Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hiking the Southern Ridges

We went hiking on the Southern Ridges trail this morning, which is a series of smaller trails linking several national parks together. We spent about 3 or 4 hours hiking, which is a good length by my book (long enough to get exercise, not so long you are dying of exhaustion).
Many of the linkages are by cool bridges like the Henderson Waves, so that hikers don't have to go up and down a lot of hills. Since it's Singapore, everything was very well-maintained and extremely clean. It was also almost empty, even though today was Sunday (most Singaporeans work on Saturdays, so Sunday is the big family togetherness/outing day), because most Singaporeans (like Chinese people in general) hate exercise and the outdoors. Almost certainly they were all at the mall having iced drinks.
Even though it's December, the temperature was in the 80s; but since it's monsoon season it was not too sunny (luckily it didn't actually rain until around 4 pm, well after we had gone home). Little R thoroughly enjoyed herself: she loves experiencing new things. It's so interesting to watch her reactions to everything. Seeing her discover dry leaves on the ground, or marvel at the clouds in the sky, really gives me a new appreciation for the world around me.

--Exercise: 3.5 hours hiking.
--Diet: Breakfast: Cheerios in soy milk with dried cranberries; Lunch: Bread with goat cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar; Dinner: Spaghetti Bolongese and Minestrone Soup; Snack: Frappucino.
--Other: Did not drink 8 glasses water; one frappucino.

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