Run Route: Singapore River (2022)

I’ve had this on my bucket list for a while! A run along the Singapore River.

The starting point is Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) which is just a short walk from Raffles Place MRT if you’re entering the downtown area.

The run goes in the direction of Clarke Quay on the side of ACM. You’re opposite the shophouses and restaurants that line Boat Quay. On this side, you’ll pass by the nation’s Parliament and you’ll make your way to two pedestrian underpasses to emerge on the Clarke Quay side.

If it isn’t crowded, you can jog along the side of Clarke Quay’s blocks and pass by the restaurants and bars. I’m happy they’ve allowed music to be played again. If it’s crowded, the alternative I think would be to run along the side of the road on the edge of the restaurant blocks.

Continue running along the shared cycling and pedestrian paths and you’ll pass by the demolished Liang Court. I was surprised to see this already taken down. I used to do my groceries at Meidi-Ya a few years ago here. The area is being redeveloped into the CanningHill Piers. Fancy name, huh!

Further down, it’s Robertson Quay and the rainbow-coloured Alkaff Bridge. This bridge was painted by Filipino American Pacita Abad as a “gift to Singapore” before she passed away in 2004. I’m biased here, but it’s the prettiest bridge on this stretch.

Also, restaurants and cafés in this area look extra special at sunset! I really want to try Botany. I spotted one or two izakayas too.

I wanted to turnaround from Great World City but got distracted by a rowdy family of otters near Jiak Kim Bridge. A group of people were gathered around. I honestly thought there was some type of accident. But they were all gathered around watching the otters.

By this point the sun had already set and I turned back towards Boat Quay from the opposite side of the river. I can’t emphasise further… but this route is a dream for the urban runner. I couldn’t help but stop a few times to take it all in. I’d say last night’s run was for familiarisation. I wanted to see which side of the river made more sense so I can do a proper run without any scenic stops next time. 😛

The quieter side of the river is obviously opposite the side of the restaurants and cafés. I noticed they upgraded the sidewalks and added more markers to direct cyclists and runners.

You can find my route on Strava below. The start and finish was from ACM (rightmost side). From right to left, it would be Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay aka Kampong Martin (I’ve never heard of that before!).

It’s a great 5km that’s an alternative to doing a loop around Marina Bay. I’m doing more of these runs in the city since I’m back in the office at least twice a week. I try to make it a point to enjoy the downtown area more… since I’ve been cooped up at home in Pasir Ris for far too long.

Definitely recommend this route for those who enjoy running in downtown areas.

Doing the KL Standard Chartered Marathon 10km Virtual Run from Singapore

Last weekend I took part in a 10km virtual run as part of Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2021. I haven’t been able to run much in recent months. Joining the virtual run helped push me to go outside and start running again.

The original virtual route I planned was from East Coast Park to Gardens by the Bay. But due to the monsoon weather and thunderstorms as of late, I changed the route to something local. It was a simple Pasir Ris to Punggol via Lorong Halus Bridge. I hadn’t done this route before and I’ve always wanted to reach Punggol from Pasir Ris by foot. These are two different towns in the eastern part of Singapore.

Everything was fine until the 7km mark when it started to drizzle a bit while I was returning from Punggol. A lightning warning was in place and I had to pause Strava while taking shelter at the Lorong Halus Wetlands. When I noticed some cyclists continuing towards Pasir Ris (which at my pace during the time would’ve been a 10-15 minute run), I thought I could make it to the other side of the park connector. Mind you, this park connector is beautiful but also there weren’t too many buildings to seek shelter incase of more lightning.

Halfway to Pasir Ris and I spotted a lightning bolt which I later researched was less than a kilometre from where I was running. While I think the risk was low, it was still there. I sought shelter at a nearby fish farm along the route and eventually made the decision to call for a Grab taxi so I can get home safely.

I was pretty much rattled by that point. I paused my Strava and would resume my run in the evening. It makes more sense to priortise your safety.

PJ presented me with the medal that I ordered together with the official race t-shirt I was wearing. This is my first completed race during this pandemic and my 2nd time to join the KL edition of the Standard Chartered Marathon. Registration for the virtual race is free. You can pay for the t-shirt and medal.

I’m thinking about joining the Singapore edition virtual run. I’ll attempt the same route during safer weather.

Running Route: Tampines Avenue 1 and Bedok Reservoir

I feel a little bit of accomplishment. LOL

I’ve nailed a new 5km route from my new rental flat in Tampines. It’s about half sidewalk (Tampines Avenue 1) and half park (Bedok Reservoir Park) along its northeastern stretch.

Basically, I start off right in front of the main entrance of Temasek Polytechnic (TP). I take this footbridge to cross to the other side so there are fewer people (since we are practising physical distancing right now).

