The thing with being with someone who loves the outdoors and sports is that sometimes you have to participate in the things they love to do, just like they go along with you to check out bookstores, go malling, or watch movies. You know, compromise — the grease that keeps relationships moving forward.
So when D suggested we go on a hike, I readily said yes. Readers of this blog will know I am not really averse to going on nature hikes; in fact, I can and do walk long distances and like it.
So when he said let’s go try Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, I said, “Sure, why not?”A bit about Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: It’s huge. It’s 163 hectares of towering trees and winding trails and contains a rainforest. It also encompasses Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest point at 163.63 meters above sea level. The hill is composed mainly of granite and used to be a quarry in the 1900s. It’s no longer a working quarry, of course. Now, people go there to hike, look at trees, and generally commune with nature.
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Because Captain Mal (my mac) was sidelined for months, I’m playing catch up with posts in the next few weeks….
The race cars were so fast that the photos I took of them were a blur. This is probably the best one
The last time I watched F1 was in 2009, during the second year of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix and my first year in Singapore as the editor of a travel magazine. One of the hotels invited a few editors into the McLaren enclosure because the McLaren group was billeted at their hotel. It was luxe personified, with white suited and white gloved waiters offering champagne and nibbles as you watched the race in air-conditioned comfort. We even got to go down into the McLaren pit. Ahh, the perks of the job. It was a heady experience that I was glad I got to do, especially since I was not really a fan of racing and wouldn’t buy a ticket to the races if it were up to me. But, even if I weren’t a fan, there was no mistaking the energy and anticipation of fans who watched the race.
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…. again. Captain “I am to misbehave” Mal (my mac; and yes, I name my macs) was sidelined for months. The battery died and swelled up and I couldn’t find a replacement for a long time, until D ordered one for me from London. So what’s been going on? in my side of the woods, I’ve had to deal with some major issues at work, the scope of which won’t appear on this blog, but suffice to say, the conflagration was hard to put out. Been trying to exercise more (largely D’s doing; posting more on my activities in this regard soon) and traveling more (yay!). In the next few days — or ok, maybe weeks — will be busy posting more entries — starting with this!
Accomplishment: Finished (finally — after three years!) Stephen King’s Under the Dome! Wrote about this in an earlier post and back then, I was telling myself I would finish it, but ended up shelving it for other titles. So I finally finished it. So how was it? Hmmm, not as good as some of his other works. I get the impression it was some sort of thought experiment that went on too long. I don’t really regret reading it, but I can’t help feeling that it was a bit of a letdown. Still, and all, that’s a book off the book debt — though I’ve racked up several additions to the pile in the meantime!
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I’ve realized that I’ve been behind in my blog posts lately. I had planned to update more frequently, but you know how it is, life happens and somehow before I knew it, weeks have passed and I haven’t done a single entry (pop culture posts of videos and links somehow don’t count)! Mabel, a good friend and wonderful blogger (check out her blog here) said she missed my “walking around Singapore” entries, so I thought I’d post these images of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve today…. Actually, I had planned to post this a few weeks back, when I had the crazy idea of downloading and filing all my photos from the phone, but got sidelined because of a bum back (more on this in a future post).
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… you update your blog by posting an amusing picture of Disney princesses in their dressing room… And what is Belle reading? *gasp*
Source: Eumenidi on deviantart. This piece is entitled “7:15 a.m.”
Let’s celebrate us in all our quirky, wonderful and beautiful glory! Happy International Women’s Day. The images below are from a series of watercolors called “Women Defined” by a brilliant artist named Jay. I first saw Jay’s work while trawling the Internet, particularly from my godchild’s tumblog and a few others. And finally found the source, which I am linking here. Aren’t these images wonderful and empowering? And as she says in her blog, aren’t we awesome?
At the crossroads of Mackenzie Road and Selegie. This was a few weeks after Deepavali but the decorations are still up
I haven’t been running lately, so as a compromise, I’ve taken to walking a lot. I live fairly central from town, and most of the places I go to are roughly three kilometers from home, so after a night/day out gallivanting, I would walk home. It’s my compromise for not being so assiduous with the running regimen. These pictures were taken around a week or so ago. I was always on Orchard Road, watching films during the German Film Festival (…incidentally, why are serious films called “films” and Hollywood blockbusters “movies”? Ever think of that? It’s the same bugbear I get when in a library or bookstore, fiction is divided between “bestsellers” and “literature” — aren’t all of them literature? Anyway…) and I was walking home and it occurred to me to just take pictures. So here they are. I don’t know if it’s because I was just in a reflective and pensive mood when I shot them, but there’s a loneliness to the images that particularly resonated. Or maybe that’s just my take on them. So let’s begin…
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