Eating, Running & Living in Singapore

Eating, Running & Living in Singapore

Eating Food, Glorious Food

It is no surprise that I find myself obsessed with food – after all, I am a Singaporean. We are a people who hold animated conversations about food while we are eating, who would comb the island far & wide chasing the promise of great food!

I find myself faced with the daily challenge of cooking for four people with very different palates. Being mostly vegetarian, it is interesting feeding Carnivorous Husband & Daughters.

Running out & about Singapore 

Overlooking Symphony Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Loving Husband & I joke that we run so that we can continue to eat the things we enjoy.  The reality is that our metabolisms are not what they used to be and so we help it along any way we can.  That said, we do enjoy being out there and hitting the pavement, albeit very slowly in my case.   I also enjoy running for the Me-time it affords.

Living the Reflective Life

The Instagram & WordPress communities have transformed my thinking about my approach to food, running & to a larger extent, life. I have become more reflective and purposeful in the things I choose to do each day.  I choose to leave a pile of laundry so that I can colour with Younger Daughter.  I choose to heat up leftovers instead of cooking a complicated meal so that I play music with Older Daughter.  I choose to give up a lazy evening watching a movie so that Loving Husband & I can run together.  It’s all about purposeful choices.

Lemon Cupcakes drizzled with Lemon icing, topped with fresh fruit, lovingly made by Younger Daughter, a morning’s worth of fun!

In the attempt to give back a little of what these communities have given me, I have committed to this blog so that I may share what I have gained and hopefully, to encourage someone else on their journey.

Come along for the ride?
Peace, joy, love

61 Replies to “Eating, Running & Living in Singapore”

  1. Your interest in running makes me want to recommend reading Haruki Murakami’s What I Think About When I Think About Running. If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think. 🙂


  2. Hi Ju-Lyn Tan

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and how’s your blog doing?
    I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Here’s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group

    Finally, here’s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
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  3. Ju-Lyn, this is a lovely about page and I enjoyed learning about you and your purpose for this blog. You sound like a wonderfully close loving family – I agree that being with each other is much more important than some cleaning or laundry. Those moments of drawing with your child are too precious to miss. Haha! I smiled in amusement at how you also have to cook various dishes at meal-times…I’m vegetarian, my husband is not and my son is in-between and fussier overall!! Makes for lots of pots and pans! The photo of your mother’s Popiah Feast looks delicious!! 😀

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  4. I really like the line ” I have become more reflective and purposeful in the things I choose to do each day”. I believe that we are the sum of all the choices we make, and knowing that, why wouldn’t we want to make the choices that add value to our life. Clearly you share that philosophy 💕


        1. When I was growing up, I watched a Warner’s Bros Looney Tunes cartoon called The Scarlet Pumpernickel, which was a play on the The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

          I was very taken by his name because I thought it was so funny, so when I started blogging, I was inspired to use Purple (instead of Scarlet) as a nod to Purple Prose, along with the funny sounding Pumpernickel.


  5. Awesome, I have found a neighbor! I love visiting Singapore (one of the more redeeming factors about living in Batam in my opinion) and I never fail to go to Makan Sutra 🙂 This is a beautiful blog 🙂


  6. What a fantastic presentation of yourself your family and your life. I love the bit about heating up the leftovers and separate the laundry into colors!!!


  7. I absolutely LOVE your philosophy on food, running, and life. So much of what you say about letting things that don’t really matter go, to focus on the things that do matter, is what the Life Bus embodies. My post about my Bus driving into the ditch is exactly on this subject. For a while I let the things that shouldn’t matter as much, matter more than the things that should. Thankfully I was able to alter that behavior for the most part. Cheers to you and your family and to living life to the fullest.


  8. Hi! I found you via Su’s monthly photo challenge. I’m an American expat living in Thailand so we are practically neighbors! We, too, also exercise so we can eat ALL the food. Hahahaha.


      1. Wonderful. I can’t say that I’ve been to your neck of the woods, the higher prices have so far put me off, but Singapore is on the list!

        We are in central Thailand, Rayong. Before this we were in the North, where my family lives.


  9. You have the right idea to balance food with exercise.
    With age one has to cut out red meat, fat and sugar.
    Because our body cannot keep up the pace of youth.
    Singapore is a great place to live.


  10. A lovely “About” page, Ju-lyn. Good for your for running and staying healthy. And I’m totally in agreement about great food. If I lived in Singapore, I’d have to run everywhere to keep off the pounds. LOL. What I enjoyed most about your personal comments is your commitment to making mindful choices about how your spend your minutes. Wishing you peace and love and wonderful fun with your family. ❤


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