Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kuala Lumpur : Chinese Year End 2013 Reunion Ride

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Chinese Year End 2013 Reunion Ride
Kuala Lumpur : 29th January 2014
Small Group Event: Royal Selangor Club Kiara Annexe>Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club>Taman Tun Dr Ismail/Kampong Sungai Pencala and back.
Distance Covered: 15.0 km.
Time : 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm



PRELUDE
"Cheers" to a good coming year during the end of the 2013 ride.
The Chinese Year of the Snake is coming to an end in January 2014. It is a Chinese tradition to have a reunion with relatives at the eve of the new year. And we bikers here decided to take this tradition a step further by having a reunion of biking friends before we each depart to our home towns to join our families.
We had had our first Chinese Year End ride last year (... see blog) and were eager to have another one this year. So here we go again .... ride, eat, drink and be happy! And then say our goodbyes to each other until we meet again after the new year celebrations.



THE RIDE

Ten of us met up at the Royal Selangor Club Bukit Kiara Annexe and from there rode off towards Bukit Kiara. The previous year's ride we were joined by Alain A Velo, a French cyclist on a cycling journey round the world. This year we are joined by another foreigner, Alex from London. We were also graced by Pauline's company, she is a very seasoned rider.

Oh yah..... this will be the first time little Crockett will be riding with me. He's a green stuffed-toy crocodile given to me by a friend.

We rode off towards the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club but were deigned in climbing up Bukit Kiara; this was a fun ride and were were here more for the company than the trial of a taxing ride. So instead we rode into the Taman Rimba Kiara for a short spin and then headed for Kampong Sungai Pencala.

Shady Kampong Sungai Pencala is always a pleasure to ride in. And this evening it was even nicer as a cold front coming down from China has made temperatures in Malaysia cooler than usual.

This will be quick ride as we will be meeting some other friends (who could not make it for the ride) for the reunion dinner at eight. To sweat it out, we did a few short climbs here. Anne's giving the thumbs up, "More climbs, we need to sweat more!"

But all too soon we were heading back, riding among the kampong houses of this area.

A last climb in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail to whet our appetite.

And... we are back at the Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara.
CHEERS!
Nothing like a round of drinks to kick off the reunion dinner. The non-drinkers joined our revelry with water or an isotonic drink. That quick ride with good slopes have spiked our thirst.

 Traditionally, a colourful dish of "Lou Sang" to start off the dinner.

With our chopsticks, we stirred the dish and then started tossing up the ingredients.
"Low, ah, low ah" The higher the better (meaning wealth will reach extreme heights); it does not matter if we spill things over (meaning that wealth is abundance until it overflows).

With good food and better still good friends; we can't ask for more.

But Nash didn't seem to have enough; like a hungry old dog he lapped up the plates.

GONG XI FA CAI!
KONG HEI FATT CHOY!
KEONG HEE HUAT CHYE!
Happy New Year to all my friends and readers.


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