It’s an easy warm-up jog on the sidewalk in front of TP. You’ll reach a series of condos that sit on the edge of Tampines which is also where one of the major roads spill onto. You’ll notice the sidewalk signs indicate you’re on the Park Connector Network (PCN). Follow this along the edge of the condo wall and it brings you to the northern part of Bedok Reservoir Park. Here, you’ll enter the park through Bedok Reservoir Carpark B.

Because it’s circuit breaker, the park is only open to joggers who need to get some fresh air and to take in the lovely scenery. I mean, fine, it’s man-made. But I’ll take it over running in tiny circles near my HDB block.

Bedok Reservoir Park includes a jogging path that is made of gravel. This is one of the unique features of this park. If I understand correctly, the gravel path is unbroken around the entirety of the reservoir lake.

However, I didn’t realise there was a non-gravel path available as well if you don’t want to dirty your shoes. This wider path is the standard in Singapore and it is shared with bikers, dog walkers, and people on rollerblades.

I noticed the park had a reasonable amount of activity-goers (the “approved activities”) this early evening. It’s nice that the government even has the technology to detect if a park is crowded or not.

I did both the non-gravel and gravel path. When you reach the Forest Adventure attraction (ziplines), it’s obviously closed. But they’ve also closed the gravel path for a certain stretch due to redevelopment of some sort. This is also where the dragon boats are at Bedok Reservoir.

Back onto the non-gravel path, it leads toward the “main entrance” of the park which has Wawawa (the nice restaurant at this location which I can’t wait to open again for cocktails and pizza). This is also where Carpark A is. Mindful I wasn’t going to hit my 5km goal if I headed back to Tampines Avenue 1… I circled the main park area a few times while taking in the purple sunset. YES. A purple sunset this evening. Like a painting.

Exit through Bedok Reservoir Carpark A and make a hard left back towards Tampines town. A large construction site is there which is the future site of Tampines GreenGem. An exciting new HDB development that will have a view of the reservoir.

This would be around the 4km to the 4.5km mark. Great to spot the Tampines West MRT station at the intersection. This is also where “Tampines town” begins. I make a hard left on the side of TP to finish the loop at 5km right in front of the main entrance of TP.

I noticed my energy levels and pace reach optimum around the 4km mark. I enjoyed getting into my stride again. I try to run 3-5km at least three times a week. I used to do this at Marina Barrage. I’m happy I’ve found an easy route right outside my rental in Tampines.

I’m planning to tweak this route into a 5.5-km or 6-km if I do one loop around Bedok Reservoir Park (the actual body of water) + TP. I’ll update again in a future post.

For those reading from outside Singapore: What is Circuit Breaker?

NOTE: Circuit breaker encourages the public to stay at home at all times. We are only allowed to go out to buy essentials (groceries, takeout food) and to do some exercise which is what I did. Wearing of masks is mandatory unless you’re running, biking, or doing some form of solo streneous activity while outdoors. I had my mask with me the whole time and I would wear it once I started walking.

Where’s your favourite running route?

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San Francisco, California: Bay to Breakers 2019

I was out for almost two weeks for a business trip to San Francisco. I’ve loads of experiences I’m excited to write about here on my blog. For now I’ll start with the Bay to Breakers Run which is marketed as the oldest consecutively run footrace in the world (since 1912).


My cousin booked us a one-night stay at Hilton (we haven’t seen each other in five years). He told me it’s a race where people dress up. Luckily I borrowed a Power Rangers-LOOKING suit from a colleague (thanks Shawn!).


Several firsts:

  • First race in San Francisco (also: first in California, first in the USA)
  • First time to race while wearing a costume
  • First time to race in sub-18 degree C weather. All my races to date are in Southeast Asia with temps above 27-degrees C.


I picked out Corral C which is a more conservative time. I was thinking I wouldn’t be finishing the race at a competitive pace since I wanted to take this opportunity to use the race as a way to experience San Francisco by foot.


The route

The route passes by the company’s San Francisco office. This was the first time I was seeing the office so YES… i did stop right in front of it.


True enough people were in costumes. There were all sorts of traditions like throwing tortillas. Some people were running naked. In this weather? The route took you through neighbourhoods where people were outside their homes having picnics and watching the racers pass by. I spotted people in windows looking out. It had a strong community vibe. Some racers were doing it backwards (it’s also a tradition, apparently).


Oh, and I added a few more dollars to race an additional stretch for an additional medal.


It was a great first day in San Francisco. We were blessed (yes I’ll use that word) to have great weather that morning. Because the previous days were dark and stormy.


Can’t thank my cousin enough for telling me about this race and for being such an amazing host during my first weekend in SF.

