OCBC Cycle 2018 with son and kakis

This morning, #OCBCUncle was dancing and enjoying ourselves at OCBC Cycle 2018. This is the third time #DaddyMatters has joined OCBC Cycle.

**David’s Floss Dance video is up, link at end of page.**

 

OCBC Cycle 2018
OCBC Cycle 2018

Smiling faces even though we are tired after climbing Benjamin Sheares Bridge.

We got opportunity to take nice photos with chiobu 🙂
.. but cycling and brotherhood is always our top priority.

Winston and Randy woke up at 0300 to complete their 42km route! (0515 flagoff)

Gadget King David has many fancy camera tricks to capture our Fun haha.

 

20km route for Straits Time route, I will be sharing why we got a discount. Otherwise, I would like to congrats OCBC Cycle 2018 for a well organised event.

Those participating 23km Straits Times Ride were flag off at 0700.

Participants queuing up, with dawn breaking in the background. We noticed crowd is smaller this year, perhaps this is exams week.

.. and DaddyMatters are ready to rock and roll again. Happy for Boon Wee to join me again.

Sun rising behind us, we prefer the Sun over Rain any day 🙂

Under Sheares Bridge (ie F1 Track) towards Singapore Flyer.

OCBC Cycle 2018 is our third time cycling with OCBC. And many folks are still fascinated by cycling up close to Singapore’s landmarks.

MBS (parallel to Helix Bridge) is the first hill for cyclists.

Video : OCBC Cycle 2018 Fun Cycling (YouTube link)

Cycling through CBD on dedicated lanes, we felt like Kings of the road.

Down and up MCE tunnel. This slope is where some cyclists will have to dismount and walk up the short but steep incline.

Making up for good time, everyone is chirpy.

Did you noticed the tons of Orange Mobikes cycling around us. Some cyclists are using Mobikes for the Sportive Ride 42km route too!

Due to time restriction, cyclists who could not clear Sheares Avenue by 0815 would have to detour to a shorter route.

It means you will not roll down Sheares Bridge towards Fort Road direction (and Youturn up Benjamin Sheares Bridge again).

We thought we had cleared the cutoff timing as we crossed around 0800, but alas Sheares Avenue stretches up till half of Benjamin Sheares Bridge!

.. we had to detour down Ophir Road towards Suntec City direction.

Image credit Google Map

First photo point for us, Benjamin Sheares Bridge summit.

We did some selfie.
We did some dancing.
I did not sleep on ECP (read OCBC Cycle traditions)

But we still had fun, and our legs were spared extra agony “crawling” up Benjamin Sheares Bridge twice.

But we can be considered fortunate too. Boon Wee’s pedal broke down and we had to Flintstone 1km from end point.

Hard earned Finisher Medals 🙂

As usual, we end our Cycling Tour with pratas.

I would like to share two OCBC Cycle 2018 related news too.

  1. [Sneak peak]

Some talented Daddys did Coincidance in 2017 (Daddy Matters clip link). Stay tune for 2018’s epic dance!

I can only hint now and share behind the scenes choreography.

Daddy Matters: The OCBC Cycle Coincidance

Some of us can really dance. Most of us though… #ocbcuncle #ocbccycle #coincidance.Follow us at Daddy Matters!h/t David Sim of Life's Tiny Miracles for all your effort coming up with this.

Posted by Daddy Matters on Sunday, 19 November 2017

In general, any movements which require “limbs coordination and shaking” is tough for Uncles. Especially when you have sore bums.

My kids gave me thumbs down for rehearsal #SoBrutal !
But the dads had fun relieving our childhood dreams again.

Man, this is serious. These folks will dance in the RAIN too!

.. and Winston doing Shampoo advertisement? I am curious how this will fit into our Fun video.

2. Updated 20180511

*Epic Floss Dance Video is up, thanks to David @LifesTinyMiracles blog  (YouTube link)

We Dads are not dancers but we sure know how to have FUN!

 
 
3. Did you know about OCBC Cycle 2018’s “Project Training Wheels session“? OCBC Cycle team had to train some folks to cycle from scratch, and hopefully most of them will be able to do 23 km 🙂

This is meaningful as cycling is a life skill and no one should miss the freedom and fun which comes with cycling 🙂

Project Training Wheels 2018 – Session #3

The final Project Training Wheels session had our participants taking on new challenges: Riding uphill & downhill on hybrid bikes. What advice do you have for our participants taking part in the Straits Times ride? Tell us in the comments below and stand a chance to win one of 3 Timbuk2 Tandem Pannier Bags worth $209.T&Cs apply: https://bit.ly/2I8lp8h#PSA: Mobikes are available free to all OCBC Cycle participants for the ST and Sportive Ride. Alternative bike options like the ones featured in this video are available from our bike rental partners.

