Since March this year, I’ve been slacking and letting my muscles atrophy.
Why March though? Well during that month, I was spending two evenings per week at the SAFRA Toa Payoh gym to work out. Part of national service obligation individual physical fitness proficiency etc. But I enjoyed the experience: working on those individual stations and running 6-7 kilometres each of those evenings on the thread mill.
But that was months ago, and after weighing myself recently on the bathroom scale, I realized in abject horror that I’d gained a bit around the waist. So, now that I’m taking a few days of child care leave this semester break to help take care of Hannah, I’ve also resolved to get a bit more physical and keep my tummy at minimally respectable girth.
Thing is, I can’t run. Since the last 3 months or so, there’s been some pain in my left sole. Think I must have fractured my left ankle from accidentally stepping on too many cables on the ground. So, I’ve turned to hitting the pool each day I’m on leave to swim laps around the pool.
And it’s quite a refreshing experience. As a child, I enjoyed swimming. My two brothers and I each completed our individual bronze, silver, gold and long distance swimming proficiencies before we turned 12 years of age. Unfortunately, after I got to secondary school, aside from the odd week where we’d all head down to the ACS swimming pool for our P.E. – that’s Physical Exercise, Matt ol’ bud – sessions, I haven’t swam much anymore.
Part of the problem is that I absolutely dread swimming in public pools. Way too much human traffic, and there’s been some letters to The Straits Times of the public complaining about how sections of the pool were routinely partitioned off for private swimming lessons.
So, the pool at The Rivervale has been a god-send, underused by the two of us it’s been since moving here. On weekday afternoons when I’m at home, it’s just me at the pool, alongside a couple of young children playing at the kid’s pool with domestic helpers keeping a loose eye on them and catching up with each other.
Oh yeah: the picture’s a HDR merged from 5 shots at +/- 1 EV. Went easy on the tone map settings too. Taken using the Sigma 18-250mm.