I don’t know know how I developed my love for long distance walking. But I remember ditching the school bus a decade back to walk the chalky way to our high school which sits outside of our subdivision. I didn’t really mind that at all! It served as my escape from this world – free of distractions, and quiet time alone for myself.
Fast forward to one morning waking up in Bukit Timah in Singapore, I checked my phone’s health stats. Steps? 19,144. Walking + running distance? 12.6KM. Flights climbed? 29 floors. That was because the day before that, I explored the retail heart of Singapore, the Orchard Road.
What is Orchard Road and what is there to see?
Orchard Road is a major 2.2 kilometer long road located in the central area of Singapore. The place is an eye-candy from whatever angle you look at. It is the country’s shopping district. Big malls over ground and underground are scattered on both sides of the street. Since it is Asia’s 9th most expensive high street, it is only ordinary to see famous designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Balmain, Givenchy and many more. Which is clearly a total retail haven for crazy rich Asians.
Singapore’s Transportation System
It is indeed easier to take pleasure in appreciating a city when you can conveniently get around it. And your Singapore right here is doing an extremely good job for building a superb transit system! It is with an impressive honor to tell you that as far as my research is a concern, I will say that Singapore has the highest passenger satisfaction in the world.
With just an EZ link card, which is relatively cheap by the way, it can take your wandering feet to wherever you well damn please. From Changi Airport, which is hands down the best airport we ever have, you can access all of Singapore.
You say ice-cream at Gardens by the bay? Sure. Wanna go to Sentosa for no reason at all? Let’s go. Afternoon walk along Merlion? Why not. And how about a cocktail on our flipflops at Siloso Beach? Always.
The Joys of Walking in Long Distances
You will be surprised if I tell you that I can totally write a whole self-help book talking about my love for moving from one place to another by just using my feet. But I won’t do that because apart from being sensitive to getting a writer’s block, I am hella lazy and you will just get bored of me.
Truth is, if our car broke down in the middle of God knows where and the only reason for us to get some help is to walk 10 miles, then I’ll be totally down for it. Although you may expect a slightly condescending attitude if it’s raining or worse, under the blistering sun. But aside from that, I won’t complain and we’re good.
Because you will get something in it when you start walking the first few steps going to a faraway destination. When the wind blows through your hair, there’s actually a science in there of why you do your best thinking while walking. The partnership of your wandering feet and your productive brain is just so powerful.
Wandering around Orchard Road
As an obsessive walker that I am, I got lost in the long stretch of Orchard Road a few times more than I expected myself.
Although I am not much of a city boy (more like an island boy, if you consider that) for me, it is a boulevard where dreams are made of.
It is somehow amazing to walk around and seeing designer clothes through the glasses of golden frames. And even if I am not the kind of person who will save up for a couple of Gucci shirt, I enjoyed watching them from outside of their store.
When you’re outside, your eyes will pop up from here and there because there are plenty of things to see. You see, Singapore is a combination of superb infrastructures and a big zen garden. One of the cleanest countries in the world and I love that it has wide sidewalks because their people love walking and that I get to walk on it because I am one of them too.
Long walks are as therapeutic as waking up early, grabbing a short drip and a freshly baked bagel, stand in front of Tiffany & Co and stream Henry Mancini’s Moon River on Spotify. Try the ice-cream sandwich too because it’s absolutely the bomb.
And that’s a one hell of a breakfast at Tiffany’s with Holly Golightly going back 1961.