Thursday, July 20, 2006

Postcard From Singapore

Greetings from Singapore! We arrived just past midnight local time Wednesday morning. It's been 13 years since I was last here, and 26 years since I moved from Singapore to the States. It feels like walking into a familiar old building, except that all the furniture's been moved around. Oh, but they left the heat on of course. And the humidifier. Lots of them.

Eager to shake the jet lag and test my running in this humidity, I went out an EZ 5 mile out and back on Wednesday morning. I cheated the heat and started at 5:30 am, running on 3 hours sleep. The run was fine, but within minutes, I was sweating profusely. In this humidity, my new discovery is that wicking shirts don't wick worth a lick (sorry, a little literary indulgence). At the turnaround, I went shirtless, which meant most of my sweat now went towards soaking my shorts instead! It felt like my shorts were vacuum packed directly on me. I hoped it didn't look that way too.

Undaunted, I went out for another EZ run this morning, aiming for 6 miles. I went out at 7:00 am this time, running on 11 hours sleeps. Yup, 11 hours! I laid out a loop route this time, which would take me past my old torture chamber high school. The Anglo-Chinese School was founded in 1886 by British missionaries, and stood atop a small hill. A single road led up the hill on one side and down the other, making almost a complete circular loop. Occasionally, we were made to run this loop for Phys Ed or other sadistic reasons. I don't recall a single instance when I was able to complete this loop without walking or without stopping. In my mind, they might as well have asked me to walk across the Red Sea; it just wasn't going to happen. Except today. In 5:15 flat. Couldn't have been more than 2/3 mile. Unbelievable. Childhood Demons : 0, Me : 1.

Other than running, it's been one gastronomic exercise after another. There's just some stuff you can't get in Dallas, and not even in NYC. Here's my three girls, my dad, and I at a local food market for breakfast and groceries:

where I snapped this pic of a fruit or vegetable that I have never seen before in my life. I still don't know what it is:


Any ideas?

9 comments:

Deene said...

Congrats on kicking a childhood demon, don't those feel great. i have a check-off list as well.
never seen that fruit either. have fun!

Susan said...

I don't know what fruit that is but it is very pretty!

Justarunner said...

Hey, running shirtless is the only way to go when the humidity hits. But mind the locals don't throw stones.

Anne said...

That fruit looks too pretty to eat. Do let us know if you find out what it is. And great photos, especially the family shot. I loved your "trip around memory lane" -- amazing how quickly you conquered the childhood demons, so to speak.

Rae said...

How cool! I have no clue what that fruit is!

Anonymous said...

It's a native dragonfruit from Vietnam......just ask your wife! It has soft,white flesh with black seeds, and it tastes slightly sweet.

Bex said...

Hmm, don't know what that fruit it, but I bet it would be good in a smoothie! I was in Singapore two years ago on a business trip. A gastronomic paradise. I ate at lots of little open-air food stands as well as expensive restaurants. Perhaps it's time to go back for a second visit ...

Josh said...

Looks very interesting. My wife is a Florist and a Vegitarian... I'll ask her what that fruit(?) is called....

Congrats on getting out there in the humidity, running on vacation, beating childhood demons and sleeping for 11 hours! Amazing trip already.

Josh said...

My expert wife has absolutely no idea.