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Ride Your Age

I picked up a birthday “tradition” while living in The Netherlands.  Ride Your Age.  In most cases, this means a ride length equal to or longer than your chronological age.  My Duch cycling friends added a maximum speed equal to or faster than your chronological age to the mix.

It sounded like a good idea ten years ago.  Less so now.  There will come a time when the ever-increasing miles required turns this tradition into a fool’s errand.  Nevertheless, I set out on a solo ride this morning to ride my age in miles.  This was my first chance for a ride since my birthday last week.

The route which started in Bukit Jalil was a mix of motorcycle lanes, main roads and quieter back streets.

Ride your Age Route

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

To make sure I covered the necessary miles for my age I took a little detour from Bandar Rimbayu to Bandar Saujana Putra.  All those lakes are disused tin mining pools.  In the 1880s Malaya as it was then was the largest tin producer in the world.  As late as 1979 Malaysia was still producing 30% of the world’s tin.

Much of the mining was done by floating dredges.  The chain of buckets on the front scooped up the tin-bearing soil, which then passed through an oscillating drum and a system of jigs and screens to extract the tin, before spewing out the waste material at the rear end through a number of chutes.

Tin Dredge

The heydey of the tin dredge has passed.  Tin prices collapsed in 1985 and the tin mining industry in Malaysia went into terminal decline.  The ponds which were left behind have become prime real estate spots.  My guess is that in five years a photograph taken from this spot will show waterfront homes lining this pool.

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The morning stayed overcast so I had a very pleasant ride.  I rode back to Bandar Rimbayu and then followed the usual route to Jenjarom.  From Jenjarom I rode along Jalan Klang – Banting for 15km / 9mi to the junction with the KESAS Highway.  I got back onto the motorcycle lane all the way back to Bukit Jalil.

As a bonus, I hit my age in kilometres per hour too.  There is a one kilometre stretch in Subang Jaya (see the top centre of the route above) which has an average gradient of -1.6%.  The slope certainly helps.  This is also the location of a major highway exit.  You come off the motorcycle lane and ride for that kilometre amongst five lanes of traffic.  The resulting adrenaline boost helps with top speed too!

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Another year.  Another Ride Your Age in the bag.

Movember Recce Ride

Movember Logo 2

Pegasus Cycles is organising a charity ride in aid of the Movember Foundation.  Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.

Last night twenty-two of us tested a potential route for the charity ride.  I mapped a route which starts and ends at Pegasus Cycles and does not require crossing major roads.  I had anticipated the first deviation from my plan.  The road around the TPC golf course is closed for repairs.  So we planned to u-turn at Sungai Penchala instead of continuing through Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.

It is a good thing we tested this route out.  When we got to the left turn marked by the arrow below, we found that the road ran through a gated community.  Not accessible by a raffish bunch of R@SKLs.

Movember Planned Recce Route

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

After a quick powwow with people who knew the area better than I, we rode this route instead.

Movember Recce Route

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

By the time we deviated from the planned route, we had already decided that it wasn’t suitable for a charity ride.  There was too much traffic and the road surface was poor in places.

We stopped at Plaza Arkadia in Desa Parkcity to link up with Mark and Martin.

Movember Recce 1

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Movember Recce 3

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

Then someone thought it was a good idea to do the 100m / 330ft climb to the water tank at the end of Jalan Desa Bistari.  It is amazing how a camera brings out the smiles, despite the gradient!

The huffing and puffing to get up that hill were worth it.  That is Genting Highlands seemingly floating on the right.

Movember Recce 4

We regrouped at the bottom of the hill to agree on a way back to Pegasus Cycles.

Movember Recce 6

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

Some just waited for a decision to be made.

Movember Recce 9

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

We rode back to Plaza Damas through the various Kiaras.  Most then spent a laughter-filled hour over roti rawa, roti canai, roti tissue, paper thosai, chapati and fried chicken, washed down with teh halia, teh tarik, teh o ais limau and milo.

The food was good, but the company and the laughs were better.

The R@SKLs got soaked on the way back from Morib

I spent four weeks off my bike recovering from the effects of a fall.  And got back on my bike as soon as the respiratory specialist gave me the all clear.

The most recent ride was from Bandar Rimbayu to Morib via as many back roads as possible.

Morib Route

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

Seven of us rode out of the IJM Rimbayu carpark at 5.40am.  (IJM is allowing cyclists to park at The Arc now).

After we approached the bridge over the Langat River a few spots of rain started to fall.  There had been lightning off in the distance for some time, and I feared we would soon be wet.

As it turned out the rain had preceded us.  The roads through the kampungs were wet, but the rain had stopped.

