Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kranji ride with friends - 17th Oct 2010

Riding is fun, I get to meet different friends. This time man... was there many friends! 20 riders came! Hello! I have problems remembering all but it was a great pleasure to meet and ride alongside u!  Lets see if I got it correct..... Francis, Wai Thong, Gim yeow, Mac, Mr Teo, GL, Matt, Clarence, Daniel, Badul, Zul, Hamid, Eric, Tommy, Eddie, Wife, Marcus and Kenneth and of course Zul!  Special mention:  Marcus is in Pri 4 and Kenneth in Pri3 and they rode very well and took on the slopes with nary a sweat... and mummy needs more training.. still, we all made it! Well done!
To the heros who braved the rain together, well done!

Ok, write-up proper..
Meeting location was at Kranji MRT. This ride should be special, I I was driving around the locality.. and it was! As we approached the start off time, one by one came... then to make it more interesting, the heaven thundered and roar. Black skies.. oh oh.. no good.. and then it came.. first drizzle and then it poured..lots of it. As the rain slowed down some what, we left the station and headed to towards the Kranji war memorial.  The place was sombre, yet dignified.  I could feel the quiet presence and also the sadness.

Me and Chris wrote our personal comments in the visitor log. With the rain pelting down, I tried to feel how it was like under trying conditions with bullets and nasty things coming towards u. For the country, our country. Thank you all for your sacrifice, you will not be forgotten!
Kranji War memorial
Eddy, Sandy, Marcus(blue) and Kenneth - Riding as a family, in the rain! Thumbsup!
Pouring rain... I could literally take a shower..

Oh..when will it stop.. 

Next stop was the Kranji dam, by then rain stopped somewhat and it was really nice and cooling. The traffic at the Kranji junction was abit busy and please be careful if u do decide to visit this area.  Rolling pass an old army camp, it brought back memories. This was the place where we all got our uniforms and boots. Now the place has been partially torn, awaiting to be rebuilt to some fancy condo or shopping centers. A shame I cant stop and visit due to the traffic and the place being locked up...
Old Army barracks at Kranji road

Kranji road.. waiting for red light.. checkout  rider lines
Stopping by Kranji dam car park, we stopped for a break and snapped away. It was quite a scene, 20+ riders talking and taking pics of themselves, their friends, their friends bikes. Trying out other bicycles and chatting. This is nice... that's how riding should be, not by brands or what model of bike you ride, but just ride because you like it and because you do! 

taking shots, sharing thoughts
The route to Bollywood veggies was abit hilly but we got their eventually. Ivy was really gracious when she saw our group of "cham par lan" bicycles trying to find parking at the front.  Holding her coffee, she ushered us in and chatted. She even took us personally around her fabulous farm, explaining the plants and type. More interestly, was that she talked about her family, her past and made the visit very engaging. I was also very touched when I saw she was giving many of the lesser privileged folks a place to work and show their stuff.  I bought a book from Shery Oh Siew May at the stall. The first page reads like this.. "love can bring light to darkness and create a miracle." indeed, that is so! Siew May even signed my copy for me. That's very nice of u. Siew May, Rock on! 

For those who want to know about the cool Bollywood and the wonderful pple, details are here.. and pls tell Ivy I sent you!
The Author herself!

No problems for our bicycles... 
water pond at Bollywood
real good herbs!
This is baluku... 
enuff fill in yours 
Nasi lemak at Bollywood veggies, nice
Ivy Singh, an inspirational lady!

Riding towards Lim chu kang jetty

Hay daries followed which some how lost its initial soul..can't describe it.. perhaps it is because u can't pet the goat or that it felt too "factory like" 

Last stop was to be a special jetty at end of Lim Chu Kang. Zul who works around there, showed the way...and it was beautiful. Further proof, there is beauty everywhere. If u look hard enough. That's all folks and have a nice day!  


  1. Nice trip. Even with the rain, it did not dampen our spirit.

    BTW, Marcus is Pri4 and Kenneth is Pri3... haha

  2. yes, nice to see u and family! opphs and amended it.. must be the rain.:)

  3. just a suggestion, next time when you're in the LCK area, go to Sungei Gedong Camp. At the camp's entrance, there's a nice static display of a real but disused AMX13 tank.

  4. Nice blog! I've been searching for peeps to ride together for quite some while, maybe I should join you guys sometime!

  5. Hi Taiwoon

    Posted my set up on Flickr


  6. thanks for the advice on sungei gedong camp. I will visit it someday.
    Hi Matt, lovely shots! Keep it going!

  7. Thanks for the ride and the photos, and really appreciate everyones' effort to upload the photos.

    Relaxing pace, and the rain makes for a cooler ride too.

    I have a good time :)

  8. hi taiwoon, interesting blog, nice ride and big effort there... me and friends ride on safe safe pavement/pcn in the west side (ulu pandan, ghim moh, bukit batok, chinese garden, cck, pang sua etc) during the hot Sat/Sun 3-5pm afternoon (as less people walking around). You planning any hot ride here, hope to meet you and your kakis one day..... :)

  9. hello friend... check out the coming ride.. it is at Changi!!..
    we rotate places all the time to keep the riding places fresh and interesting. interested? drop me an email at

    It will be fun I assure u! :)

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