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Walking With Dad

on July 30, 2017

I have decided to spend Saturdays bringing dad for walks. This is to help prevent his brain from going into full mush.

Whilst it is mild cognitive impairment now, I want to try my best to prolong this stage.

Hopefully by forcing him to walk and see things, he will keep his mind active and busy instead of retarding at home.

So whilst my left leg hurts, I mustered strength to do it despite last night’s sleep being eventful as I kept getting leg cramps!

Believe it or not, toes cramps too!

Calf cramps, back of leg cramps…both legs and it was utterly painful and relentless! Aargh!

Anyway off I went with dad. Together we did 9,000 steps each! Whoo hoo! 

The Botanics Tree Top walk was where we went.

We even went to the Heritage Museum and learnt that the land which Botanic Gardens sit on once belonged to Whampoa Hoo Ah Kay. He donated it to the British leaders back in the 1850s and Mr Niven helped to bring in the elements of UK’s Kew Gardens.

We saw these wood carvings of creatures.

I took the ginger torch flower photo for mum who could not join us as she had house guests to entertain. Mum loves this flower as it is used as a salad flavoring.

There is story behind why I took these photos of wild bananas below which were growing in the heritage gardens.

Last night I was out with mum grocery shopping and she paid $1.80 for 5 of these tiny bananas. She baulked at the cost but I told her it must be because it is heritage bananas! She muttered it was not even organic. Ha ha! So to rub it in, I took these photos to show her!

Saw these mangrove roots.

Flower vase of Whampoa Hoo Ah Kay. He has a road named after him here as well as a hawker center.

Start of Tree Tops walk.

Saw the Lady in the Hammock which was commissioned by David Marshall, one of the all great lawyers in Singapore. He has since passed on.

Dad was excited seeing all the cat fish in the lake. Really whopper sizes but the murky water does not show it well.

17 responses to “Walking With Dad

  1. Virginia says:

    What a beautiful place to take a walk!!! 😎🌿😎

  2. samanthamurdochblog says:

    Great photos – very interesting. The carvings are clever..Komodo dragon? 🐲

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Yes, Komodo Dragon or we locally call them 4 legged snakes…I saw live ones at the lake of the Botanical Gardens. Quite big too!😱

      • samanthamurdochblog says:

        Apparently they can outrun a horse…scary looking things! The ginger flower is pretty, funny to see them like that when we just see the dry powder or root 🌺🌺🌺🌺

        • Garfield Hug says:

          Aah a fact I never knew on 4 legged lizards. I am scared of them…the ginger torch flower os really awesome as a flavoring in our local salad called “tojak” in malay ie meaning mixed veggies comprising turnip, cucumber, pineapple, water convulvus plant, sprouts, green apple, green mango, “you tiao” croissants stirred mixed with prawn paste (*black gooey stuff from a can), sugar, tamarind juice, sugar and dribbled with chopped peanuts☺Yum!!

  3. calmkate says:

    great shots, such a shame your Mum couldn’t go! Love those carvings πŸ™‚

  4. Great walK! I really like the carving, beautiful gardens!

  5. Paula says:

    You’re a good daughter, 😊

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Aww thanks Paula. I can only do so much as work takes up my time and weekends are all I can spare and Friday nights! I try my best.πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•

  6. Nice place to share with someone close …

  7. eths says:

    It’s good of you to spend time with your dad. It makes a big difference in both of your lives.

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