Jump to content

1,700km in the Ignis Sport (Part 2)

1,700km in the Ignis Sport (Part 2)

Sign in to follow this  



blogentry-133713-0-43556900-1400078512_thumb.jpgContinuing from my previous post, it was already Day 2 of my 'epic' road trip with the Ignis Sport. Day 1 in Penang past way too fast and the thought of that immediately jolted me out of bed. There was really no time to waste!


blogentry-133713-0-16559200-1400078419_thumb.jpgQuick wash up later, I was pleasantly surprised to find a little buffet spread waiting for me. Nothing fancy but you could taste everything was very home made.




blogentry-133713-0-09035800-1400078951_thumb.jpgChecked out after that. (Yup, that was the only sign I was at the right hotel)


blogentry-133713-0-05681700-1400079049_thumb.jpgAnd I went around for a little drive to see where I could take some shots of the Ignis.


blogentry-133713-0-13554600-1400079109_thumb.jpgWhile the harbour was a nice place for some shots, I found myself more amused by the sight of these blocks of flats. Damn. I must be homesick already.


blogentry-133713-0-12274700-1400079872_thumb.jpgLike most Singaporeans, I had to do some shopping. Unfortunately, I was either too early (1:00pm) or I was at the wrong mall (Pranglin mall), most shops were closed and there was nothing much to buy.


blogentry-133713-0-56020600-1400080300_thumb.jpgShopping failed, so I thought I should entertain my tummy then. Drove to Perak Lane to try the Kim Eng Lor Mee.


blogentry-133713-0-69045500-1400080532_thumb.jpgHonestly, another overrated dish like the prawn mee that I tried the previous day but the wanton mee which I randomly bought turned out better.


blogentry-133713-0-08121100-1400081699_thumb.jpgChecked in at Holiday Inn at Batu Ferringhi. Clean but old room.


blogentry-133713-0-51999600-1400081800_thumb.jpgBeach looked inviting enough but I had better plans....


blogentry-133713-0-00517600-1400082134_thumb.jpgListed as one of the best roads in the whole of Malaysia, Jalan Teluk Bahang is a stretch of tight B-roads which climbs and then descends on the other side. But before that happens, I had to drive along the beach which was pretty.


blogentry-133713-0-55505700-1400082517_thumb.jpgAnd a big dam, which was also one lovely great place for shooting.




blogentry-133713-0-27722300-1400082879_thumb.jpgThen the fun started. This was already halfway and I had trouble telling myself to stop.


blogentry-133713-0-50641800-1400083137_thumb.jpgAs you can see, the roads are pretty tight and corners come to you in quick succession. Half the time, the corners are not sighted so I did not dare to commit. But on those times when I could, the Ignis was the perfect partner to dance with on these roads. I especially love the way the car allows you to adjust your lines mid corner with the throttle.


blogentry-133713-0-36420400-1400083441_thumb.jpgOn the way down, it started drizzling and I had to slow down. But I still had fun as the wet ground meant mini handbrake drifts could be pulled off easier with the Ignis now. Needless to say, my passenger was not happy at all.


blogentry-133713-0-52317300-1400171838_thumb.jpgBefore we reached Penang hill, we stopped for Air Itam's Asam Laksa.



Does not look exactly appealing here but it is probably the best dish I tried for the whole trip.


blogentry-133713-0-48298900-1400171866_thumb.jpgThen it was time to go up the hill.


blogentry-133713-0-14354500-1400171880_thumb.jpgGoing up by tram.


blogentry-133713-0-54297900-1400171896_thumb.jpgLuckily for me, the hill was chiller than normal since it just stopped raining.


blogentry-133713-0-00456900-1400171909_thumb.jpgCoffee, nice view, chilly weather. Perfect.


blogentry-133713-0-26789100-1400171923_thumb.jpgSat for an hour there to witness the night scenery. You can see both bridges that lead you back to mainland here.


blogentry-133713-0-49147100-1400172027_thumb.jpgFeeling hungry, it was time to head back the long way to our hotel. This was shot at the start of the climb and I was feeling excited at being able to live my dream of being an Initial D driver.


blogentry-133713-0-52730200-1400172038_thumb.jpgB-roads again. However, this time round, it was a bit more treacherous as it got pretty dark at times.


blogentry-133713-0-38666700-1400172047_thumb.jpgSome parts of the roads are pretty eerie admittedly. I also got pretty stressed up knowing that if I do go over the edge, it would be quite some way down. Needless to say, I drove slowly and totally gave up my hopes of re-enacting any moves learnt from Initial D.


blogentry-133713-0-12079300-1400172089_thumb.jpgAfter some 45 minutes of driving, we emerged into civilisation again. Did some walking at their night market which was no different from those in other countries before calling it a day.

