Faces of Jeep is a column that features real Jeep owners and shares their special moments in the tight-knitted Jeep community. In this feature of Faces of Jeep, we place Felix in the spotlight. As a communications lecturer, Felix was not afraid to speak his mind and shared his thoughts about Bruce Lee, and his Jeep Wrangler. Read on to find out more about Felix and his Jeep Wrangler.

Let’s start with the million-dollar question. People will usually pick a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Why did you choose the 2-door option, particularly in the colour Hellayella (Yellow)?

#Bachelorlife. Most of the time, people choose the 4-door option as they want to pick up people from school, work, or appointments. Sorry ah, as a swinging bachelor, my car does not need to serve the above purpose. I don't have to pick up family members or children. I love it as it is, and that’s it. With that said, it’s still a 4-seater, so if anyone wants to go on a ride, they still can.

Why the color?

Yellow… because the color resembles one of my idols - Bruce Lee and his iconic yellow jumpsuit. Essentially, I think his philosophy speaks to me, and this color is a kind of representation of that. Bruce Lee once said that “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine.” I think this is what I can identify with as a proud owner of a Jeep as well, therefore I named my Jeep after him.

Can you recall the experience when you test drove the Jeep Wrangler?

It was nerve-wracking as it was a big transition for me. My previous car was a Mini Cooper. Can you imagine, suddenly with the Jeep Wrangler, feels like I'm the king of the road. I was pretty nervous when I test drove it for the first time, trying to be extra careful. When I got behind the wheel, the thrill of being in a Jeep, overlooking everybody made me feel confident. There were other details I had to consider, for instance, finance, fuel consumption – you know, practical things. The ultimate push factor was the fact that the Jeep Wrangler can go off-roading. I wanted to go off the beaten track, and hopefully, drive it to Thailand one day.

It’s been almost a year since you got "Bruce Lee". Can you remember the first time you met your Jeep Wrangler?

The sales team really knew how to build up the suspense. The moment they unveiled the car in the showroom that was underneath the black cloth, I had tears of joy. “Finally mine! Yes, yes, YES!” was my first thought. “I’m finally driving this back home!” The next few thoughts were – one, to be extra cautious not to knock or scratch anything, and secondly, to inhale the new car smell of leather seats.

Jeep is all about forging bonds and community. Have you met any fellow Jeepers yet?

Yes, I have! I saw a Green and Pink Jeep parked at my place’s car park, and found out that it was Chin Hao and Simin’s! They added me to a group chat and I got all the messages of them heading out together, which includes going for road trips overseas, going to Willing Hearts, and giving food to the needy as well. Through this bonding time, we can get together and make new friends.

Driving down the highway must be a different feel. How does it make you feel?

Truth be told, I’m pretty sure other cars on the road get a little intimidated when I drive my Jeep down. It’s almost like a parting of the red sea! The Jeep is a unique vehicle. I wouldn’t force it down anyone’s throat. You must have a feel for it because you cannot just persuade people to consider Jeep as an alternative vehicle. It’s more about the owner and whether it suits their personality.

The Jeep Wrangler has many cool features and functions. What’s your favourite feature?

It can be a technical, aesthetic, or technological one. What impressed me about the Jeep was the whole make, and how they kept to their 80-year-old heritage with updated technologies and aesthetics of the car. Interestingly, I’ve heard about the Easter eggs but I’m not too sure what I was supposed to look out for yet. Guess I’ll continue hunting for it and update you guys!

You definitely go against the norm.

Hell yeah! That’s what the Jeep is all about, right? Going against the norm. I did hear a lot from others that I’m the embodiment of my Jeep because of my personality and my style. I’m more of a rugged person that dares to go all out and try everything. Pretty gung ho, adventurous, and definitely, #YOLO! I try to do everything at least once. It has been my motto. Go be you! Just be your authentic, true self. This is the true meaning of being a Jeeper.