The Festival Of Light

The Festival Of Light

The Festival Of Light

Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali or the Festival of Lights. The origin of Diwali story is different based upon where they are from

In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.

Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

And in western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

Regardless of the interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Millions of Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali with gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. People lit their house with festive light to symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.

Diwali is celebrated over a number of days. On the first day of Diwali, people consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils. On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand. The third day is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities. The fourth day is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season. Finally on the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

In Singapore, it's not hard to notice a Hindu home during Diwali. Each doorway boasts a beautiful, vividly-coloured picture created out of flour, rice or flower petals. At Little India during Diwali, the streets are transformed into a fantasyland of colourful arches and stunning lights.

You can also head over to the Diwali Festival Village. This bazaar bustles with stallholders who peddle everything from festive knick-knacks to seasonal snacks

This Diwali, why not rent a car and enjoy the festival to its fullest? We have a large variety of different types of vehicle available to  rental. You can definitely find a car that is perfect got you!

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Fun-filled Weekend Activities

Fun-filled Weekend Activities

July is the only month since April that does not have any public holidays or long weekends. So while you work hard for the month, why not spend your weekend with all these activities to help you get rid of the stress from work!

1) Start your weekend with a great breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and nothing is better than having a plate of delicious Roti Prata in an air-conditioned restaurant. Springleaf Prata Place serves one of the best prata in Singapore. Together with a wide range of curries, you will be going back for seconds!

2) Enjoy a movie with your family

Now that your stomach is full with delicious prata, take a short break and enjoy a movie with your family. From the actions of Transformer and the high flying stunts of Spiderman to the mischievous antics of the Minions. There is a show suitable for everyone. So sit back and relax as you enjoy a wonderful show.

3) Bounce your way to the sky

Now that you have fully rested, it's time to jump up high at Bounce Singapore. Bounce Singapore is the ultimate indoor trampoline park in Singapore, with 8 different adventure zone, there is something caters to everyone in the family.

4) Tea time!

Having an afternoon tea at Arteastiq, located in the heart of Orchard Road, is a great way to relieve fatigue after jumping on trampoline. Enjoy a nice cup of refreshing ice tea while eating delicious food served on a tier stand.

5) Night belongs to the geeks

As the sun set, a saber lights up. The Saber Authority is the ONLY place in Singapore where you can duel your friends with sabers and learn the fine art of swordsmanship. The Saber Authority teaches authentic South-East Asia martial arts using a lightsaber! In the 1 hour lesson, you will get to swing a lightsaber and learn the basics of the martial art, finally ending the lesson with an adrenaline filled 1 on 1 duel. Geeking out has never been cooler.

6) End your day with an relaxing spa.

As your day comes to an end, why not have an relaxing soak? Yunomori Onsen and Spa is the first spa in South-East Asia to combine an Japanese hot spring with traditional Thai massages. Onsen baths are said to be able to relieve muscular tension, improve blood circulation and skin health. Combine with a full body Thai massage before or after the osen to help relax the muscles.

Get the most out of your weekend and let us help you enjoy all these activities in a single day! Book a vehicle from us and travel to all these activities with ease. Book one of our selected vehicle and enjoy a special discount off your daily rental! So what are you waiting for? Book your vehicle now and enjoy your fun-filled weekend!

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Top 5 Cars with the Weirdest Names

Top 5 Cars with the Weirdest Names

Ever wondered how car manufacturers derive their car names?

Over the years, car manufacturers have been constantly experimenting various names to label their cars in order to appeal to their respective customer segments. For most car manufacturers, the company’s marketing department is charged with coming up with the names. Whether it is a bold endeavour or a desperate attempt, we have to admit that some have succeeded over the years (example: Volkswagen Golf, Porsche 911, etc.) while the rest are simply ridiculous.

Let us visit the top 5 (Hall of Shame) cars with the weirdest names!

 

1)    Mitsubishi Lettuce (Minica variant)

Anyone hungry for some vegetables?

If so, the Mitsubishi Lettuce might be an ideal choice for you!

So you might be thinking, is there a typographical error here?

