Walking the TNP Big Walk 2011

I admit, I probably don’t exercise as much as I should; walking to and from the MRT station on weekdays doesn’t count. So I decided to do something about it. And that something came in the form of The New Paper Big Walk.

It was 7.30 a.m. on a slightly overcast public holiday, and 18,000 people have gathered at the waterfront boardwalk at Vivocity, decked in sports wear, armed with cameras of all sorts, and accompanied by their family.

For a few fleeting moments the overcast sky threatened to pour on us, but it miraculously stayed dry throughout the event. I was grateful for it; I’d finally have a chance to squeeze some exercise into my week.

Against this backdrop, the voices of emcees Cheryl Miles and Jeremy Ratnam boomed through speakers, energetically counting down to the flag-off by guest-of-honour President Tony Tan. Contrary to most competitive races, the crowd calmly surged forward, mindful of fellow walkers and more engrossed in conversation and photo-taking than the 4km journey ahead.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam (7th from left) flags off the event with event sponsors.
Not a very good picture, but it was quite a challenge to raise my arms above the crowd to snap this shot.
Crossing the starting line is always cause for excitement. There's a pretty diverse demographic.
Entering the second leg of the journey: Resorts World Sentosa. Good news came in the form of receding dark clouds!

Looking around, it was pretty heart-warming to see a lot of participants with their families. How often do we get to spend time with our family and friends these days?  Everyone from young babies in prams to smiling grannies took the time to enjoy the changing scenery around them, snapping photos with Universal Studios Singapore’s characters and exploring the sights around the resort.

Balloon sculptures given out by Sentosa staff added to the festivities.

Even the President joined in on the fun.

Many took the opportunity to snap a shot with the President.
Woody Woodpecker and the Kung Fu Panda refused to be left out too.

The procession then exited Resorts World and finished the last leg towards Siloso beach, where there were goodie bags and carnival games galore. Families sat down for picnics, digging for treasures from the goodie bag, taking a break from the long walk and chatting.

As I looked at my parent’s happy faces, I realize just how much this family outing meant to them. I mean, I haven’t been spending a lot of quality time with them, partly because of work commitments. If anything, I suppose waking up at 5 a.m. wasn’t really a price to pay for some family bonding time.

The fact that it didn’t rain at all was the cherry on top.

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