2011 is the first full year that I stepped out on my own and it has been a journey of self-discovery in life, work and love. I just want to take this moment now, to thank each and every one of you reading this. It is your support and belief in me that has fuelled my passion and dare to dream. We were led to the present moment in our lives through a series of paths, adventures and journeys and everything that has happened, happened for a reason. Live life with no regrets they say – easier said than done, but life is that big a pill to swallow after all.
We are humans and none of us perfect. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second I am learning – about myself, about the people around me, about the world. Thank you for joining me on my journey, being part of my adventure and simply growing with me!
2011 has been really interesting – Just to name some: I initiated and organised Ladies’ Night @Kartright (a karting class for ladies only), formed an all-female racing team and competed in the four-hour OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge (a four-hour kart endurance race), was appointed leader of PAssion Motoring by the People’s Association, endured a 34-day consecutive Bikram Yoga personal challenge … … … I am also grateful for every passport chop I’ve earned, giving me the opportunity to fly out of Singapore and learn more about the cultures of other countries, even Malaysia.
I will keep working harder at my passion and this will not be possible without your faith in me – Thank you and Happy New Year!
Here is a recap of my 2011 -
Germany: Test drive of the new Volkswagen Phaeton and visit to the Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden
> Welcome to Dresden!
> My visit to Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden
> Transparent Factory in Dresden switches to double shift production
Singapore: Launch of the inaugural OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge 2011,
which I emcee-d
Japan: HKS Premium Day at Fuji Speedway, HKS factory tour, Super Autobacs at Yokohama, Top Secret, Fresh Strawberries
> Super Autobacs Visit @ Yokohama
> Super Surprise: Visit to TOP SECRET
> Strawberry Love: Picking and eating fresh strawberries in Chiba
> Foodie Track: Japan Issue 1: Tendon Tempura Tenya
Malaysia: Karting with a KF2 engine with Iru1 Racing at Elite Speedway
More photos here…
> A day with Iru1 Racing
Thailand: Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002 tyre test at Bangkok
> Launch of the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE002
Malaysia: K4GP at Sepang International Circuit
> K4GP: 24 hours too long
> K4GP Endurance Race
Singapore: Valentine’s Day with the Lexus IS-F
No date, no gifts, no candlelight dinner – just me and the spanking IS-F!
> Best V’day date ever…
> Car Review: Lexus IS-F: Best Love
> Best V’day date ever…
Singapore: First Ladies’ Night @Kartright,
A series of karting classes only for ladies, organised and executed by me
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright
> First Ladies’ Night @Kartright
> 25th Feb: Wet ‘n’ Wild Ladies’ Night @Kartright
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #2: No Rain, No Gain
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #3: Go Faster
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #4: Just Keep Karting
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #5: Karting novices go racing!
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #1 (25th Feb)
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #2 (26th Feb)
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #3
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #4
> Ladies’ Night @Kartright #5
Switzerland: Geneva Motor Show 2011
Malaysia: FX Open at KL Speed City
Went to support BFF Vincent Ng at his first drifting competition!
> FX Open Day 2
> FX Open Day 3: Showdown
> FX Open (Mar 2011)
USA: Formula Drift 2011 season opener at Long Beach
Tried In-N-Out Burger, visited Simpson at Harbor City, met Charles Ng at Evasive Motorsports…
> Welcome to Formula Drift Long Beach!
> Formula Drift USA 2011 Rd 1 Long Beach: Day 1
> Justin Pawlak wins Formula Drift 2011 Long Beach!
> Post-FD USA Trip
> Formula Drift USA 2011 Rd 1
> USA Trip (Post-FD)
Malaysia: AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme 2011 launch at Putrajaya
> Team Lotus boost for Daim
> AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme 2011 launch
Singapore: Recruitment for my all-female kart racing team
Held an audition at Kartright Speedway where hopefuls came to try out for a spot on my six-woman racing team!
Singapore’s only all-female racing team at the moment…
> Five Ladies Needed: CTMC2! Racing Team Recruits Its Members
> CTMC2! Racing Angels audition: Cat fight!
> CTMC2! Racing Angels team formed!
