The honk

On Saturday morning, I headed out on a solo bike ride. I took the route to Changi, which I had not done in a while.

The ride overlaps several bus service routes. Cycling on weekend mornings mean that I often play a game of leapfrog with a few buses along the way.

This particular morning, it was a 53 going from Bishan to Changi Airport.

Along Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, we played out the leapfrog. Bus stopped at the bus stop for passengers, I went past. The bus eventually overtook me. But at the next bus stop, I went past the stationary bus again.

Sometimes, I reach the bus as it is about to pull out of the bus bay. At this time of day, bus drivers usually let cyclists through. Always good to give friendly wave to the bus driver!

This happened on Saturday, so I waved and he waved back. The bus driver seemed to be a young, cheery fellow.

Our routes diverged at some point. I continued on Boundary Road, left to Upper Serangoon Road, then right to Tampines Road.

I stopped at a red on Tampines Road. There was a vehicle ahead of me, so I couldn’t get close to the traffic island. I kept to the left rear of the vehicle in front. I heard a vehicle coming to a stop behind me.


I turned around, expecting to see an irate bicycle-hating motorist, gesticulating at…

Instead, a wave, a smile, pedalling motion and a thumbs up.

It was the 53 driver I had been leapfrogging earlier. Our routes had converged.

A great way to start the day!

A video posted by Kenneth Pinto (@acroamatic) on Sep 5, 2016 at 6:24pm PDT



Emma on the bike!

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Suck thumb any time, anywhere.

I have been waiting a long time for this – we finally brought Emma out on a bike ride yesterday!

Wynnie and I looked around for bike seats and helmets last year.

We – ok, I – narrowed down our seat choice to a Yepp Mini, which I ended up purchasing from CycleCraft (online with free delivery, Viki provided great service).

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Emma’s 1st Orbit


My favourite photo of the past year

You have made it around the sun for the first time!

It was only a year ago, on a Saturday morning, that you were born.

I thought that I’ll blog lots about you and being a father.

I was wrong.

How do blogging mums and dads do it?

Between the feeding, diapering, bathing, washing, putting to sleep and later the playing, entertaining and assisted walking, I had rarely had time and energy to write.

And you’re an easy baby.

Your mum and I are thankful.

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Fly12 – Watching your front


My Kickstarter-backed Cycliq Fly12 arrived on Saturday morning, in time for See and Be Seen. Here’s my review.

The Fly12 is a combination front bike light (up to 400 lumens) and safety camera (1080p).

I had previously backed Cycliq’s Fly6 – the rear light and camera combo – and purchased the Fly6 version 2, so I am familiar with Cycliq’s products and will make reference to them.

During the See and Be Seen ride, I ran the Fly12 on various light settings (medium/low, constant/pulsing + cam) and it lasted four hours. Cycliq claims it will last 10 hours of it is camera-only. That’s probably an accurate assessment.

Let me start with the conclusion first: the Fly12 is a big step up from the Fly6.

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The Facebook Fast


For Lent, I decided to go without Facebook.

I don’t think I’m an addict, but I definitely spend a fair bit of time on that social network. In the spirit of sacrifice and self-denial, I thought, why not give up Facebook for a while?

Stopping Facebook use was easy.

I deleted the Facebook app from my mobile devices. I logged out of Facebook from all browsers, and I removed Facebook from my start pages list.

At first, I thought, that was that.

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NTU Bike Rally 2016

Bike Rally History

I took part in my fifth bike rally on Sunday 6 March.

This year was different. I took the shorter option, 98km. I also had more kakis, despite registration being filled in less than half an hour.

Two days to the event, I felt my semi-regular runny nose and sore throat coming around. Lots of hot honey lemon didn’t prevent it from getting worse on Saturday.

I went to bed quite early, just after 9 pm. The plan was to wake up at 4.30 am, and see how I felt then.

These things rarely go according to plan.

I woke up at 2 am and spent an hour blowing my nose. I thought there was an 80% chance I wouldn’t be riding.

I couldn’t go back to sleep.

Between 3 am and 4 am, I hardly blew my nose. Half an hour before I was supposed to wake up, I felt that I might actually be up for this.

So, change of plans.

Cycle down to the start point – F1 pit, about 10km from home – and see how I felt. If I was ok, I’d stay and ride. If not, I’d ride or fold up to head home.

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Between two baptisms

Uncle Hee Lai at our Guo Da Li

Uncle Hee Lai at our Guo Da Li

On Saturday 5 September, Uncle Hee Lai was baptised.

So began eight days that were out of the norm.

A day later, on Sunday night, he passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer.

He was Wynnie’s favourite uncle. And I know she was his favourite niece.

Monday was the wake. I went after work.

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