#Joyofdriving: chicken soup for car enthusiasts

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M44C2471We recently published a small article and video about one of Malaysia’s familiar touge roads. Like we’ve mentioned before, UY is just one of many fun driving roads in Malaysia – there’s many that I have not yet explored.

In case you didn’t already know, I’m one of those who struggle to wake up in the mornings, especially if its something mundane as going to work. But mention “weekend drive” and I’ll be the first to head to the rendezvous point, before even the break of dawn. In fact, I’ve spent at least one weekend morning, over the last six weekends or so, out cruising till the sun comes out.

But ask me how I can wake up early to spend time behind the wheel, or why I enjoy going doing what I do, and I would honestly struggle to come up with a logical response.

Here’s the thing- driving isn’t necessarily a point A to point B routine; it is an emotional experience. For me, the journey is just as important as the final destination. For others, this is a therapeutic experience which helps them clear their minds, a quick release for stress accumulated from a heavy weekday schedule. Not all drives need to be taken fast and furious; as I amble along some gradually curving tarmac, I like to take the time to find the head space to think and reflect. Some prefer to do the journey solo, although I would rather head out with a small group of friends. After all, it’s always nice to have some back-up should you run into trouble.

Malaysia is blessed with many great driving roads and routes, and exciting circuits. Sometimes, it’s good to just slow down and bask in your surroundings. On our road trips, we always enjoy the kampung sights and sounds, the open padangs in school compounds, the wood and steel that is constructed differently from our concrete jungles. And then you meet folks from different walks of life, hear their stories and see things from their perspective- all of which sums up to part of the epic experience. But the best part is that anyone with a car can experience this!

Just a few weekends back, the #MTHRFKNTEAM went for a punt on the back roads of Sepang, that lead towards Port Dickson. There was no set agenda, just drive and chill. We started off early, to avoid morning traffic,on the Maju Expressway towards Sepang. From there, it is roughly another 25km towards PD. This route is nowhere near as challenging as UY, although there are a couple of fun corners and clear stretches of road. As usual, always be mindful of your surroundings.

Look for a kopitiam or restaurant that catches your eye, then have your breakfast there. Not sure what to do after you’re done? Head to PD Waterfront for a coffee, and just relax. Protip: PD Waterfront happens to be a nest for a whole bunch of hard-to-find Pokémon 😉

For those who are reading this and have never ventured outside of KL/PJ city – what are you waiting for? Follow our route and head for the seaside this weekend! Get out of the concrete jungle and explore a beautiful Malaysia. Heck, the trip may even help you appreciate your surroundings better.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so our video should amount to a small essay. Do you know of any great driving routes in Malaysia? Drop a comment below or reach out to us via the contact form and we will try to explore them!

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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