Sunday, August 24, 2008

Room 9... I never want to remember it!

Heart pounding. Teeth gritting. Queue number flashing. It's my turn now. I'm standing in front of Room 9.

Room 9??? What is it??? It's actually the room at Bukit Batok Polyclinic that I have to go daily to do my dressing.

I've been going there for my dressing daily for a week now. At least for now, the bandage on the right leg has been removed. However, the left leg might take some time before the bandage can be removed.

Every morning, the nurse will remove my bandages and gauze. After that, she will put sodium chloride on the wounds to clean (it's so painful, but not as painful as putting "kaltostat"... you will see why...).

For my very deep wound on my left knee area, she puts "Kaltostat" on it. It's very painful because Kaltostat consists of an absorbent fibrous fleece composed of the sodium and calcium salts of alginic acid in the ratio of 80:20. In short, it's like rubbing salt into your wound! Now I know why the nurse asked me to think before I agree to this. Most people will not opt for this. It's expensive and more painful. Oh well, in my eagerness to recover, I agreed reluctantly! So... my daily visits to the polyclinic has been a soap opera affair...

I guess the suffering has paid off... just in a week, the recovery has been quite promising although I'm still unable to run or walk quite normally. This is something that I haven't got used to. I've been the active sort of lady who exercises regularly. To ask me to just walk around, sit around... this is something I still find it hard to get used to.

And the most important thing i miss... I really miss riding! I miss riding my handsome Sky! I miss the carefree feeling when I'm riding my bike. For now... I'm stuck with taking the MRT and bus. Having to try my utmost best daily to protect my knees in a jam-packed MRT or bus!!

I really hope it'll soon end and that I'll be able to get back to riding again and finish the trip that was uncompleted!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

SBF Melaka - A Famosa Trip (16 August 2008)

The game plan for the trip was to go to A Fomosa's Microlight & Sports Centre to play a paintball war, visit the Animal World or Water World and also to eat the can't-get-in-Singapore A&W!

We kick started the tour with a morning briefing by Zamani & Racingter (Richard). We used GP Petronas as the briefing point.

After about 2 1/2 hours of riding, we arrived at A Famosa's Microlight & Sports Centre. Ah... let the paintball games begin! Eh... wait a minute... Most of us haven't tried paintball before, so we were briefed by a paintball instructor and of course our coordinators, Zamani and Racingter!

At last, the battle is on! And I'm geared for the kill!!! (looking like a terrorist... Aiyoh...)

I'm aiming at my target! Shoot!

It was a really fun experience! But, quite a painful one... I've gotten 2 blue-black bruises from it!

Everyone was feeling very delightful playing the game!

After that, everyone was given a choice of going to either the Animal World or the Water World. Oh well, for me... the choice was easy. I chose the Animal World because I didn't bring any clothes that will prepare for water splashes!

There was nothing much. Just the regular animals you can see at the Singapore Zoo... So I had nothing to take with... A camel is better than nothing...

We ended the trip with a hearty meal at Ayer Keroh A&W and everyone parted from there.

This was a trip to be remembered - be it good or bad. The good part was all the fun and jamboree with the rest of the convoy.

The bad part was the unexpected fall on North-South Highway along Pagoh. I was travelling at a normal speed of 130km/h. The road that I was travelling was flat, straight and clean, yet my bike tank slap suddenly. It was beyond control. I tried to balance the bike for about 5 seconds before I decided to jump off the bike and let the bike row to a halt.

During that moment, all I focused was to roll my body as tightly as possible to minimize the chance of a fracture. It was only after i was around the road shoulder, a lot of things flooded through my mind. I was afraid that I'll not see my family and my special one again. I prayed to God and gave thanks that He protected my life.

I was very impressed and thankful that I was travelling with a wonderful convoy. They were so ready to help me out, be it the bike or me.

I am very thankful to David for helping to escort Zhehong and I to NUH & opening up roads for Zhehong to change lane safely.

I am very thankful for all the riders who had endured the arduous distances in riding my bike from Pagoh to S'pore. If not for you guys, my bike would have been stranded in Pagoh.

I am very thankful for Wai Kiong for having a part in riding my bike back to S'pore & visiting me at the NUH A&E department. Also, for coming all the way to HKL this afternoon to pass me my keys!

I am very thankful for Simon Soh & Richard for coordinating the 'damage control'.

Last but not lest, thanks to Zamani and Richard for organizing this wonderful trip!

I went to NUH A&E department to seek medical help. I am very thankful that I was wearing a full face helmet, armoured jacket and gloves. The full face helmet protected my chin, the armoured jacket protected my elbows and the gloves protected my hands.

It's just that I didn't have an armoured pants. Otherwise, I would have walked out of the incident unscathed. Alas, it wasn't so...

Now, I ended up with a very deep cut in my left knee which will require some time before it's completely healed. Fortunately, there wasn't any broken bones or torn ligaments... although my ligaments were showing... It freaked out some of them in the convoy. It was a sight to behold (not in a good way, you know...).

From this experience, I learnt the true value in investing in good riding gears especially armoured touring pants! And also... I've learnt how to anticipate wind directions when travelling on M'sia roads. Most importantly, I finally understood the true biker spirit - always there to help other biker! I've matured as a rider and have gained another feather to my hat!

Now, my wounds are kind of settled. It's time to settle my Sky... I think he needs plastic surgery!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I've got a dream...

Finally my exams are over and I've got a month's break in my hands. Therefore, I had the time to let my mind wander for a while.

I dreamt of something. I dreamt of travelling around the world like Benka Pulko! I checked out her website, and found her travel very fascinating!

The Journey

1 woman
1 BMW motorcycle
1 world
5.5 years
7 continents
75 countries
111,856 miles
2 Guinness Records
35,000 photographs
19 tire changes
10 chain sets
7$ a day
5 stitches
1 ten-day hospital stay
1 endless number of amazing memories

June 19th 1997 - December 10th 2002

She is someone with determination. Her background is pretty similar to mine. When I dream about something, I will act upon it 90% of the time.

Reading her worldwide bike travel was a truly awe inspiring experience for me. This is something I would want to do when I retire!

Until then... I must work hard and save up more $$$ first to materialize this dream of mine!

Friday, August 1, 2008

1st Petrol Run to JB - My 1st overseas milestone

I know this isn't anything great. It's only a petrol run. But, it's my personal milestone in my riding journey.

During my P-plate and 'Auntie' Phantom days, I didn't go up to Malaysia at all. Or should I say... I didn't dare to...It's only after owning Sky that I started to have the desire to clock up the mileage and go up to Malaysia... even if it's only a petrol run.

I chose 2nd Link to pump petrol as I wanted to have a chance to 'whack' Sky for a longer distance. I wanted to experience what is it like to pump petrol over there... Next time, I'll try 1st Link...

Wow! I managed to open VTEC most of the time and hit a speed of 120-130 km/h! It's an exhilarating experience!! Woo hoo!

Of course, the petrol run wasn't just a petrol run. I stopped at JB City Square for a while just to explore what's around... Well, it was nothing much... It's just like any other regular shopping centres that you see in Singapore. Nevertheless, the experience that I get from riding over at Malaysia is something I can never get in Singapore.

Gosh! I think this is just the start of the 'itching' season for touring...

See my happy face.... and you know... :)