Briskwalk Gang explores Marina Bay
Last Sunday (16 October 2016), some 40 people went for a fitness outing at Marina Bay, enjoying the sights while walking in the freshness of the fine 7:30 morning. The outing was organised by the Malay Activity Executive Committee (MAEC) of the Siglap Community Centre (Siglap CC).
The group members, fondly called the “Briskwalk Gang”, takes part in briskwalking every Sunday morning starting and ending at the Siglap CC. The exercise-cum-outing at Marina Bay this time was the third outing this year. The previous two this year were to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 15 May 2016 and to Coney Island on 14 February 2016. As in previous outings, they enjoyed the Marina Bay event.
One of the exercise enthusiasts, Ms Sri Zuraida, who does briskwalking with the Gang every Sunday, liked the idea of such outings away from their “homeland” organised three or four times a year.
She said: “During such outings, like this one, we see more things like nature and attractive architecture instead of the same HDB flats when we do our usual weekly briskwalk. During outings, apart from exercising and walking, we are actually getting away from our normal stressful daily work. We feel better after exercising.”
In the Marina Bay outing, the group walked around the grand Marina Bays Sands, visiting the Esplanades and the Gardens by the Bay, walked along the Helix Bridge and the Jubilee Bridge and went to the Singapore Flyers.
There were some children in our group and they enjoyed walking in this area. “Yes, it is very important for our kids and all of us to know the iconic buildings around the Singapore River, like the ArtScience Museum, the Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade Theatres, Fullerton Hotel, the tall UOB Building and the Asian Civilisation Museum. As Singaporeans we must know these buildings,” Ms Zuraida said.
Before the group began the walk, they had their usual exercises conducted by Mr Najib Ahmad who also conducted a history of Singapore competitive quiz.
A scenery photo contest was held with the condition that the contestant must be in the photo. The judges were Mr Najib Ahmad, Ms Juliana Adam and Haji Jamain Suaib.
The winners of the photo-contest (using handphone cameras) are:
1st prize: Ms Elia Neli,
2nd prize: Mdm Khairon Mastan, and
3rd prize: Mdm Samsinar Yustajudin.
While there were quizzes and a photo contest, everybody liked doing exercises and briskwalks to keep fit and healthy.
Mdm Zainab Mahmood felt that exercises should also be conducted in a fun way for optimum benefit.
She said: “The way the Briskwalk Gang do briskwalking is fun. We exercise, doing warming up and cooling down exercises; we walk, talk and joke – joking is sharing happiness too. We laugh and tell stories. We also take photos and admire flowers and the surrounding get to know the others in the group. Yes, we become good friends.”
Mdm Zainab added: “By walking, we sweat a lot and sweating is good for the body. Our blood circulates and blood circulation is good for our general health. We also smile a lot and smiling is good to make wrinkles disappear and it makes people happy. And most important, we get to know more people and friendship is made.”
Mdm said that walking is a good and cheap form of exercise. “Exercise is important to everyone. We have to take care of our own health by watching our eating habits and diet so as to be healthy to enjoy life and perform our religious activities.”
Islam honours people who look after themselves in keeping fit and healthy so that they can carry out their daily Islamic responsibilities without undergoing much stress.
Islam also teaches that Muslims and non-Muslims ought to live harmoniously and work towards making the world a better and peaceful place to live in.
I take this opportunity to wish all Hindu Singaporeans and residents, a Happy Deepavali.
20 October 2016
(Photo credits: Members of Briskwalk Gang)