PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMMUN/HOPSCOTCH STUDIO / WORDS BY ZECH PHARAMOND ART DIRECTION BY JOYCE LIM / MAKE-UP BY WAN NING & RACHEL WONG / HAIR BY ANGELINE LOW & RACHEL WONG / ORIS WILLIAMS CHRONOGRAPH CARBON FIBRE EXTREME

 

In everyday garb, Wee’s a fire alarm system engineer. He designs fire warning systems for buildings; estimating costs, preparing proposals and so on.

However when he’s not punching numbers and flipping charts, this daddy of two enjoys hitting the open road on his Sportster Forty-Eight.

It’s been customised by Wee himself and even at standstill, it looks ready to kick some ass.

A vintage petrol-head, his garage space has been taken up by a classic BSA, a Vespa Primavera, a Yamaha SR500, a whimsical Honda Monkey and his café racer, the Triumph Thruxton 900.

“I picked up riding from my late father. Back when my dad was around, he would ring us up every Sunday—me and my brothers—and all five of us would go riding. I felt very proud riding with my family, and very safe too because my father was a very experienced rider.

“He used to take part in rallying, and he’d ridden motorcross bikes, sports bikes, classics and road tourers. So yeah, he was always there to teach me anything I needed to know.”

Wee is also one of a handful of professional roller-bladers in Malaysia, with regular overseas competitions and torn ligaments to show for it. But he tells me it gets tougher each year.

With more responsibilities and age catching up, he’s started to feel the toll of it all.

“By maintaining my health at my best, I think I can still manage this sport. I really need to be fit, if not everything will fall apart. There are quite a list of obstacles I’ve been trying to conquer for many years. Maybe I can close the curtains once I get them in the bag,” he says with a laugh. “Just kidding, I won’t stop rollerblading until I can’t do it.”

“But the hero behind this story is my wife. She’s the one who holds down the fort when I travel away from home. She’s my enabler. Now, I’m training my son for the BMX but you can’t force these things.

“It’s something that has to come from within.”

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