Reflections from a 36km walk across Singapore

Traversing the Coast-to-Coast trail under 30 deg C heat makes me realise there is much more to learn and explore before I can claim to know Singapore

In 1998, when my not-yet-husband Jim Rogers was training for the New York City marathon, the two of us walked the 42km route one Sunday before the race. We canvassed the five boroughs, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, allowing him to know the course better, while offering me on-the-ground discovery. The next weekend, Jim would complete the marathon and then propose marriage to me, right after the finish line. He likes to say: "I was high on endorphins."

I have always thrived on a challenge (being married to Jim is certainly one). When I recently met an Indonesian gentleman who mentioned he had walked across Singapore, I could not believe he had beaten me to it! In my 12 years here, I have traversed many of the lorongs and districts, but never on foot and all in the same day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Reflections from a 36km walk across Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe