Now this kinda invite is right up my alley - I get to review an awesome car and travel somewhere new? What's not to love?!
Honda Hybrid Family for a road trip up to Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia last weekend - on Friday the 13th no less! (For those of you who don't know, Friday the 13th happens to be my favourite date - because I am a witch. (Some people like to spell that with a B, but potato, potahto! ;p))
|Nizam & Ishak - Honda Jazz Hybrid|
Syukri & Elwyn - Honda CR-Z (Automatic) Hybrid
Farid & Farisya - Honda CR-Z (Manual) Hybrid
Henry & Calista- Honda Civic Hybrid
|Photo credits to Henry (aka Clever Munkey) who shot this when he picked up the car the day before! =)|
|Our Honda CR-Z (Manual) Hybrid came in Violet Purple|
|The Honda CR-Z (Auto) Hybrid in Milano Red, outside of the Istana gates in Kota Bharu|
Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV, Kota Bharu at 2.10pm, just before the Honda Hybrid road show reopened at 2.30pm. Two pretty (and super friendly!) representatives took us around The Honda Hybrid Home before it reopened to the public, allowing us to explore the whole place before the crowds started pouring in.
|Honda's Green Technology Milestones|
|Hybrid Discovery: The Power of Two|
|Video shown inside the Hybrid Home Theatre, by our very own Malaysian Youtuber, Jinnyboy!|
|Build Your Own Hybrid Challenge - I won a pen made out of recycled material cz I'm so smart! Lol.|
cleaner air, and enhanced fuel economy. [Source: Honda UK]
|The interior of the Honda Civic Hybrid. Notice the green Econ button on the right? That's all you need to push to get from KL to Kelantan with a single tank of petrol!|
|The hybrid engine works just like the tandem bicycle in my The Power Of Two photo above: the electric motor is the second cyclist, assisting the first cyclist (the i-VTEC engine) to produce more power with less effort.|
Honda Insight (which I had a small part in its corporate video!) at the road show itself.
Literally blink-and-you'll-miss-it at 1.35. No laughing, this was shot almost 3 years ago! ;p
To test drive, all you have to do is go over to the Ignite Zone, LIKE Honda's Facebook page, register your name and details, test drive your dream Honda Hybrid, and receive your mystery gift at the end of the drive!
|Yes, in Kelantan most places will separate the guys and the gals.|
|My mystery gifts - exclusive Honda t-shirt and keychain!|
|Clockwise: Clowns twisting balloons, Bouncy castle, Row of stalls, Book donations, Sand art.|
|Official Honda merchandise - I think girls especially would look sexy in this t-shirt!|
|Part of the group! =D|
|Hot FM and Fly FM were the official radio stations of the road show, but unfortunately for us Friday is a holy day in Kelantan, and concerts are not allowed so we had to give it a miss as on Saturday we'd have to leave early for KL =(|
|Tom Yam Soup, Laksam, and my ultimate favourite: Nasi Kerabu (only RM3!)|
**Wasnt such a big fan of Laksam, it tastes a bit like 猪肠粉, mostly flour with some sauce. Only RM1.50 though.
***Nasi Kerabu a traditional Malay dish, consisting of blue-coloured rice, with some kind of chicken floss (which I initially thought was powdered peanuts), vegetables and fish crackers. Usually eaten with fried fish or chicken, I had it with sliced beef and it was oh-so-fantastic!
The next morning we were up bright & early to get the most out of the day and see some Kelantanese heritage sites.
|Pintu Gerbang Kota Sultan Ismail Petra (Sultan Ismail Petra Arch)|
Jahar Palace used to be the royal residence of Kota Bharu. Nowadays, it has been preserved and houses the Museums of Royal Traditions and Customs of Kelantan.Looking at the luscious greenery surrounding the Istana, I was glad we were in equally green Hybrids!
Veranda of Mecca.
Handicraft Village, where we got to see one of Malaysia's most recognised symbols - the Wau Bulan. Usually decorated with floral motifs, the crescent-shaped kite is usually large, strong-coloured, and flown by Kelantanese men.
|Art Class in the Handicraft Village|
One last thing I just had to do before hitting the road back home (I drove all the way from Kuantan to Genting - through a crazy storm as well!), was checking how spacious the boot of each car was! Ready?
|Honda Jazz Hybrid|
|Honda CR-Z Hybrid|
|Honda Civic Hybrid!|
|Visit the next road shows - you have 3 more chances to get that merch!|
*Check out my wacky Instavids taken during the trip on my Instagram (@CalistaLeahLiew), or other photos I posted on my facebook page! =)
**You can also check out Elwyn's post for some random I-had-no-idea-he-was-shooting shots of me =.="
Til next time,