Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hello Fuzzy! Goodbye my Sheepy 4!

I've gone through so much with the bike. So many adventures up North. Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It was my touring friend and teacher as well. It has taught me so much about handling big bikes. It has gotten me started on big bikes. Thank you, my friend. I'll always remember you, my Sheepy 4.

It's time to move on with a bigger machine. I chose a beautiful FZ6 with the ever sweet twin exhaust. I believe it will be there to teach me and refine me into a better rider as I continue my adventures with Pplater's Fizzy. Hello Fizzy, you've got a new friend called Fuzzy! *wink wink!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A time of reflection for the year 2009

Oh yes, the year is drawing to close in 2 hours time. I'm reflecting on the whole year's happenings and blessings. It has been a good year for me and it's all because...

1. May - I've gone on my Cambodia and Laos Tour for 18 days with my fiance, Zhehong. It was a psychological barrier for me - I didn't take a Class 2 bike up (over 400cc), instead took a Super 4 up. It was only my 4th tour up North and covering such a massive distance. It was indeed a touring milestone for me.

After this, I really wish that I can travel the world in the future!

2. October - I had a double whammer! Firstly, Zhehong proposing to me and we got engaged. This is another milestone in my life. Secondly, I finally graduated with a degree after many sleepless nights.

3. December - I've gotten my Class 2 licence finally! And that finally concluded my conquest for the 3 motorcycle licences and my Class 3 car licence. I've thankful for BBDC and I'll always remember all the instructors who have taught me well as well as incurring my wrath.

2009 has been a year of goal-achieving moments, and I look forward to an even better 2010 ahead. I wish everyone a Happy New Year and may all of your wishes, goals and resolutions all come true!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

MotoV's Cameron-Gua Musang-Genting Trip (17th to 20th Dec 2009)

Zhehong aka Pplater and I wanted to go for another MotoV group trip together. Endlessloop aka Lip Sing told Zhehong that he was planning for a MotoV group trip up to Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. I was happy upon this piece of news and Zhehong signed up for the trip for both of us. Patrick aka Firefly, Jason aka jason_r6 and Shirli aka Miss Huppy also came along for the trip too!

DAY 1 - 17th Dec 2009
We met up at Gelang Patah's Petronas at 7am on 17th Dec 2009, which was a Saturday morning. The weather was dry and cool. It was a really nice ride for the initial leg to Pagoh for breakfast.

After the breakfast, the weather started to be wet and cold-dry and hot-wet and cold AND the cycle goes on and on throughout the next few days of riding. We used the North-South Highway (NSH) for an easy ride up to Cameron Highlands.

We exited at Exit 137 Simpang Pulai and we stopped at this legendary Kong Fook Ngam Temple which was built in 1884.

We were so lucky to get shots of the temple before the heavy downpour began again...

And not forgetting a shot of ourselves...

Next to the Kong Fook Ngam Temple, there is a famous Indian temple called Sri Siva Subramanium Temple. I thought the temple looks quite magnificent with its gold-tinted stupas.

The weather was quite bad for any more pictures. So, I don't have any pictures from here to Brinchang, Cameron Highlands.

The traffic condition up to Brinchang was quite bad. It's probably due to the school holidays. As Lip Sing wrote in his post in the MotoV forum: "Jam can stretch as long as 10km". Yup, it was certainly nerve-wrecking going through such traffic.

We stayed at the lovely Country Lodge and rested for the day.

DAY 2 - 18th Dec 2009
The next day, we visited the Big Red Strawberry Farm. Wow! I will get to eat my Yogurt with Fresh Strawberries and Honey!

After we had our fill of strawberries, we proceeded on to the BOH tea plantation and tea centre.

I wanted to visit the BOH tea plantation the last time I went up Cameron Highlands. However, it was all because I went up on a Monday. Do remember that BOH tea plantation and tea centre closes on Mondays!

What a beautiful sight and sipping nicely brewed tea! What a pleasure!

The BOH tea centre and cafe atop the hill...

This is a proof that we were here...

Umm... Let me see what tea leaves I can smuggle back... hyak hyak hyak...

We are ready for our free and easy time after the BOH tea plantation trip! Ok, let us admire our own bikes! :p

Zhehong sitting on Fizzy's side box...
Zhehong and I posing in front of my bike...

DAY 3 - 19th Dec 2009
We packed all our bags, left Cameron Highlands and ready for Genting Highlands. We took the scenic Gua Musang! This is the first time I rode on this stretch. It's truly a sight to behold! However at some stretch, we did encountered some really bad fog which made our visibility severely low.

Thankfully, I still managed to capture some shots of the magnificent Gua Musang. It's a must ride!

I'm so happy...

We're so happy...

But... I think Zhehong is the happiest of all... What a relief! What a view to be relieved! Ahh...

We rode through Route 8 to Genting Highlands.

It was really cold and I was wearing my rain gear throughout the day.

Zhehong and I visited the First World casino to try our luck. I was really a casino noob. Believe it or not... I never ever gambled at the casino before. Zhehong was assisting me in knowing the rules of the "Big-Small" game. We each played RM$50 and lost everything in the end. But, it's all the name of good fun!

