Travel to NTU or NIE while avoiding traffic jams in PIE, AYE, KJE every morning

Last Friday marked the last day that I traveled to NIE for my full-time teaching course. Since I am in a good mood (after completing my 4 assignments in the span of 1 week and having a pretty much relaxing first week into my practicum) and sharing is caring, I would like to write about my journey to NIE. No, not my nostalgic 2 year course but literally, the journey from my house to the institution itself.

Normally, after I have dropped my wife to work in Ang Mo Kio around 7.15 a.m., I travelled via various highways in Singapore in a bid to find the fastest and easiest route to NIE, which is located in NTU vicinity near Jalan Bahar. I like to travel via PIE but the traffic congestion + ERP in CTE always made me think twice about going by that route.

Rather than paying $2 for ERP, I would prefer travelling up north first via SLE and then exit at the BKE(PIE) exit before turning in to KJE.

However, if you noticed, I would normally reach the SLE expressway around 7.30 a.m. and by the time I reached the exit to BKE(PIE), traffic congestion will tail-back all the way towards the Woodlands Ave 2 exit. It was not till early last year that I discovered a new route courtesy of one of my NIE course-mates.

This route will take you from SLE and bring you out of the traffic congestion over there and magically bring you to Jalan Bahar.

Oklah, I was exaggerating a bit but I am serious on avoiding the congestion. Let me tell you now how you can achieve this magic of going to Jalan Bahar from SLE but avoid the traffic congestion at the BKE (PIE) exit, the Mandai Road exit and also the KJE traffic congestion.

The best thing is, the journey to NIE using this new route from SLE will only be maximum 30 min !!! (because that was the time that I needed while driving my Picanto so if you are driving a bigger car than mine, +- 7 min).

Here’s how.


no need payphones these days.. or not?

Where are the public phones when you need one ?


Seizures and spasms

I only had 1 hour of maths tutorial for the day but the lesson was cut short by 15 min due to an incident that occurred in class, a similar issue that happened during my NS days too.

Towards the end of the lesson,


when the going gets tough, the tough keeps going

I just remembered that caption from Energizer (or was that Eveready’s?) advertisements a couple of years back.

In any case, I realised that assignments are beginning to?pile up?from this semester’s modules and slowly but steadily, I have stepped up the pace due to the buildup pressure. Though I have additional modules in?Math and Science in lieu of my specialist track, I thought it was funny that I was not feeling pressured by those subjects.

Instead, for this semester, the pressure is more from technical aspects as I had to designed multimedia package for students in selected topics, as well as voice training for oratorical speeches.

Oh well, I will just take things upon my stride and do my best in each of them.


End of Teaching Assistantship

Finally, after 5 weeks of gruelling, mentally challenging and emotionally charged drama, I ended my TA posting at YNPS. I must say that it was a fruitful albeit a short stay there because I managed to put some of the theories that I have learnt into practice, not to mention making new acquaintances as well as getting a feel of how life as a teacher is over at this environment.

Now, a short week break that I intend to fully maximise by… sleeping soundly and waking up late mornings as compared to my daily routine of waking up at 5 am for the past 5 weeks. Ahh, the joy of sleeping. Good night !!


The one about a lady driver

I have always believe on equal opportunity between genders when it comes to driving. I mean, both males and females are responsible for poor driving skills that sometimes may result in bad accidents. However, since the incident that occurred to me last week, I felt that at times, women drivers are not that street-smart when it comes to driving after all.

Without prejudice to any party involved, I do concur that there are responsible and alert female drivers in Singapore but the one that I am mentioning below sure doesn’t fit into the equation.