Morib Wet Road Khoo Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

It stayed overcast, so we had excellent riding conditions all the way to Morib.

Morib 4 Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

Morib 5 Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

Less than two hours later we were seated in Delicious Bread Coffee Shop enjoying old-style steamed bread and charcoal-toasted bread with kaya, soft boiled eggs, and packets of nasi lemak and fried bee hoon.

One of the advantages of starting rides very early is that we get to our favourite food stops before all the seats are occupied and the food has run out.

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Morib 1 Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

After a leisurely breakfast, we headed back along roads that we had not ridden before.  All was well until we approached Bandar Banting.  The sky had darkened considerably by then and the rain we had avoided on the way to Morib was threatening again.

We were close to rejoining a familiar road.  We saw a green and white arch ahead.  We had ridden under a green and white arch in Bandar Banting on the way to Morib.  So we headed through the arch.  A few hundred metres later we knew we weren’t on the right road.  We had ridden to the bank of the Langat River.

Morib 3 Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

So it was back the way we came.  There is more than one green and white arch in the area.  The arch we wanted was two kilometres away.

Morib Arch

By then it was clear that we would get wet.  It was just a matter of when.  A drizzle started as we rode past the cendol stall where we often stop on our way back from Jugra, Morib or Tanjung Sepat.

Once we were on Jalan Klang Banting, the drizzle had turned into a downpour accompanied by strong winds.  We took refuge under the forecourt canopy of the PETRONAS Jenjarom station.

The rain lightened considerably within a few minutes, but it stayed windy.  We rode back out into the drizzle, which stayed with us until Kampung Seri Cheeding.  The headwind then turned into a tailwind, and we covered the three kilometres to the bridge over the South Klang Valley Expressway at just under 40kph.

We had covered about 98km / 61mi as we approached The Arc.  So we looped around a bit until we had ridden 100km.

We were all pretty wet.  After we had dried off and changed we went to Restoran BR Maju for brunch.  A very nice way to end an enjoyable-despite-the-rain ride.

Morib 6 Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Double Birthday Ride

Merdeka Ride Banner

On 31st August 1957, Malaysia became an independent country.  On 31st August 1984, Danial Lim was born.  The R@SKLs celebrated both birthdays with a short ride through the city.

More than thirty cyclists, most in R@SKL pink, met at Pegasus Cycles in Plaza Damas 3 for the 7.30am start.

Merdeka Ride Pegasus 2 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Our route took us through Taman Duta to the Lake Gardens before looping back to Pegasus Cycles.

Merdeka Ride Route

Map courtesy of Strava

Our first stop was at the Tugu Negara (National Monument).

Merdeka Ride Tugu 1 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

The Tugu Negara is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in the country’s struggle for freedom, principally during the Japanese occupation during World War II and during the Malayan Emergency, which was a guerrilla war fought against the Malayan Communist Party between 1948 and 1960.

The monument, designed by Felix de Weldon, is the world’s tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping.

Unbeknownst to the ladies, there were photobombers around.

Merdeka Ride Tugu 3 Khoo Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

It was a short ride from the Tugu Negara to Nasi Lemak Tanglin, which has been serving nasi lemak since 1948.  Nasi lemak is considered by many Malaysians to be the national dish.  So it was a most appropriate choice for breakfast on Merdeka (National) Day.

Merdeka Ride Tanglin 1 Khoo Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

Nasi Lemak Tanglin is a very popular breakfast spot.  Our Kapitan, Simon, had the forethought to call the restaurant in advance to book a table and to pre-order thirty-five servings of nasi lemak with fried chicken or chicken curry, and side orders of fried eggs, beef rendang, and squid and cockle sambal.

Merdeka Ride Tanglin Nasi Lemak Jake Siow

Photograph courtesy of Jake Siow

There were a couple of musicians and a singer entertaining the clientele at Nasi Lemak Tanglin.  The trio was nice enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to Danial.

Merdeka Ride Tanglin Birthday Boy 3 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Fed and happy in the sunshine!

Merdeka Ride Tanglin 3 Annie Lim

Photograph courtesy of Annie Lim

One kilometre from our breakfast spot is Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square).  The Malaysian flag was raised here for the first time to replace the Union Jack.

Today it is home to a 95-metre flagpole, located at the southern end of the square.

Merdeka Ride Dataran Merdeka 1 TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

Dataran Merdeka is surrounded by notable buildings.  The mock-Tudor buildings in the left and centre below are part of the Royal Selangor Club.  A social club founded in 1884 for high-ranking members of British colonial society.

To the right is the more modern north wing, added after a fire razed the main section of the club in 1970.

