Greetings from Singapore
Hi! My name is Stephen ( Steve ) Nott. I am originally from Ardleigh, near Colchester, Essex, UK - but now live in Singapore. I have been here since 1980 working for an ASEAN Multinational. I retired as of 31st January 2007 having reached the compulsory retirement age and am now exploring other avenues. My particular expertise is in Ventilation Fans and the control of Noise and Vibration.
I am married to Jackie, a local Chinese, and after retirement I joined her business which is involved in the selling of machinery to the food processing industry.
We have two girls,in their 20's.
Cheryl was at the National University of Singapore for 3 Years, studying for
, and obtaining, a psychology degree. She now works for a very large "Consultancy" organisation.
Chloe was doing a lot of sports at Raffles Girls Secondary but a torn ligament in March 2005 put her "out of action".
Basketball seems to have been her main activity. She also did Shotput ( National Champion "C" Division 2003 -- also represented Singapore at the Walla Games ) but because of her injury could only come 3rd ( "B" Division ) 2005. In 2006 she came 2nd ( "A" Division ).
She completed her "A" Levels and got 5A's + Merit.
After 3 years at Warwick University, UK, ( P.P.E.) she obtained a Masters at LSE, ( passed with merit ).She now works at a government agency.
Both Cheryl & Chloe hold Adult Black Belts, 1st Dan for Karate ( Goju-kai ).
We spent a few days in 2003 on the island of Perhentian ( off the East Coast of Malaysia ), with some friends from the UK.
This is a view from our Chalet. The snorkelling was great and my wife and youngest daughter also did some scuba-diving....10m down !!.
In 2006 we "toured" Malaysia, KL through to the Cammeron Highlands and right up to the Thai border then down to Kuantan ( 2 nights at the Hilton ). Our friend from England, Junior, was again with us. Malaysia is certainly a very beautiful country and we really enjoyed the short trip.
In April 2007 we took a short cruise, Singapore - Penang - Phuket on Star Lines VIRGO. With day long tours of Penang and Snorkling at Phuket it a was much better trip than I expected. Didn't have a gamble at the VIRGO Casino, although I was tempted
Later in April 2007 we visited Vietnam. There are supposedly 30m motorcycles for a population of 80m. Judged by what I saw in Saigon ( Ho Chi Min City ) it's probably true. However all the bikes are small, <= 175cc, and also 4 Stroke so pollution appears to be minimal. It's certainly a beautiful country. We went to Mui Ne and then on to Nha Trang, 200 and 400Km up the coast from Saigon. Everything is very, very, cheap ( compared to Singapore ) and most tourists seem to hire motorbikes to get around ( about 5.00US$ a day ). If u get the chance visit Vietnam....before everybody else does. One of the highlights was visiting and going down the famous tunnels outside Saigon and trying 20 rounds with an AK47.
In August 2009 we visited Sibu Island, off the East Coast of Malaysia, for a short break. Accomodation was basic but the beach is very long and completely deserted for the 3 days we were there. Water was quite clear but not a lot of coral left unfortunately.
In November 2009 we visited Coimbatore & Mysore, Southern India, for a short break. Very interesting especially Mysore Palace. Visited the Royal Enfield showroom in Coimbatore.
In July 2010 we visited Krabi, off the East Coast of Thailand, for a short break. The beaches on the offshore islands were very nice. Water was quite clear but not a lot of coral left unfortunately.
In June / July 2011 we visited Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome and the UK, a 45 Day Holiday !!
It has 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
So many things to see, Bird watching, Elephant Safari, Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Dambulla temple, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Ancient City of Anuradhapura.
Enjoyed all including Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's tea growing centre, situated amidst an endless carpet of tea estates. Visited a tea factory to witness the production of world�s best tea ( MACKWOODS ). Nuwara Eliya, is the little England of Sri Lanka, and saw the colonial member�s only Hill Club and English styled country homes.
Went on Elephant Safari, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Dambulla temple, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Ancient City of Anuradhapura, and continued exploring the city of Polonnaruwa the Minneriya Wildlife reserve neighbouring Kavdullah National Park ( a vast sanctuary home to about 250 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, spotted deer, sloth bear and more ).
Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.
The Wonder of Asia
After Greece we traveled to UK and Paris to complete our hols.
I've aquired a Honda NS400R Motorcycle and joined the owners club. It's only a 1985 model and only 400cc ( 72bhp ) but is very quick. I've also managed to get the workshop manual .... if any other enthusiast's are interested in a copy....please e'mail me.
I've aquired in 2004 a BSA 1955 B31 Motorcycle and have joined the BSAOC UK owners club. It's was a wreck but I'm slowly converting it to B32 or B34 standard ( the GoldStar ).I cannot guess how long it's going to take.( Its near enough completed 20/11/2007 )
History of some BSA Models ( many pics - slow download )
Service Sheets for BSA Motorcycles & LUCAS Electrical Equipment for sale ( Paypal ).
Fasteners for BSA MotorCyles ( large file )
All about Sparking Plugs
Also I bought a Ferrari in 1999 308GT4 It's only a 1974 model, 3000cc ( 250bhp ). In 2000 the engine was sent over to the UK, to Superformance, for a complete overhaul. I've managed to get the workshop manual .... if any other enthusiast's are interested in a copy....please e'mail me.
Update: I finally sold it ( September 2012 ) at same price I paid for it.
In November 2001 I finally scrapped the 1980 Honda Accord 1.6
( if was rusting from the inside out ! ). I'de had it 21 years, 2 re-bores, 300,000km, so cannot complain.
Eventually bought a Nissan NX1600 Coupe for basically driving to
and from work. It's only a 1992 model , but its lovely to drive and is quite quick. It's thirsty though, only 10km/l.
It was 10 years old and would have cost 80,000 SGD ( about 40,000 Stlg Pounds !!! ) to renew COE.
Bought 7 year old Jaguar X Type, 2.1L Automatic
It was 10 years old and would have cost me 80,000 SGD ( about 40,000 Stlg Pounds !!! ) to renew COE.
Bought 8 year old Audi A4 T Automatic
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