green city spaces

Happy Place, Happy Space: Pearl’s Hill City Park

One of the things I love about Singapore is encountering green spaces unexpectedly. We noticed a sign for Pearl’s Hill City Park when we ran through Chinatown recently.

Made a note to return, and return we did this week.

Several long flights of stairs to get to the top from different parts of the hill.

At the very top is a reservoir built in 1904. It is not a very large park but a haven and delight to explore.

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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 Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week

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  • This run is another effort to explore Singapore’s many parks; we call it ParkTour, a play on paktor, a term Singaporeans use to refer to “going out on a date with someone whom one is romantically involved with”.


  1. Joining in quite late for this but happy nonetheless as wonders of Singaporean parks are certainly mesmerizing.
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely park trip with my challenge, Ju-Lyn πŸ™‚


  2. I always think Singapore is such a small country. I always think of the Marina and the butterfly garden in the airport. I’ve never been, but from your photos it’s packed with so much more! Side note: my husband’s previous company designed and built the water feature for the butterfly garden at the airport.


    1. Singapore is so very small, even compared to LA which is almost twice the size! I guess we’ve had the privilege of poking into neighbourhoods and hidden places as we put on our explorer shoes! What a fun connection that you have to the butterfly garden … we visited it quite some years ago … I remember it to be very serene and beautiful.


  3. I love the wordplay on parktour. I enjoy exploring the many parks LA has to offer, it’s free and I find it surprisng to find so much nature in the city.


    1. I think those of us who live in cities are particularly tuned to seeking out green spaces wherever we can. And when we discover new pockets, so exciting!!!


  4. Like you, I love stumbling upon surprise parks and gardens — and old architecture! The reservoir looks wonderful, and I can only imagine the views. Your running is good for our health too! (And thanks for linking to my spring posts!)


    1. The joy of surprise! The hill isn’t very high up, but it was interesting to be elevated. We could run all the way around the reservoir which was such fun!


  5. Ju-Lyn, What a wonderful gem to discover on your ParkTour. The greenery is soothing and the stairs would provide a good workout. Thank you for the mention and your weekend coffee share.


  6. Fun! Add it to the list! You are keeping a list of places for us to go when I visit, right? If not, we’ll just have to revisit the spots you blog about one by one (with repeated visits to the place that sells ice cream sandwiches. πŸ˜‰ )


    1. So glad to have you delight in this find with me! The stairs were kinder than we expected … they considerately made them super wide so one can actually run up and down them!


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