Cool Walk along The Green Corridor (KAP to Rail Mall) on 16Jan2014

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bridge over bukit timah & dunnearn road

my weekly jogging partner & i thought of starting some activities among friends who meet often for makan. i did a really fun HK eat & hike trip in may2013 with 3 other friends. but we can do some of these fun things in singapore too that cost next to nothing.

another friend was clearing leave & suggested we do a short walk along the green corridor from king albert park to rail mall & back.  we parked our cars at KAP on 16.1.2014 & started the walk from the rail bridge from bukit timah road side. this is a period of cooler weather & we started the walk about 7.30am. it was really pleasant walk. 🙂

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the green corridor (rifle range)

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bamboo tree

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the friend who initiated this walk is far more educated in flora & fauna than the 2 of us. 🙂 i couldn’t recognise many trees but we spotted this nicely fanned-out bamboo behind some newer terrace houses along rifle range road.

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bukit timah radio tower

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& in the distance was the bukit timah radio tower.

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it was a weekday (thurs). there were only few joggers & people walking dogs.

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i managed to zoom up 20m & captured this flower on a wildly shaking hand (due to the zoom). 🙂

yellow flame

yellow flame

& we saw a few of the yellow flames (i think!).

getting out to rail mall (fuyong estate)

getting out to rail mall (fuyong estate)

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dairy farm nature park

our friend led the way – getting to the road to rail mall (fuyong estate) to singapore quarry & mountain cycling track (dairy farm nature park).

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singapore quarry was quite nice, calm & nice reflections.

bird's nest 30m up

bird’s nest 30m up

on the way down to rail mall, our friend’s eagle eyes spotted a bird’s nest 30m up.

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& there is a halia (ginger) plant infested & 1/2 eaten up by beetles.

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we took some photos at the disused rail bridge at the rail mall.

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rail mall

the we trooped to the makan places to have our breakfast.

nasi lemak at toastbox @ rail mall

nasi lemak at toastbox @ rail mall

i had the S$6.10 nasi lemak set with coffee – only rice not as good as adam road the rest (chicken wing, ikan bilis, chilli) just as good.

peanut butter thick toast set

peanut butter thick toast set

1 friend had the peanut butter thick toast set.

the entire walk was 7km+ & took 2hr+. a very pleasant cool walk & nice breakfast.

c.h.ef andy

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Reset Your Point of Happiness

reading tan chade meng’s  (google’s “jolly good fellow”, his official title, & personal growth pioneer) book “search inside yourself”, about emotional intelligence.

interesting book.

he talked about a set point for happiness which we can train our minds to reset – that when he was young, the resting state was “unhappy”…if nothing good happened, by default he was unhappy..now it’s reverse, if nothing bad happens, he is happy! 🙂

the important takeaway is of course that one can reset the emotional resting state…& that emotional skills are trainable & free us from “emotional compulsion”. in the book meng quoted viktor frankl “between stimulus & response there is a space. in that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. in our response lies our growth & our happiness”

the emotional skills also help us develop calmess & a deep sense of well being…so that happiness maybe an “unavoidable side effect” of cultivating emotional intelligence. other side effects may include resilience, optimism & kindness. if one’s resting state is “happy” & “calm”, then one is naturally having a favourable view of life & so optimistic, less reactive to hurdles & failures & so resilient, and also in naturally expansive mood & so kind. 🙂

my blogging is all about happiness…like prayers (i am not christian) my blogging is to constantly remind myself of the good things in life, to relish, treasure & reminiscent. as in an earlier post, “grateful for what we have” opens our hearts, makes us appreciative, caring, generous, see the positives about ourselves & others & not stifled by negative emotions. it also has us enjoying the process, as in an earlier post “live to eat”..

& the recurring theme of perspective…when we change our perspective (reset the point of happiness), we see the world in different light..1/2 full not 1/2 empty…as was said in the same post, 退一步海阔天空 or 山穷水尽疑无路, 柳暗花明又一村…its all about perspective! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy