We are excited to continue the 'Anymap Guest Blogger' series this week. When you download the Anymap app on your Android or Apple devices, you will get to see maps of various interest categories made by these awesome bloggers. Anymap gives them the opportunity to present their favourite recommendations as a map and for you - the reader - to have their recommendations easily accessible on your phone when you're out and about.
Our fourth guest blogger is Priscilla who is more commonly known as 'prischew' and is based in Singapore. She is a lifestyle blogger who loves to share about her running experiences, among many other things. In her interview, she beautifully unfolds the story about her journey and shares her approach on staying fit and healthy. She has made a unique map on 'Best Places to Run in Singapore' that is worth checking out on the Anymap app. If you are an Android or iPhone user, download the free Anymap app, bookmark this map and browse through your places of interest. You can like the pins, comment and also share it with your friends.
Anymap: What is your blog name?
Anymap: What kind of topics do you usually feature on your blog?
prischew: I feature running, some other sports and maybe lifestyle topics. I have written race reviews about my experiences in running and other sports, as well as featuring top runners and other athletes, such as marathoners Mok Ying Ren, Soh Rui Yong and Ashley Liew, sprinters Calvin Kang and Shanti Pereira, swimmers Quah Ting Wen and Joseph Schooling, shooter Jasmine Ser, triathletes Wille Loo and Sara Wee, and cyclist Low Ji Wen.
I have also written articles on inspiring athletes such as Chan Meng Hui, an 86-year-old Singaporean who recently completed his 101st marathon at the SCMS 2015, and the Singapore Blade Runner, who runs with a prosthetic blade and is targeting to complete the Everest Marathon this May.
Besides interviews and feature stories, I have also featured reviews related to the fitness, health and wellness scene. These have included running shoes and apparel, GPS sport watches, fitness activity trackers and earphones.
Anymap: When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?
prischew: I started my blog in mid-2013. I have always been passionate about writing - in fact, I authored a model composition guide when I was 15 years old. And running & sports was also another passion of mine, so I decided to combine both of these interests together - and so, the PrisChew Dot Com BlogSite was born.
Anymap: What are some of your favourite sports and how often do you take part in these activities?
prischew: My favourite sports to participate in, include running and cycling. I take part in these roughly about three to four times a week - whenever time permits. I like doing these activities, because I can start and end at my doorstep - so no time is wasted in travelling.
Besides these, I also occasionally take part in a variety of other sports whenever the opportunity arises or else when I can get a group together to do so. Some of these have included swimming, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and wakeboarding.
I am also a spectator of other sports including football (soccer), tennis and rugby.
Anymap: Apart from adhering to your very stringent workout schedule, is there a certain sort of diet that you stick to?
prischew: I don’t have a strict diet. I believe in eating anything and everything but in moderation. That way, I think that you can enjoy life to the fullest.
Anymap: Do you have any advice for people who want to embark on a healthier lifestyle in this year?
prischew: I think that first and foremost, do not procrastinate - go for it! Set a date to start your healthy lifestyle regime and stick to it. I find that if there is no specific time frame to begin with, then you are most likely going to push it to a “tomorrow” which will most likely never come.
Then when you start, take things very slowly. For example, do not aim to complete 5km in your first run, if you have not been running. That is a sure way to get sick of it! Instead, start small, for example, aim to complete 100m without walking. Over time you will see the progress, reap the rewards and you will find yourself enjoying it when your endurance level and stamina improves.
Anymap: What are some of the runs you’re looking forward to taking part this year?
prischew: For the first part of the year, I will be taking part in a few runs in Singapore. These include the 2XU Compression Run Half Marathon, the inaugural Coney Island Trail Run and the annual Sundown Marathon - where I will be taking part in the 42.195km Full Marathon, to hopefully better my marathon time.
Anymap: Where are the best places to train for a trail run?
prischew: For trail running, MacRitchie Reservoir Park is definitely a good place to start. This is also one of the most accessible and convenient trails, with a bus stop nearby, as well as toilets, lockers and shower facilities. One loop around the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is about 10km and can be challenging for those new to trail running. There are markers though, so as long as you follow these and stick to the tried-and-tested trails, you will not get lost.
For trail runners who want a challenge, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a good place to check out. At 163m, this is Singapore’s highest hill and the views along the way are very scenic - you will get to see plenty of lovely flora and fauna.The main route to the summit is 1.2km long but as the slopes may be steep, it is important to practise safety and go a little slower, just in case.
One of Singapore’s newest trails for running, is at Coney Island, which can be accessed by a roughly 3km walk from the Punggol Promenade. A flat trail that measures about 2km in length from one end of the Coney Island to the other, the rustic charm of the island will result in you wanting to go back for more.
All such interesting details on my preferred places to run can be found on the Anymap app. Please bookmark the map and follow me so that you can easily keep track of my updates on the app.