Thursday, July 22, 2010

last parts of a old boat jetty and other sights @ Punggol

11 July 2010
Bright and early, we met at Punggol MRT station and rode towards seletar airbase using the new route (Jalan Balrat). It is a nice and quiet stretch in ulu Punggol... This time, Francis brought his wife and son along for the ride. He also took with him a super cool air monitoring device.... and what do u know, according to the read out, the air around Punggol is quite bad... on par with Kowloon city - that's not too good if u know Hong kong... I think it must be the close proximity to Malaysia oil refining factories..  Anyway, we rode on...

Francis and his professional air metering device

We spotted this sitting on trailers parked along side the quiet road.
These are the Pre-cast bomb shelters which is a default feature of Singapore public housing. The wall thickness is about 6 inches thick, reinforced with plenty of steel rods... There are no windows and the circular feature is for ventilation.Francis's son was coughing quite badly and Francis took out his own designed mask and trim to fit. I cant believe he actually brought along scissors... but that's Francis for u. Always prepared! This is a pretty nifty mask which u can custom the fitting for the user. You can read more about it here.
It took about 10 min of continuous riding and we stopped again and looked. This location is the corner of seletar dam and seletar airbase. There is an old boat jetty which I think will be probably not be around in 1 years time. We stood there looking over the place and waters... chatting among ourselves.. so nice..wonder when all this will be like in another 1-2 years..

Snapping away... for memories sake. Singapore has undergone many changes over the years and my biggest concern is that we clear out to much, too quickly. Here are more shots of the old jetty area

  So much debris at the coast line.. like some one had a massive party and dumped all the junk into the sea.

The fish that got away..

Group shot just outside sunset bar at Seletar airbase
ahhahhah... life!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Visiting a old train station

Meet up at City Hall Mac Donalds
                                                  Date of ride: 18th July 2010

Meet up with my regular riding kakis, Francis and Tah Ching at City hall early sunday morning. We rode along the Padang which is the place for the 2010 NDP and snooped around. Following that, it was a normal ride past the CBD to the old dame. The Tanjong Pagar Train station. It is slated to be renovated come August... so come and see before all the "real deal" disappears.

how har? like that can or not? 

la fixie graphics
big installation

Some roadies in a rush to somewhere
3 happy guys and bikes
Tanjong pagar train station!
MTB, small wheel, medium wheel...doesn't matter... as along as u ride!

gives u power!

Our new friend Farhim
la kopi and talking about anything under the sun

Woodlandz roadie group

rusted sleeper clips

getting down and capturing the memories
Forgotten crank
simple life, simple bike
snooping around the train tracks

waiting patiently to go for the next journey

Friday, July 16, 2010

Leaving your mark in the world

Took this on route to  my workplace which I have walked a thousand times. This day, I stopped and looked. It was a tire track mark left behind by a cyclist the day before when the construction workers had laid the fresh concrete.  And it got me thinking, what do u leave behind?  What was thoughts of the rider when he rode over the wet concrete. Thinking of his loved one back home or simply enjoying the cool morning air ? 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

SG river ride 13th June 2010

This time we went by the Singapore river route. It is to be an early morning ride with Francis, Sharon, Tahching, Rodney, myself and guest appearance... Ivy from hong kong..

Challenge 1 for me was how do i make my way from Punggol to Kallang mac Donald's?  Took the MRT from Pungol to Serangoon, change to the circle line and stop at Mountbatten MRT. Travelling time, less than half an hour... amazing! With the folding bike, it makes travelling around so much more zippy... helps if u have a good foldie that can fold quick and neat.. here is my brompton sitting posing for the camera inside Mountbatten MRT station.

It wasn't long when the group came. Francis in his in-imitable style rode in... with another bike piggy back! A quick and clear 30 second instruction got Ivy test riding the Jz88...  then we are off.

 Press here if u want to stop..  pedal and keep pedalling.

Riding along the stadium road, the motley group of MTB, foldies headed towards the river... nice and quite with little and no traffic.

Some shots of the Kallang river

Following the river, we soon found ourselves at the F1 pit lane... I have never been here and we had fun riding and pretending to do donuts..

Then a short ride away, we saw the esplanade and the triple helix bridge.  I find that the super complicated design was totally not sympathetic with the environment. Have a look and tell me..

We also saw a group of children having a drawing session. ... some seems to be more busy with SMS, maybe waiting for the inspiration... Art takes time..

Then a shot of Raffles and group shot... at Singapore river..

Rodney sacrificing for "art"... and nearly getting away with a nice metal clog..

This is where we met the super grouchy trishaw guy... he shouted at Francis in some cantonese... I dun think it was good morning greeting. I guess he was still sleeping and maybe lost the football bet the nite before..

Posing at Robertson quay...

Old junk now pile the river and carry tourists.....

This boat is styled as an old style clog...
                                                   Parking at  Central Yakun... the waiter was abit taken back by our bikes.

In the cool air conditioned coffee place.. having coffee and kaya toast to end the day...