Thursday, June 16, 2016

Class 2 Traffic Police Test

The wait for Class 2 TP test is by far the shortest of the 3 motorcycle Classes. I completed my lesson 3 assessment on 29 May and I only waited for 2.5 weeks! It is again a first attempt for me and I have passed my Class 2! Hooray!

Traffic Police test for Class 2

After the Circuit Revision n on Sunday, I realized there are notes pasted on Level 5 on what to bring for the test.
1) NRIC / passport
2) Driving license

4.05am Work up anxiously awaiting for the test! What is going on with me? Tossed and turned ...

5.00am I get out of bed and started making breakfast. This time I decided to make a sumptuous meal... Actually I had egg and bread. 

6.10am I began putting on my riding gear.

6.25am Left for SSDC. Along the way, saw dark and gloomy clouds moving. I got caught in the drizzle and decided to accelerate a little. 

6.50am reached SSDC, saw a few students on level 5. 

7am Instructor Nizal shown us a list of our names and our pre-assigned number. Spoke to a fellow abang, the young chap was more anxious than me and he was shivering! I was number 3, so we had to take our respective number tag and surrender our NRIC and Driving License. We were briefed by Nizal the test today only have Class 2A and Class 2; there are 13 Class 2 but insufficient bikes, so we have to rotate the warm up.

7.15am All of us were told to go down to level 1 and start our warm up.I rode for about 2 rounds on the test route and started circling the test stations. 

7.40am We were round up, parked our bike and gathered at the Figure 8 station. The other instructor rode 1 round to demonstrate the needful while Nizal spoke to us on some common mistakes to watch out. We were given a briefing on test routes. 

8.05am We were given another opportunity to continue the riding and learn from the pointers which Nizal had given us. However, due to the lack of motorcycles, I had shared mine with another rider (No.12). He had not have an opportunity to ride just now and was waiting. Anyway, I felt I had adequate practice so even when he came back to the start point at 8.25am, I told him to continue practice. 

8.50am We went to the Motorcycle Test Waiting area, and were told to take out our number tags. We could go for a break until 9am. So I went to the canteen and had a warm Kopi-O kosong as the sleepy bug is getting into me! 

9am We went back into the waiting area and started QnA, chit chat and talk about some Ramadan special tips. The conversation went on to spice up the atmosphere to ensure all 24 riders pass the test! LOL.

9.30am We picked up our gloves and wore our number tags, and went over to the "Push bike area" One instructor demonstrated how to put down and subsequently lift up a Honda CB400, and push it a around two cones in a figure 8 shape.

9.40am Test started. There were 5 testers, each given 5/6 riders to confirm IC number. I read out my IC and was returned my NRIC card. One by one, starting from No. Tag 1, we pushed the bike around the 2 cones. After I done mine pushing, I return to the room and picked up my helmet, and went to the starting point. The dark clouds seemed to over the building and the area seemed dark. 

9.55am The riding test commence. I was third, so was not too long when I started my route. Throughout my test, I did not spotted any mistakes nor did I think I went over/before the time limit. Lucky thing was I didn't had any immediate failure. I could feel drizzling from the rain during the test. 

10.05am Completed my test. Return my number tag at level 1 along with others waiting at the starting point area. Had a hour long break and was told to return by 11am. So I went back to the canteen and wanted Mee Rebus, but nobody was manning the stall. I had bee hoon instead. About 10.20am, the rain started pouring. Some of the riders were wet. No instructions to put on raining gear, I guess not necessary anyway. 

10.55am last person (number tag 26) returned and we started waiting. The testers only started to come in at 11.05am. The guy No.12 who was using my bike was wiped out, he came back and spoke to the instructors that testers said his bike rolled back at the slope station. Wah, like that also can. He said it was not true, but did not defend his stand. Then he went off. All the best to him!

12pm Finally, the instructor announced "Congratulations, all of you have passed!" and again we watched a mandatory video about road safety and accidents, and theft incidents. 

Class 2 license completed, new sticker pasted over my license for the third time. Three years ago I started Class 2B training and finally I finished Class 2. Probably I might go for Harley Davidson Street 750 which Captain America is riding the movies nowadays, seemed kinda cool!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Class 2 The final path

Again, after waiting out the 1 year probation period, I had signed up for Class 2. This shall be my final leg of the motorcycle learning journey and I hope all those who had found my blog useful on tips to pass Class 2B and Class 2A useful. Again, the posts I have done up were correct as of date posted, and I do recognised the school had updated certain training since then. Generally, you should always view my blogs as a point of reference and not instructional.

Having rode for more than 2 years, I find that riding defensively is very useful and keep a watch out for your own safety and others around you. Does not matter if you are slow on the road, as long as you are correct and can get to your destination safely. Being a driver for coming to 20 years, the general rule of thumb I have learnt from the accidents I encountered is to keep calm and do not let emotions get into your head.

Ride safe everyone! Live to ride another day!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

On the table. Pasir panjang

A cafe with large premises. Staff not attentive. Poached eggs slightly watery. Bratwurst are juicy! $13 for eggs Benedict.

