Simon was equally early. He was having breakfast with his partner for the event – his friend Alden.
I met beautiful Carolyn for the very first time that morning. She was one of the lucky couples to be selected for the event. She came with her charming husband.
After breakfast we were ushered to the 3rd level for a welcome note by Melvin Wong, Head of Marketing Communication, Proton Edar. We were then introduced to Kenneth Chiew, the Driving Instructor for this event. Kenneth elaborated on the Fact or Myth of the Proton Exora during the Product Safety presentation. He even showed us a video of a crash test and ended with a joke, “too bad we are not going to test the airbags today!” that got everyone chuckling! :D
Ms Loh Sit Fong, Clinical Psychologist (Child & Adolescent), Psychiatry Unit, UKM Medical Center presented a talk on child development.
We were given tips on how to make travelling with children more enjoyable. I like the play an audiotape to make the time pass more quickly as I realised that it was more fun when we travelled back to Malacca in the Exora not too long ago. It was such a pleasant journey with Ethan occupied watching Tom & Jerry on the DVD Player! :D
After the talk, the participants hogged the washrooms as we are going to drive together-gether beramai-ramai to Desa Park City!
We took a group pic before embarking on our journey. There were 15 Exoras for all the participants to drive. The important rule of the journey is very simple. Each Exoras are numbered from 1-15 and divided into two groups; Group A and Group B. All you need to remember is drive in the number sequence! Do not overtake the number before you. Sounds simple? LoL! Wait till you try gathering 7 cars to drive together on the road! It proves to be more challenging as we had outstation participants coming all the way from Penang down to Johor! These outstation participants had it BEST as they were given accommodation for two nights in Royale Bintang Hotel! Talk about being treated like a VIP to the max!
Not risking the participants getting lost along the way, the Exora is fully equipped with GPS Navigator and a walkie-talkie. We (Team A) were led by Kenneth throughout our journey through that walkie-talkie. Roger that Kenneth! :D
Our bubbly passengers: Sin Chew Daily reporter, Arc PR and Ethan! :D They talked, joked and laughed ALL the way to Desa Park City and back! Muahahahaha… we are SO lucky! :P *aww, my anak so cute!* hahaha…
Sempat cam-whore with my iPhone before the journey. Everybody say, “Chiak!” See my anak Ethan so happy at the back ALONE! Itu-ler kelebihan having the extra SPACE! :D
We are in Exora 6. Here we are trailing Exora 5 and in front them is Exora 4 :D Ethan had the time of his life counting Exoras and making sure that Exora 7 is right behind us. He’ll alert us if the Exora 7 is out of sight! Lol!
Finally we are here – Desa ParkCity! An awesomely beautiful place!
They first demonstrated to us what we can do during the Performance Test Drive. Watch this video to see how they did the emergency brake routine.
Fellow participants awaiting their turn in the Performance Test Drive session. Darling is next in Exora #6 (Black)
Let’s see how Darling fared in the Performance Test Drive routine. Watch this video
And here is me getting a taxi ride from Kenneth.
It was an exhilarating experience. I was holding on to dear life with my camera preparing to record the whole thing. I expected to be thrown about and dropping my camera even but NO, surprisingly, it was very stable in there! The Emergency Brake Avoidance Test proves that the Exora does not skid and can handle braking at top speed even when the steering is swerved to the side thanx to their ABS + EBD! The ABS and EBD helps stabilize the car on slippery roads to prevent accidents.
We got the chance to try parking the Exora blind-folded! How often do you get to do that you tell me? :P
Here is Ken and sister team clocking the fastest speed during the blind-fold parking routine. They did it in amazingly less than a minute!
Watch this video to see how FAST & not so furious they are!!
I really salute Ken and his sister for successfully pulling that blind-fold stint in a jiffy! Clap! Clap!
The last challenge was the Storage challenge where we had to store countless travel luggage bags, a golf bag AND a FATHER, MOTHER and BROTHER into the Exora at lightning speed!
The luggage bags and ‘Father’, ‘Brother’ and ‘Mother’ :D
Again, Ken and his sister clocked the fastest time for Team A! >_<
Watch this video of them doing it in the speed of light!
All of THOSE in the Exora! Spacious max!
And so like a true champion, these winning couple were interviewed! Haha… no lah! Actually ALL participants were interviewed for their honest thoughts and opinion of the Exora after completing the whole routine.
Then it’s back to Sunway Giza from Desa ParkCity. See.. all drivers giving the thumbs up! Caya-lah gitu!
We went through residential areas and traffic jams on the way back; gimmicking the everyday driving scenario. We also made lots of U-Turn to experience the Exora’s 5.4m minimum turning radius; useful in tight corners and parking lots.
Lunch in Full House, Sunway Giza.
After lunch we were presented with yet another talk and this time it is on Relationship Talk by Ms Loh Sit Fong again. We were tested and required to write down our priorities on some plastic cards.
Participants busy writing down their priorities.
Ethan not wanting to be left out! Lol! I wonder what HIS priority is! :D
We were then treated to an interesting Image Talk by Cherrise Tan, Image Consultant of Adamaya Image Consultancy. She shared tips on how simple small details can do wonders for your image!
After the ‘image make-over’, we got the opportunity to learn some golden pointers from Eric Wong, Associate Partner of A.D. Financial Sdn Bhd. Eric shared some very valuable tips in his Investment Talk.
I learnt that Success Is a Habit while Failure is Also a Habit. Choose which you like to make YOUR habit, as long as they don’t turn you into a hobbit! :P
We changed our habit to the better right there and then by saving a dollar in the money box given to us. Ethan is the happiest! We brought back that money box and will make it a point to save a dollar a day so that by the time he got his Driver’s license, he can purchase an Exora for himself! :P
Last but not least, we were given a form to evaluate the Exora VIP Test Drive. I’d say it was GREAT, an unforgettable experience!
Finally, it was time for the announcement of winners and prize giving.
Third prize winner
Second prize winner
And then … Jeng jeng jeng!!! *drum roll*
Ken Wooi and his sister Jane Wooi! *Cheers*
They walked away with the 1st prize worth RM1000 cash! Congrats Ken and Jane!
Each participant is pampered to a 60-mins Full Body Massage at Tharn Sanctuary, One World and went home with lovely door gifts and a broad smile on their faces.
Bravo Proton for organising such a rare treat for all of us. We learnt something very important today and that is, “Never purchase a vehicle WITHOUT test-driving it first”. See it, feel it, drive it! “Don’t believe what people say about the car, don’t even believe what we say, test drive the Proton Exora and experience it for yourselves today,” said Melvin Wong, Head of Marketing Communications, Proton Edar.
I’m sure Proton has set a benchmark on how a test-drive session can be; they’ve placed themselves on a level above the rest in terms of educating their potential customers, car familiarization and clinic. Looking forward to more of such events amongst the automotive industry players in the future.