Certainly not, the car was indeed named the Mitsubishi Lettuce back in 1989. Why? Detailed explanations were not given. However, it does make us wonder if the marketing department were craving for some lettuce at that time. Nonetheless, we must admit that the car could have been good for some shopping trips.

 

2)    Honda That’s

So… What is the name of the second car?

“That’s the name of the second car”

Did you managed to catch that?

Allow us to repeat ourselves again, that’s the name of the car!

The Honda That’s was introduced in 2002, and was only made available for the Japanese market. The question is how did they came up with that name?

Perhaps the process went like this:

“Hey, what should we name that car?”

“How about.. that’s!

 

3)    Daihatsu Naked

“How do we name the vehicle such that we can attract people’s attention?”

“Why not name it, the Daihatsu Naked!”

That should have been the way Daihatsu derived the name. Now, please calm down, this car has nothing obscene about it. In fact, it is considered "naked" because it exposes all its bolts and hinges. The Daihatsu Naked was built in the year 2000.

 

4)    Honda Life Dunk

Does anyone watch or read the Japanese manga/anime “Slam Dunk”?

Well, we bet the guy who came out with the name does!

The “Honda Life Dunk” is basically a turbocharged variant of the “Honda Life”. It was introduced in the year 2000 under the category Kei Car (small vehicles). Perhaps adding in a turbocharger is like having an experience of doing a slam dunk!

 

5)    Renault Le Car

Random stranger asked: “What is the name of the car?”

Owner replied: “The Car

Stranger replied: “Yes, the car, what is its name?”

Owner replied (with frustration): “The Car!

We reckon that the above situation would be what, most owners of the Renaut LeCar would face at some point of time. For those who are unfamiliar with French, “Le” in French means “the” in English. Therefore, translating “Le Car” to English, would result in “The Car”. The Renault Le Car was sold in the United States of America back in 1976 as a “Supermini” car.

On a side note, we have to congratulate Renault for being the only Non-Japanese car manufacturer to make it into this list!

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2 Ways to travel to Malaysia with Drive.SG

2 Ways to travel to Malaysia with Drive.SG

Drive.SG is introducing a new service to you!

In addition to our current service of renting and collecting from our partners in Singapore, now you can rent a Malaysian car and collect in Malaysia! As a new collaboration, we are offering up to 30% off on our cars collected in Malaysia!

 

1. Collect car in Singapore

https://www.drive.sg/browse-rental-cars

On the left bar, check the box “Drive into Malaysia”, and select other preferences with any. 

Benefits of collecting the car in Singapore

  • Drive direct to your destination. No need to lug your stuff all the way. 
  • Wider range of car models to pick from

Note: There is an entry to Malaysia charge, dependent on different regions in Malaysia.

2. Collect car in Malaysia

http://bitly.com/easytomsia

The way you rent is the same as our local online car rental service! Book the car at this page and pick it up when you arrive in Malaysia via plane or cross the Woodlands Checkpoint. Some key pickup locations include Johor Bahru City Centre, KL International Airport and Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Pay a partial rental fee here at Drive.SG to confirm the booking then pay the remainder with a credit card once you arrive there.

So what are some benefits that comes with this service?

  • Pay using Malaysian Ringgit
  • No Entry-into-Malaysia surcharge
  • Faster local emergency service
  • Rent a car with a Malaysian car plate. We know some of you may find this safer.

 You might also like: Top 5 Malaysia Road Trip Destinations To Get Lost In This Weekend

 

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The Hidden Costs of a Car

For most of you who do not know, my assignment, while covert, has to do with the costs of owning and renting a car. Do you know why it is so expensive to own a car in Singapore in the first place?

Car rental companies who rent out cars have to stomach a massive amount of upfront costs that most renters are not aware of! When you buy a car in Singapore, the natural cost of the car is already inflated by 100% even before the Certificate of Entitlement costs are factored in!

There is the Open Market Value, Registration Fee, After Registration Fee, Goods and Services Tax and an excise duty which effectively bumps the initial cost of a car up to 200%! 

I just wonder, how anyone can own a car in Singapore nowadays.. But I suppose a car is a necessity in our modern times, and especially in Singapore. 

Perhaps one might consider doing a long term car rental from a local car company?

That might definitely be a better solution.

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