Meet Loving Husband and Ju-Lyn
We joke that we run so that we can continue to eat the things we enjoy.
Loving Husband started running when he was a mere teen. I began my journey a little later, in my late 20s, inspired by his pursuit of this recreation. We find ourselves now in our 50s, with metabolisms that are not quite what they used to be, and so we help it along any way we can.
We enjoy getting out and hitting the pavement, sometimes a trail. We are not loathe to stop to gawk or take a particularly enticing photo.
Lotus Pond, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 7 Mar 2021
He was also an intrepid traveller as a young man: backpacking through Vietnam, journeying on the trans-Siberian, that was his idea of fun. My experiences were mostly beach resorts and diving getaways. But what drew us together in our travels is expressed in one of his travelogues: The journey begins not with the first step, but with the first reflection. I like to believe that we are both reflective folks, and we do love the outdoors & food. Along the way, we learned to give each other alone time to pursue our own interests, and develop new enthusiasms together (like visiting museum visits & local markets).
We learned to run together; we have been told that many couples find this difficult and undesirable, but it is one of our favourite parts of holidays – the morning exploratory runs.
We maintain a date run once a week, more often when he is on school holidays (he is a Special Needs Educator; I have been retired since my 30s).
Date Night, 25 Oct 2020, Elgin Bridge
At the start of the year, Loving Husband suggested that we embark on our own virtual Camino in Singapore, with the view that while we get our exercise (we plan a run around the vicinity of the 32 Catholic parishes), we will also take pause to pray. We are thrilled to visit neighbourhoods we don’t venture often, some familiar, some new. We have completed several of these outings already and have enjoyed them tremendously.
We are very fortunate to live just across the street from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a Unesco Heritage Site. We are also just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road and Marina Bay which make for diverting city runs; these are our usual stomping grounds.
We are both born & grown in Singapore. I left when I was 15 to live in Hong Kong for a bit before heading to Waco, Texas for University. I returned to Singapore 10 years later, and shortly met Loving Husband. We have two extremely entertaining daughters who keep us on our toes: Meg is 23, Jo is just about 21.
- Selfies are always taken by Loving Husband (he has the longer and steady arm); other images are taken on my iPhone, unless otherwise credited
- Feature photo selfied by Loving Husband along an Orchard Road run, at a water features of Singapore Management University, with the Singapore Art Museum in the background.