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If I told you that I drive a car older than yours, 99% of the time I will be right, and if you’re born after 1991, my car is actually older than you. Yeap, my ride is a 1991 Toyota MR2 that I have owned for more than 9 years.

And I am ashamed to say that while I’ve washed the car myself and even taking it for car wash on occasions, I’ve never gotten it polished or detailed. Until I did that a few weeks ago at Summer Splash at Aman Suria, PJ.

Their FB page is at Summer Splash Pro & HD High Definition Malaysia

dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria
dirty car deserved a bath at Summer Splash, Aman Suria

To be fair, I knew what waxing and polishing does, but was never really quite convinced how coating can benefit a car. So when Mimi (a friend) introduced me to this professional car wash & detailing shop operated by his sister, I had to give it a try.

After all, the Japanese mistress has just gotten a new paintjob and should be pampered a little after all these years.

wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate
wash, polish, clay bar decontaminate

The treatment done to my car:

  • Exterior Wash & Vacuum – Premium
  • Hd Paint correction
  • Nitro seal wax
  • Leather Protection
  • Dashboard protection
  • Anti bacteria Mist
  • Tyre dressing
  • Front Windscreen Repellent
  • Watermark remover on front windscreen for car

applying coating is a pretty delicate job
applying coating is a pretty delicate job

The entire process took about half a day, and it was actually quite a lot of work that was being done to the car. Masking tapes were used to cover the areas that were not supposed to be affected by the chemicals, and pretty strong strobes were used to ensure that every square inch of the car is covered. It was some real professional work.

all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome
all nice and shiny, Shah got his bike detailed too, looking awesome

The result is that my car has never looked as shiny, and I don’t think it’s ever as shiny even when it was new.

The coating also does a marvelous job of repelling water. When it rains, the body now accumulates water in small droplets and it is very easy to rinse away all the dirt. The windshield coating also does a great job to increase visibility when it is raining, expelling water droplets as with the case of the coating. As a bonus, car washing is now easier too with the car not attracted to dirt as much.

KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny
KY & Shah with our rides, all clean and super shiny

The coating lasts about 12 months and I was recommended to give it a touch up wax/polish every 3-6 months or so.

So if you want your car (or motorbike) to look as good as it should, check out this place.

Chinese New Year ang pow came early this year for me. It arrived in a form of a lamp post that my car so cheerily embraced with most passion and enthusiasm late last night. The post ended up leaning at 70 degree imitating the more famous tower somewhere in Italy. I’m not sure if TTDI will become a tourist destination anytime soon though.

Toyota MR2 Accident
the night I couldn’t decide to go left nor right

So I was heading from Damansara Utama to pick up Mellissa at TTDI plaza around 2 am last night, happily driving in a leisure speed (everyone’s leisure speed differs). There was a yellow and black kelisa in front of me at the last traffic light before the fateful junction. We stopped for red, and when it was green, I didn’t pass the little CLK, I wasn’t fast.

And suddenly I saw Brunsfield, the indication of the left turn. I tried to turn but the intersection came up too soon, left, no no, right, ahhh brake! brake! brake! crap… BAM!

Tried turning this into a dream so I can just wake up and wipe off the cold sweat. Failed.

I was alert and alright, called Mellissa and then walked out of the car. There were quite a few people who gathered around the side of the road already. Most of them were amazed that I walked away from the scene unscathed. My habit of wearing the 4 point harness at all time saved me.

About 5 minutes after the incident, I suddenly felt like passing out. I had to hold on to the road signs, and actually sat down for a while, only to regain my composure about 10 minutes later.

Toyota MR2 Accident
one for the blog!

Police came pretty soon though, and did the usual checking my driver’s license and IC procedures. Mellissa called Nicholas who arrived shortly. Before they towed the car, I just decided to take some pictures, and one of the policemen actually suggested I should have a picture with the car and he volunteered to be the camera man too, but the picture above was taken by Nicholas as the police decided perhaps Nicholas is a better cameraman.

We took some stuff from the car just before they towed it. Nicholas then fetched us to the police station where I filed a report. The car was towed to the station and photos were taken by this policeman who was supremely proud of the Sony digital camera he was in charged of. We then headed to mamak before Nicholas sent us home.

It was over 5am when I reached home, sore shoulders but otherwise unharmed. Thank you Nicholas for helping out when I needed most. I owe you one.

I am a very lucky man, for more reasons than just being able to walk away from this wreck unharmed.

Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Last Thursday I rushed to town right after work to attend the Made of Honor movie screening event, some of you might remember how I challenge Stewie on the fishing game (you owe me CKT, Stewie!) to get to this event. I was so excited for the 8 course meal at JW Marriot, and thought the movie was going to be a boring chick flick. However, the night didn’t quite turn out the way I expected.

Before I go any further, there are more pictures at facebook album here.

Made of Honor Event
Robb, sparkling wine/champaign?, Lorna

My long time friend Lorna accompanied me to the event, and as we walked in, the JW Marriot PR lady sort of assumed we are married. When we said no, she immediately made another mistake and tried to convince us to have a wedding dinner there.. oh well.

As with most events littered with bloggers (some 10 tables of nuffnangers), there were plenty of camwhore sessions even before the dinner starts. There were some friends like ST, Kim, Tim, Wenqi, Ringo, Yee Hou, Nicholas, FA & Bob, Skyler, Su Ann, Robb, Stephanie, Aronil; some familiar faces; and some blog friends I met for the first time such as Suet Li and Atrica. And again, I’ve forgotten many new names like I always do.

