Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I've ridden in Toyota cars all my life. In fact, I was probably taken home from the hospital in a Toyota car, because my parents bought a yellow Toyota Corolla the year I was born. It became known as (what else?) The Yellow Car. A couple of years later, my 2 younger brothers were born only a year apart, so The Yellow Car was joined by The White Car, a white Toyota Corona, to accommodate our growing family. The Yellow Car and The White Car drove us everywhere throughout our childhood and into high school.
The Yellow Car was the first car I drove, and that was the car my sister and I drove in our first few years of college. Yup, it was still up and running after all those years! True, the gas tank cap had somehow gotten lost or broken along the way, but we replaced it with the cap from a Cheez Whiz jar, which only added to its quirkiness and vintage factor among my college friends. I was almost sorry to see it go -- but not too sorry, because my parents replaced it with the latest Corolla model. Finally, a car that was up-to-date with the times! Our new Blue Car (guess what color our new Corolla was?) was soon joined by a red Toyota LiteAce (for some reason, we broke tradition and called it simply, The LiteAce).
That was over 20 years ago. The Yellow Car, White Car and Blue Car have moved on to that great Toyota parking lot in the sky; my mom now drives a Toyota Yaris in her old age. The LiteAce is still around. The sliding door doesn't work properly but my parents refuse to get rid of it. It's much too useful and it still runs great, they say. Whenever we visit the Philippines, our parents pick us up at the airport in it.
With so many Toyotas in my past, is it any wonder that we chose to buy a Toyota Sienna when Alfie and I started a family of our own? Toyotas are practically in my blood! So when Toyota invited me to join their Toyota Women's Influencer Network (TWIN), I was beyond honored. Toyota recognizes that women play a huge role in purchasing -- and using! -- their cars, so they'll be picking the brains of some pretty influential bloggers to find out what women think about the Toyota Brand, and how they can improve their cars to better reflect the way women use their cars today. I can't wait to share all the experiences with Toyota cars, all the great memories I've enjoyed with Toyota cars, and all the ideas I have for making Toyota cars even better!
Disclosure:I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.