Monthly Archives: February 2019

Southwestern coastal route extension: Keppel reservoir, Japanese tomb, Seah Im road Black & Whites

This short extension follows some very faint, unmaintained, partially overgrown and steep trails, and in wet conditions is certainly a real challenge. It visits two ‘forgotten’ sites (three if you your really determined) on the South-face of Mount Faber, and takes a dead-end road back up connecting to the final section of the Southwestern coastal route.

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exploring Southwest to Central

A route to show that the ulu Southwest has more to offer to runners and city explorers than the Southern Ridges plus provide an alternative way to connect the West with the city-state’s more central areas. The point of this route is to show a number of interconnected options, each offering something unique. Unlike the Southwestern coastal route this (much longer – approx. 95k) one couldn’t even be done as a single loop without any repeating sections (it would  require running a 12k sections from Lakeside MRT via Bukit Batok to just North of the Pandan reservoir twice). It has multiple MRT entry/exit points and you can figure out your own preffered combination of what you want to explore. Have fun out there! Continue reading

Singapore’s urban planning vision, some more of the good, the not so good and the bad

Singapore’s reluctance to really say goodbye to a car-centric planning vision is lamentable, but there is more to its vision than just that. Some of it appeals to me tremedously, some bothers me, some seems really counterproductive. Continue reading

why run a landscape? 

If you’re really interested in a particular environment, be it a spectacular mountainscape, a beautiful forest, a heritage-rich inner city, you name it, enjoy being part of it, want to connect with it to the max, why would you want to run it? Seems a  pretty fundamental question to my ‘project’ of promoting running as a way to explore landscapes/cityscapes.

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the importance of unimpeded forward movement

It is quite amazing to see what difference connecting interesting bits of townscape to each other makes to their use. Shanghai made me very aware of that. During my four years in this metropolis the city added dozens of kilometers to its landscaped, fully  pedestrianized and connected by one unimpeded cyclepath Huangpu riverfront. When I arrivedelement and started exploring the city on the run I was amazed by what felt like a curious underuse of the various bits of pedestrianized riverfront other than its major tourist attraction, the Bund. How come that all these obvious and easily accessible escapes from the surrounding hectic urban mayhem did not attract more people? Continue reading

what makes for a good urban running route

In short: anything sorta runnable that shows you the amazing diversity of Singapore’s cityscape, that is enjoyable, that allows you to connect with your environment, that is allows you to keep moving, that has one or more options for lengthening, that passes one or more interesting sights that make for possible stops for more in-depth exploration, that includes any nearby green area, that has options for toilet and cheap food & drink stops, that avoids trafficked roads wherever possible, that includes hills, stairs, trails and other off-road possibilities wherever possible. Continue reading