Garmin Forerunner 305 in Singapore!

My Garmin Forerunner 305 arrived today! For the uninitiated, the Garmin Forerunner 305’s a GPS watch. No, it’s purpose isn’t (like my mom thinks it does) to let me know where I am and how to get to where I want to go; rather, it’s a running companion that tells me where I’ve gone and lets me track my runs! (Kudos to the review over here that really got me from vaguely interested to very interested.)

Garmin Forerunner 305 Singapore
Garmin Forerunner 305

I got mine over at Amazon.com, which was selling it at a relatively cheap US$128.54 (converted to SGD at a rate of about 1.22 SGD to 1 USD, it’s a little over S$155), inclusive of the HRM or heart rate monitor. I had actually wanted to get it at Sim Lim Square, but it was either two expensive (one shop quoted me something like S$350) while another told me it was discontinued, though that might not be true.

The postage cost me about S$32 through vPost (without insurance as this really isn’t that high price an item), which was subsequently reduced to S$12 through credit card rebates (I used UOB, which offset the postage by S$20; Maybank goes even further with a S$30 discount, pity I didn’t have one). FYI the price isn’t so much due to the weight of the item itself, but rather because the Amazon.com box containing it is so huge, causing the “volumetric weight” to hit over 2KG.

The Run with the Forerunner 305

I did my first run today with it and I must say that it was thoroughly intuitive to use. The distance measured was roughly the same as what I got through mapmyrun.com (a great site for mapping your running routes, by the way). The watch looks really big, and a tad uncomfortable, but once it’s on your hand and you’re on your way you kind of forget about it. I’ve read it before in other reviews, and trying it myself I must say it’s true. If you’re thinking of getting one of the other Forerunners because of the size, well, you might want to reconsider as this isn’t really that bad.

Suddenly running’s become fun again.

Life

A cluttered out leads to cluttered in; life’s a swirl now of “what’s next?” and “how come?” and “damnit get the f*** out of here!” and “leave me alone!”; but at the very same time it’s got “ohmagawd this is great!” and a good “you serious?” and “wow.”

I sit at my desk plotting and planning what my next moves should be; at 27 the decisions I make now will extend for possibly another 50 years or so. At every turn I’m asking is this the right move? But I don’t know and I start worry. And when I’m finally thinking everything’s settled more questions come my way. Though I think oh man why are there all these uncertainties? I miss the fact that it’s always been this way and always will be: just a shitload of questions and uncertainties and living with them as best we can.

And behind me she sleeps, looking so at peace.

Sometimes I ask, why do we have to wake up?

昔者莊周夢為蝴蝶,栩栩然蝴蝶也,自喻適志與,不知周也。俄然覺,則蘧蘧然周也。不知周之夢為蝴蝶與,蝴蝶之夢為周與? ---- Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.

Now under the Worker’s Party

The results for the General Elections for Singapore are out, and living in the Aljunied area means that I’m now officially under the Worker’s Party. I had guessed it’d be like that, sharing George Yeo’s sentiment that this was a tide that they’d be unable to stop.

Whether or not this result will turn out to be positive is anyone’s guess, but I’m thinking it’s going to be similar to what Obama’s administration has done for the US: raise expectations (to — let’s face it, being human — an irrationally unreasonable level) and then fail to deliver on some while delivering on others, but in general just creating a basket of mixed feelings.

Whatever happens, you just can’t deny that this is an exciting time to be a Singaporean (and especially someone staying in Aljunied).

Oh, and with Potong Pasir being won by the PAP (after being controlled by Chiam’s team for a bit), I think it’s fair to say that it’s a pretty exciting time to be staying in Potong Pasir as well. At least for a while, the predictable Singapore life will be open to fantasy.