Merdeka Ride Dataran 2 Jake Siow

Photograph courtesy of Jake Siow

On the opposite side of the Dataran is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.  The building was completed in 1897, and originally housed the offices of the British colonial administration.  Today it is the home of both the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia.

Crowds still gather in front of the 41-metre clock tower to ring in Merdeka Day and the New Year.

Merdeka Ride Dataran Merdeka 3 Robyn Lim

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

We completed our city loop by riding back to Pegasus Cycles for drinks and birthday cake with blushing birthday boy Danial.

Merdeka Ride 15 Birthday Boy 2 Khoo Bin Soo

Photograph courtesy of Khoo Bin Soo

The guys were a bit more boisterous when it was our turn to smile for the camera.

Merdeka Ride Pegasus 3 Kenix Chiang

Photograph courtesy of Kenix Chiang

Happy Birthday Malaysia!  Happy Birthday Danial Lim!

Merdeka Ride Dataran Plaque Robyn Lim

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

Tanjung Sepat for Congee

The last time the R@SKLs rode to Tanjung Sepat, we had drinks at the Hai Yew Hin coffeeshop.  While we were there the proprietor gave us sample bowls of their congee (rice porridge).  That porridge was so good that stuck in the minds of some.  Jake, Mark, Martin, Simon and I rode to Tanjung Sepat last weekend just for the porridge.

Starting at 5.30am has caught on with some of the R@SKLs.  Better the pain of getting out of bed at 4.15am than the pain of getting sunburnt after 1.00pm.

We had planned on parking at IJM Land’s The Arc show gallery in Bandar Rimbayu.  I first parked there in June.  It was just Lay and I in my car.  As we were setting up our bikes a security guard came up and told us that parking at The Arc was not allowed before 7.00am.  The security guard then walked away.  I locked my car and we rode off.

The second time I parked there was in early August.  I was with Mark.  Again in my car.  I parked further away from the show gallery building than I had in June.  Security was nowhere to be seen.

I was back there the next day.  This time there was eleven of us spread over ten vehicles.  We parked away from the show gallery.  The security guards were visible but they didn’t approach us.

Last Sunday I was the first to arrive at the road leading to The Arc.  To discover that access to the car park was blocked by these.Tanjung Sepat Barriers

IJM Land really do not want us parking at The Arc before 7.00am.

So I went hunting for parking where the Ecoworld development is.  I found a place which would fit four vehicles at the spot circled below.  Hopefully, we don’t get blocked from that area as well.

Tanjung Sepat Parking

The five of us set off at about 5.45am.  Once out of the Bandar Rimbayu area headlights were essential.

Tanjung Sepat Martin Low

Photograph courtesy of Martin Low

It is just under 70km / 43.5mi to Tanjung Sepat via the back roads.

Tanjung Sepat Road Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

At 8.30am we were riding through the fishing village of Tanjung Sepat.

Tanjung Sepat Fishing Boats

A few minutes later we were in the Hai Yew Hin coffeeshop.

Tanjung Sepat Coffeeshop 1 Jake Sow

Photograph courtesy of Jake Sow

This is what the guys came for.  Salted egg, century egg and chicken congee, garnished with yew char kway (Chinese crullers).

Tanjung Sepat Porridge 1 Simon Soo Hu

Photograph courtesy of Simon Soo Hu

We also had some pau (steamed dumplings) delivered from the shop across the street.  Apparently, the original vendor of the famous Tanjung Sepat pau is Hai Yew Hin.  As demand grew, a separate pau only shop, with a slightly different name, was opened across the street.

Tanjung Sepat Pau Shop Simon Soo Hu

Photograph courtesy of Simon Soo Hu

After breakfast, we checked out one of the stalls selling another product that Tanjung Sepat is famous for.  Locally grown and roasted coffee.

Tanjung Sepat Coffee Jake Sow

Photograph courtesy of Jake Sow

Photographs at the Instagrammable locations were a must.

It will be Independence Day in less than two weeks.  Malaysian flags are starting to fly everywhere, including at the end of this pier.

Tanjung Sepat Pier Group Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Our route to and from Tanjung Sepat is a bit longer than it could be.  One reason is that we want to avoid riding on Route 5, which is a busy trunk road.  Another reason is we have to take a detour along Jalan Kenangan Baru, Jalan Saga and Jalan Nangka, instead of riding on Jalan Kenangan Lama.

Tanjung Sepat Jalan Kenangn Lama 3

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

This is what Jalan Kenangan Lama looks like from Jalan Kenangan Baru.  Nothing wrong with the road from here.

