Clarissa started learning rollerblading during the last December school holidays and rollerblading has been her favourite sports since then. She would ask me to roller blade with her (along the canal behind our place) whenever we have some free time, especially during the weekends. Alycia, on the other hand, was not so much a lover of this sport as compared to her sister. Although she had 4 years of head start, she couldn’t really blade very well as Clarissa. In fact, it was only recently that she could blade (properly). It’s pressure from her sister, probably. 😉
Earlier this year, we had two visitors from Australia and we brought them to Marina Bay Sands (the blog entry is here). We showed them how much Singapore has changed and one of the things that caught the attention of the kids was the skating rink in MBS. They had since been nagging at me to bring them to the rink.
The kids soon learned that ice-skating is quite different from rollerblading. The principles are basically the same but because there is less friction on the ice surface, it’s generally more difficult to move. It took the kids a while to get used to the surface and as a disclaimer, I did not skate on the rink personally and these were feedback from my children. Moreover, the rink is not made of ice. Instead, it is made of some synthetic material to mimic the ice surface. It’s not as smooth as ice, but close enough (according to MBS). Personally, I find it closer to wax than ice. But for $6/hour, I wouldn’t complain. 😉
One thing that I like about kids is that they make friends very easily. The boy above, whom I forgot his name, just came over and made friends with my two princesses. He started with some small talks and in no time, the three of them were playing together. Sometimes, I wish I could be like them – To be able to approach somebody and make friends just like that. ;-(
If you were to ask me “Which is more fun? Rollerblading or skating at MBS?”, I would think rollerblading is better. Everybody seems to be either walking or moving at a very slow pace at the rink. In fact, I didn’t see anybody blading in a very smooth fashion. Nevertheless, the kids enjoyed themselves and said “We will be back!”.