Active Thimphu

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I'm loving it

Gyamtsho and I went biking today. We started from our home in Taba and rode through Dechenchholing, Samteling, Zilukha and the Royal Boulevard to the Clocktower Square where we had lunch at the Musk. From there, we cycled uphill: to the Memorial Chorten, then, via the Ring Road (above the hospital), to the Buddha Statue in Kuenselphodrang. We then rode back home: downhill towards the Memorial Chorten, along the Royal Boulevard, below the golf course, and on Dechen Lam to Taba.

I’m happy that I got some exercise. And, that I got to spend some time with my son who has already outgrown me. But, I’m also happy because, while biking, I noticed a lot of people playing and exercising today.

I saw children cycling and skating, students returning from karate classes, an all girls cricket team, and people playing basketball, volleyball, khuru, golf, dego, and archery. And along the road to Kuenselphodrang, I saw people walking and jogging, some obviously returning from day treks. I even saw one group flying big, beautiful homemade kites – they promised that they would start a kite-flying club!

Perhaps it’s because today is a Sunday. Maybe, it’s because our students are on holiday. But, there were a lot of people enjoying the outdoors. And, that came as good news, especially since non-communicable diseases are on the rise in urban Bhutan.

 

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  1. And i played football, i do it every weekend!

    • Oh yes…I saw several groups playing football. My favourite was football by children on a paddy field with very narrow and low goal posts. And they would scrore…they are quite good! tt

  2. Dear OL,

    I ride bike to office. I have seen your bike parked at the entry gate of NA Hall. I have heard that you ride bike with your car. Safe very safe! Can you do something about the road safety for the bikers.

    One senior gentleman came to my office once and after seeing my helmet, he was advising as well as cautioning me about the ill habit of our road users. He shared me about an incident where he was nearly hit by a lady driver and sadly, he gave up biking for good, for life.

    • Dear TOJT: you’ve raised an important issue. I’ll write a separate entry on it. TT

      • Dear OL, Thanks a lot for sharing the concern. I am already looking forward for your post and I hope something would come out of it.

      • AS OF TODAY, I AM ALSO GIVING UP RIDING BIKES IN BHUTAN. I HAVE ALSO MANAGED TO CONVINCE ANOTHER TO GIVE UP TOO. THE ROAD RAGE BY OUR MOTORISTS IS SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE TREATED LIGHTLY. NO MOTORISTS ARE FRIENDLY TOWARDS BIKE RIDERS. I WOULD URGE MANY OTHER RIDERS ALSO TO GIVE A SECOND THOUGHT TO RIDE BIKES ON BHUTAN ROADS SPECIALLY IN THIMPHU. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. I WILL NOW JOG OR WALK TO EXERCISE CAUTION OF BEING RUN OVER OR LIFTED BY AN UNFREINDLY MOTORISTS. I HEAR THAT LYONCHEN IS BRINGING IN 500 BIKES FOR ENVIRONMENT FREINDLY PEOPLE TO RIDE TO OFFICE – BUT UNTIL AN INFRASTRUCTURE OR SOME FREINDLY RULE IS PUT IN PLACE – IT IS INDEED VERY RISKY.

  3. Mr. Viewer says:

    we are proud of you OL.
    Its good that at least there are some of our leaders that we can count on rather then most of us not even noticing what is happening at our Constitutency after the election or some just making some random visit while going for chokus and to meet family members . It is of great concern that some of us taking extra efforts to go around personally. Some might mirror it as a show made by you, but honestly you could bike else where or even do some thing with your son but with your efforts we can hope for a better democracy and a better tomorrow for us.
    Keep it going la.

  4. Tshering,

    Yes, these children are very talented. And you wouldn’t be surprised to know that we have lots of football enthusiasts in Thimphu. But the lack of football grounds hurdle the development of the game. To cite an e.g. we have to pay book the ground in advance (as early as Monday) for the weekend football match.

    Football is a game which brings people together, it is a good exercise, but unluckily we don’t have enough and good football grounds.

  5. Hey OL,
    So, you also thought a little exercise will help you.For me, the damn doctor advised that I should at least walk for an hour every day if I don’t want, what they call the lifestyle diseases such as high BP, cholesterol and even diabetes to show their ugly heads. They at least hand out a hope that regular exercise will keep old age at bay. Reassuring, one might say.
    That’s why I also made it a point to walk uphill to Sangagyegang for the last one and half months. It hasn’t reduced my tummy, but I feel quite healthy. But getting up early in the morning is one big hassle, considering I have to remain in the office late.
    Happy cycling. Enjoy fresh air and healthy life.

  6. Dear OL. You lead the people by example. Keep it up.

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