Attack of the Prawns!!

Gosh, our sincere apologies for the hiatus again. We’ve been stuffing our faces into piles and piles of lecture notes. Yes, it’s the examinations period! Hmm, why do we sound so happy? Up until now, two of the flying cows are still busy stuffing their faces.What about the other two? We’re seemingly in a daze now that we’ve officially completed 16 years of education. 19 years if you’re counting nursery and kindergarten. Lol.

Alright, so we headed on our Dahon bikes to the Pasir Ris Happy Prawning Place located @ Pasir Ris Town Park.

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Weeeeeeeee. It was an extremely, ridiculous, unbelievably hot day.

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Getting the rod from the uncle. We were there on a random weekday, not a single soul insight at the prawning place. Poor uncle, confirm bored.

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Yucky sandworm bait that we got for free only because they were dead. It had this really salty smell but it reminded us of the preserved sour plum that you eat whenever you feel like puking. Right? Haha.

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We almost went groggy eyed staring diligently at the bobbing float. If only we were as focused when we’re studying. BAHS.

The waiting game commences.

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*whistles, shake legs, twiddle thumb*

10 hours later….

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Haha, its just 2 hours later lar. Tadah!!! Not bad for the two of us eh?

Sure enough, we wished that we had caught more. That sandwormy bait thingy weren’t that effective as compared to say chicken innards or something. We think that there are better prawning locations around Singapore, we particularly dig the one located at Bishan. It’s clean and the prawns just keep coming!! Who agrees with us?

Do keep the comments coming in. Now, it’s back to the reality of job seeking.

Our occupation: Professional job seeker.

Sigh, does any one have any recommendations?

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April 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Make Green the New Pink Bike-a-thon

Ok, so we know that this entry is long overdue.. but forgive us.. we spent the past few weeks making recoveries of sorts.. some physical, some emotional but mostly academic. we had to catch up with all the other modules we have conveniently neglected for MGTNP! (but believe us, it was worth it!!) so here’s our recount of what for us, was the best Valentine’s Day EVER..

Yeah balls, the day has arrived!

For the past year, the flying cows have huffed and puffed just for the 14th of February. The night before, we were all scurrying around running last minute errands and settling logistics. None of us actually caught a wink that night. No thanks to the random thoughts were moo-mooing through our tired minds:

Eh! Did we forget anything?

Will it rain? Please dont!!!! *scrambles to Laptop and checks for weather forecast”

Do we have enough water??

Gosh gosh gosh. Yet, we got up bright and early on the morning of Feb 14th.  5am to be exact. Now now, allow the infamous Dahon girls to bring you through our bike-a-thon day once more! =)

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“Everyone fall in fall in”

This is Allan from Speed Matrix doing his Sai kang. Haha, he’s been a great help. Spot the blond hair dude at the bottom right? Tha’t MadMal! Warning: He lives up to his moniker.

So yeah, both Allan and MadMal arrived at Sun Plaza Park to brief the participants. After some short warm up exercises, OFF WE GO!!!

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Vroom Vroom!!!!!!

Seeing the smiles on our participants’ faces definitely made us relaxed a lil’. Throughout the whole 28km, we’ve a group of safety cyclists to lead the way and basically just look out for our participants. They’re a really great bunch of dudes who devoted their Saturday morning just for our event. Here’s some of our guardian angels =)

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Wah seh, handsome lar.

We’re also extremely greatful to the volunteers that turned up. Without them, the flying cows will probably moo their way to Mars. We wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to run it without you guys!!

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Hard at work in the wee hours of the morning

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Our volunteer ICs: Nabil and Omar! Cheerios!

Fast forward to our ending point: East Coast Park Area C4

The first participant that came back was 099 Raja!! He was so fast we pondered whether he will  kena issue speeding ticket.

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Yum yum candy floss. Raja from L&T Cycles

Oh! Did you guys catch a glimpse of KC Au Yeong on his really innovative bicycle?

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Say Cheese!

KC seems really relaxed. We should see the four of us huffing and puffing when we cycle. Goodness, it really is a sight to behold.

