Another 12 km Walk along Kallang River
Started my walk on a sunny morning, checked out the Singapore River for otters along the way. Was hoping to sight one of the otter families as the sight of them would put a smile on my face. Unfortunately, they are nowhere to be seen, guess they were playing somewhere else.
Walked past the Esplanade (Theatres on the Bay) and the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the world’s largest floating platform, facing the Central Business District as seen in the background in the photo below. Love the view of the cityscape.
Just a short walk from the Floating Platform is the Helix Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, connecting Marina Centre to the Marina Bayfront area. The weather was getting hot.
Instead of crossing the Helix Bridge to Marina Bay Sands then to the Gardens by the Bay, I continued walking towards the Singapore Flyer which is a shorter route to the Sports Hub. Having said that this route is not as pleasant as there is no pedestrian path connecting directly to the Sports Hub and less shade along the way.
Walked past the Singapore F1 Grand Prix grandstand and part of the circuit. Across the Marina Reservoir is the Gardens by the Bay. Wonder 2017 will be the last time Formula One Grand Prix be held in Singapore.
Reached the Republic Boulevard area, I saw a bunch of people sitting near the bridge. They were a group of photography enthusiasts waiting to capture some special moments since early morning. Hope their wait was not in vain. I guess their passion helped them to endure the heat.
Under the Merdeka Bridge (Merdeka means “Independence” in Malay) are the Waterways Watch Society and the Water Sports Centre. Indeed a great use of space and excellent location. Outside the Water Sports Centre, a group of girls were warming up, I supposed they were getting ready for their canoeing session.
Instead of walking up the Merdeka Bridge to the Sports Hub, I decided to continue exploring the Kallang Riverside Park.
As I walked, I reached the Kallang Riverside Park and Biodiversity Pond. This Pond is set up to teach students about the nature by the Waterways Watch Society. A very nice environment. Indeed the National Parks Board is doing a good job enhancing community and healthy living.
There are also outdoor exercise equipment being set up along the Kallang River bank with a nice view of the National Stadium. Very well thought.
As the weather was getting really hot and I could feel the heat burning my skin, I decided to stop exploring the Park and walked back to the Merdeka Bridge to cross over to the Singapore Sports Hub.
After crossing the Merdeka Bridge, I reached the Singapore Sports Hub. Completed another 12 km walk-a-jog. The weather was super hot. Got myself a drink from Kallang Wave Mall next to the Singapore Sports Hub while waiting for my friend to pick me for lunch.
We drove to Chinatown and had one of my favourite soy sauce chicken noodle and dumpling soup for lunch from Chiew Kee Eating House along the Upper Cross Street. I enjoyed the soya sauce chicken noodle there as the food they serve taste like home cooked food and the uncle there speaks Cantonese, makes me feel at home. We usually order two plain noodles, a plate of chicken for two and a bowl of dumpling soup for two.
There is another soy sauce chicken noodle store down the road that is owned by the sibling. What we gathered is that the one we were at is the original store and the one opened by the sibling is the number one store. Anyhow, will try the noodle at the other store when we next visit Chinatown.
After lunch, we check out the Lunar New Year decoration. This coming Lunar Year is the Year of the Rooster, the tenth in the Chinese Zodiac which will start on the 28 January 2017. Pray that the Year of the Rooster will be a good year for all.
I had a nice morning walk exploring a part of Singapore for the first time, followed by a nice and simple lunch. Life is good. 🙂
Location: Along Kallang Road, Stadium Road and Crawford Street
Getting there: A 10-minute walk from Kallang MRT station and 8-minute walk from Lavender MRT station
Park size: 7 hectares
Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am
Accessibility info: Generally wheelchair accessible except for certain parts of the park
For more information, go to https://www.nparks.gov.sg/
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