Hello from Singapore! After an awesome 10 days in Melbourne that ended all too soon, the Ninja Turtle is finally “home”. Home is used loosely here, for it has now officially been 10 years since the Ninja Turtle moved away. A lot has changed in Singapore in the last ten years, and as other expatriates may relate, one feels more and more like a tourist with each subsequent homecoming.
What was once familiar, is now the foreign. Memories become fuzzy, or developments happen and memories become useless in certain situations. Being lost in your hometown is a disorienting and slightly embarrassing experience.
Running in Singapore is a challenge. Running in Singapore after having taken 11 days off running is almost a form of self-punishment. Running 10 miles in Singapore after having taken 11 days off running is almost asking for trouble. Armed with only one 600ml water bottle, trudging along and discovering that there are no water fountains in the park or the park connectors… well, let’s just say there were certainly better times than 4.30pm in the afternoon to indulge this running madness.
The various perils faced by the Ninja Turtle on her first run back home:
All the same, it was a real pleasure to finally bring these shuffling feet back to home soil (even for someone who’s not big on patriotism). It’ll probably take a while to acclimatize, but the Ninja Turtle has the next whole month to do so. Can’t wait to explore more running routes!
For those who are interested in exploring parks, paths and trails in Singapore, here is a useful website the Ninja Turtle has found.