Sights and thoughts from cycling from home to work and back

Sights and thoughts from cycling from home to work and back

I started work the week after I had my graduation ceremony and my bone marrow donation procedure. During the two weeks after work started, I could not do what I wanted to do: Cycling to work. I could not sit still anymore after two weeks and bought a road bike on one Saturday.

New bicycle! Bought and immediately parked it at HackerspaceSG.
New bicycle! Bought and immediately parked it at HackerspaceSG.

The path to work is reasonable for a cyclist, through Kallang Riverside Park, passes through Marina Bay Sands’ waterfront promenade, Marina Bay Financial Centre and then the office at Asia Square.

I deliberately avoid the roads as much as possible. My elder brother, who works in a hospital, said that he had seen many cases of cyclists being sent to A&E after being knocked down by fast moving vehicles, only to lose their lives there despite the best efforts.

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I went cycling on the roads once before with SMUX Biking Team. Though that was on a weekend and in a group, the dangers are real. Despite numerous trials and calls for safer roads, Singapore is still not bicycle friendly.

The path back to home is more scenic. The path I took has Marina Barrage and the new National Stadium up close.

Though longer, it is pretty much rewarding with surprising shots below:

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Cycling at night makes me realise that I need more accessories. Currently, my bicycle is equipped only with a small white LED light. I will have to get red lights for the back and a higher powered white light to illuminate the dim path in the park.

Nonetheless, there are positive benefits from cycling which has impacted on me thus far. I lost whatever weight I gained from eating at Google. My sleeping pattern is more regulated and normalised. I get tired early now. With my body and mind shutting down at around 10pm now, it pushes my bed time from 2am to 11pm or before. I wake up early as well, easily at about 6am if I didn’t had late nights. My skin condition is better now too, with lesser blackheads and pimples.

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