This was the first time that I participated in the Big Walk. I went with my wife and my younger son. Big Walk was first started by the New Nation in 1984. The New Paper, which was introduced later, started its first Big Walk on 16 June 1991.
Flag-off was at the Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City at 7.30 am.
There were several wacky characters who contributed to the carnival atmosphere of the event:
The "Amara man" (looked more like a fruit tree to me).
The "creative green duo".
And an enterprising "phonecard seller".
Even what appeared to be a faceless dog walked along. I had a hard time telling whether it was moving forward or backward because its both ends looked so similar. :p
Some 20,000 of us trudged along the 5-km route in the hot sun - a scene that reminded me of the annual visit to the Chinese cemeteries in Peck San Theng during the Qing Ming Festival.
Luckily, there were some interesting sights along the way to break the monotony and the dreariness of the long walk.
We caught a glimpse of the "Ayers Rock of Singapore".
A not-so-common and not-so-shy dragonfly posing for our cameras.
At some point, it even looked like the great exodus.
Almost 3 hours later, we finally saw signs of the
We saw big droplets of water everywhere but it was only a
This was one "f" word which we were most happy to see.
And no wonder why there were so many "danger" signs on the water. Can you spot the cannon? Hmm... could it possibly be for the purpose of protecting the barrage?
But to me, the real danger you face when participating in a Big Walk is when you wear inferior footwear, just like what some people found out, too late: