Well, it’s been a while so where to start? The beginning of the end seems like a good place … the end of Singapore time and trip back down under anyway.
I spent a total of 6 weeks in Singapore, November and half of December. Steve and I were starting to feel at home and I could actually remember my way to such exotic locations as Kaki Bukit, Eunos Techpark and the Bedok running track!
I turned 32 in Singapore
And had even mastered some of the finer points of Singaporean, eh! and la! being the most notable additions to my vocabulary – surprisingly useful when trying to describe to a taxi driver where you want to go.
In early december I was lucky enough to get a spot in the Standard Chartered Singapore marathon along with about 20,000 other people. I however waited until the day before the race before I could confirm my entry. Not ideal preparation but an experience nevertheless. Yep 26.2 miles is pretty painful in 90% humidity … duh!
But in the middle of December it was finally time to say goodbye to the Merlion, our lovely 13th storey appartment and my favourite odd shaped hotel pool (note to self – that pool was definitely longer than 25m … perfect secret off season training!!)
We celebrated our departure with a trip to our local hawker centre for one last taste of delicious (and very reasonably priced!!) spring rolls. Steve even forced me to have a Tiger beer!!
An overnight flight later and we arrived back in wonderful Melbourne. Greeted by the usual crazy Melbournian weather – day one 18 degrees, chilly, day two 39 degrees, hot hot hot!
For our first week back down under we were lucky enough to stay with Steve’s parents out in Panton Hill, a suburb about an hour outside the city. I was lucky enough (??!?) to get to swim with Steve’s dad Gary every morning at 4.45am. Incredibly he has done this for the last 30 years, a 4.45 wake up swim every morning before work. Now that is commitment to routine!
I also got to do one of my favourite runs – Watery Gully Road. It has steep hill after hill and an amazing view of the Melbourne CBD skyscrapers in the far distance. I invariably come across kangaroos, rosellas and the ever present (often squashed) much cursed scurge … the pommy introduced RABBIT!
Christmas day was spent with Steve’s family. Steve spent the morning assembling a trampoline which was nanny and pa’s xmas present to his exceptionally cute nieces Holly and Caitlyn. They spent most of the morning bouncing in their fairy costumes. Its a tough life being a toddler!
Boxing day saw Steve and I make the move into Melbourne so Steve is closer to work (The all new super duper Bike Boutique Melbourne!).
We have a lovely appartment in South Yarra a suburb where the infamous/legendary aussie running coach Percy Cerutty also lived.
I have a new favourite run – the “Tan”, a tan coloured stone 4k running track around the Botanical Gardens – always full of other runners/walkers and sometimes teams of Aussie Rules footie players.
We are also very close to the Yarra river run/bike paths which twists 40k plus out of the city.
Home sweet home for the next 4 weeks at least!!