Archive for July, 2012

My ‘first’ car

July 25, 2012

My ‘first’ car :
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Not exactly. It was the first car I drove as a L driver. It is an old Datsun 120Y. Datsun is the name used previously by Nissan for all its cars. It has no power steering, maneuvering the car during parking needed lots of arm power. The window is mechanically operated by clanking the window handle. At least it had aircon.
Before I can get the learner’s driving licence or provisional driving licence (PDL), I had to take the highway code at Mei Chin Secondary School. The school building still exist but now used by others :
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This is my first PDL, a crappy piece of paper which cost $20 and valid for only 6 months :
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Luckily for me, after driving the Datsun for a few months, my instructor change to a new car, a Honda 1.5GL :
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It had power steering and electrically operated windows. I passed by driving test after a few attempts using this car. Throughout the few times which I took the tests, one thing seems to be common among the all testers : their permanent sulky face. It seems that having a lousy and sulky face is a must for all who apply for the job of a tester!

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Memories of bus rides – legs!

July 18, 2012

There are a few schools near the one which I attended in my secondary school days. After school, there are usually a bunch of school kids from the various schools gathered at the same bus stop to take the bus home. People normally use the hand to flag the bus :

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One day, one boy decided to stick his leg out to flag the bus. As the bus approaches the bus stop bay, it slowed down. Upon seeing the boy’s leg, the driver released the brake and let the bus coast to the other end of the bus bay and stopped. All the students had to run after the bus and when the bus door swung open, our ears were immediately assaulted by a torrent of vulgar Hokkien expletives spewed forth from the driver’s mouth “@#&^%$!!”. We were shocked at the driver’s anger. We climbed up the steps, took our seats and immediately second round of expletive laced lecture came from the bus conductor : “@#&^%$!! Is that what you all learn in school? See next time whether you all still dare to use your leg to flag the bus, @#&^%$!!, 读 死 书!”. After this lesson, nobody dared to do it anymore.
I wondered if some young lass with legs like these and use it to flag the bus :

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Will the bus crews react the same hostile manner? Hmmmm…..

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Meeeow – CATs in the city

July 12, 2012

There are free things in this world. Visitors to the city of Perth can ride on these Central Area Transit (CAT) buses for free. The buses loop around the city centre in three separate routes colour coded red, blue and yellow :
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The buses are low entry Mercedes OC500LECNGs equipped with wheel chair ramps at both the entrance and exit. The ramps can be extended and retracted automatically without the driver having to leave the driver’s cabin, unlike the system used here in Singapore.
Not all the CAT buses carry the registration number with CAT prefix, some of them have the standard TP prefix. A few of them are in Transperth livery :
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Old bus terminus – Delta Circus

July 4, 2012

In front of the HDB flats at Havelock Road (red colour area) near Delta Circus is the terminus for route number 1, 21, 44, and 190. Route 1 is operated by Associated Bus Service while the other three by Amalgamated Bus Company. Delta Circus is used by the buses to make a ‘U’ turn for the return trip.
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Map of the location :
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The area previous occupied by Singapore Steam Laundry was cleared and a car park was built for the Park & Ride scheme. When the car park for the Park & Ride was found to be grossly under utilized, the roadside terminus at Havelock Road was shifted to the place (blue colour area).
The car park still exist except that the building used as the time keeper’s office was demolished :
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