Casio Singapore Batam Nongsa Cycling Trip

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Back in March, I received an invitation to join the Casio Singapore team as a participant for the Nongsa Cycle 2015 (http://www.nongsacycle.com/).

“Nongsa Cycle 2015 is an inaugural bike race event jointly organised by Ideas Room Consulting and Ace Sports Group and in partnership with resort operator, Batam View Beach Resort and fast ferry operator, BatamFast. It is scheduled on 9  May 2015, Saturday in the idyllic north eastern region of Batam called Nongsa. The region is a popular holiday getaway for the likes of the locals, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Koreans, and the region expat community which boosts of resorts, beaches, marina and golf courses, among others. ”  – Official Nongsa Cycle Site

It was a 3D2N affair in Batam from May 8 to May 10. This special event was launched to grace their Casio Exilim EX-FR10 as below. Sleek, stunning and dynamically adjustable, this gadget will level up your selfie game. Since it was also a striking opportunity to embrace my techie side, I said of course.
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So having reached the Tanah Merah ferry terminal at 930am, we went to gather for a group breakfast at Kiliney Kopitiam before boarding.

Below is Team Casio participating in the fun: Professional photographer Danny Santos (http://www.dannyst.com/)  and his wife, Katherine, TJ and Peiling, our hosts from the Casio Marketing Team, Justin from Asia361, Dennis from SuperAdrianMe.com and Anson from alvinology.com. These are definitely an awesome bunch of people with so much knowledge and tips for widening my eyes to social media.

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From L to R: Peiling, Me, TJ and Dennis

So we finally landed in Batam after an hour of a boat ride and on our way to our stay at Batam View Resort, which was the resort operator in partnership with the organisers for the event participants’ accomodation.
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Upon arriving, each of us received our Casio Exilim EX-FR10 Camera Pack and here’s a flatlay of what’s inside!

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Here’s an excerpt from Casio Int Website on more about this product:

‘Separating the lens from the controller so you can take selfies, group shots, back shots, and more, and create fun times. Bluetooth® handles communications between the camera unit and the controller unit. This makes taking pictures a smooth process.’

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Copyright from http://www.casio-intl.com/asia-mea/en/dc/ex_fr10/

 

And so we proceeded to set up the camera on our helmets and mounted the main panel on the bike stern. An appropriate setup for anyone who wishes to get a bird eye’s view while cycling through scenic landscapes.

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Prior to briefing, we were off for the day for an R and R at Nagoya mall.

Here’s our day 2, all set in our Casio attire and ready to blast the hilly roads of Nongsa for a total of 24km, marking my virgin cycling tour.

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And all racers getting ready and assembled at the start line.

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Here’s a part of the hilly journey. At this point, my quads are burning up and I am literally snailing up every slope.

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A happy Danny and me for completing our race and a little photo bomb of Justin! Danny completed 36km, though ;).

 

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The last night ended off with a grand BBQ dinner for all participants and the feeling of having completed 24km was surreal. During the race, I said to myself I would never do it ever again. That’s of course when I was going uphill. But looking back, hey, it wasn’t that bad and I’m ready for the next round! Stay tuned for the cycling pictures from the FR-10 itself!

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