Lisa Clayton leads UFIT Bootcamps, the lean, mean, butt-kicking outdoor group workout arm of UFIT Singapore. Yes, you’ll probably see them getting their sweat on in places like the Botanic Gardens and Marina Bay. Hailing from Collaroy, Sydney, Lisa moved to Singapore in 2008 with her husband Adam and three beautiful boys. Needless to say, she never wants to leave. In between mummy duties and busting people’s asses at UFIT Bootcamp, the outdoorsy go-getter somehow manages to switch up the gears for all of life’s other commitments; be it children’s playdates, social get-togethers or downtime with the family. Introducing us to her favourite spots around Singapore, Lisa shows us how to live a little. And if you’re ever in need of a good sweat after too much indulgence, there’s always UFIT bootcamp…
Singapore is an amazing city. Very hot! But there is always something to do whether it’s fitness and sport focused, new bars and restaurants to big events like the Singapore Formula 1. Everyone is so friendly and it’s a very safe city, which is so important with a young family.
Favourite thing about Singapore…
Everyone is so active, there’s always people walking, running or taking part in sporting events. UFIT Bootcamps is the largest outdoor Bootcamp community in Singapore so it’s great to be a part of a fun-loving community in Singapore striving for a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Least favourite thing about Singapore…
I love the hot climate but sometimes I would love a cool breeze when I’m working out!
Fun fact about the locals…
We call our Singaporean elders ‘auntie’ and ‘uncle’ as a sign of respect.
Best time to visit…
Any time from February to November before we get the rainy season. However, we only ever have a few hours of rain so it’s never that bad! Especially when the temperature is always around 30 degrees.
Local phrases one should know…
Singaporeans tend to speak Singlish. They add ‘lah’ to the end of sentences which doesn’t have any meaning, but it’s a cool fact for people new to the city.
What to pack…
Lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, a throw or light jumper for the places they blast air conditioning (like shopping malls and the cinema) and of course (if you’re like me) your gym kit if you want to get involved in many of the activities Singapore has to offer.
Singapore Black Book
Freshly minted UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Haji Lane is a quaint street with some lovely independent boutiques
Marina Bay Sands for the awesome infinity pool view and Fullerton Bay Hotel
Common Man Coffee Roasters serves up a mean brekkie/brunch.
Only the freshest food reaches your table at Open Farm Community, with the emphasis on locally-sourced, farm-grown produce.
Neon Pigeon — A modern izakaya on trendy Keong Saik Road.
Willow & Huxley in Amoy Street
One of my favourite things to do is walking/running the route from Robertson Quay to Marina Bay, cutting across the Esplanade. I love the contrast between the high-rise buildings and the local shophouses. Joo Chiat in the East Coast in particular, has some very beautiful pastel-coloured heritage Peranakan shophouses.
Club Street is the perfect place for a night out. On Fridays, the street is closed to traffic and is usually heaving with a fun crowd of revelers welcoming the start of the weekend.
On a weekend, we love to hit Tanjong Beach Club for some weekend fun and food with the kids playing on the beach, followed by some sundowners to get ourselves ready for the week ahead.