Made of Honor Event
Tim, Wenqi, Ringo, Kim, Suet Li, Nicholas, Bob, FA, Su Ann

The setup for the ballroom was excellent, better than most of the weddings I’ve attended. Flowers, candles, and everyone dressed up in suits and evening gowns. However, the food was rather disappointing. I only truly enjoy the soup from the eight course dinner, with the worst dish being the saffron risotto. I seriously didn’t know what the chef was thinking.

The champaign (or sparkling wine) with strawberry was excellent though. Lorna and I kept asking for more till the waiters gave us a funny look.

Made of Honor
Made of Honor

I was initially very hopeful for the dinner but didn’t care much about the movie. However, Made of Honor, despite getting a rather low rating from IMDB, was a very enjoyable movie. The show was funny and even touching in several moments. If you enjoy chick flicks (I think I’ve developed the taste for it, a cardinal sin for a guy maybe?), you’ll enjoy this one. I didn’t want to say this, but I’ve enjoyed it as much as I did with How to lose a guy in 10 days. Hee-hee.

Toyota MR2 out of fuel
48.5 liters plus a tin of petrol, thanks Lorna!

On the way back, I over estimated my petrol reserve by around 3km and got pwned by my car at Jalan Parliament. My car was hungry and refused to work without feeding her the new and improved RM 2.70/liter petrol. I was stranded.

Lucky Lorna drove as well, and I had to call her (who was in front) for help. My princess charming came back 20 minutes later with a tin of wholesome hydrocarbon (RM 5 for the can, 15 for the fuel) and revived the little MR2. Thanks Lorna, I owe you a dinner.

Well at least now I know my car runs 364 kilometers in the city before it’s too late.

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
white MR2 attacking the corner

After the success of the first GRA Autocross at KLCC on last November, the organiser followed up with the highly anticipated second installment of the same event. This time with more participants and slightly altered course. I was there again as a spectator snapping pictures, perhaps I might take the dive and participate in the next round, we’ll have to see about that.

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
MC announcing as the red MR2 is getting ready

The results are posted here. Due to slightly longer straights and less turnings, the results are somewhat different from the previous event. For example, Julian Pang was not able to dominate with his Proton Wira 1.6 that is only equipped with the original engine.

Here are some photos I took at the event. I will be posting more photos in the gallery and some videos of the event in these few days. Enjoy!

Updated: Pictures are up at http://www.kydrives.net/gallery/v/GRAAutocrossJan2006KLCC/

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
Mickey doing his run, notice the taxi sign on top of his car

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
red MR2

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
Lotus Elise

GRA KLCC Autocross january 15, 2006
BF Goodrich sponsored car, Subaru Impreza

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006

The Toyota MR2 club organised a convoy to Ulu Yam at Selangor on the New Year’s day. Though most of us had partied the night before, about 13 cars and over 20 people still managed to show up for the fun drive on the first morning of 2006. There were 3 MRS, an MK1 MR2 with super charger, 7 SW20 MR2s, an EVO, and an S2000. By about 11am, we have had our breakfast at McDonald’s near the Curve and was on our way to the Petronas petrol kiosk before heading off to Ulu Yam.

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
filling it up for the trip

I had some trouble starting up the car at the petrol kiosk, but after the guys removed and put back the relay, it seems to be fine again. So we started our journey to Ulu Yum. About 20 kilometers later, we regrouped at Selayang. It was there my car stalled at idle and refused to be started again, most probably due to some electrical problems. We left our car there and I followed another member to continue the convoy.

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
passing by Batu Caves

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
this was where my car stalled

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006

By the time we regrouped again at another petrol station. Another MR2 faced with a mechanical problem and had to abort the convoy as the clutch would not engage. The car had to be towed back, it was lucky we weren’t at the hilly area of the jorney yet.

We then reached Ulu Yam and had lunch at Hock Lay restaurant. Ordered steamed fish, asam prawn in coconut shell, vege, deep fried squid, guiness chicken wing, and tofu. It was very good, and at RM 15 per person including drinks, pretty reasonably priced too. We then decided to go to Fraser’s Hill instead.

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
lunch at Hock Lay restaurant

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
negotiating the bend

At Ulu Yam the elevation was only 75 meters above sea level, by the time we reached the foothill of Fraser’s, it was already 800+ meters up and the temperature was pretty nice and cooling, feeling like air conditioned atmosphere. A very welcoming breeze especially when KL averages more than 30 Celcius.

As the road going up to Fraser’s hill (8km) is small and only wide enough for a single car, the authority sets up a system whereby the traffic is alternate every half an hour between going up and downhil. We waited at by the gate for quite some time before we got to go up to the top. The drive up the hill was curvey and very tight. The guys enjoyed it alot.

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
going up to Fraser’s hill

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006
installing the spare tyre inside out

Well, 3rd time is the charm. Sure enough, we had the third casualty of the day. Another MR2 had a flat tyre on top of Fraser’s hill. We put in the spare tyre in the reverse way since it wouldn’t fit otherwise due to the rear brake. It had the maximum offset look that was rather hillarious. By then it had started drizzling and was pretty foggy. We decided to call it a day.

Toyota MR2 Convoy New Year 2006

About an hour later we go back to where I left my car. Luckily, after resting for some 8 hours, I was able to start the car without too much trouble, and drove all the way back home pretty smoothly. However, the car stalled again in the car porch at home. Will have to get a mechanic to sort out the problem soon.