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The quest to find better driving roads

By Faiming_low on 30 Mar 2014

Attached Image Feeling a little cooped up with work a couple of weekends ago, I felt the need for a drive to reward myself after all the slogging. Knowing that Singapore has no ideal road for driving, I chose to head up North like many other car enthusiasts searching for some decent asphalt. After a call and a quick discussion with a mate, we made our way towards Desaru.

Attached Image Not knowing where to stop for good breakfast after using the Second Link, we stopped at some random coffee shop for some tim sum. Nothing fantastic to be honest. 

Attached Image It was not long before we got on highway E22. Long and straight road equals huge urge to step on it.
 
Attached Image Okay, this was shot by my passenger when it was going downhill and I did not notice the excess pressure on the throttle. There was some no speeding involved. 
 
Attached Image At higher speeds, the Ignis Sport remained surprisingly stable with no hint of floating. However, the close-ratio gearbox meant that the engine could never really settle down. The lowered suspension coupled with the car's short wheelbase also meant that it was not the best cross-country machine to be in. While not apparent on our smooth local roads, Malaysia's bumpy roads sure bounced me around in the Recaros quite a bit.
 
Attached Image A good example of badly paved roads. Notice the part where the road joins the bridge? I misjudged and went over it at high speed and oh my, I swear i had some air time! Totally did not expect that and I was definitely more cautious after this. Meanwhile, the F30 BMW 320i driven by my buddy looked like it was soaking up all the undulations very well. I did wish I was driving that instead.
 
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Attached Image The iconic suspension bridge of highway E22. Pretty amazing to me.

Attached Image A quick turn into 90 and 92 brought us to The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort where we took a break.

Attached Image Chose not to nap despite the hammock looking very tempting.

Attached Image Not the calmest of seas but safe enough to play in.

Attached Image Soon we were on the move towards Sungai Rengit area to have some seafood lunch. This was where the Ignis Sport shined. Free of traffic, I soon found myself going at a decent pace. On these small roads with some blind corners, I was able to push hard as the steering fed vital information to me. Gearbox ensured the engine was kept on the boil. 
 
Attached Image Stopped by the last part of road 90 for some photos... Pretty scenic actually..

Attached Image Alright, I admit I was damn hungry and food photography was totally forgotten. Sorry people. Food was tasty enough for the price but nothing much to shout about. With nothing much else to explore around the area, we headed home. And now slightly familiar with roads on the return journey, let's just say I had even more fun going back!
 
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Faiming_low
Written by Faiming_low
Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?



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Quistation Mar 30 2014 03:46 PM

Nice shots and thanks for the sharing.

Sungai Rengit used to be very good for seafood esp lobster, but not anymore. You can get very much the same stuff at Telok Jawa, Masai.

 

I heard the jams in the MY->SG direction are damn bloody bad. Even on weekdays takes 2 hours to pass through! Bad time to be visiting Malaysia.

bellboy Mar 30 2014 03:47 PM

RECARO seats with lowered suspensions?!

 

OMG, it must have been one tough rough ride for you.

Bonafidestack Mar 31 2014 09:15 AM

An inspiration for a roadtrip. . .  HMMMM.....

Matoonia Mar 31 2014 10:22 AM

Will you be able to provide full details of the route. Not  very familiar with driving up north.

Faiming_low Mar 31 2014 11:32 AM

Will you be able to provide full details of the route. Not  very familiar with driving up north.

 

I went via Tuas as it was nearer to where I stayed. But it is actually more logical to cross into Malaysia via Woodlands. Once you pass the customs, just follow along Road 3 (lebuhraya tebrau) all the way till you hit the intersection where highway E22 (lebuhraya senai desaru). From there on, there will be enough road signs to bring you into Desaru. 

 

 

RECARO seats with lowered suspensions?!

 

OMG, it must have been one tough rough ride for you.

 

Not as bad as it sounds actually. WIll be posting some photos of another road trip soon...

 

 

Nice shots and thanks for the sharing.

Sungai Rengit used to be very good for seafood esp lobster, but not anymore. You can get very much the same stuff at Telok Jawa, Masai.

 

I heard the jams in the MY->SG direction are damn bloody bad. Even on weekdays takes 2 hours to pass through! Bad time to be visiting Malaysia.

 

 

Thanks for the tip!

ManHong Mar 31 2014 02:40 PM

i wonder how to get to the road 90 for such scenic places, i've been finding it for so long > <

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