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Tesla Model S 85 Showcase in Malaysia

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A lot has been said about Tesla cars regarding their innovative technology and finally, I had the honor to experience Tesla Model S 85 myself during EV Experience event, courtesy of Tesla Malaysia and Cyberview.

Tesla Model S 85 Front View

Tesla Model S 85 Front View

Besides experiencing Tesla Model S 85, I’m glad to be able to get a glimpse into the future. It seems that it’s possible to replace gasoline which will deplete sooner or later with electric.

Honda Hybrid Family Road Trip @ Ipoh

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I’m normally a loyal person but recently, my heart has been stolen away…by this new Honda CR-Z Hybrid in Milano Red!!! Isn’t he sexy? Don’t ask me why it’s a ‘he’. I guess when guys treat their cars like wife, we girls can treat our cars like husband too, right?
Honda CR-Z Hybrid in Milano Red
Honda CR-Z Hybrid in Milano Red
P/S: Take note on my shirt :p
Honda CR-Z Illuminated Advance Sports Meter and steering
Illuminated Advance Sports Meter and steering
The cool Illuminated Advance Sports Meter cluster with Ambient Meter provides information on motor assist/battery charge, energy flow, instantaneous fuel economy and remaining fuel based on driving pattern. The color of Ambient Meter changes according to driving mode; red for sports mode, blue for normal mode and green for ECON mode.
Honda CR-Z Radio
Radio
Honda CR-Z 3-Mode Drive System
Honda CR-Z 3-Mode Drive System
What are the differences between Sports mode, Normal mode and ECON mode?
  • Sports mode: Gives a more powerful acceleration and swift steering feedback
  • Normal mode: For balanced performance and prudence
  • ECON mode: Cruise along as you help conserve the environment by prioritizing fuel economy

I got to spend 3 days 2 nights with this awesome car. So we decided to head to Ipoh for Honda Hybrid Family Road Trip 2013 together with other Hybrid family members namely Jazz, Civic and Insight. My partner in crime was Choulyin so I went to her house and pick her up early in the morning.
Beautiful nature on the way to Ipoh
Beautiful nature on the way to Ipoh
I was initially very worried that I might not be able to adapt to a new car since I’ve been driving my own national car for 9 years already! Surprisingly, it was very easy to adapt even for a girl like me. Driving along the highway was very enjoyable as it was very steady and stable, I didn’t even realize that I was driving at 110 km/h because if it was my own car, the steering will feel shaky and I will feel like my car is floating! Sitting on the sporty semi-leather seats with lots of room for my long legs gives me ultimate comfort during a long trip. The 2 hours trip to Tesco Ipoh passed by without us noticing!
Hybrid Discovery Zone
Hybrid Discovery Zone

We first went to the Hybrid Discovery Zone where we were educated on Honda’s Green Auto Technology Milestone and how a Hybrid car actually works. Little did I know that green auto technology has started since 1972! I’m not even born yet! :p

Since then, green auto technology has evolved throughout the years and become more and more environmental friendly until Hybrid technology was finally developed in 2007 with the launch of Honda Civic Hybrid. In 2013, Honda has the widest range of Hybrid cars in Malaysia (CR-z, Jazz, Civic, Insight) and they’re offering the longest battery warranty period in Malaysia.

Honda's Green Auto Technology Milestone 1972-2002
Honda’s Green Auto Technology Milestone 1972-2002

Honda's Green Auto Technology Milestone 2007-2013
Honda’s Green Auto Technology Milestone 2007-2013

Felt like joining field trip during schooling time. Any questions, you can ask this pretty jie jie!
Felt like joining field trip during schooling time.
Any questions, you can ask this pretty jie jie!

Tandem Bicycle
Tandem Bicycle

The purpose of the Tandem Bicycle is to let you feel the power of 2. First, only 1 person is instructed to ride the bicycle. It was extremely hard and tiring to generate speed with only the power of 1 person. Next, you gotta ride with your partner to generate speed with the power of 2 people. The result? A LOT EASIER because you don’t need to work alone!

And that is why Honda is using IMA Hybrid System for their hybrid cars. IMA Hybrid System is Honda’s electric motor and battery coupled with an Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) to augment the petrol-driven engine for powerful acceleration. The IPU controls and regulates the power of the IMA to optimize performance relative to fuel economy in the CR-Z hybrid.

The Honda Formula E
The Honda Formula E

Honda Formula E was a pretty simple game to let you feel how it’s like to drive a Hybrid car and how you should drive to ensure fuel efficiency. Let me tell you a secret: the key to maximum fuel efficiency is to remain at constant speed! Steady yo!

How Honda hybrid car works:

  • To start a hybrid car: Engine operates with electric motor assist
  • During low speed cruising: Electric motor operates alone
  • Acceleration: Engine operates with electric motor assist
  • During high speed cruising: Engine operates alone
  • Braking: Charges IMA battery
  • Standstill: Automatic idle stop

Construct Your Hybrid Car Challenge
Construct Your Hybrid Car Challenge

There’s a 30 seconds limit to complete the hybrid car so you gotta be fast! I’m glad to have someone teaching beside me so in the end I won a wooden pen! I totally love naturally made items!

