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

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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I am so looking forward to your part 3.

 

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

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

 

Very nice composition that tells your journey in pictures.

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

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

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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..

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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...

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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

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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.

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