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Monday, 12 October 2020

110km, five days, two reporters: CNA sets out to explore Singapore on foot

Read? 110km, five days, two reporters: CNA sets out to explore Singapore on foot

Ha Ha! Nice!

Hope that more local walkers joining to walk one round the coast of Singapore!

Read? New central green corridor connecting East Coast Park and Changi Beach Park to be created: Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE: "It's really no big deal," insisted my editor as we made what we thought was an entirely reasonable request to cycle rather than walk 110km on a journey to explore Singapore.

His justification for making us walk? Cycling the route wouldn't give me and my fellow journalist Gaya Chandramohan the time to savour the sights of Singapore - which is the point of this somewhat unusual assignment.

(CW8888: Walking allows us to pause anytime along the way to have real close look at any things that attract our attention.)

Our discussions initially centred around doing a complete loop of Singapore, sticking as close to the coast as possible. However, logistically this would prove to be a bit of a challenge, and so we decided to scale down sections of the route. (CW8888 : No worry lah! There are bus services even along ulu areas in Singapore! You can take whichever bus to next makan place for lunch or dinner! DON'T forget your TransitLink card!)

We've included some of Singapore's best sights along the coast - so West Coast and East Coast parks, Coney Island and Sungei Buloh nature reserve should feature prominently along our journey.

At the same time, we'll also be making it a point to try our best to savour the journey, so there should be stops at some of Singapore's most beloved foodie haunts - East Coast Lagoon food village, Hong Lim market and food centre among other places.

Our plan is put up in hotels as close as possible to the route, before continuing on our journey the next day.


My colleague Gaya and I are by no means in great physical shape. 

Full disclosure, the loop covers more ground than I've run this year. In fact, the last time I've covered a distance more than 20km was a decade ago when I wore green, carried a field pack and swore never to do it again.

But here we are, and because passing out on camera is not an option, I have been going on a number of walks in preparation. These walks took me from my home in Simei to East Coast and Changi Village - covering a distance 15km each time.

There is undoubtedly a sense of accomplishment that comes with completing each of these walks, and there is an element of enjoyment, even for somebody who is not an avid walker.

But we're well aware of the challenges that could lie en route. For one, the sweltering heat could potentially be a problem - we aim to begin each leg of the journey at 6am every morning and try to beat the afternoon heat by completing the distance for the day within eight hours.

There are also practical concerns - plotting out a course online and actually navigating the route in reality are two completely different things. 

Also, what if there are no toilets? (CW8888: Not an issue. Whenever you come across the next toilet after sometime; visit it. LOL!)  (If real urgent; hide behind the bush)

But this is part of the adventure, which we will be updating you regularly on over the next 5 days.

And we will press on, and welcome any and all suggestions on what we can do on the way. Hopefully our walk will be able to pique your interest to get out there and explore.

To quote poet T.S. Eliot: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

In our case, that place would be Taman Jurong Hawker Centre.

(CW8888: Remember to watch out pack of wild/house dogs along quiet road of Lim Chu Kang. These dogs probably don't often people walking along the road towards them. From far; Uncle8888 saw them; cross the road to opposite side to avoid walking pass the dogs and his long umbrella ready to fight and defend against a pack of dogs. Bo pian! Dogs barking non-stop. One big brother dog wanted to cross the road to chase Uncle8888 but stopped when it heard an ongoing car approaching it!)


  1. Haha 22km hike a day don't think got much time to stop & smell the flowers. Unless cheat a bit by taking bus, mrt or grab here & there. Lol!

    1. May be photo and video stops at popular "tourist" spots along the route. :-)


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