> Introducing my all-female kart racing team – CTMC2! Racing
> CTMC2! Racing Angels audition (Part 1)
> CTMC2! Racing Angels audition (Part 2)
> CTMC2! Racing – Singapore’s only female kart racing team
Hong Kong: Girlfriend trip with local artiste Silver Ang
> Girlfriend getaway in Hong Kong
> Ocean Park HK 2011 with Silver Ang
Singapore: First karting experience on the Formula 1 track
> Rising trend with corporate karting
> KF1 Karting Challenge – 28 May 2011
Japan: Kyushu media fam trip
7 days in Kyushu - Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, making of umegae mochi, doll painting at Shogetsudo Hakata Doll Shop, famous pork-broth ramen at Ippudo Tao, Senkoji Temple at Kurume, traditional Japanese candle making at Haze Yashiki, toured miso and soy sauce brewery Harajirozaemon Kura and Nippongwan Museum at Hita old town Mameda Machi, Japanese Kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) on a Cormorant fishing boat, Formula Nippon 2011 Round 2 weekend at Autopolis, Kumamoto Castle and horse meat (raw) tasting, Aso Farm Village stay with origami folding and soba-making, Kuju Flower Park in the rain and more…
> Driver Frenzy at Autopolis
> Interview of me on official Formula Nippon website
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine & Umegae Mochi making
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Hakata Doll Painting
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Famous Pork-Broth Ramen at Ippudo Tao
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Too much chicken at Hakata Hanamidori
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Senkoji Temple
> Formula Nippon: Nakajima Family Affair
> Civic Power
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Traditional Japanese Candle Making
> Formula Nippon 2011 – Round 2 (Album #1)
> Formula Nippon 2011 – Round 2 (Album #2)
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 1
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 2
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 3
> Kyushu Media Fam Trip – Part 4
Singapore: Formula Drift Asia 2011 season opener
> Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Ariff apologises to D Kohkae for the incident
> Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Did you get all the drivers’ autographs?
> Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Team SPARK Motorsports dominates podium
> Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Part 1
> Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Adam’s Marriage Proposal
> Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Tandem Battles
> Formula Drift Singapore 2011 – Drivers’ Autograph Session
Thailand: Random Bangkok weekend getaway – alone!
Once in a while, people do crazy things; such as booking a ticket at 2am to arrive in Thailand less than 10 hours later. I had a weekend free and I had some thinking to do – off to Bangkok I went!
> Runaway to Bangkok!
> BKK Runaway: Yummy lunch at Smirve Bar
> BKK Runaway: Shopping at Platinum and Supper at Foodland
> Runaway to Bangkok!
Malaysia: Red Bull Rookies final selection at Sepang International Circuit
> Red Bull Rookies 2011 finalised
> Red Bull Rookies 2011 driver search finals
I spent much July in Thailand man!
Thailand: Michelin Energy XM2 tyre test at Pattaya
> Michelin Energy XM2 Tyre Launch: It’s all about lasting longer
> Michelin Energy XM2 tyre launch
Thailand: First time at BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)
Extended my trip in Thailand – headed to Bangkok after Pattaya! Met and interviewed Thai superstar Pete Thongchua…
> 3 days of BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)
> Hangin’ Out with Thai superstar Pete Thongchua
> Test It? with Pete Thongchua
> Days 2 & 3 at BRC (Bangkok Racing Circuit)
Thailand: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric II and Eagle F1 Directional 5 tyre tests at Hua Hin’s Kaeng Krachan circuit
> Double Happiness: Two New Eagles for Goodyear
> Tata Young: Then & Now
> Goodyear Eagle F1 tyre launch
Thailand: All Star Drift Thailand Rounds 3 and 4 at Wonderworld Park
From Hua Hin I went back to Singapore to attend a training session with my all-female racing team and the next morning I flew back up to Bangkok for the third round of All Star Drift Thailand. It was my first time at a local Thai drift event…
> All Star Professional Drift Thailand 2011: Round 2 final and Round 3
> All Star Professional Drift Thailand 2011: Round 4
> All Star Drift Thailand Rds 3-4
> All Star Drift Thailand Rds 3-4 – Album #2
Thailand: 6-night stay at the ever-luxurious lebua at State Tower
I had the whole two-bedroom suite to myself – what a waste!