When the bulk of our participants have arrived and settled down, MadMal got into his groove and played some trivia games while awaiting the arrival of the Mayor of SouthEast CDC, Mr Matthias Yao Chih.  Both Xiang Yi and Geok Shan had the honor of cycling in with the Mayor, together with Allan and representatives from NParks and representatives of our charity beneficiaries.

Did you know that for every participant that crosses the finish line, Nestle donated a food hamper to beneficiaries from Muhammadiyah Welfare Home, Andrew and Grace Home and Darul Ihsan Orphanage? On top of that, each home was also be presented with sporting equipment courtesy of Speedmatrix and Streetsurf.

We really heart our sponsors!

Here’s the Mayor making his grand entrance *Drum rolls*

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He’s the 2nd one from the left!

here’s a clearer picture of the Mayor with the 4 of us!

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Being the gentleman that he is, the Mayor gave out roses to all our female participants. And surely they HAVE to be green! Its the Make Green the new Pink Bike-a-thon remember? Hmm, green roses. Just how often do you receive a green rose?

Of course, we like to express our appreciation to Mr Brown who came and graced our event. He was a safety cyclist!

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Ardent fans of Mr Brown

Gee. It really warms our heart seeing all these smiles. Not only it made us feel a sense of accomplishment, it was the fact that the past year of hard work finally paid off.

Once again, a big thank you to all you guys out there who made our graduation possible!!!

We will of course continue riding on our beloved Dahon bikes.. so stay tuned for the next post.. Dahon Girls go prawning! 🙂

March 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

“Bai Nian” on Dahon bikes

Firstly, the Flying Cows would like to wish all our readers a happy prosperous ‘Niu’ Year! Moo moo.

Chinese New Year is all about the reunions with the friends and family. Since we started embarking on this project, the four of us have undeniably become that much closer, we’re practically sisters! this Chinese New Year, we would like to invite you to take a closer look at our crazy antics and wearing something other than sportswear :

Cycling along the Park Connector Network definitely made travelling a breezy affair for the flying cows. Starting out from our respective houses, commuting time was much shorter than it would have taken on the bus.

Despite the incredibly hot Singapore weather, we huffed and puffed on our Dahon bikes down to Li Yi’s house  at Bedok Reservoir. Anything for the red packets!

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We certainly hoped that your Chinese New Year was as fun as ours! Moo Moo.

Huat huat huat!

January 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm 2 comments

Polaroid Adventure: Bedok Park Connector

sometimes, all we need is that mid-week getaway to get rid of the mid-week blues. be it a trip to the movies or chilling at home. for us,  lately, cycling has been our catharsis. nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your hair when you’re going at top speed. it’s what i imagine freedom to feel like.

ideally, there would be four of us, riding and exploring eastern Singapore. but as it were, two of the flying cows had school obligations. so the remaining two of us, hopped on our Dahon bikes and braved the scorching hot sun in search of our own little adventure .

the Park Connectors as the name suggests links the various parks in Singapore. Hence, our first stop along the Bedok Park Connector was Bedok Reservoir Park. The picture above was snapped at the recently built floating platform. A nice place to just hang out with your loved ones. and pretty romantic too, i might add. after all, green IS the new pink, remember?

As we paddled around Bedok Reservoir Park, we came across an obstacle course with ropes and vines hanging from trees. We later discovered that there is a Forest Adventure obstacle course right in the heart of the park. For more about the forest adventure, click here.

like true blue Singaporeans, food always has to be part of the day’s itinerary. we always plan our journeys and adventure around food haunts. i say it’s just a little something for us to look forward to. And after passing by rows and rows of gorgeous houses along Tanah Merah which we can only dream of owning, we were looking forward to a little pick me up. The Bedok Park Connector (which links Bedok Reservoir Park and East Coast Park) passes by Bedok Food Centre, opposite Bedok Camp, which is a food haven.

Icy cold Cheng Tng, piping hot Char Kway Teow, smoking Soup Kambing, silky Tauhuay. All the Singaporean food classics under one roof. What more could we ask for? For those looking for a lighter food alternative, there’s also Donut Empire and Ice Cream Gallery opposite the food centre.

after all the food goodness, one must not forget the one true highlight of cycling along the park connectors, that is, the lush greenery. the smell of crisp summer leaves, the view of the rows and rows of luscious green trees, the feel of wind in your hair, the sound of rustling leaves and howling wind, and believe it or not, the taste of the sun. an all around sensory delight.

