Running to Stillness on Orchard Road

I love running down Orchard Road, one of Singapore’s busiest shopping streets.  There are huge department stores on either side of the 4-lane thoroughfare, which is typically crawling with vehicles.  The wide walkways are often buzzing with people from all walks of life.

Except I am there before the hustle and bustle starts up; not quite the break of dawn, but early enough where there aren’t many pedestrians on the boulevard, save the few who are beautifying the streets for those who will visit in force in a few hours.  I have the place to myself.

The intermittent rumble of engines together with inhalations and exhalations afford a calming background hum and I am able to run in an almost meditative state (exception being today as I am stopping often to poke at my camera phone at a building or other).  I draw energy from the space all around me, from the trees & greenery, from the beauty of the architecture & art that I run past. It is a good way to start the day.

The Featured image above is taken at Istana Park, towards the end of Orchard Road, the turnaround point of my run.  This is a little oasis where you can find birds singing & the Istana Heritage Gallery.

Last week, I watched a TED with Pico Iyer, on the Art of Stillness.  I read his book The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto many years ago, and found his decision to step away from the busyness of the world quite a fascinating.  Today as I watch him on the TED stage, I realise how far I’ve come in the ability to enjoy stillness  & quiet.

Where/how do you find your stillness?


I was inspired to take you on this run by RestlessJo, as I look forward to joining her on her walks every week.  


13 Replies to “Running to Stillness on Orchard Road”

  1. Fabulous! Thank you very much 🙂 🙂 The little I’ve seen of Singapore looks very beautiful but I guess you do have to share it with a lot of people. Getting out early is a good answer. I’ve read one of Pico Iyer’s books. One of the things I like most about walking is getting away from people and into the beauty of nature.

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  2. Singapore!! I remember the time I used to live there, what a wonderful place! Would do anything to make another visit. I used to love going to orchard road esp during Christmas when everything’s lit up 🙂
    Liked the message you shared at the end
    Nice to meet you!
    Synne ❤


  3. I find my stillness the same way you find yours, except that with age I’ve had to slow to a brisk walk and I walk through a small town, through its parks, and up its hills rather than a city boulevard. But I, too, get out before the sun has quit risen when cars and people are few so I can listen to myself breathe and let my mind wander. So, obviously, I loved this post.

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    1. You know, Janet, you probably walk as fast or faster than I wog (walking & jogging squished together). It is not false modesty when I say I run very very slowly.

      But I guess the important thing is that we are able to enjoy our environs, wherever our rambles take us. Breathe deeply, my friend!

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  4. Hello Ju-Lyn. We were in Singapore 3 weeks ago on holiday. It was nearly 20 years ago that I was there last and so much has changed since Though, it is still very green and lush. One of the things I love about Singapore is it’s abundance of greenery within a city.
    It is indeed a great start to the morning to take in the beauty of Orchard Rd while exercising. Glad to connect with you. Lorelle 🙂

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    1. How lovely that you just visited. Am glad you were able to come back & see the changes in our city; not all great but progress comes with a price. The city planners have worked very hard to keep it green, for which I am very grateful.

      Thank you for taking the time to read, to respond. Please do come back soon!

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