November 23, 2017, 4:58 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.15359 Hong Kong Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.59133 Taiwan Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.51976 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 United States Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 446.39136 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10089 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05108 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98368 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0531 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.988 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98682 Pacific Franc
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Driving the Mazda 6 SKYACTIV-D in Malaysia

DRIVING in Malaysia is always a memorable and fun experience. The first time I drove one, a Proton Saga, was in 1993 during the Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines 9-day Treasure Hunt which covered almost one-third of Malaysia. 

The first time I boarded the right-hand drive Proton and sat on the driver’s seat, my right hand automatically motioned to the right and touched the door handle as it had been an instinct for the right hand to grab the stick shift positioned to the right of the driver. Being used to left-hand drives and staying on right side of the road, I had the tendency then to go to the right side of the road especially when there were no other vehicles on the road. Quite confusing? I am sure you can relate when you have driven to right-hand drive countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and England, to name a few.

The second time I drove right was in 1995 this time using a Proton Wira when my family and I spent a holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Genting Highlands. Then in 2001 during the Southeast Asian Games in KL , I used a Ford Lynx for a few days reaching Malacca, too. The rest were mostly circuit drives at the Sepang International Circuit which gave a different kind of adrenaline especially when we did the Michelin Driving Experience in 2012.

Just recently, I had a chance to drive a Mazda 6 Diesel with SKYACTIV Technology made possible with a prompt coordination made by Bermaz Philippines with Bermaz Malaysia. Within an hour, I got a call from Mazda in KL and we were already talking about where would the best place to have the car delivered. To make the long story short, I was handed the car keys by Bermaz staff Vincent at a parking lot near the Bukit Jalil National Stadium where I headed using the Metro Rail Transport of Rapid KL. 

Although I have driven Mazda 6 Diesel in Thailand in a race track a few years back and also in Manila early this year, I still spent some minutes re-familiarizing myself with the controls, adjusted the side mirrors and the seats.

Driving from Bukit Jalil to our hotel in Kuala Lumpur, a good  35- 40 kms, I immediately felt the power of the car’s 2.2 L diesel engine. My colleague who became my instant navigator, Peter Paul Patrick Lucas, veteran reporter-writer of DZSR Sports Radio, said he never expected the car to be so quiet. Peter was also impressed with the convenience and comfort features of the car especially the power passenger seat and the fine leather.

We parked the car in a tight space at the hotel’s basement. The next day when I opened the car, I went straight to the left side and even sat but I just laughed after realizing the driver’s seat is on the right.

The car was a big help to us as we covered the 29th Southeast Asian Games in downtown KL and outside. On my first four days, I took the Grab and cab, the trains and the bus. The hotel personnel were always kind to book me a Grab and even accompanied me outside to get on the booked car. On the train, it was also convenient except that my bag was heavy with the laptop and camera it was quite tough walking long distances on transfers. But the bus and trains of Rapid KL gave the Games participants, volunteers and media complimentary passes as they were a transport partner of the event.

So when I got the car, it was like feeling at home and I could put the bag and extra clothes inside and drive almost anywhere with the help of Waze. The challenge really was not much about driving on the right side of the road but more of finding a parking space. At the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center or KLCC which is a walking distance to the famous Petronas Twin Towers, I was surprised that the entrance to its parking was like entering a wide highway tunnel but upon seeing maybe four or five automated ticket machines and stop bars, I felt assured I was entering the convention building and mall parking. As parking for both seems integrated and always full, it was hard to find a slot right away. I found one but after I had parked I saw the sign that maximum time for parking was only for two hours and I took it to mean that I should go back to the car before the time expires. We were nearing the conclusion of the Games and Peter and I decided to drive to Genting Highlands the day before our flight back to Manila. The last time I stayed in Genting was in 2003 when I covered the Rainforest Challenge Malaysia and I was curious about the improvements in the popular tourist spot. It was Peter’s first time in Malaysia and seeing a place outside KL was a bonus for him.

Starting out at 9 am, traffic was light to moderate. We took the highways until Waze instructed us to enter a route going uphill and this was the same route my family and I took in 1995. Narrow, zigzag road and very few oncoming vehicles. The Mazda 6 was an ideal car in this twisty terrain and even if the car had five passengers, I was sure it could easily take the challenge with its 2.2L  twin-turbo diesel mill churning out 173 hp at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Its six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic gearbox kept me worry-free about the shifts.

After almost two hours, we were making our way to the Genting Highlands and Resort which we would learn later was in the Guinness Book of Records 2015 as the world’s largest hotel. Again, parking was a problem initially until we found several slots in a newly constructed parking building connected to the resort. For the limited time we had, we chose to have a ramen lunch then took the 30-minute out- and-back cable car ride, perhaps the resort’s main attraction these days. The ride offered fascinating views of Genting, the forests and the roads below. It was also like having the Baguio weather up there.

We had coffee at Starbucks before going back to KL for a scheduled interview with Al Jazeera news agency in the afternoon.

We took a different route this time, mostly the tollwayswhich gave us more opportunities to experience the smooth power and other features of the 6. The car has Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA). Now we could do 105- 110 kph with other cars along the fast lanes and the LDWS and LKA offered good assists. Of course, the 6 can do a lot more but I decided to be on the moderate speed.

I need not talk about the car’s excellent audio entertainment system with Bose speakers but I should mention about the car’s fuel efficient engine. We had a full tank at the start of our six-day drive and after completing the Genting drive, we still had close to a half tank and more than enough fuel for Vincent to take us to the far Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on our last day. Indeed, a Mazda 6 SKYACTIV-D memorable drive!
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