4 Tips for Beginners: Spartan Race Yio Chu Kang Sprint

AROO! Experienced Spartan for a 2nd time earlier. Different venue, different feel! It was in Yio Chu Kang (Ang Mo Kio). Imagine running through a muddy obstacle course with HDBs in the background. Very Singapore! I loved it!


Muddy. I should’ve worn an older pair of shoes and compression.


Love this shot of PJ!

Three tips for beginners based on my experience (because there are elite + experienced Spartans I’ve to learn from too)

  1. Don’t wear new shoes when going to a muddy Spartan. Wear your trusty old pair which you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. This also means choosing appropriate race attire. Wear something comfortable. I wore my 2XU compression shorts and a singlet.
  2. Consider wearing gloves. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But gloves helped me with the climbing and grip of things (like the bucket obstacle).
  3. Beginners, perhaps take your time through the course. It’s a SPRINT. But for beginners, I say don’t feel pressured to finish the course as fast as the more experienced athletes on the course. This also means giving way and moving to the side to let others pass you. I think that’s important for sportsmanship.
  4. Smile and help others out. I wouldn’t be able to finish this 20+ obstacle course without the help and encouragement of the people around me. Some challenges require climbing up walls and it was great to hear tips from the people who were good at it. These people have trained and for sharing their knowledge, thank you! I also got to pay it forward and help out the person behind me by suggesting where to grip.

The Spartan Race is a test of strength and endurance. It’s also a test of physical and mental. After two Spartans to date (in the discovery phase), I’ve learned that it demands you train your whole body. Upper and lower body muscle groups. All of it. I can probably see why it’s so addictive for the elite Spartans (in red headbands).

Favourite obstacles (define favourite – lol)

  • Wall climb – all types
  • Sand bag on a muddy hill
  • That wall that’s tilted backward

Areas that I really need to train harder for

  • Atlas
  • Rope climbing
  • Obstacles that rely on upper body strength

I hope before I turn 40 I can accomplish a Spartan Race as an elite racer. Shirtless. 😛

This is not a sponsored post. But I’ll point you to the Spartan SG website to learn more.

Thank you Team UFIT and LinkedIn Wellness. ❤

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Preparation: OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 (10km)

All set for my fifth Sundown! Started in 2013 in the 10km category. Competed in the 10km category each year except in 2015 (21.1km Half Marathon). Excited!

See here: My experience running Sundown in 2016 and 2014.


I had a satisfying result in my land time trials for FDS. Clocking in my LTT “best run ever” at 13 mins 42 seconds (2.8 kilometers). I also raced in a 5km charity run last weekend. I’m psyched to run during our weekly land trainings. Running 10 minutes at high speed on a treadmill is standard when I visit the gym.


I was planning to cut back on “paid” races this year to focus on weightlifting and paddling. But our company sponsored slots this year. Could not resist that! I am running the OSIM Sundown Marathon 10km thanks to my company’s initiatives in health.


The race route is different this year. Almost in reverse from the previous years. The first part of the race is towards Gardens by the Bay, before turning back towards the F1 Race Pit (where the race starts and concludes), before going up along the Kallang Riverside, and then back down again to the F1 Pit.

Race Route – Video courtesy Garmin

10km Challenge – Map




Running at the zoo.

Bananas for the monkeys.

Doesn’t that sound hilarious? I got invited to join the SIA Engineering Company Fun Run at Singapore Zoo over the weekend. It was just a 5km route… but with sweet adrenaline dripping from last week’s Singapore River Regatta… kinareer ko yung takbo.

Thanks for inviting me!

I was overtaking little kids and trying to get into my pace. I passed by giraffes, monkeys, and maybe tigers but I wasn’t looking lol. I felt that the fun run was less than 5km. But it was “fun” nevertheless… because seeing the sun rise over the resevoir at the back of the zoo was beautiful.

I have noticed that my endurance has improved since I started using the treadmill consistently at the gym every day. I try to get a minimum 15 minutes on a faster speed setting. At the end of 15 minutes I am sweating and my face looks like shit but it’s rewarding.

Because on the dragon boat recently, I noticed my recovery is faster. I have a little more to give when it comes to load and to reach (given the person in front of me is leaning forward). I think this is because of the treadmill. I want to up the speed pa nga WITHOUT FALLING OFF THE MACHINE LIKE SOMEONE I KNOW.

Am I on the right track?

So I’m also trying to view my progress using these machines at the gym that analyze your fat or body composition. The latest one says that my fat percentage is at 16.6%. I want to get that to 12% before Boracay next year… possible? I should shut up and lift.

Boracay 2010 and 2016

Let’s be fun, fierce, fabulous… shall we?

