Sunday, 29 April 2012

How Many Bridges?

Zaini and I woke bright and early on Saturday to do a couple of loops around the core island of Putrajaya. Actually Zaini woke really early at 4.40am. I woke-up only at 5.00am after being poked by Zaini. heh heh In my defense, he slept at 11.00pm. I slept around 12.30am! I can't sleep early on Friday night!

It was Zaini first time to try and do a long distance running, instead of cycling along with me. I was prepared to just enjoy an slow, easy run, so I brought along our compact camera so I can take photos along the route.
Starting our run at 6.30am, a few hundred metres away from the Masjid Putra. We saw plenty of photographers waiting seemingly for the sunrise to photograph.

Would love to try get a more decent photos, but can't do much with the dinky compact camera of mine or with my photography skills at that. heh

Anyways, Zaini went ahead in front of me while I maintained a slow pace for my run. I later decided I should try and photograph all the bridges I come across. After all, Putrajaya bridges are a source of pride for Putrajaya.
The Seri Bestari Bridge. Part of the protocol route. I have a daylight photo of the same bridge taken during the second loop around the island but I like this better.
Can you see the butterfly-arch bridge in the distance? It's a pedestrian bridge for pedestrian/footbridge (obviously) and cyclist. Tha't what is mention on the website. Last time we checked, the bridge is closed-off for public. Should I go and check again or is it never really for public to use? Located nearby Presint 5 & PICC.
The Seri Gemilang Bridge, which is a ceremonial bridge (whatever that means). Sure looks nice, right? Looks nice (though felt a bit neglected) under the bridge too. That building in the background is the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. My uphill training if I'm doing my runs in Putrajaya will see me going up the Taman Puncak Selatan (which is where the PICC is located).
 The Seri Saujana Bridge.
The most mind bogling of all bridges in Putrajaya - this Monorail suspension bridge. Why? It's an uncompleted monorail link that links to nowhere. They just decided to build the bridge first and then halt the monorail construction. Did anyone care at all how much we wasted on this useless bridge? @.@
The Seri Wawasan Bridge. It was inspired by a Bugis schooner. Another cable-stayed bridge, apart from The Seri Saujana Bridge. Tour buses disgorging tourists love to stop near this bridge as it is quite near the Masjid Putra, which is also a tour groups favourite stop in Putrajaya.
The Putra Bridge. The design for this bridge was inspired by the famous Khaju Bridge in Iran. There are a number of observation decks on this bridge but whenever I passed by this bridge, most decks are locked shut. Maybe they opened it later during the day? Dunno.
 
OK. I'm confused with this two bridges. There are two bridges left to pinpoint but I can't for the love of me remember which is which. Putrajaya residents, help me please!

So, I managed to do my 21K run doing two loops, just running by the lakeside. For the first time, Zaini ran almost the same distance (run & walk for him) on Saturday morning. We didn't run together, he decided to blast off early while I did a slow steady run.
Sorry. Just can't resist posting this. My first 21K run peeps! Bangga siot! kakaka

Maybe next time we do 3 loops? Can't wait! Woohoo!!!!

22 comments:

  1. wow!!! i am the first commenter!! i guess it's too late for people to fight with me~~

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  2. or maybe many people are going to bed earlier because of the tiring Bersih day?? hehe..

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    1. Been pretty quiet online yesterday. Few online buddies were there, for Bersih!

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  3. wow, 11pm and 4.40am?? that's very little sleep.. and then 12:30am and 5:00am, that's even less sleep!!! how can tahan like that??

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    1. I sure die early one... always sleep for less than 6 hours.

      7 hours sleep already give me headache. An 8 hour sleep is only when I am not feeling well.

      How lah? So unhealthy one. :(

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  4. you sure are very well versed with all the bridges in Putrajaya.. i have not even been to Putrajaya for more than 5 times..

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    1. Can't help to learn about it as some of the bridges are in the route of the few races I joined in Putrajaya. Might as well learn about them. ;)

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  5. well, nice landscaping, nice building architecture, nice lamp posts, nice bridges.. and i also have the same question as you: HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN WASTED??

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    1. Need we say more?

      Of course, it benefited a few select citizens. They aren't complaining.

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  6. next time bring a tripod if you want to take pictures at night lah, sure can get something professional-like even with the compact camera..

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    1. I am running lah! Why want to be bothered with a tripod. Run first, photos secondary.

      And that's not a nighttime photo. It's dawn. Took it at 6.20am before the sun came up.

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  7. so sleepy already.. wanted to sleep earlier but then saw your blog updates, aih, might as well spam a few comments first lah..

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  8. good night, or is it good morning for it's now 1am?? :p

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  9. Bangga siot! New phrase! I'd be as proud as punch, too, if I could do 21 km. ^^

    These bridges are a lot more impressive than our utilitarian Sumida River bridges! Don't you think? The Seri Wawasan Bridge is a stunning design.

    PS: I went to Google Maps to figure out where you ran. Then learned for the first time that your administrative centre isn't in KL itself; it's here. Your student has much to learn, but she'll persevere.

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    1. That's a Malay slang. We Malays tend to use "modified" curse words to emphasize on something awesome.

      The bridges may look awesome, but they don't have much history behind them... yet. There are pedestrians pavements on all the bridges but rarely seen anyone using their two feet (instead of four-wheels or two-wheels) on the bridges much except for some of us runners. Very, very few of us.

      It used to be in KL but of course the administrative capital was shifted to Putrajaya afterwards (I bet you already learn about the shift)? ^^

      Busy on weekdays but completely deserted on weekends except for the residential part and the mall part of Putrajaya.

      I like the many, many parks that are available in Putrajaya. It's not crowded because I guess Putrajaya residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to enjoy the outdoors.

      I just wish we have a proper park available around my neighbourhood. :(

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    2. Yes, I'm now studiously studying Malaysia's modern history and peering at KL's map with great concentration. ^^

      Not many pedestrians/runners? Might that be because it's hot and humid? I tend to think all of SE Asia feels like Tokyo in August, except that you suffer all year and much worse than we do.

      Can you go running next to rivers in your neighbourhood?

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    3. Good girl. ;p

      Running next to rivers in my neighbourhood? There aren't any. And the rivers are not like the ones in Japan. There are no pathways to walk by the rivers here. Any space left are used to widen roads to accommodate more vehicles, not for pedestrians or even cyclists. You run the risk of getting mauled over by cars or motorbikes. :(

      Sad to say, people here don't walk. We are scared of muggers/pick pockets/acid splashers, etc. Such a paradise to live in, eh? ^^

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  10. Good run! :) And the seri gemilang bridge looks nice.

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    1. You'll run up that bridge if you do a race in Putrajaya! ^^

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  11. wow..love yr shots of those bridges!

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  12. Those are really nice bridges which would have been enjoyed more if they were not located so far away from civilization. haha..

    Nice shots. Thanks for sharing them, Lina.

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