Posted by OCBC Cycle on Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Kudos Dads! Although everyone is busy with work and family, we make an effort to come together for OCBC Cycle 2018.

Cycling is always fun with these folks (Instagram handlers) :
-Winston @blgfthr
-Nick @nickpan
-David @Doting_Dad
-Randy Lim
-Isaiah @Isaiahkuen
-Me and no1 @SengkangBabies
-Chin Wei

Meanwhile, me and Boon Wee (no1) will upgrade to 42km for 2019. If mobikes can last 42km, our mountain bikes should be good!

 

Do follow OCBC Cycle on their Website and Facebook for latest updates and photos. You may visit our Ocbc Cycle 2017 “Traditions” blog post too.

Follow SengkangBabies cycling adventures :
Blog – http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/cycling
Instagram #SkbCycles

Sekinchan Paddy Fields and Container Stay

 

适耕庄 Sekinchan Paddy Fields (Google images) beckon to us, 鱼米之乡. Swaying stalks awaiting harvesting, Sundown and Sunrise casting a golden reflection across the horizon.

Take note there are only two Golden periods per year, during harvesting.

Sekinchan Paddy Fields
Sekinchan Paddy Fields

Our Sekinchan trip is dated 2016 May, read our 3D2N post here.

 

Sekinchan 3D2N Fun video (YouTube Link)  .. Got doggie escorts too

On the way North, we stop at Port Klang for Bak Ku Teh. Port Klang is famous for many other food (fish dishes especially) but we only got time for one restaurant.

Restoran Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh (Rated 3.5/5)
(GPS 3.043480, 101.448206)

 

Too herbal but aromatic. It was a good recharge before we proceeded North.Our favourite BKT is still Hwa Mei in Johor.

Google recommended nearby coffee shop for good Kopi and Toast too.
(Chong Kok Kopitiam 中国酒店, GPS 3.042634, 101.449485)

 

The best thing about road trip ids are we can stop and detour as and when we like. Refer map below, we always visit Kluang for 豆沙饼 too (Shop name at end of page)

As we are taking the coastal route, the rural areas present more laid back sceneries 🙂 There are many mosques along the way.

Reached “Container Hotel” . We have seen many F&B from Containers, but not much about accommodation.

 

 

Farm Ville cafe and Homestay (rated 3.75/5)
(GPS 3.50106 101.11100)
http://www.farmvillehomestay.com.my/home

I guess it is the novelty which attracted us. You have paddy fields all around, a short 10 minutes walk to nearby town (breakfast and dinner).

Comfortable bed for 6 pax. However, containers can be very warm during the day, we need to on aircon full blast.

Try to choose second floor for better view, and privacy. Do take note sound proofing might be lacking, we can hear kids playing trampoline on the roof.

Fortunately, roof is off-access from 8 pm onwards.

No4 Xin loves to bounce at the roof terrace. The roof also gave us a good view over the Sekinchan Paddy Fields horizon.

You can rent buggies or bikes to tour the paddy “avenues”.

The concrete structure in the background houses the swallows.

Or you can rent a nostalgic ride from “The House of Ah Ma” souvenir shop too. Driver (and tour guide) included.

 

Kids wanted to chill at the mini swimming pool.

 

We drove nearby for some nice desserts.

Mamawe Cafe (rated 3.5/5)
(GPS 3.507446, 101.102887)

We ordered ice cream and snowy mango for the hot weather. Lunch was chicken chop and black pepper chicken (so so).

Go for snowy mango, cool and refreshing.

There is a mini Night Market at nearby Town Center (Same place as wet market)

 

We woke up early on Day 2 but could not catch the Sunrise. We did spot many friendly dogs.

Coffee and Toast for breakfast and we are ready to go home.

We bidded Sekinchan GoodBye, with one more round of paddy fields. Do not leave Sekinchan without tasting their mangoes!

鱼米之乡
鱼米之乡


Before heading home, we always detour at 居鑾 Kluang for some famous 豆沙饼 (Tau Sar Piah).

Yuen Fatt Biskut 源發餅家
(GPS 2.042024, 103.333510)

Traditional Nasi Lemak anyone? Kluang railway coffee

Kluang Rail coffee – original stall next to Train station
(GPS 2.033543,103.317584)

 

If Sekinchan Paddy Fields are too far away, there are some nearby in Kluang area (previous Farm stay blog post) . But the scale and beauty would be different.

Do pop by our Sekinchan Facebook photos, Day 1 and Day 2.

Our 3D2N Family itinerary is listed below (http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/3d2n-sekinchan-family-trip)

 

3D2N Sekinchan family trip