Volkswagen Drive - TSI and DSG Experience with Polo, Golf and Scirocco

My second time for a drive happened last weekend. This time, the invites came from Volkswagen (through Nuffnang). Was so damn happy to be going for a drive again after the previous one last year.

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First and foremost, I'd like to clarify how silly I was for;
1. Not bringing my own camera - I forgot to take it as I woke up at 6am to pack and the camera miss the spot in my luggage. T___T
2. Losing the official photos' CD - Everyone was given a CD of the official photos taken by the official photographer. It was given during the bus ride towards the Kuantan airport. Since my luggage (the only bag I had), was in the luggage compartment, I temporarily placed the CD behind the seat I was facing (you know, those nets that can let you keep things 1?) Yea. I freaking forgot about it when I left the bus. FML

Thus, all the photos you'll be seeing in this post would be from photos I take from other bloggers/journalists. And since I'm like the laziest person on earth, I'll probably not give credit. LOL

Alright back to the drive. It's called the TSI and DSG experience. TSI refers to the 'twincharger' (turbocharger plus supercharger) and Fuel Stratified technologies in the engine of the car. Laymen terms - If you want the car to accelerate to a higher speed within a short time, you'd love this tech. DSG refers to Direct Shift Gearbox, an electronically controlled dual clutch multiple-shaft manual gearbox, in a transaxle design - without a conventional clutch pedal. In other words, two separate manual gearboxes (and clutches), contained within one housing, and working as one unit.By using two independent clutches, a DSG can achieve faster shift times, and eliminates the torque converter of a conventional epicyclic automatic transmission, resulting in better torque = awesome driving experience.

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The 3 heroes of the drive was the Volkswagen Polo, Golf and Scirocco.

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The drive was set to from Saujana, Subang after a short speech by the good people from Volkswagen (not forgetting the generous breakfast).

All the participants (journalists and bloggers) took a group photo with the organizer right before we depart. Can anyone spot me in there?

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And then we were off!

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Basically we were split into groups of three. The journey will be a drive from Subang all the way to Hyatt, Kuantan for lunch, before aiming towards Tanjung Jara Resort as our final destination. The course was charted by the experienced organizers in the industry, YS Khong and Ivan Khong, which was of course, filled with excitement and windy roads to show off the power of the cars. Along the routes, each group will be given a chance to try each car, and there will be 2 driver shifts stop to allow each participant to get their hands on the car as well.

In other words, everyone gets to drive a Polo, Golf and Scirocco during the drive. :D

My team got the Scirocco first. I have to admit, the car is a bomb on the road. Acceleration is super fast and the drive is smooth. The slight drawback for me would be the back of the car, the design isn't something I fancy too much. Comfort rating might also be a bit lower because the seats (especially back seats) ain't that roomy and comfortable. But then again, the Scirocco is a sports car, so I guess that won't matter much to the audience they are aiming. Retailing at about RM180,000 , I think sports car fans might wanna consider this.

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The Scirocco = a horse at its peak. Stylish, energetic and not for the faint hearted.

Then, we tried the Polo. The sensation was so limited at first. Reason? We were driving Scirocco which had a better engine and much more of a beast than a Polo previously. However, when we drove on, the Polo is just as good as the other Volkswagen cars. It handles pretty well and not to mention, it's much more comfortable than Scirocco. For a retail of RM108,888 for an imported car, this is not bad at all.

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Polo, the upcoming star

After driving the Polo, we reached our lunch destination at Hyatt, Kuantan. Man, that place is romantic. The beach is so inviting (despite the hot sun) and we were having lunch right by the seaside. As most of us were new, the participants took the opportunity to talk and learn more about each other. Pretty neat people I met back in the drive. :)

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Suanie and Cindy with a new friend! Forgot his name cause I'm really bad with names

With our tummies filled, we were off to Tanjung Jara! Driving the Golf, heading north of Kuantan, my team and I agreed that we liked Golf best. Reason? We felt that it was just as fast/powerful as a Scirocco (not tested though), handles well and not to mention, it's much more comfortable and inviting to have guests in the car than a Scirocco. At the retail price of RM140,000 , I totally recommend friends to consider the Volkswagen Golf if they're looking for an imported car that performs well and lighter on the wallet.