Wooden pen from Honda
Wooden pen from Honda

Next stop, is the showroom where all the hybrid family members were displayed for the public to see see look look and touch touch. There were a few helpful staffs to answer any questions related to the cars.

Don't I look freaking stylish in Honda CR-Z? We're made for each other!
Don’t I look freaking stylish in Honda CR-Z? We’re made for each other!

Inside every great car, there is an awesome car system - Honda Insight Hybrid
Inside every great car, there is an awesome car system – Honda Insight Hybrid

Honda Jazz Hybrid
Honda Jazz Hybrid

Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda Civic Hybrid

Hybrid Home Theatre
Hybrid Home Theatre

We took a tour into the Hybrid Theater System to watch some short animations on the benefits of buying a hybrid car and more detailed information on what is happening in the car system when certain actions were done to save fuel.

Why you should buy a Honda Hybrid car:

  • Saves fuel, thus saving money and preserve the environment
  • Honda Hybrid car offers 8 years battery warranty
  • The cost and time required to service a hybrid car is almost the same as normal range car
  • Since it doesn’t purely run on battery, the car can still move on fuel even if there’s problem with the battery

Interested? Come for a test drive! You'll receive a mystery gift too!
Interested? Come for a test drive!
You’ll receive a mystery gift too!

There are many booths outside the showroom and one of them is game booth! Went there with the rest of the bloggers and joined in the fun!

Need to flip all the coins within a certain time period
Need to flip all the coins within a certain time period

Managed to flip all last minute! Phew~~
Managed to flip all last minute! Phew~~

After a long day at the roadshow, we went to Ipoh town to explore the beautiful heritage. Sometimes, you need to really find in order to discover good stuff. Arrived at this uniquely beautiful place called Burps & Giggles for lunch and here are some of the interior decors. It’s a gem that stores history and nature in one place!

Full of nostalgia
Full of nostalgia

OMG I used to have one of these! We dial instead of press.
OMG I used to have one of these!
We dial instead of press.

Refurbished old file cupboards
Refurbished old file cupboards

Being here made me realized that to preserve heritage and environment, we need to take action ourselves. No use talking if you don’t walk the talk. Of cos, driving a Honda hybrid car certainly helps since less fumes are produced and thus has less impact on the environment.

The next place we visited was Nam Thean Tong temple, a very famous Chinese temple in Ipoh within a limestone cave.

Nam Thean Tong temple
Nam Thean Tong temple

Honda Hybrid Family Road Trip @ Ipoh 1

Just right next to Nam Thean Tong is Lin Sen Tong temple, another Chinese temple within Gunung Rapat. We also wanted to visit Sam Poh Tong but unfortunately it was closed for renovation. Just like cars, temples need to undergo maintenance too!

Lin Sen Tong temple
Lin Sen Tong temple

Honda Hybrid Family Road Trip @ Ipoh 2

Our last stop for heritage trail is Kellie’s Castle near Batu Gajah! I was mesmerized by the architecture of this building. It was used as a setting in the 1999 film Anna and the King too. How I wish I can be the princess that stays here… *every girl’s dream* Unfortunately, it’s reputed to be haunted!!!

Kellie's Castle
Kellie’s Castle

Kellie's Castle and the green green grass
Kellie’s Castle and the green green grass
Eco Score on my friend's Honda Civic Hybrid
Eco Score on my friend’s Honda Civic Hybrid
During the night time, there were lots of performances by our very own local singers and groups to keep everyone entertained. We managed to catch Danny One and GINA! Danny One is a really funny guy that cracked me up while GINA’s dance moves made me feel like wanna dance along with them!
Danny One
Danny One
GINA doing their penguin dance
GINA doing their penguin dance
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You can also play games with them! Just volunteer!
You can also play games with them! Just volunteer!
We had to bid our trip mates and Honda hybrid cars goodbye after spending a night in Ipoh. We were left with a lot of fuel after a super long journey! Just look at the meter!
Honda Hybrid Family Road Trip @ Ipoh 4
Here’s where I went starting with full tank:
  1. Eastin Hotel -> Kepong
  2. Kepong -> Cheras
  3. Cheras -> Kota Damansara
  4. Kota Damansara -> Ipoh
  5. Tour around Ipoh town
  6. Ipoh -> Kota Damansara
  7. Kota Damansara -> Eastin Hotel

…And we still have more than a quarter tank of fuel!
Check out my Eco Score! *proud*
Check out my Eco Score! *proud*

You must have thought that this super stylish sporty car costs a bomb but I think it’s pretty affordable. Honda CR-Z Hybrid 1.5L MT (manual) is priced at RM 119,000 (On-The-Road price with insurance) while Honda CR-Z Hybrid 1.5L AT (auto) is priced at RM 123,000 (On-The-Road price with insurance).

