I’ve started a new thing recently. I’ve started to cycle to work.
Where I’m from, there are only several types of people on a bicycle:
- Anybody if the bicycle is in a park where cycling is leisure
- Kids cycling to school
- Older folks cycling their grandchildren to school/childcare
- Foreign maids who are cycling to go grocery shopping
- Foreign talent who are cycling to their nearby offices
So cue a girl in office attire and flats who clearly looks local – on a bicycle – to work. I’ll admit I haven’t seen one of those myself. Personally I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s been terrible because it only made me more conscious of how bicycle-unfriendly this city is (cyclists don’t have the right of way on the roads or pedestrian paths, and they don’t have their own designated cycling paths!), but amazing because it gives me the buzz that work doesn’t.
Basically I’ve been trying to create my own buzz since work hasn’t been giving me a buzz. (Today was a much better day though.)
I’m also restricted in attire as I’ve only limited number of top-pants combinations, and I’ve to wear the same pair of flats more often than I’d like to. I’ve also been teased to death by my colleagues.
Again – where I’m from, it’s neither seen as smart nor cool to cycle to work.
Nevertheless, the advantages far outweigh the issues. For instance, I hadn’t realized how much I’m saving in terms of bus fare. I’ve realized that it takes about 50-60% of the time needed compared to public transport. I’ve been feeling amazingly refreshed and awake when I arrive in the office. (Also doesn’t hurt that S thinks it’s sexy being sporty and eco-conscious. Clearly he’s not from here.)
How else has it changed me? It’s become sheer torture waiting for public transport. Thankfully I’ve got a good book to read that I’m bringing around on the days I’m not cycling to work.
This makes me think of a song…
I want to ride my bicycle!