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Golf, definitely the all rounder in my books

And then we reached Tanjung Jara Resort. I got to tell you this is the part that I feel really pampered when I go for these drives. The room you get is usually huge (for family of three minimum) but you're staying there all by yourself (no complains, sharing room with new friends might not be the best idea, but if you get to bring a date then... yea...)

Check out the room in Tanjung Jara that Volkswagen booked for each of the participant;

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Crazy, right? The washroom/bathroom is as big as the living room of where I'm renting now. LOL. Psst, got bath tub some more. LOL.

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Anyway, the drive was pretty much over from there on. We were given a lot of time and space to socialize with each other and enjoy the facilities of Tanjung Jara. A very nice dinner was prepared for us by the beach again and some of us certainly did get a bit overdosed in alcohol, as usual.

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The next day, we packed up and headed towards Kuantan airport for a flight back to Subang. It was a smooth sailing thanks to the organizers' effort in making sure none of us got lost. LOL.

A million thanks to Volkswagen for giving us the TSI and DSG experience through Polo, Golf and Scirocco. The experience is priceless and we would definitely like to do it again in the near future. Many thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation as well.

Cheers
Robb

Grooming the Next Generation

It's ironic that someone as young as me to be talking about things like this.

But then again, the 'next generation' and 'young' are always relative to what you are referring to. When I was much younger, I was in Scouts, Taekwondo and a few other clubs and I took on a lot of roles till I led those clubs.

When it was time for me to pass the helm to the younger generations, I did a lot of teaching and advised the juniors a lot regarding managing the clubs that I was passionate about. Of course, back in those days, things were much simpler. Stick with the rules/tradition, get permission from teacher in charge, execute accordingly and you're done.

Then comes the University/College's clubs and activities. Same repeated itself and I did what I could to share my knowledge with my juniors when I left.

Now that I'm working and I have new colleagues coming in, it's very much my duty to groom the new faces in the department I work in, since I happen to be the most senior staff in that department. I'm pretty pleased to admit that my colleague, Fresh whom have been with the department for the past 9 months has been doing a great job picking up the messy lessons I threw at her. She's doing so well that I dare say, if I'm to be crushed by a gay steamroller (literally) , I'll prolly be gay crushed in peace/pieces cause I know Fresh will hold the fort well.

Of course, that doesn't mean I'm talking myself out of a job here, but I do think that my colleague, Fresh has been a wonderful addition to the growing team of the company I work in. Of course, with the growing number of the members under our community, it's pretty much time for my department to grow again.

Coming Monday, I'll have a new colleague! I hope the experience will be 'refreshing' (laugh laugh) and I hope we'll have a wonderful time ahead with more progress in growing the community.

P.S. Who wants to guess how the new colleague looks like? A cute guy? A pretty girl?

P.P.S. Nuffies are not allowed to guess. LOL

Cheers
Robb

A Leader?

Sometimes it's very surprising how one can survive for so long despite the numerous non-flattering things have been said and proven truth about him.

It's no surprise that he's a womanizer (actually a lot of people are, but if you suck at it and your girls all complain on you, then you're such a lousy wiener), bluffs and cheats young people, promising of unicorns and rainbows over the horizon (actually, modeling and acting opps, get to know celebrities and stuffs). Everyone in the industry who is worth some salt is aware and most of the time, it's just the young ikan bilis who will get caught up and get manipulated by him.

Of course, this person is rather good with his words (kudos to him) which made him much more believable for gullible youngsters (male/female). Such is the life of people. Believing facts/information from people who they think are credible before knowing more.

The same applies to everyone else in the world. Many of us are pretty much conditioned to think what the government/religious body wants us to think and behave. Like it or not, it has been practiced since the dawn of civilization and it's definitely not going to be easy for everyone to have the initiative to find out more information rather than just following what's agreed by others.

A leader in my opinion isn't someone that leads a group. Put it in a bad way, a leader is the person who will attempt to condition you to agree or behave the way he wants you to be, and that will of course, be beneficial to him in his own agenda.

Such is life.

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P.S. On other note, I had a very relaxing weekend at Kulai, Johor last week. It was for my good friend's birthday and I'm so glad I did not miss it. He did matured a lot especially in his ways of handling things in life.

Life is good when one grows wiser.

Cheers
Robb