Do try to explore this section of the ECPCN. it’s quite an experience. A map of the Bedok Park Connector can be found here. Share with us your experiences on the ECPCN by joining our blogging contest. We look forward to get in on your adventures. Until next time.

Next episode: Dahon Girls go CNY visiting.

January 26, 2009 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

Siglap Park Connector

Syaheeda:

i love the fact that i can ride to anywhere and everywhere, whenever i wanted to. i love the ECPCN. really. i truly do. most of my friends live in the east and hence, most of our daily haunts are right here and with the ECPCN, it made it that much easier for me to get to these places.

so on a fine Thursday afternoon, the four of us decided to try out our new bikes and explore a part of the ECPCN, the Siglap Park Connector with one goal in mind.. homeade ICE CREAM at the fabulously fantabulous Ice Cream Chefs. so at 6 pm, i set off from my house at Tampines. burning calories before indulging… now that’s a workout plan i can live with.

Flying Cows with Dahon bikes. Don't we look sporty?

Flying Cows with Dahon bikes. Don't we look sporty?

Our awesome Dahon bikes all ready to go!!

Our awesome Dahon bikes all ready to go!!

Xiang  Yi:

The above was written by a true blue calorie-counting fanatic.

Since the day I took my first steps, I’ve been accident prone. Bruises, cuts, sprains. You name it, I’ve got it. Yet, I still can’t turn away from my favourite leisure sport, cycling. When Allan from Speedmatrix offered us a bike each, it was like icing on the cake.

I think I’m starting to sound like a speed demon ready to unleash on the tracks of the ECPCN right now. I plonked myself on my pristine, spanking white Dahon Curve and…. vroom vroom!!!! It was a whole new experience riding on foldable bike. At the risk of sounding ignorant, I had to consult Joseph at Speedmatrix on how to set up and dismantle my bike. Now, I swear I can fix up AND dismantle within 20 seconds. Yes, try me.

As the sun starts to set on 15th January (Thursday), the four flying cows decided to get our toned butts down to Ice Cream Chefs.This cosy little ice cream cafe is located just off Siglap Road, conveniently right alongside the Siglap Park Connector. I got my Mango Peach Fuzz in a single scoop. I have to say it was good. It wasn’t cloyingly sweet, yet light and healthy.

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home to one of the best homeade ice cream
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longingly staring at ice cream

Geok:

Yes, I love the ECPCN, I really do, other than the tiny little fact that I don’t actually stay in the East and the last time we cycled through it, i couldn’t walk properly for 2 days.

Nevertheless, for the love of ice cream and to prove to my fellow group members that I am NOT the weakest link, I bravely decided to cycle from Seng Kang to Siglap.

How I wish that the entire park connector network through out SG is up and running. Even though the journey was made considerably safer by cutting through the Serangoon PCN and Siglap PCN, I still have to make my way through the trecherous roads of Ubi. (really like the new pavement near the driving centre though, thanks LTA!)

Other than a near-accident involving an un-strategically placed lamp post, I  did managed to make it to ice-cream chef to enjoy my well-earned Kaya Roti ice cream.

yummy ice cream!!

yummy ice cream!!

LiYi:

The above is just too long. So i will just make mine short and sweet. I CAN’T believe I had never noticed the PCN when its just a stone’s throw away from my place. Its the best development in Singapore as it only takes me 20 mins (thanks to my superb cycling speed) from Bedok to Ice Cream Chefs @ Siglap.

Geok and LiYi upon reaching Ice Cream Chefs

Geok and LiYi upon reaching Ice Cream Chefs

Normally, I would have to get myself cramped on the bus, get to the interchange, transfer to another bus to get there.  The thought of going through so much to get the icecream would kill whatever remaining appetite/craving i have. I was so excited by our brilliant speed (i can’t stress this enough) that my craving for it doubled and i got myself 2 SINGLE scoops ( this is more than a double scoop fyi). All in all, I am glad I stay near a PCN that could get me to all the nice foodie place in the East. I will definitely try more of this soon- with my stylo DAHON bike that is.

January 17, 2009 at 8:08 am 11 comments


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