Sign in to follow this  


Recommended Comments

I am so looking forward to your part 3.


Loves long distance trips.....maybe we can do it together.....

Share this comment

Link to comment

This looks like a smooth trip. Barely any cars on the road.


Very nice composition that tells your journey in pictures.

Share this comment

Link to comment

Thailand Hatyai is much more adventurous. Drove up with my 91 registered corolla a few times but never the less good trip.

Share this comment

Link to comment

Very nice trip you have, hope there will another organised trip for public for us to join...

Share this comment

Link to comment

Dude, you've inspired me to embark on my own road trip!


Awesome pictures, next time might want to include some videos too.


Can't wait to read part 3..

Share this comment

Link to comment

bro my nick is IGNISSPORT what else can i say...i have had my Iggy boy for 2 years not the best looking or most desirable set of wheels...but hell she put a smile on my face every time i pushed her...VERY sadly i am scrapping my ride in the next few days cos coe almost due...and my new love is ah well back to honda civic...great write up and keep the ignis running as long as you can...my nick will always remind me of my iggy boy...cheers..even my wife liked taking her for a spin but her left foot always hurt cos of the clutching in and out...ha ha going to miss my ignis sports...

Share this comment

Link to comment

sorry one last post u need anything mine pretty stock with a new radiator i fitted about a year ago...please contact me at 90999917 befre i scrap..cheers

Share this comment

Link to comment

Great write up and inspires me to do a driveaway holiday. I had the Ignis Sport for 4.5 years and was running a Rotrex Supercharger for a year and switched to turbo for 3 years. A real fun car! The sound insulation was crappy but the upside was that it made the Ignis light.

Share this comment

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Featured Stories

    Owner unwilling to pay after workshop rendered service

    A post about a customer who refused to pay after a battery replacement workshop rendered its services has gone viral online. Spotted on its own facebook page, FastFix Car Battery Replacement Service explained how the whole issue came about.  It wrote in its post that its client, Mr C, reached out to them saying that he needed help as his car could not start. After listening to the symptoms the car showed( car still cranks and aircon is not as strong as before), the workshop concluded that it needed a new battery. However, upon reaching Mr C, whose car was parked in the CBD and hence the need to pay for ERP charges, the guys from FastFix realised that it wasn't the battery that needed replacing.

    Concluding that there was nothing the guys from FastFix could do to help, Mr C was then asked to pay for the labour fee that had been pointed out before in their Whatsapp conversation. Unfortunately, Mr C disagreed and refused to pay the $50 that they had agreed on as nothing has been done to his Kia.  There was not much FastFix could do which probably prompted them to 'share their story' of the client on their facebook page.     Here are some of the notable comment in the post.



    MCF Hangout with Follow Me Japan

    Over 60 MyCarForum (MCF) members, together with their partners and families, gathered at Singapore Recreation Club on Saturday afternoon to attend the MCF Hangout with Follow Me Japan. The event, a unique collaboration between sgCarMart and FMJ, offered MCF members insights into the many interesting sights and attractions in Ishikawa, Japan.
      During the event, sgCarMart Senior Automotive Journalist Desmond Chan spoke about some of his personal experiences driving overseas, as well as some key tips on how to best plan and enjoy a road trip. He also briefly touched on some of the unique road conditions and peculiarities when it comes to driving in Japan.
      Additionally, Mr. Yuta Abe from FMJ also presented on the many unique attractions that Ishikawa offers. Ishikawa Prefecture, located 500km away from Tokyo, is bordered on three sides by the Sea of Japan, and by Mt. Hakusan on the fourth. This allows visitors to enjoy the best of both mountainous and sea-facing scenery. Ishikawa is especially beautiful in the Autumn, with bountiful harvests making for delectable cuisine, and spectacular scenery thanks to beautiful natural sights.
      Ms. Mandy Tay, an award-winning photographer, also shared with MCF members her experience travelling in Ishikawa. She shared some of her culinary highlights, such as incredibly fresh oysters, as well as the ample hospitality and kindness of the people of Japan.

    FMJ Managing Director Ms. Risa Nishimura talks about how her experience in planning exciting journeys to Ishikawa Prefecture.  
    sgCarMart Senior Automotive Journalist Desmond Chan speaks about his experiences with drive trips.
    Ms. Mandy Tay talks about her experience travelling in Ishikawa, and shared some of the photos taken there.  
    Head over to her Instagram account to check out more of Mandy Tay's work.  
    A specially curated guide to car rental journeys in Ishikawa has extensive information on unique attraction, beautiful scenery and ideal driving routes.    
    Guests had the chance to sample snacks from Ishikawa.  
    Lucky draw prizes include a selection of unique Japanese snacks, as well as car rental vouchers.  
    To see more photos from the event, click here.