly from the original importer without the use of a middleman, something that helps the store get original oil. Prices at the store are reasonable and payments can also be made through credit cards.
ACE also carries out CNG conversions, which is really a booming market now. However they have a contract with Rahimafrooz and are working as their dealer, so the quality of conversions are good.
The workshop wing of the centre is also environmentally aware, with the option of using HFC instead CFC as car air conditioner gas. HFC is much more environmentally friendly and does not batter the Ozone layer, although the prices are a bit hefty.
The inspiration behind ACE comes from providing car owners a centre where everything about cars can be bought. ACE can truly be called One-stop as everything from denting work to engine tune-ups can be done here, and the spare parts are dependable and available in the shop on the first floor. Adding the customer service to all this, it makes everything convenient for car owners.
In the future they are planning to focus more on the environment through different products and are also hoping to establish an online payment system that would make matters more convenient. Although most of the city dwellers do not use the Internet as much, the option of having such services does attract customers. ACE is a great place to shop for your car and get it tuned up conveniently, to suit your needs and save your time.
By Mishel Ali Khan
Care for your jewellery
Are you fond of pearls? Most of us have at least one piece of jewellery ornamented with lovely pink or white pearls. But do you know how to take care of these pretty pearls? You sure don't want to see your favourite pearls in grimy condition. To make your pearls shine forever, clean them using a washed piece of cloth and olive oil. Rubbing olive oil on a pearl and then buffing it with a dry piece of cloth will remove all the dirt from your pearl.
To cleanse your costume jewellery, dip them in white vinegar. Since vinegar acts as a good cleaning agent, dipping costume jewellery in vinegar will remove from your jewellery any residue of the years gone by.
Scrubbing your jewellery with a small brush and dipping it in ammonia will also separate dirt from your costume jewellery and make them light up with new sparkle.
Necklaces and chains often get little knots in them. Although it often appears to be a tough task to disentangle these knots, it's actually very easy. Just put the necklace or the chain on a flat surface (say, a table) and then use a pin or a needle to unknot these knots. You can also add a drop or two of baby oil, as it will make your chain move fast.
By Wara Karim
Pizza Hut has started a new service dedicated to little birthday boys and girls. The inauguration took place on the 17th of June in which members of the press were invited to take a peek at the birthday celebrations.
Pizza Hut arranges the party in their dining space with special utensils, decorations, hats and party goodies based on a theme centering a dog. It's all about a dog called Pizza Pooch and his fellow mutts in love with pizza. The spoilsport here is a villainous mangy cat called The Cat who wants to spoil the doggie chow time.
That's basically the background info on the characters. What happens is that a big costumed Pizza Pooch comes dancing into the room surrounded by the staff pretty much like the CIA does for George Bush. It makes sense when you see the children go wild but their cheering is evidence enough that the dog is a big hit. The party includes invitation cards, games and prizes.
The packages cost about 350-400 taka per child with the food consisting of a couple of slices of pizza with garlic bread or fries and of course, soft drinks. In this day of ready made goods we now also have a ready made party. The one enticement for parents is that they won't have to tax their lungs by screaming when cakes and drinks are spilled. They no longer have to worry about the cleanup.
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
of a Food Obsessed Person
Last night a couple of us met up at my house for after-dinner coffee. As usual the conversation turned towards diet and weight. Who has lost how much and who has gained how much, who is looking good and who is looking bad. You should've seen me, diary. I was talking about the charts, the diets, the exercises like…like I was the worlds most authorised dietician. Even I was amazed at my audacity. The best part was how my friends indulge me and pretend I am one of them, physically speaking.
My sister who has a pear posterior syndrome along with a very tall bohemian friend was asking advice from ME how to trim that particular part of their body. There I was in my most serious doctor like-poker face dishing out my vast knowledge on body sculpting. Mind you, yeah, I'm fat. I think I must be one of the most well-read and well-versed people in the field of health. One of my friends is just plain lucky. She is slim to the point of perfection. So when I hear women saying how hard she must be working to keep that perfect body…well…perfect, I wish I could tell them how she slaps, cold hard butter on a Marie biscuit and eats them in dozens.
I have two more slim friends with there prolapsed discs and migraines, who make me look at them in awe, you know why, inspite of physical constraints how serious they are in their quest of losing 3 to 5 odd pounds.
Lastly, there is my 'foodie' friend. She loves food so much that the word 'diet' gives her allergies. So what she does is work out like a maniac to her favourite music for 2 to 3 hours at a local gym and enjoys her food. I wouldn't mind such a life. If only I could lose that first 50 pounds.
today I am going to finish off writing to you with a recipe for a dessert.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place apricots, raisons in a small bowl with half cup of water and soak for 1 hour. Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and melt it in the microwave oven. Strain the dried fruits from the water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, baking powder and melted chocolate. Mix to combine. Stir through nuts and fruits. Pour mixture into an 18cm X 28cm tin. Bake for 35mins. Cool and cut into 4cm squares. A blob of nestles cream on top of each square will only enhance the flavour.
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