Are children overprotected nowadays?

Whenever I go for my aqua-gym sessions, the pool is always shared with other adult swimmers and children occupying the other lanes.

Each time that we’re done, there will always be a crowd at the showers – mostly with mothers, easily distinguished by the bright blue plastic shoe covers, fussing over their daughters – like putting shampoo for them, insisting on lathering them up with soap. It’s not like the girls are not able to do it themselves. They look autonomous at about 8 – 10 years old.

I observed the scenario. It wasn’t something new. But something clicked in my head. I’ve been going to this pool for several years now but I’ve never really given much thought on how overprotected many children are.

Another example is how school children, under the age of 12 are not allowed to go home without the accompaniment of a trusted adult.

I understand the motive, but growing up in Singapore, for me,this was something that took a while for me to get used to, because most of us have been taught to be independent as soon as possible.

One may say that the 80s was a very different time from the present. And that the level of crime was lower in the old days.

Nevertheless, it’s common even now to see a regular South East Asian kid, of the same age as the girls from the pool, being able to take the bus by herself, being able go to school by herself and even go to swimming classes by herself if she wanted to.

Just an observation. I’m sure it’s just a matter of cultural differences.

 

How I spent Valentine’s Day [Video Blog]

It was such a fruitful day! Among the things we did, Cart accompanied me to view the exhibition at Chiostro Del Bramante which showcases artworks on the theme of love.

And then much later at night we had dinner at a very beautiful restaurant called Le Bistrot where I had probably the most decadent vegan meal in my life.

Yeah, it’s kind of a long video at 17 minutes, but I guess you could watch it while you have a nice cup of tea, while having lunch or just leave it as a background sound while doing the dishes 😛

Should I join the Spartan Race?

I’ve been trying to psyche myself up to sign up for the Spartan race for a while now. It’s basically a type of race where you complete various circuits. The length varies from roughly 6 km, 13 km and 21 km.

It’s not the distance which scares me, but the obstacles in between. You have to climb things, carry things, jump over things and all sorts of … things.

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The good thing is that I’ve been training a little bit, but the bad thing is that, after each session, I’d usually feel like the weakest person in the neighbourhood.

In my training group, I see a number of people finishing challenges faster than me, lifting heavier weights than me … it looks like it’s such breeze for them. But I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Maybe they’ve been training for years, while I just started last October. That’s just 3 months.

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Anyway, one of the thing that I’m weak at is, monkey bars. It happens that there is a monkey bar which is near my home and I’d always stare at it whenever I pass by. I climbed these often as a kid. Not so often as an adult.

Every now and then, I’d feel courageous and attempt to traverse it, but as soon as I climb up and get to the first rung, I’d look down and see how high it was from the top and lose my nerve.

It’s really high! It feels like I’m using a climbing station for giants. Or do you think that I’m exaggerating?

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Nevertheless, it’s something that I’d like to get better at because it’s a common challenge in a spartan race as what I’ve seen in videos such as this one.

It looks kind of fun but I still haven’t signed up yet, because of two factors. Firstly, because I keep thinking that I’m not in a good enough shape. And secondly, at 79 euro, it’s quite a lot of money.

Maybe I’ll see how I feel at the end of February? My goal right now is to try to lose a little bit of weight because I read that it’s easier traversing monkey bars when you’re lighter.

Not easy when one likes to eat. Yes, my favourite workout of the day 😛

Eating Vegan for a year!

Hello everyone! Guess what? I’ve been eating vegan for a year now. A year and a month to be more precise. Wow. Time flies by quickly doesn’t it?

To be honest, I don’t feel much different compared to a year ago. I look the same and I feel the same. I still get tired and dive straight to bed after a long day, and I still get aches after doing a tough circuit training session.

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Considering that I’ve consciously cut all animal and animal products, I still have a very good appetite … Maybe even too much? What can I say, I like to eat. Which is probably a reason why I haven’t been losing that much weight.

Eating plant based the past year makes me see that there are a lot of food for me to eat. I don’t really feel like I’m losing out by eating plant based. At home, I like to make quick and easy meals like pasta, and grilled vegetables that doesn’t take much time and effort to cook.

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(Arrabbiata!)

And even when I’m outside, there are more and more restaurants that provide vegan options. It’s even easier now with sites like Happy Cow and Vegan Quo Vadis and I’ve discovered a number of wonderful places that I’d love to visit again.

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(Ma Va’ is probably one of my favourite vegan joints in Rome)

As you can see, everything is as it was before…

Oh wait, now that I think about it, I think there are changes. For the past year, I’ve been going to the farmer’s market more. 2 – 3 times a week. Our organic waste basket gets filled up a lot faster than usual and needs to be emptied frequently.

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And then, I do my business very regularly. Even sometimes twice a day thanks to my always snacking on tangerines during this Winter. I can’t imagine how there are some people who can’t do it for a week. That doesn’t sound very comfortable.

I wish I could say that my face is glowing, that I have a six pack, and that my hair is super swishy now but the important thing is that get my daily nutrient requirements. According to the blood test I did a couple of months ago, everything looks still in the normal range.

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I still believe that eating vegan is better and healthier for us -it reduces the risk of certain cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and others. And I really am against in a world full of technology, there are still people who don’t have enough to eat – even in advanced countries. Going vegan uses less resources which can potentially feed them.

Truth be told, there are days when I still think of fried fish, ayam masak merah and other comfort food that I ate back in Singapore. And I wonder how it’ll be like when I get back to Singapore and how my family is going to take it. That’s probably my biggest challenge yet.