We stayed at the Chin Swee Temple as all the accomodations at Genting hotels are fully booked. Even the suites are snapped up.

The downside to staying at Chin Swee temple is... in order to get to the casino and theme park, you either have to ride up/catch a cable/catch a taxi. We were lazy to ride in the rain again, so we settled on cable car which costs only RM$3 per person. However, you've got to remember that the cable car only opens till 7.30pm. After that, you will have to take a taxi to get back to the temple.

Just when I thought I could take a nice hot shower after a long day's ride... To my horror, the hot water only last for spurts of about 1 minute. After that, it's icy-cold water... My goodness... I still had my shower nevertheless.

DAY 4 - 20th Dec 2009
Everyone left Genting Highlands for Singapore. I'm very thankful everyone came back safe and sound. No bike breakdowns, no buang, etc... Thank God for that!

I enjoyed this trip tremendously and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Find out more about the incredible bike trips and adventures that MotoV as to offer @ http://www.moto-v.sg/forums!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I've finally gotten my Class 2!

I've finally gotten my Class 2! I remembered way back in 2006, I sat on my friend's Fazer 1000 and told myself... "I'm not gonna be just a poser on the bike. One day, I'm gonna be able to ride a Class 2 on my own and get the license!"

This is the photo of me in 2006 sitting on my friend's Fazer 1000 dreaming of riding a Class 2 bike someday...

I took my time... completed my license every year dutifully...
2007 - Class 2B
2008 - Class 2A
2009 - Class 2

It wasn't easy for me to get my Class 2 license like the others. I struggled quite a bit with the hydraulic clutch on the CB750. The clutch was harder to depress and it made my left hand very tired. As a result, it affected my timing on the plank as well as the bumpy course.

Nevertheless, after 2 tries at the test, I was so happy that I could finally obtain the Class 2 license! Now, I can dream about owning my next Class 2 bike! I wonder... what bike should I get next? Umm... That's for you to guess!

This whole bike learning experience reminded me that if I set my mind on something, I will achieve it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My first Moto-V Tour! (Moto-V 5th Anniversary) - 31st Oct to 1st Nov 2009

Having joined Moto-V for more than a year, I haven't been on a single group tour with them! Dang! Anyway, I made it up North with them this time around and never had a single dull moment.

We were at this wonderful place called Bob Homestay located at Kg. Johor Lama. It was fun-filled weekend!

Here are some pictures that captured some of the magical moments:
1. Wonderful breakfast @ Kulai as captured by Spectrum

2. A breezy stopover at Jason Bay as captured by Dahun

3. A panoramic group shot at Jason Bay captured by Spectrum

4. Bob Homestay as captured by Dahun

5. The farm animals running around the homey stay as captured by Dahun

6. The Kelong as captured by Dahun

7. Enjoying the sea breeze on the hammock as captured by Dahun

8. Fun & Games and sometimes horror too! :p as captured by Spectrum



- THE HANTU CONTEST as captured by Dahun

- THE HANTU CONTEST winner with the biggest "assets"... captured by Dahun

This is the first time Moto-V organised its Anniversary celebration overseas! It's a novel experience and I'm really thrilled to be part of it!

This certainly keeps me wanting for more!

Find out more about the event and Moto-V @ www.moto-v.sg

Monday, November 9, 2009

October's Double Happiness!

The month of October was really another milestone in my life, other than the Laos & Cambodia Tour done in May 2009!

The Engagement on 24th October 2009
It was a typical Saturday evening. I didn't suspect that there was anything unusual or special about that evening. We had dinner, watched a movie at the cinema and then proceeded to East Coast Park for tea and a stroll.

When we were at East Coast Park, Zhehong suggested that we went to one of those big rocks to sit and be closer to the sea. After much sand getting into my feet, we sat there.

We were having a good conversation. After some time, he suddenly got up, kneel down, took out the solitaire engagement ring and proposed. I was pretty taken aback not because I didn't know that he would propose, I just didn't know when.

Here's a picture of my ring and the beautiful roses:

The Second Milestone: My University Graduation
Hahaha! Now it's my turn to graduate!

I embarked on this Mass Communication degree when I was still working as a full-time Audio/Video Engineer. After many sleepless nights, hair-pulling and teeth gritting, I finally graduated with my Bachelor of Mass Communication!

Wow! What a blast for the month of October!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Zhehong has finally graduated today!

I was invited for Zhehong's graduation ceremony aka commencement. To be honest, I feel very honoured to be able to witness his graduation.

It was just this morning that I attended his graduation. I started the morning travelling towards NUS and it was drizzling a little. Thank God that it wasn't pouring!

Oh gosh! When I reached the University Cultural Centre, the queue was really really long! I had to queue up a good 20 minutes before I could enter into the hall due to some H1N1 temperature checking. I cleared it and good to go!

This is Zhehong on the stage receiving his degree cert from President S.R. Nathan...

And after he received his cert, we texted each other and swiftly left the hall before the crowd started to build up. We went out to take some pics as a rememberance of his graduation.

These are the pics...

I'm just glad that he's done with his education and moving on towards starting his career!