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‘Silence’ by Shusaku Endo.

My Weekend

What people do, why and where
Nov 12, 2016 5:50 AM

Author of Rich Kill, Poor Kill (2016) & other titles

“On weekends, I wake up early and go running along the Punggol-Serangoon Reservoir and cross over to Coney Island. That may sound dull, quiet and ‘ulu’ (rural) to some people, but I love it. I love fresh air and the wildlife. I’ve seen monitor lizards, egrets and otters on my runs. Just the other day, an otter ran out of a bush and across my feet and scared the hell out of me.

After my morning run, I’d spend the day with my wife and eight-year-old daughter. We’re vegetarian so we’re always on the hunt for good vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Our favourite food is North Indian dishes, especially paneer.

Besides that, we’re also big on heritage sites. So when someone tells me something’s going to be torn down, I’m there with my family. Some of the sites we want to visit are the last kampong in Buangkok, the last kampong kopitiam in Piccadilly Road outside the Seletar Camp, the Dove Playground in Dakota Crescent and the Dragon Playground in Toa Payoh.

We often go to Ulu Pandan Community Club Theatrette where they show kids’ plays like Hansel and Gretel on weekends. And I also take my daughter for weekend hip-hop dance classes at Sengkang CC. We are ‘ang mos’, and we’re down with the HDB lifestyle.”

Founder of health & wellness media platform Soulscape

“I like to keep busy most weekends, so this one is no exception. I’ll be starting off my day on Saturday with a free yoga session led by Theresa Shan, the founder of homegrown and eco-friendly yoga brand Madana Yoga at One North Park. Then I’ll head over to the Fri-nally Fete Street Art Market at Baghdad Street which has street fashion, design artwork and handmade items in the afternoon.

It’s a relaxed day, so my team and I will join the SAFRA EnergyRush in Punggol at night, which is a team challenge involving things like calisthenics and bodyweight training in a circuit format.

On Sunday, I plan to check out the newly reopened Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with some friends. We’re going to explore the new trails after the two-year closure, and then I’ll go to my mum’s for Sunday lunch.

After that, I’ll head to the Singapore Eco Film Festival to take in a documentary called Little Green Dot at the Arts Science Museum about wildlife unique to Singapore and what we can to do to conserve it.

I’ll finish off my weekend by walking over to the Etsy Made Local Singapore Christmas market at Capitol Piazza, which celebrates local craftsmen and collectors.”

CEO & founder of tech startups Wander & The Future Flock

“On Saturday, I’m supporting the collaborative launch of Bynd Artisan with Ying The Label and Halogen Foundation – a youth organization that promotes entrepreneurial development. I love collaborations, especially with causes I strongly believe in. Usually I take a quiet night off – to recharge for the week – but this weekend I’ll be out celebrating a birthday at Loof the rooftop bar.

Sunday is for reflection and action, so I’m taking a long walk in MacRitchie before treating myself to a hearty brunch at Quayside Isle. Being close to nature is deeply rejuvenating. I like working on separate projects on weekends – so I’m spending the rest on Sunday on a third business that disrupts the start-up accelerator model. Then I’ll devour ‘Silence’ by Shusaku Endo before bed.”