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Here’s a little recap of the 9 Mother & Son Evening Walks we did during the summer break.

What started as a spur of the moment little evening walk at the Botanical Gardens (#1) near our place which was followed the following by the Mount Faber & Southern ridges (#2), by the Green Corridor walk (#3) it became our little weekly Wednesday night ritual. We then ventured a little more West to Jurong Gardens (#4) then East to Gardens by the Bay & Barrage (#5) then we went North to Bishan/Ang Moh Kio garden with a finish line at Peirce Reservoir (#6). We conquered Singapore’s highest point (at 163.63 m!) with Butik Timah summit and the Dairy Farm loop (#7). After the highest point, I would challenge him with our longest walk for the loop around MacRitchie reservoir (#8) and we finish on a high with Fort Canning and ended our summer adventure at the Marina Bay Sand (#9)

It was a great way for J. to see the city from a different point of view (forest and nature parks are usually not on top of teenagers’ priority list), enjoy the city he has end up living in the longest and, a great way to get some exercise too.

I now need to find more routes to take him.

All the walks in detail here.

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Mother and Son Evening Walk #9

This will conclude our Mother & Son Evening Summer Break walks. I’ve added “Summer Break” to Evening Walks as when I mentioned that we could continue, maybe not weekly but (bi?) monthly, he didn’t object. In my book when it’s not a firm no it’s a yes 😉.

So for his ultimate walk before the start of the school year (even though this is posted way after he went back to school), it was a little bit of nature as with started at Fort Canning (but missed the photo op since a wedding photography was in session) followed by urban walk finishing at Marina Bay by the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands hotel.

NB: my posts are rarely in sync with my real life… these walks are done and dusted weeks ago 😉

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Mother and Son Evening Walk #8

I had initially planned this walk to be our last one because it was the longest (12kms) but J was getting his second shot just before that last planned walk and I didn’t want to have a too strenuous walk right after. So this is the penultimate walk: the big loop around MacRitchie Reservoir

After the early departure lessons we had learned the previous 2 weeks he was ready in less than 15 minutes when I told him we should get going (most of the walk is in the forest and it gets dark(er) fast). I would have liked to stay a few more minutes to see the sky turn pink but I wasn’t going to push more. He did awesome.

NB: my posts are rarely in sync with my real life… these walks are done and dusted weeks ago 😉

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And here’s Mother and Son Evening Walk #7

This was supposed to be a short but brutal walk. It was indeed brutal but not as short as initially anticipated.

On the bright side since it was going to be a walk in the forest I made sure we left way before 6pm. (Lesson learned from the previous week was remembered!). So it was meant to be short because we were going to go to the top of Bukit Timah Hill, which is the highest point of Singapore at 163.63 meter. I know so high 😂 but the assent is brutal. It was followed by the Dairy Farm loop and its many, many, many steps (on a side note I’m used to be the fastest of the group on this walk, well I am not when I accompany a 17-year-old 😉)

So this was the brutal part, as for the short turned long part, as we were reaching the MRT station I realized I needed a few hundred more meter to get a round number of kms (I know I’m weird!) so we kept on walking then instead of turning around to go back to the MRT station I told him the next one was just a 20-minute walk (it said 35mn on the app but I never believe it because I walk fast!) and he said sure let’s go, and who am I to deprive him of 20 extra minutes of exercise. Turns out it was great because part of the walk was a section of the Green corridor path that was closed when I walked it with my friends back in March. Win/Win situation and 8 km added to his tally (and a ok sunset)

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We are already at week 5 of the Mother and Son evening walk.

By now he’s willing (& enjoy) the walks, it’s just take so much effort to get started.

I usually remind him early afternoon that today is the day of our walk, then my 4pm I have to remind him that he needs to prepare. By 5pm I know I have to up my game if we want to not leave too late and not miss the sunset (and/or not finish the walk in the dark).

This week we walked around Bishan-Ang Mo Kio gardens, an easy flat walk. The beautiful city garden is not far from Lower Peirce Reservoir so it would be a nice end of walk sunset point. Well we arrived 15 minutes too late for the sunset (the exact 15 minutes I kept reminding to please hurry up putting his shoes on before leaving!). On a side note he didn’t take as long to get ready the following week (I think he was a little disappointed to have missed it). Every experience teach you a lesson.

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And just like that I’m documenting our 4th week of Mother-Son weekly evening walk.

It all started as a stroll around Gardens by the Bay with an idea of pushing it to the Barrage for a cool view of the city at sunset. Since he wasn’t complaining we crossed the barrage to get another view of the city and when he asked where was the bus stop/MRT station and I pointed it out over the bay he was game for the finish line.

Our initial little stroll around Gardens by the Bay ended up aa a 8-km walk around the bay with great views of the city at dusk.

He might secretly love those walks but would never admit it because #coolness

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And that’s 3 weeks in a row of Mother-Son weekly evening walk.

It’s actually our 4th walk together. After the Botanical Gardens (twice really), the Railway Corridor, the Southern Ridges, we have now ventured out even more to the west to Jurong Lake Gardens.

No beautiful sunset this week but what started as and was supposed to be a “Let’s walk next to each other and listen to our respective music/podcast while I show you around Singapore” has morphed into long conversations…. I, however, do not get to pick the subject of said conversations and I also do not dare to object. I merely listen. This week we (and by “we” I mean mainly “he”) talked about Qualia*

* I’m just going to put the definition here so you don’t have to google it 😉. “In philosophy and certain models of psychology, qualia (/ˈkwɑːliə/ or /ˈkweɪliə/; singular form: quale) are defined as individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. Examples of qualia include the perceived sensation of pain of a headache, the taste of wine, as well as the redness of an evening sky.” Yep!

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When your mother makes you go on weekly evening walk – Part 2

You don’t always get an epic sunset but you get to see part of the city from a pretty cool bridge (Henderson Waves) and end you walk on another one (Alexandra Arch).

Henderson waves connect Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill park. It’s a 274-meter-long pedestrian bridge. At 36 meters above Henderson Road it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

Alexandra Arch is a 80-meter-long bridge that features a curved deck and tilted arch like an open leaf. Like the Henderson Waves it is lit with Color-charging LED lamps

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