2. On Friday, 24 Jul, I met with Pak Hanung Nugrah of the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore. As advised by Pak Achma Djatmiko, I handed to Pak Hanung a letter to the Indonesian Ambassador seeking his support to obtain a permit for me to drive my car in Indonesia. Pak Djatmiko also advised that I keep the Singapore embassy in Jakarta informed of my application and my planned trip to Indonesia. Pak Hanung added that I would need to get the support of the Indonesia Motorsport Assocation, adding that he would provide the details to me later. With the support letters, the Indonesian Police and Customs will then consider my application. I briefed Pak Hanung of my plan for Indonesia, starting Sumatra to Java, to Bali, Lombok and the nearby islands, to Sulawesi, to South Kalimantan, before travelling from Pontianak to Sarawak in East Malaysia. If all goes well, we hope to begin the journey in early October. That leaves us with about 2 months to complete the preparation.
3. Last week an old friend of mine since the army days, Lim Yeow Pheng, had decided to join me for Part 2 of the Asean on Wheels journey. He was of great help, teaching me qigong while I was recovering from the lung cancer operations in end 2006. A former Defence Attache to Brunei and a GM with Bintan Resorts, he knows the region well. This time round, we are planning to have 2 cars - my Pajero plus another, i.e. ideally 2 cars 4 persons. This means we have to look for 2 other persons with a car who are keen to join us. Its a pity that Sunny is not able to join the journey this time as he has other commitments.
4. I had been back in Singapore for about 3 weeks, but had been fairly busy at home. On 3 Jul, I became a grandfather. My grandson, Leonard Lim Zhicheng was delivered, to father Yiping and mother Edie. Also, was busy taking care of various building defects as the one year defect liability period for my house reconstruction was up.