Sundown Marathon 2016 – 10km

I completed my fourth Sundown Marathon last Saturday.

  • My overall time for the 10km: 1:07:25 (Personal Best – 10km Competitive)
    • Sundown 10km in 2013: 01:30:10
    • Sundown 10km in 2014: 01:21:54
    • Sundown 21.1km in 2015: 02:52:40
  • Finished 918th out of 5,150 in my category (Net Time).
  • Finished 693rd out of 2,581 other men in my category.

The race was on 28 May 2016, the same day as the DBS Marina Regatta. I had competed in the 22-crew Premiere Open Category earlier in the day. You can say that I was somewhat drained. But I was determined to hit my personal best in the 10km category.

And VOILA. I actually did!

Before the race. I reached the start pen at 9:50 PM (ten minutes before flag-off). But it was so crowded I didn’t get to start until the 6th or 7th wave (10:25pm). Yikes.


Completing the 10km in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 25 seconds. I was going for 10km closer to 1 hour or less… BUT GO FIGURE. LOL. I checked my time every few minutes past the 6km mark. Trying to compute my pace and if I would reach the finish line. I was around the 7km mark when I realised I wouldn’t be finishing in one hour.

The familiarity of it.

Highlights. This was the first 10km competitive race where I did not stop “to walk” unless it was to grab a cup of 100plus or mineral water at the hydration stations. Which, by the way, was quite brief. I would grab a cup from the last table, gulp it down, and then start running again.


Race route. The route was very scenic. Starting at the F1 Pit, leading towards Nicoll Highway before turning back alongside Kallang Riverside Park. Towards Sheares Bridge and around the sides of the F1 Pit again. Next to the Singapore Flyer, then it climbs up onto the Helix Bridge and down the steps along The Shoppes @ Marina Bay. The route goes through the waterfront side of The Shoppes, U-turns back which enables you to run between the illuminated palm trees… then towards Gardens by the Bay in the back (under the skeletal magnificence of the conservatories). U-turn again at the end back towards the Gardens, turns and goes down Gardens by the Bay with the Marina Bay Sands towering over you… U-turn for the finishing kilometers by taking you back onto the bridge back to the F1 Pit. Finish Line. Beautiful, beautiful at night. Some areas were narrow, but the route was worth it.

2013 vs 2016

I told myself this would be one of my last competitive runs since I’d like to focus on weightlifting and dragon boating. But who knows, perhaps I’ll come back for a fifth stab at it in 2017. 🙂

Regatta Race ID + Sundown 10km finisher medal 🙂


02:52:40 – 21.1KM Sundown Marathon (Half Marathon)

Official timing is out. I’m happy with my race! It was my fastest 10km (around 1 hour 7 minutes), and without stopping. I fizzled out from 10KM to 16KM before starting to run again towards the end. This was perhaps the most scenic marathon race I’ve ever joined since 2012. This was my third time to join Sundown Marathon (the first time to join Sundown 21.1km) and my second half marathon after Standard Chartered last December.


Race Kit for Sundown Marathon 2015

Why do I keep putting myself through this?

I signed up again for the Sundown Marathon and this time it’s for the 21.1 kilometre half marathon portion. Sometimes when I’m entering the race pen I wonder what I have gotten myself into. I hate running. And yet, here I am again in my rubber shoes, shorts, and race singlet.

Some of the stuff I picked up apart from the race singlet

Race kit collection was at Suntec Convention Center. Suntec is like a favourite mall that I never go to. It is so spacious. Wide halls, tall ceilings. Makes you feel like a 9 year-old. But it’s also out of the way. That’s why we don’t go to Suntec much. Dami ko na sinabi.

I made some purchases at the event:

  • Arm Pocket Mega I-40 (fits larger-sized smartphones; this is so hard to find at department stores)
  • Two (2) packets of energy gels (I have never tried energy gels… Like EVER)
  • One (1) shuttle bus ticket back to my neighbuorhood. I don’t want to worry about transpo after my race on July 5.

a timing chip attached to your shoes

The goodie bag consists of your race singlet. Quite notable was the timing chip which no longer is attached to your race bib. It is now attached to your shoes!

fabric is thin! but nice. way better than 2013 and 2014!

Free samples include Kiehl’s and Counterpain. I got free sunblock for filling up an Acuvue race bib.

voucher booklet – a great idea to sort everything

Interesting that instead of 10,000 vouchers scattered in your giant goodie bag… they decided to put it together in a “Voucher Booklet”. How organized.

OSIM, the brand that does those fancy massage chairs, is this year’s title sponsor. I have NO IDEA what that $50 OSIM voucher is for (pictures above). Is that a mechanical Pitcher Plant? A Wine Warmer?

Sundown Marathon 2015 is on July 4/5.