After about two weeks after the accident, I got a call from the mechanic telling me that it was ready for collection. I headed to the workshop. The man who knocked me down was there too.
I was civil, but I didn’t talk much to him. I wasn’t being rude, but I was ready to close the chapter and put it behind me.
After an examination on the scooter, I sat on my scooter and waved goodbye to him, thinking to myself, hoping that I’ll never have another accident again.
But as I rode back home, I can sense that something is not quite right with the scooter. Rather than that inviting feeling I get when riding my scooter, it just felt cold and lifeless.
The next morning, there was a very strong smell of petrol coming from the inside of the scooter. I was most concerned. Something is just not right.
Mr Singh, a colleague at the school that I was attached to, noticed it too and advised me to send it for servicing.
Me : Funny thing is, I just went to the mechanic recently. But I want to send it to someone who specialises in Vespa. I tried to call Piaggio service center, but they only work on weekdays.
Mr Singh : Why don’t you bring it to Tong Aik? They work on weekends too. I brought my scooter there for 20 years now. I really recommend it.
Me : But yours is a manual, Mr Singh. Mine is an automatic
Mr Singh : Not a problem. As long as its a Vespa, they can do it for you. Let me get you their contact.
I went there early in the morning to avoid the long waiting time. It was quite easy to get there. It was near Sim Lim Square, my favourite computer shop.
It was such a curious place. I rode all the way to the fifth floor where their workshop was. I knew I was at the right place when I saw all sorts of scooters there. Vintage and new Vespas in all shapes and colours. As I admired the procession of scooters a man in blue overalls popped out of nowhere.
man : Hi! How can I help you?
me : Hi, I’m looking for Mr Wee? My colleague, Mr Singh recommended me here for a servicing.
man : That’s me. Mr Singh? Oh yes, he worked for the police previously didn’t he? What kind of service would you like for your scooter?
me: I’d like to have a full service on it please. Also, there is a strong petrol smell coming from inside. Can you check it for me?
man : No problem! Rest assured that I’ll personally check your scooter and repair what is needed.
After about 2 hours, I went back in the workshop area.
man : The belt and rollers need to be changed, they are worn out already. May I know where you did your servicing previously?
me: What’s wrong?
man : The mechanics there did not handle the tap properly and now its damaged. The oil was supposed to flow in 15 mins, but here, it took an hour.
me : Oh.
man : And you’ve got a good sense of smell there. Let me show you why you smelt the petrol smell.
Mr Wee opens up the cover and we both look at the engine. He revs up the throttle and to my horror, I saw petrol leaking out each time he revs it.
me : OH! MY! GOD!
man : The pipes are weak. It could have exploded but good thing that it didn’t.
me : OH! MY! GOD!
man : You are a very very lucky woman.
my eyes boggled*
man : I need to examine your scooter some more. So sorry to keep you waiting. But I dont think I can finish it now. Can you pick it up on Monday afternoon instead?
me : Yes, sounds good. Thanks for checking, and bye!
I think I’ll bring my baby to Tong Aik for servicing the next time, all the time.
Tong Aik Motors Supply Co
89 Short Street
Tel : 63379912