> lebua at State Tower: Living The Life in Bangkok
Thailand: 2-day filming with Motor Tracks
Motor Tracks, a motorsports DVD magazine in Bangkok, has been secretly filming me at Formula Drift Asia events over the last few years. I finally got acquainted with them and they invited me onto their programme – I had a dedicated segment in MT#78 which we spent 2 days filming for! You can watch the video here.
> Filming with Motor Tracks: Day 1 at Coco Kart & Bar
> Filming with Motor Tracks: Day 2 at Khao Yai
> Secret filming by Motor Tracks!
> VIDEO: Exclusive interview of Cheryl Tay in Motor Tracks
> Filming with Motor Tracks – Day 1
> Filming with Motor Tracks – Day 2
Singapore: Racing in the four-hour kart endurance race at the OCBC Corporate Karting Challenge
Finally – after creating Ladies’ Night @Kartright to scout for talent, organising an audition for interested women who want to race, training till I got blisters on my hands, Race Day was on 6 August 2011.
> My Racing Foray
> Racing: Of blisters and gloves and helmets
Singapore: 3-day filming for a one-hour documentary on my passion by a French cable network channel
The crew from a French cable channel flew down to Singapore for three days just to film a documentary on my story – can’t wait for it to be broadcasted across Europe!
> Just Fan filming: Make me up!
> Rare Occasion: Cheryl Tay all made up
> Some shots from filming
Singapore: Appointed leader of PAssion Motoring, an initiative by the People’s Association
> My new appointment as leader of PAssion Motoring
> PAssion Motoring: THE LATEST AUTOMOTIVE COMMUNITY LAUNCH FOR MOTORISTS IN SINGAPORE
> Snapshots from PAssion Motoring launch event
> VIDEO: Highlights from launch of PAssion Motoring
> My New Appt: Leader of PAssion Motoring, by People’s Association
> PAssion Motoring launch
Malaysia: Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race 2011 and Audi Sportscar Experience at Sepang International Circuit
> Tyre failure costs Audi win at 12-hour race
> Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race 2011 – Album #1
> Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race 2011 – Album #2
Singapore: My intensive Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix week!
> 12 steps to the best Formula 1 experience in S’pore
> Talking points for the Formula 1 S’pore Grand Prix
> Beware of hot Button
> No Formula One comeback for David Coulthard
> Johnnie Walker Jet Black Party takes pole position as celebrity hotspot
> McLaren Automotive launches regional headquarters in S’pore
> Pirelli: How Formula 1 tyres are made
> Adrian Sutil would have been a stuntman
> The pressure of the Senna name
> Memorable Moments of the 2011 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
> Heikki Kovalainen plays golf to take his mind off F1
> Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix 2011
Singapore: Completed a 34-day Bikram Yoga challenge
> Bikram Yoga body
> 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge COMPLETED!
> Attempting Yoga Poses In The Garden
Indonesia: Represented Singapore in the Journalist Visit Programme 2011 by the Foreign Ministry of Indonesia
> Journalist Visit Programme 2011, by Indonesia
> Journalist Visit Programme 2011, by Indonesia – Album #2
Indonesia: Inaugural Formula Drift Indonesia at Jakarta
> More ‘police cars’ at FD
> Dai Yoshihara lookalike car, by M. Hermawan
> Singaporean Ivan Lim disappoints
> Helping Dai raise funds for RFJP
> Ken Gushi drives Orido’s RSR Supra again
> 19-year-old Indonesian drifters Alinka and Armando are engaged.. to each other!
> Indonesian female drifting darling Alinka learnt drifting in a Yaris
> Pond made Daigo Saito work hard for his victory
> Armando is youngest FD Asia podium finisher
> Daigo Saito’s journey to the top
> Who’s battling who in the Round of 32?
> Top 32 qualifiers!
> Selected videos in qualifying
> FD USA 2011 champ Dai Yoshihara looking ‘sharp’!
