Happy Place, Happy Space

We love our runs at MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park – the soothing greenery, the varied terrain (muddy, sandy, rocky), the folks we briefly encounter. We feel invigorated and inspired each time we come out here.

Midway through our run, skirting the SICC Golf course

This past week, we noticed a trio of older men somewhere mid-way along the route. If I had to speculate, I would say they were in their 70s. We saw them from afar and watched them walking & chatting; they were lively & energetic and obviously enjoying their time together. When we finally passed them, the Trio had moved apart: one was running, and the other two were walking briskly.

We bumped into the Trio again at the end of our run. Baffled by how they managed to end at the same time as we did, we asked which route they took. Apparently, there is an alternative way back to the visitor centre which they animatedly shared with us.

Conversation with these light-hearted, generous, spirited older gentlemen left us feeling inspired & hopeful – perhaps we will age into our running as successfully as they have.

Loving Husband running after one of the Trio.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

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  1. Having a light-hearted conversations with strangers on morning walks is always a wonderful experience. And since I’m a good listener, I would keep on listening to them.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with my challenge and apologies for checking it out this late πŸ™‚

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  2. Dear Ju-Lyn — What a delightful story, full of joy and wisdom. The image of the Trio “animatedly” sharing their short-cut is perfect: that’s what the sharing of wisdom is all about … and having someone who joyfully listens. Beautiful.


    1. Thank you for getting it spot on! It could have been one of those awkward, shifty-eyed exchanges, and yet, it became the highlight of our outing. And an inspiration which will carry us for many years to come.


  3. I’ve seen you around other blogs leaving such insightful thoughts, Ju-Lyn, and so glad I clicked to visit your blog today. Having grown up in Singapore for a big part of my life, it holds a very special place in my heart – and I cannot wait to be back one day, be it moving back for good or for a visit.

    It really sounded like a refreshing walk and run at MacRitchie. That was a nice encounter you and your husband had with the trio of older men. These kinds of encounters are often so random yet they leave you feeling good and inspired as you said, and people out there mean well.

    Maybe you will get to try the alternative way the next time you are there. I’m not much of a runner but I am a walker. When I’m out walking on a trail here in Australia I normally like to keep to myself for safety reasons πŸ™‚


    1. Welcome Mabel! So glad you found your way to my space! I love how we navigate in this community, and how we find each other!

      I love meeting people who have visited and/or lived in Singapore, as much as I love introducing Singapore to people who have never been.

      I hear you about keeping to oneself for safety – especially in this environment we find ourselves. It is quite different when we regularly run certain routes, though, when we start to recognise The Regulars. Pre-pandemic, one would hear shouts of Good Morning! all the time. Now, it’s passing each other in silence, with as much distance as possible.


      1. I love how you say it, Ju-Lyn: we navigate this community, and we find each other. It’s always by chance we find each other but when we do, it can be quite a ride.

        It’s always nice to hear hellos from others on the same path. I guess there’s also some peace to be found in silence. Looking forward to seeing more of Singapore through your blog.


    1. It is – not something we take for granted these days. I am always so grateful when we do.

      Long live the Chex Mix Saga … something tells me that Joseph will keep featuring ….

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  4. What a sweet post, Ju-Lyn. People in their 70s often have quite a bit on the ball and are quite active. That age creeps up on you very quickly, so it’s best to start young like you are to keep in shape. I have a friend in CA who is very close to 70 and runs every day. She looks about 55. My goal is to stay mobile all my life. This last month with a torn meniscus has taught me what a treasure our mobility is.


    1. Health & mobility are so very important as we enter the later decades. More and more inspiration around us as people are are ageing better as well.

      Loving Husband tore his meniscus several years ago – but after surgery & rehab, he’s back, better than ever.

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  5. Looks like a great place to run! When I am in New Hampshire, I have a mountain run, while on Cape Cod, I run close to the beach. Sounds like some friendly people out on the trail.


      1. Even though they are not very far apart (when looking at a continental scale…), the two locations are very different – heavily forested hills and small mountains vs. beaches, swamps, dunes, etc. – Cape Cod is very long and thin, sticking very far into the Atlantic Ocean, so almost competently surrounded by water.


  6. What a beautiful running trail Ju-Lyn and so lovely to meet these spirited older gentlemen – they’re such an inspiration! Thank you so much for the mention of White Campion and we wish you and loving husband a wonderful new week ahead πŸ€—πŸ’œπŸŒž xxx


    1. Before this conversation, I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the energy of folks we meet (no matter how briefly) on our outings. This pandemic has seen us running with heads down and far away from people as we can manage. A reminder that perhaps we need to change that. Good week ahead, Xenia!

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  7. Ju-Lyn, I love the thought of happy therapy! πŸ˜€ Your post has given my spirits a real lift this morning and enjoyed reading about the sprightly runners and your lovely encounter! It is enriching to share a word with others whilst out and about, safely distanced etc, and this past year have got to know a lot more people in our area than ever before! Xx


    1. Running with the mask is a frame of mind. One has to adjust expectations of speed & duration – it is more challenging with the breathing so we just slow everything down.

      We were actually running with a mask occasionally pre-pandemic because we had extremely bad air quality a couple of months in the year.

      I hear you though – I try to give maskless fellow exercisers as wide a berth as I can, even with my mask

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        1. Hills are tough. I struggle there too. What I actually try to do is to plot routes which I know are largely pedestrian-free. That way, I have the option of running without the mask for a while if I want to.

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    1. It was a rather pleasant conversation – we don’t typically stop to talk to other folks on the trail (people are sensitive these days and we don’t even greet each other as often as we used to pre-pandemic). It left us feeling very warm and uplifted!

      You are always most welcome in this space!

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