Morning Walk

By the time I had my breakfast and got ready to visit Mom in the hospital, it was around 8.10am and the sun has risen and beaming with rays of heat.

Still I decided to pick up my gears and started my morning walk to the hospital as a form of exercise as well as taking the opportunity to capture some nice pictures, if there is any.

The first thing that caught my eyes before I embark on my journey was this playground that is so ever colourful. As it was still early, the playground was quiet, which is very much different from the playgrounds I used to play in when I was young.

Playground
Playground
Nikon D530
1/80 sec at f/11, ISO 100
70 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

Kids nowadays are “locked” in the house by paranoid parents, and all they know are electronic gadgets, just like my girl.

It’s Deepavali today and a public holiday in Singapore and as I walked along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, there were few pedestrians.

The sky was quite clear and blue, something which I love very much, and I snapped a picture of the HDB flat with the sky in the background and the MRT track in the foreground. However, as I edited the picture, I decided that a black and white image may look much better.

HDB Building & MRT Track
HDB Building & MRT Track
Nikon D530
1/640 sec at f/9.0, ISO 100
38 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

My pace was slow, as compared to my usual brisk walk. As I walked, I played my favourite playlist on my iPhone, enjoying the morning sun, the walk and the quiet surrounding.

I have walked this path many many times, for close to 30 odd years and everything was so familiar and yet so new to me. I have never really paid attention to the surroundings for as long as I can remember.

As I reached the central area, the fruits stall has already started business but there was no customer and I snapped a picture of it. There’s no apparent reason why I did so.

Fruits Stall
Fruits Stall
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/7.1, ISO 560
26 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

After passing Jitsun Mall, I came to this open grass patch, which was the main reason why I wanted to walk and bring along my gears. I knew that I could capture some nice shots here and I did.

Coincidentally, I was just sharing with my sister 2 days back that we have always been seeking for beauty that is beyond reach, where some of them can be found where we belong. I was delighted to see the blue sky with a few clouds hovering in the air. The air was still though and by this time, I was already wet with the perspiration.

I stopped to take a few shots, trying with different angles till I was satisfied and moved on.

Blue Sky
Blue Sky
Nikon D530
1/800 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Blue Sky
Blue Sky
Nikon D530
1/800 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Blue Sky
Blue Sky
Nikon D530
1/800 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

While waiting to cross the road at the junction of Avenue 8 and 5, I took a picture of Grandeur 8 condominium before i reached the fence of Anderson Junior College.

Condominium
Condominium
Nikon D530
1/1250 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

This was the college that I attended 28 years ago. Memories of my youth started to flock into my mind. I have always felt proud to study in this college, though I have failed all the subjects back then. It is a good school, I was a lousy student.

Anderson Junior College
Anderson Junior College
Nikon D530
1/640 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Anderson Junior College
Anderson Junior College
Nikon D530
1/2000 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
26 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

Then I chanced upon this tree which was bald as compared to the rest of the tress along the road. I squatted down and took a picture of it.

Tree
Tree
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/7.1, ISO 500
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

As I passed the college, this old gate caught my attention. I believe it has never been used by the teachers or students, as I could see that it is quite old and run down.

Old Gate
Old Gate
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/7.1, ISO 360
18 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

Sooner than I thought, I was already reaching the hospital. And along the way, I took pictures of the AMK Grassroots Club building, a young man in a fence, and the canal that runs in front of Anderson Junior College.

AMK Grassroots Club Building
AMK Grassroots Club Building
Nikon D530
1/800 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
90 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Man in a fence
Man in a fence
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/7.1, ISO 360
32 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Canal
Canal
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/7.1, ISO 320
32 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

Towards the end of my journey, where I turned right into Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, I was attracted by the lamp post that sits on the fence of Presbyterian High School. I am always fascinated by lamp posts of such design.

Lamp post
Lamp post
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/5.3, ISO 140
85 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)
Lamp post
Lamp post
Nikon D530
1/500 sec at f/4.2, ISO 100
40 mm (18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-6.3)

By the time I reached the hospital, I have already walked about 2.9km in 46 minutes and I was feeling wet and sticky on my forehead and my back from the morning sun’s heat.

10.11.2015

Francis Lim

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