Interested to test drive a Honda Hybrid for 3 days 2 nights? You can too! Just make sure you have a valid MyKad and driving licence and register at https://bit.ly/IQcsrI. No worries, it’s FREE OF CHARGE!

Goodbye, baby!
Goodbye, baby!

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Eat, Play & Drive with Nissan Almera (Part 1)

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What is the main hobby of Malaysians? Singing, dancing or reading? No, I believe it should be… EATING!!! And that is all because Malaysia has all the best food! Don’t you agree? My friend in Finland just complained that she misses Malaysia already because we have a wide variety of choice over here! There’s Malaysia, Italian, French, German, Korean, Japanese food and so much more! So off we went on one fine Saturday to one of Malaysia’s food haven, Malacca!
Wee~~ We're in the same car! Samuel, April and I <3
Wee~~ We’re in the same car!
Samuel, April and I <3
An entourage of press & bloggers were to drive the newly launched car, Nissan ALMERA to Malacca. The excursion dubbed ‘Eat, Play & Drive with Nissan’ was flagged off by Alex Tan, Senior General Manager of Wilayah & Southern Region, ETCM at their Southgate, Cheras showroom. There were a total of 5 Nissan ALMERA and 5 other Nissan cars that lead the way and take care of us :p
All communications are via walkie talkie! It's kinda fun!!
All communications are via walkie talkie! It’s kinda fun!!
On the way to our first stop: Aunty Koh Cendol, we stopped at R&R Seremban for a break and photo session.
Sophisticated Nissan Almera
Sophisticated Nissan Almera
A group of us at R&R Seremban! So sunny!
A group of us at R&R Seremban! So sunny!
Yours truly, pretty Kelly and cutie Eunice!
Yours truly, pretty Kelly and cutie Eunice!
April and I!
April and I!
While everyone was busy taking photos, something unbelievable happened! We found a girl (Hui Ping) inside the trunk!! Nissan Almera’s “Surprisingly More” tagline is really true!
Hahaha just kidding… she actually went in there to see how spacious the trunk is. I was kinda surprised by the size too. I think can it can actually fill in 6 Hui Pings inside XD
Hi Hui Ping! How was your stay in there?
Hi Hui Ping! How was your stay in there?
And finally… it’s my turn to drive!!! Teehee!! The guys were all scared to death because they don’t trust female drivers’ skill pffftttt!!!
Love the key-less remote!
Love the keyless remote!
Another nice feature of the Nissan ALMERA is its locking system. Unlike some other keyless entry systems which still require you to press a button on the remote control, the ALMERA’s intelligent key does not require you to touch the controller.
When in close proximity to the car, pressing a small button on the front door handle locks and unlocks the door conveniently allowing us to travel safely while heading to various destinations during this food excursion.
Nyahaha! *excited*
Nyahaha! *excited*

The spaciousness of this popular B-segment sedan is undeniable. Both the front and back seats are roomy enough to be comfortable for a long legged person like me. As I always travel outstation by car, level of comfort is the top priority for me. At a starting price of RM 66,800, it is totally value for money!

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No key needed! Just press the Start/Stop Engine button!
No key needed! Just press the Start/Stop Engine button!
A candid shot of Sam shooting the cars behind
A candid shot of Sam shooting the cars behind
4 out of 5 Nissan ALMERA in the convoy all lined up at D-Paradise, Pantai Klebang
4 out of 5 Nissan ALMERA in the convoy all lined up at D-Paradise, Pantai Klebang
After our food tour ended, the sky has gone dark already. I totally love the blue and orange color combination on the dashboard. It’s so cool!!
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Eat, Play & Drive with Nissan Almera (Part 1) 7
Nissan ALMERA continues to enjoy overwhelming response since its official launch a few months ago in Malaysia. Globally, it is Nissan’s best-selling sedan in its class. Customers are raving about the surprisingly more upscale technology features and spaciousness that are usually found in more premium vehicles. Nissan ALMERA stands out with its competitive price which supports Tan Chong’s commitment to provide affordable car ownerships to more Malaysians. 
The on-the-road price (inclusive of insurance, road tax, registration fee and ownership claim fee) for Peninsular Malaysia will be as follows:
Grade
Variant
Price (RM)
E
1.5 A/T
66,800.00
1.5 M/T
69,800.00
V
1.5 A/T
76,800.00
VL
1.5 A/T
79,800.00

The all new Nissan ALMERA comes with a 3-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).

For more information, please contact their Customer Service Hotline at Toll FREE line: 1800-88-8368 or visit www.nissan.com.my. Test drives can be arranged at your nearest Nissan showroom.

Last but not least, a very big thank you to Hui Ping for the invite and Nissan for organizing this fun trip! Stay tuned for my write-ups on the food we enjoyed!

Here’s a list of places we went that day:

  1. Aunty Koh Cendol
  2. Restoran Kota Laksamana
  3. Nadeje Cake House
  4. Klebang Coconut Shake
  5. D-Paradise @ Pantai Klebang
  6. Ria Seaview Village, Seremban

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