> Ivan L.: To the power of 2
> “Nutrional facts” about drifting
> Who’s here at FD Indonesia?
> Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #1 - Friday
> Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #2 - Saturday
> Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #3 - Sunday
Vietnam: Girlfriend trip with Sarah and Meijuan at Ho Chi Minh City
> Last Night + Last Day in Ho Chi Minh City
> The Simple Life: a Mekong Delta photobook
> Day 2: Exploring Ho Chi Minh City on foot
> First night in Ho Chi Minh City
> Day 1 of Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends
> Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends – Day 1
> Ho Chi Minh City with the girlfriends – Day 2
> The Simple Life – a Mekong Delta picturebook
> Last Night + Last Day in Ho Chi Minh City
Japan: Season finale of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series with the PETRONAS Syntium Team
> With love from Japan: Fighting the cold!
> PETRONAS Syntium customised apples!
> Petronas Syntium take top honours in Super Taikyu
> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team Gearing Up To Secure Fourth Super Taikyu Championship Title
> NEWS - Long Day of Practice for PETRONAS Syntium Team at Super Taikyu Final
> NEWS - Qualifying: PETRONAS Syntium Team locks out Top 2 spots in Super Taikyu Round 5!
> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team clinched 4th Super Taikyu title today!
> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 1 Secured Pole Position for Final Super Taikyu Race
> NEWS - PETRONAS Syntium Team Totally Dominated 2011 Super Taikyu Series
> Super Taikyu 2011 Rds 5&6 – Album 1
> PETRONAS Syntium Customised Apples!
Japan: Tokyo Motor Show 2011, largest Autobacs store in Japan, Toyota@MegaWeb, TOMEI The Engine Specialist
> Cheryl Tay visits the largest Autobacs in Japan
> Toyota City showcase at Megaweb
> I’m still a Hello Kitty fan.
> Meet Tokyo Motor Show race queens
> Race queens at the Tokyo Motor Show
> Concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show
> Tokyo Motor Show 2011: Cars to look forward to
> PICTORIAL: Visit to TOMEI The Engine Specialist in Tokyo
> Autobacs (largest in Japan) + Hello Kitty + Toyota@MegaWeb
> The Babes at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show
> The Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show 2011
> Cars at Tokyo Motor Show 2011
> Visit to TOMEI The Engine Specialist
Malaysia: Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race
> Cheryl Tay at Sepang 1000KM 2011!
> Sepang 1000KM 2011 – Album 1
> Sepang 1000KM 2011 – Album 2
Macau: CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Asia Pacific Championships + Asian Karting Open Championship Round 5
> Singaporeans at the AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale
> Kart racing at Macau this weekend
> Singaporeans @AKOC Macau: Full Report
> Singaporean Andrew Tang crowned 2011 AKOC senior champion!
> Off-track Moments @Kartodromo de Coloane, Macau
> Injury fails to derail kart-racer Tang’s season
> NEWS - BHPetrol Racing Team gains valuable experience at Macau season finale
> NEWS - Managing Expectations at Macau for RL Karting
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 1
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 2
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 3
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 4
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 5
> AKOC/CIK-FIA KF1 & KF3 Macau finale – Album 6
Malaysia: Formula Drift Asia 2011 season finale in Kuala Lumpur
> Cheryl Tay’s Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 experience
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Pre-Race Press Conference
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Interview with Manabu Orido
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Quick word with Daigo Saito
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Friday set-up and driver registration
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Friday’s driver briefing and VIP rides!
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Official Top 32 qualifying results
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Full battle bracket results
> Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Flying cones, barriers, bumpers, bricks and a wall-riding stunt-like incident
> Formula Drift Asia 2011: Driftpac Awards Dinner
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Thursday
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Friday
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Saturday
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Saturday (Album 2)
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday (Album 2)
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday (Album 3)
> Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Sunday Autograph Session
> Formula Drift Asia 2011 – Driftpac Awards Dinner
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 32 battles
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 16 battles
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 8 battles
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 4 battles
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – 3rd/4th placing
> [VIDEO] Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Top 2 final
That was my 2011 year in recap – mostly focused on my overseas travel and race coverage…
Here’s to a better 2012!