Tanjung Sepat Jalan Kenangan Lama 1

Photograph courtesy of Google Maps

And this is what Jalan Kenangan Lama looks like from Jalan Nangka.

Tanjung Sepat Jalan Kenangn Lama 2

Photograph courtesy of Google Maps

Jalan Kenangan Lama turns into an unpaved track somewhere between Jalan Kenangan Baru and Jalan Nangka.  So better to avoid Jalan Kenangan Lama completely than run the risk of having to ride over a stony, rough and muddy trail.

Throw in a cendol stop and we were back at our cars before 1.00pm.  It won’t be long before we will be riding to Tanjung Sepat with other R@SKLs to wreak more damage on the local congee and pau.

Tanjung Sepat Empties

CFAL 2018: Round Island Ride

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Penang City Hall

Photograph courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org

Sunday morning, woke up yawning; did my alarm really ring?
Pulled on my bibs and sprayed that sun screen all over my skin.
Went down the stairs and kissed my bike to make it come alive.
‘Cause with 22 gears and the R@SKLs all in pink,
I got to go for a Round Island ride.

With apologies to The Bee Gees

The half dozen or so R@SKLs who needed breakfast before the Round Island Ride met in front of the Tien Hotel at 6.00am.  Lebuh Chulia and the surrounding streets were becoming filled with blinking bike lights as cyclists emptied out of the many hostels, backpacker inns and boutique hotels which have opened in old Georgetown since it was accorded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site status in 2008.

Old Georgetown is now even more of a tourist draw.  Most tourists don’t look for breakfast at 6.00am on a Sunday morning.  So we were greeted with rows of dark shop fronts as we rode around looking for breakfast.

The first open place we found was the Restoran Liyaqatali Nasi Kandar Beratur.  Open from 10.00pm to 8.30am.  As its name suggests, you queue (beratur) for your food, and then try to find somewhere to sit on the sidewalk outside.

We wanted roti canai.  We were directed to Restoran Dalcha Kassim Mustafa.  That was open, but the roti man only starts doing his thing at 7.00am.  So we settled for rice and curry and hard-boiled eggs.

We were back in front of Tien Hotel at 6.30am where a cloud of pink was already gathering.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Tien Billy

Photograph courtesy of Billy

There were more than twenty-five of us.  As is always the case, the larger the group, the more likely that at least one rider will have a flat tire.  Mark, who seems to have become our designated mechanic whenever Danial or CK is not around, was called into action to help Kieren with his flat.  Which ultimately required a change of tire to fix.  Henry, thank goodness, had a spare tire to loan to Kieren.

Kevin also had a flat tire outside the Tien Hotel.  He took it as a sign that he should skip the ride.  A decision no doubt helped by the after-effects of the beach party.

The Penang City Hall on the Esplanade is a little more than 1km away from the Tien Hotel.  We took up our customary position right at the back of the estimated 3,500 participants in this, the 10th edition of CFAL.

CFAL Day 2 Start 1 Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

We were flagged off a bit after 7.00am by Malaysia’s Finance Minister Mr Lim Guan Eng.  Mr Lim has a long-standing relationship with CFAL, having served as the Chief Minister of Penang between 2008 and 2018.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Lim Guan Eng Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

The start was slow as the exit from the Esplanade is narrow.  That gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Sunrise TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

We made a short photo stop opposite Pulau Jerejak, where you have a view of both bridges between the island and the mainland.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 2nd Bridge

The next stop was at Teluk Kumbar.  We were 28km / 17mi into the ride and 1km from the first of the two climbs on the route.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Route Map event howei com

Map courtesy of event.howei.com

Nasi lemak, teh tarik and a restroom.  This place ticked all the boxes.

CFAL 2018 First Stop Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Up, up and away.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Climb 1 Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

Working.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 4 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 2 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 3 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 5 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 3 Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

Resting.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 6 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 1 Marvin

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

In past years the CFAL route took a sharp left turn at the bottom of the rapid descent from Bukit Genting.  I was behind a group of a dozen riders as we approached that corner at speed.  All of us were looking at the RELA man at the junction for directions.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Rela Cycling Plus Mag

Except our man was not indicating anything.  He wasn’t even looking our way.  So everyone ahead of me continued straight down the road.

4km /2.5mi later I started thinking “This can’t be right.”  I looked back and saw Martin Lee and Ralf.  They had followed me.  Oops!

CFAL Day 2 Wrong Way Ride With GPS

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

Now I know we could have turned left at Jalan Sungai ‘Pinang and rejoined the official route about 4km from the second climb.  Oh well.  An extra 8km / 5mi never hurt anyone.  Ha ha ha!

