It was our first time to be part of a Shell road trip event and as soon as we got the invitation, we immediately confirmed our participation for this year’s summer event.
These past few days we’ve experienced a rise on the temperature and that signals the beginning of summer, and Pilipinas Shell knows how to make this season more enjoyable, fun, and worthwhile for their customers by launching summer offerings, services, and food delights. This summer 2017, Shell officially kicked off ‘Recharge Your Summer Road Trip’ summer themed-drive, with us, the media, to a whole-day escapade in the Southern part of the metro.
Shell Summer Charged
The call time was around 7 AM, and we were just in the nick of time when we arrived at Shell BGC to meet up with the organizers and the rest of the participants. As soon as we got to our seat, we were asked to sign a waiver and were asked for our driver’s license. Are they going to make us drive one of the MINIs powered by Shell V-Power Nitro+ that we’ll be riding from Makati to Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate? Oh boy! That drummed up our excitement.
Shell Summer Road Trip
It was a 44-kilometer drive to the Southern parts of the metro and we were grouped into four (the others were grouped in three’s). Each group drove with one of the MINI vehicles, media participants and designated drivers, and took on different challenges and experienced refreshing fare that featured what every summer traveler needed and looked for during their summer road trips starting at Shell Shell South Luzon Expressway 1 station.
The adventure started off with a scrumptious and hefty breakfast from Deli2Go’s range of dishes at Shell South Luzon Expressway 1 station. Each teams, in keeping with Shell’s values and commitment to safety and health, were briefed on safety guidelines on the road and for the days’ activities. Featured, were the our exclusive media Recharge Challenge Passport, which allowed us to rack up points for every completed pit stop challenge, and Shell’s Summer Journey Card, an instant-prize card available for all customers when they gas-up and shop at any Shell station, were also distributed to the us.
The rest of the day were spent at the Fun Farm inside Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate in Cabuyao, Laguna. The Fun Farm is a perfect chill-out adventure place for family and groups who are up for quality time and exciting games. The Fun Farm features Boat Ride, Zipline, Log Hurdle, Net Climbing, and many more. Be sure to spend one full day to make your stay at The Fun Farm an unforgettable one.
Throughout the day, we faced challenges that most travelers encountered on the road and were tasked to find the most efficient solution for each. From necessity shopping lists, to finding the perfect restroom for nature’s call, to knowing products and services that can ease your drive, and experiencing refreshing food and drinks to fuel your energy, we experienced it all and came to understand Shell as the perfect stop and best partner anyone can have with them. Knowing there’s a Shell oasis up ahead puts any traveler’s mind at ease as they traverse the long and dusty roads.
Our last stop was at Locavore BGC were winners for the challenge were awarded with cool prizes. Unfortunaltely, our team didn’t win but it doesn’t matter. We had a great ride, enjoyed the road trip, and we went home full in the tummy. Thanks to Pilipinas Shell and EON for making this adventure possible.
“As part of Pilipinas Shell’s efforts in making each journey better for every Filipino, we launched a summer campaign that aims to demonstrate the recharging and exciting drive that Shell can offer especially during the summer season. To launch this campaign, we held this drive to encourage motorists to always be prepared on the road by fueling up with quality products and visiting a one-stop-shop that has everything they need for the journey ahead,” said Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, Anthony Lawrence Yam.
Fuel your summer excitement with Shell
To make summer road trips better for its customers, Pilipinas Shell has a lot more in store for Filipino motorists throughout the season. Apart from its quality products and services, customers can also enjoy delicious snacks and refreshing beverages from Shell Select & Deli2Go, as well as earn points by using their SM Advantage cards for every purchase at Shell. To fully make the most out of every visit, customers will be issued their own Shell Summer Journey Cards which they can use to collect stamps upon each purchase to win exciting prizes from Shell, such as refreshing drinks or a chance to win a trip to a summer destination.
By providing quality fuel products and services to motorists around the world, Shell gained its foothold as a global leader in power and energy that pioneers next generation technology in developing new energy sources for a reliable energy mix, producing smarter products, as well as promoting its smarter use, building smarter infrastructure and providing energy efficient engineering solutions that ultimately promote clean & efficient transport, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency and a new energy future to address the energy challenge.
Shell MINI test drive
It was one of the many exciting things in our journey that will go to the books, MINI test drive.
During our free-time at The Fun Farm, the organizers asked us if we want to test drive one of the vehicles and you know already what we’ve answered. It’s not every day that we were able to ride a MINI, much more, to drive one. We jumped in the driver’s seat, started the engine, and we took it for a spin around the estate.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman is not entirely a small wagon. In fact, MINI Cooper S Clubman is a 6-door (split-door type rear) vehicle that can fit 5 people and has a very large compartment for personal things at the back. It’s a brother to the MINI Countryman.
The first thing we noticed about this car absence of a physical key to start the engine. It has an automatic START/STOP ignition which you can simply press with one finger.
It’s clocks on a 6-speed automatic packed with the standard 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine little monster on the road. The 80-km drive (back and forth, Makati-Laguna-Makati) was incredibly smooth allowing its driver and passengers to feel comfortable while on the expressway. Even on rough road, we tested the impressive suspension of the Clubman, and steering is very stable. And you can drive it up to 200km/hr with very much ease.
If you’re going to ask for the price, it’s a whopping P2.8M. And that’s where the waiver’s for. There’s a lot of nice things to talk about the MINI Cooper S Clubman but we’ll just leave it here. Maybe on our next MINI ride, we can do a in-depth review of this beautiful piece of machine.
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