Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Last Sunday's (24 Feb 2013) weather was excellent for a run. There was a slight drizzle when I arrived. Coupled with the sea breeze, it was beginning to feel like winter. ( By the way, the HK marathon was also held last Sunday, so yes, good memories. I think George Yeo did a 10 km run with a timing of 65 mins. Probably many other Singaporeans too, including Mok ).
As planned, we go on a clockwise direction. The pace was faster than the last time we were there. Also, no more shortcuts. Not sure if it was the slight drizzle, the crowds were visibly lesser than the last time. Not that I am complaining as it means that we do not have to dodge the bikes. Another point is the location of the toilets along the way. These are found on both sides of the river but they are generally on higher grounds and closer to the park areas ( as opposed to the housing area). There was hardly any sun throughout the morning, so we had a good time resting after the run.
As usual, lots of photo-taking after the run - and all posed for a good shot by the coast-line ( see blog). After that, open-air showers and off to the coffee shop at Blk 301. ( no sure why the water pressure of the taps is stronger than that of the shower head ? ).
At the coffee shop, no need to really recee the various stalls as by now, we are all quite familiar with the place. Generally ok except for the prawn noodle stall.
This Sunday we will start run from Marigold Drive. The host ( birthday boy) will be cooking up a feast to feed all of you. Yes, there will be braised duck as well as kuay chap. If not enough food, ther will be waffles. I know that there are people who will just come for breakfast !!! Regardless, all are welcome. Free parking anyway. For catering purposes, please inform the host or hostess that you will be coming. ( or reply to this email). Not sure what we want to talk about this Sunday, but there will always be enough gossips to go around.
have a good run.
( on holiday, again !! yea. )
Monday, February 25, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
It was a cool morning as we assemble at the carpark of SICC Sime. It does not get bright till after 7 am. ( that will start to change this week). As we waited for others to turn up, we were ambushed by the hoards of mosquito who were waiting for their lo-hei breakfast. Against the light of the car headlamps, you can so many of them that even you kill tens of them, you will still get bitten by the others. So, we start our run quickly so as to get away from the mosquito.
The usual route to Kheam Hock. Other than the "old man" who dash to the front and took off like a bullet, the rest of us were jogging along at a good brisk pace. The traffic was not very heavy but somehow, Dear Leader seems to have a bit of a problem with the drivers as he had a close encounter with a few of them. I presume there is a lack of mutual understanding on the intention of both parties. Regardless, please do be careful when you run on the roads. Never assume - better to be alive than being right all the time.
We had our showers after the run. Off to Adam Road hawker center for nasi lemak and the mee rebus. I joined the queue for the nasi lemak as it was only about 6 people. It turned out to be a longer wait than expected as the 6 people in front bought some 30 to 40 packets in total. Another lesson - the waiting time is not necessary proportional to the queue length. Oh - joke of the morning - One new Chinese citizen was looking at all the concessions offered at the cinema and so he asked - how do I get to become a senior citizen. Well, he thought that you can progress from a citizen to a senior citizen just like a doctor to a senior doctor.
This Sunday is chap goh mei or yuan xiao jie 元宵节. It used to be one of the Chinese Valentine days as the ladies get this chance only once a year to go out and watch the lanterns. Of course look at all the hunks and scholars along the way. Anyway, this marks end of CNY festivities and yes, the end of the lo-hei raw fish for the year.
We will go to Pungggol Point for Sunday's run. We will do the route in the clockwise direction so that it will not be as hot. As usual, always good to start early. Usual time.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Group photo just before the run. Choy May joined us later.
Zoe pointing to the "depression" that caused her to trip and injure her left ankle.
Walking away from the "depression".
Pei Lin putting cold compress onto Zoe's sprained left ankle.
Zoe "resting" her left sprained ankle.
Look at all their different facial expression. Who is the least expressionless?.
Husband and wife combination. Double happiness.
Choon Chiang showing Choy May Chinese New Year video.
Shih Pin spotted an interesting tree and immediately got the attention of Wee Boon.
Wow, the gang of 5. The shortest is in the middle.
The 5 beauties. The tallest is in the middle.
Look at the odd one out.
Who is the fairest of them all?
At Adam Road Food Court
Thursday, February 7, 2013
It was a slow start for last Sunday run starting from the Marina Barrage. When I reached the barrage at 6.45 am, only John was waiting there patiently. Soon, the others started arriving - Lau Goh, Ldr A, Zoe, the Tans, Nai Eng, Choy May, Bee Lok. We had the usual photo taking ( countless of times !! ) and off we start.
We crossed the barrage towards the golf course - or rather Garden by the Bay East. No obstruction as we jog along the river. We turned around when we reached Costa Rhu. Yes, it is all clear all the way to the Indoor Stadium. We proceed to run around this part of the Garden - no super trees, just a plain simple Garden. Lau Goh was trying pick up golf balls along the fence but there was none. The route along the coast line back to East Coast parkway was blocked by a locked gate. I think there are still some construction along there - the big Marina underwater highway to Tanjong Pagar. yes, this is all part of the infra to house 6.9 million. ok, I digress.
After the run, the usual shower party proceeded to the toilets to clean up while the non-bathers went to "cope" place at the Satay By the Bay food center. Choy May had sent out a message that she was buying breakfast. She was elated to be crowned champion for her age group in the Green corridor run. So, she had $500 cash prize and a blackberry. ( hopefully, she can get onto whatsapp now !) . Apparently, the original champion turned out to be a man. Sorry, I do not have the full story but I do not think there was any gender testing involved.
And at the satay by the bay, the party begins. It was quite deserted when we arrived. It started off modestly when ordered just the breakfast set - coffee, toast , eggs. Then the pau, siew mai, lor mai gai etc all start to pile up. We could make all the noise we wanted as we had practically the whole place to ourselves. Pei Lin was showing the youtube video on the parody of the by-election based on the Hilter spoof. And the rest was having a lot of sidee discsussions.
Seems like the free breakfast deal is a big attraction !! Soon, we were joined by Lily, Mark and Serena, Lieng Seng and Judy. Unfortunately, only the coffee stall was opened and we could not order any satay, chicken wing, chilli crab, etc.....Maybe another day when some abc runner become champion . Regardless, we had a long breakfast until the rain came !!! And what a downpour.
Back to this Sunday, 10th Feb. We will do our traditional CNY First Day run around Botanic Gardens. We will proceed to Adam Rd for some breakfast. ( light run- maybe no showers ). Please do come along dressed in red. Bring some mandarin oranges and New Year tidbits to celebrate the new year. Hope to finish everything fast and all can go back and start your New Year visiting.
We will start the run at 7 am so please be on time. See you.