Don't like the watery poached eggs.

The coffee is slightly acidic, but good body. 

The ultimate croissant with scrambled eggs at $16 is good. Buttery taste, scrambled eggs were topped with tasty toppings.

Opens at 10am. Allows reservation via Internet automated services with automated call back confirmation. Parking is nearby public Carpark, although small but it's free on Sunday. 

Recommend but know what you want to order. Skip the eggs benedict

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Paragon Shopping Mall L4. Cafe & Meal Muji

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, carpark is usually full on weekends in Paragon. Unfortunately, this mall does not allow motorcycles to park in the carpark.

Recently open on Level 4, where Sony used to be, the new tenant Muji opened a cafe inside its store. There are hot and cold deli where customers can choose to make their own combo which comes with 2 buns. Beverages sold separately and they have some interesting ones.

When I visited the cafe at about 3pm, I wanted to choose the Baked Bak Kut Teh with Honey Glaze but was told it will only be ready by 6pm. Feeling puzzled why there was no indications about such delay or absence of certain food items, I felt a bit lost as I did not know what I want to replace the choice with. Feeling flustered, I took Hokkaido Croquette, Black Vinegar sweet and sour pork, vegetables omelette and hijiki salad combo at $16.90. I added a pot of "Sunset Tea" which taste like mild oolong tea at $3.90.

Croquette is creamy but does not break up which is good. Sweet sour pork is nicely glazed, the way Japanese would usually do it and how I expect it from them. Omelette has plentiful of surprises from chunks of pumpkins to bits of asparagus and broccoli. Hijiki salad has a mild citrus dressing and I could find a variety of seaweeds, mesclun, small radish slices. The buns were warmed up but a bit chewy, I rather pa for a dollar for the rice. My group also ordered a plate of Butter Chicken Curry Rice at $14. It was not spicy for me and mostly contains chicken breast meat. It is done the Japanese curry way and does not have overwhelming buttery taste.

For desserts, we had the roasted tea pudding at $5.40. The pudding is soft and wobbly, freshly made better than compared to Tampopo at Liang Court. The dressing was roasted tea caramel which compliments the pudding very well. The rice cracker on top is very rich with sesame and seaweed, the way I like it as I am fond of sesame.

I would come back for another combo, and look forward to try the Bak Kut Teh.

Note, I saw the Butter Chicken Curry Rice was sold out by 3pm on Saturday? Those who want to try it maybe have to come early to try it!

Friday, December 11, 2015

32 Upper Cross Street. Chiew Kee Noodle House

Lunch was a bus ride to upper cross street. Lingwei introduced me the infamous chicken noodles. Gossips/ myths/ legend said the nearby similar eatery selling similar food is owned by someone whom was in the same business as Chiew Kee, but for some reasons they fell out. Anyway, business is thriving for them, queues during lunch can be snaking like long. Luckily we got there in time. Interestingly, they only sell one type of chicken, soy sauce braised chicken.

I ordered a chicken back noodles at $7, he ordered chicken back hor fun at $7. Waiter recommended us meat dumpling soup and vege in oyster sauce which we declined.
I say the chicken is tender and soy sauce chicken is marinated and skillfully cook. Not over salty or tasteless. Noodles texture is chewy and and taste good with really fresh spring onions. Portions of meat given is well worth $7, although I would appreciate lesser portions at appropriate cheaper price. 

Ventilation was not perfect, my office attire is filled with food, but can't expect much at the price. Mostly tables are shared amongst customers having meals there, what can I say, it looks like old timer small business.

I would return and taste it again, but I like to try their competitor also to find out if the taste differs.

Operating hours unknown to me, but I'm sure the Internet has more answers to that. By the way, their competitor was closed during Friday lunch which seems odd.

NEX Shopping Mall B2. Pie Face

Right from Sydney, pie face simply a nice meal on its own. The top of the pie has a emoticon face depending on the choice of filling you choose.

For me, I took the stack up pie, where scoops of mashed potatoes are put on top of the pie (covering the face) and a spoon of mashed peas topped it off.

My meal is completed at $9 (original $7, +$2 for a cuppa Gryphon tea).

The classic minced beef is a good choice, since Aussies pies mostly have minced or chunky beef. The pie is tasty with the stack and I would definitely go back to pie face again.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Yishun St 81, community centre. Buddy Hoagies cafeteria

Pork Loin $11.90
The pork chop was tender and flavourful. Worth the money. Baked potatoes came with butter melting in it, definitely charming to the last.

Air-conditioned area just opposite the main office, it has seatings for about 40pax. They offer rainbow cakes, pizzas, pasta and many western mains, and have plenty beverages including beer.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

529 AMK Ave 10. Twenty Grammes

Most came here for waffles, so did we.

We had the charcoal waffle with salted egg sauce (was room temp) and scoop of sea salt caramel. 

TG chicken pie with truffle potato chips (those Pringles types, not fish & chips type)

I had the "house blend" drink with peaches in it. Tastes like a canned fruit drink.