The rest of the R@SKLs had no such problems.  Except for Kieren, who suffered a second cut tire and had to Grab Car it back to town.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 1 Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

The second climb up Jalan Teluk Bahang is more than twice as long as the Bukit Genting climb, but the average gradient is the same.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 3 Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Riders 2 Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

Our next regrouping point was at the Teluk Bahang Dam.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Reservoir

While we were larking and monkeying about (SOP for the R@SKLs at rest stops) this young man, Danial Asyraf, pulled up.  He was riding with his grandfather, Bakar Noordin.  Bakar Noordin is one of six friends who in 2012 rode from Lebuh Downing in Penang to Downing Street in London.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Six year old and Grandfather Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

His six-year-old grandson is no slouch on a bicycle either.  If it took you more than four hours to complete the Round Island Ride, please do not look the next photograph.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Danial Asyraf

Photograph courtesy of Penang Mountain Bike Association

You looked!  Repeat after me . . .

CFAL 2018 Day 2 OMG

Emoji courtesy of Bitmoji

We let Danial and his grandfather ride off ahead of us.  I for one had no need to be embarrassed by a six-year-old spinning past me on the slopes of Jalan Batu Ferringhi.

A final water and restroom stop at the Caltex station at the bottom of the descent from the Teluk Bahang Dam, and we were on the last 22km / 13.5mi to the finish.  The traffic on Jalan Batu Ferringhi was challenging, but we all got through that section okay.

Plain sailing from then on, until . . . .  This time Mark had a flat of his own to fix.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Mark Flat TH Lim (1)

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

With lots of onlookers.  Who knew changing an inner tube could be a spectator sport?

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Mark Flat TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

In less than 10km / 6mi we were collecting our medals at the finish line.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Medal Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Posing for selfies.

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Finish Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

CFAL 2018 Day 2 Finish 2 Cycling Plus Mag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Plus Magazine

And sprawling on the grass.

CFAL 2018 Finish Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Where TH started yelping in pain.  We all thought he had a cramp.  Turns out having your hand stood on by someone wearing cycling cleats hurts just as much as a cramp.

Another fantastic weekend trip with the R@SKLs.  Thank you, everyone, for making it so enjoyable.

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Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

CFAL 2018: Beach Party

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach

TH exceeded his reputation as the host with the most by putting together a beach party for more than fifty people on Saturday evening.

The ball started rolling with a coach ride from the Tien Hotel to Tanjung Tokong.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Bus 1 TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

The back of the coach was reserved for Millenials.  One uncle didn’t get the message.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Bus 2 Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

This uncle is lucky he was at the beach party at all.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Ralf Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

Ralf slept through the 4.15pm coach departure time.  Which was bad enough.  Worse was that none of us realized that Ralf wasn’t in the coach until we were almost at Tanjung Tokong.  Serrena saved Ralf’s evening by getting him from the hotel and driving him to the party.

When we got to the beach the whole roast lamb still needed a few more turns on the spit.  So we took group photographs. and got stuck into the beers and soft drinks.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 1 Mrk Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Some of us couldn’t resist pinching food that was already on the buffet table before the dinner bell rang.  Which we got told off for.  Oh well.  We were starving!

Once that dinner bell did ring, the food kept coming and coming.  The aforementioned spit-roasted lamb, fried meehoon, battered squid, fried fish, steamed prawns, crabs, salad, wedge-cut fries, a variety of local cakes, curry puffs and fruit skewers.  We weren’t starving anymore.

Some of the R@SKLs passed the time waiting for dinner by opening up a gambling table.  The action was serious enough that some of the players didn’t bother with dinner.  The fewer distractions the better apparently.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 8 Annie Lim

Photograph courtesy of Annie Lim

The PKKT crew were invited.  It was nice to see them enjoying themselves after working so hard for us on the roads.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 7 Annie Lim

Photograph courtesy of Annie Lim

Good times!

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 5 Annie Lim

Photograph courtesy of Annie Lim

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 2 Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 6 Annie Lim

Photograph courtesy of Annie Lim

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

After dinner, the karaoke started.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Karaoke Lai Voon Kiat

Photograph courtesy of Lai Vook Kiat

Only one of these guys can sing.

Bring on the music at any party and the dancing starts.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 3 Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

By the time the sun dipped below the horizon the beach party was rocking.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach View Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Beach Party 4 TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

Thank you TH and Serrena for putting together a wonderful evening.  I wonder how you will top this next year?  Hint hint!!

The beach party wound down at 9.00pm or so.  Some R@SKLs went to bed.  And some R@SKLs went out for durians.

CFAL 2018 Day 1 Durian Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Guess which R@SKL didn’t wake up in time for the CFAL Round Island ride?