New Dining Hideout and Prawn Fishing at Punggol Tebing Lane

Secret Dinning and Prawn Fishing Place @ Punggol Tebing Lane

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This new setup at Tebing Lane is still a hideout and unknown eating place for most of us.   I had driven pass the place a couples of time but did not realize of its existence until I read a report about it recently on the newspaper.   So armed with my trusted pocket camera (Lumix TZ-3), I searched for the place again this week.   Now, after reading this article, you’ll know the secret hideout too!

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One of the main reason why it is a hideout is that it is not visible from the main road.  There are no obvious sign that tell you there is a happening place right by the side of the new Punggol estate.

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At the heart of the hideout, are the Prawn Fishing Ponds.   It reminds me of the other prawn fishing place at Ang Mo Kio.   However, here seems neater and cleaner which could be because it is new.

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There are BBQ pits that you could immediately cook what you have caught which is rather convenient.   I saw the “prize” that one person had caught and the prawns are really big and lively!

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What I like most about this place is that it is located just next to the river.   The view is fantastic and only a few eateries in Singapore have such nice setting except those along the coastal area and Clarke/River Quay.   However, unlike those areas, here is relatively peaceful and close to the nature!  There is a nice jogging track along the river which is linking to many parts of the Punggol town.  I’m sure be back to check out this track. There are a few nice restaurants  at this hideout such as the Xian Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Shin Nichi (新日) Japanese restaurant, Popeyes and Frienzie Bistro & Bar.

 

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Just like most typical Singaporean,  I went for the most popular restaurant which has the most patrons.  So we ended up eating at the Uncle Leong Seafood Restaurant.

 

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As the name suggests, the restaurant is famous for crabs and seafood.  The outdoor seatings will be quite nice with the evening breeze and the sunset view.  

We ordered the Chilli crabs ($40 – around $45/kg) , a deep-fried garoupa ($30), craypot toufu and a few fried buns to go with the chilli crabs sauces. Total damage  is around $110.

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How to Go There

MRT/LRT The nearest MRT Station is Punggol and the nearest LRT station is Riviera.  Take to Punggol MRT and change to Riviera station via LRT.

BUS There are few bus services 3, 83, 85, 85# and 569 stopping by Punggol East and Opposite Blk 166A.  Bus Stop no: B65239.

BY CAR Drive along Punggol East and when you see KFC on the right, slow down.  The next junction, you will see the Sheng Jia Temple.   Make a left turn into Punggol Tebing Lane.  The hideout  is located nearby and has the prominent @ Punggol sign at the entrance.  There are 2 carparks which you can park your car.

 

Location

Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk Prawn fishing

Tebing Lane, Singapore 828849

Opening Hours

 

 

For Prawn fishing

Operating Hours: 24 hours for Prawn and crab fishing
Operating Hours: For Patin Fishing 7.00pm – 3.00am Daily
(inclusive of Eves, Public Holidays and Weekends)

 

 

Labrador Nature Reserve Park – Part 1

Labrador Park – Part 1

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There is no better time to introduce to you this nice park than now as  it is more convenience to get there than ever.  With the new opening of the circle line MRT station named after this park, there should be more reasons to visit it.  2011-09-28-663

Labrador Nature Reserve (拉柏多自然保护区), is more affectionately known as the Labrador Park (拉柏多公园) locally. Labrador Park is a beautiful Nature Reserve which deserves more attention. The first time that I visited this park was around 20 years ago and many things have changed since that time to make this Park a more friendly and nicer place to visit. However, it still retains the old historical charm and a sense of mystery (like the Secret Tunnels hidden somewhere).

Labrador Park is unique in Singapore as it is the only rocky sea-cliff on the mainland that is accessible to the public.   It always make me wonder why this piece of gem has not become a popular place of interests despite its uniqueness and its rich natural wonders.   For this reason, I would like to promote this Park to all my readers and hope that you could (re-)discover the beauty and bring your family to enjoy this piece of Singapore treasure and Singapore Past.

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I could not think of another Park that is opened to the public which has both the sea and the hill co-located side by side.  Can you?  Generally in Singapore, you could find parks which are close to the sea or close to the hill/mountain, but not both!   So this Park is really unique!  As the park is quite big, I would introduce the park to you in 2 parts.  The first part will be covering the areas closes to the sea and the second part will cover the areas in the hill.

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The park offers a picturesque view of the sea.  I love coming here to catch the smell of the sea and hearing the rush of the sea waves against the rocks.   You could easily relax yourselves with the sound of the sea and the serenity of the surroundings that the Park offers.

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Whenever, I visit to the Park, it is always peaceful and exceptionally quiet, except for the occasional weekends.  Maybe it is because of the lack of promotion for this Park or could be the inconvenience of accessing this Park without a vehicle, that it is not that crowded.   Of course, being less crowded has its advantage of being more a escape from the crowd place and a place where you could getting closer to the inner self easily.

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In the morning, this Park is frequent by some people who come here to do their morning exercises such as jogging, tai-chi, qi-gong and walking.   The air is fresh and the Park is sheltered from the direct sun heat by the many large trees planted along the paths.

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Or you may choose to come here just to read your daily newspaper, meditate or have a short nap pampered by the cooling sea breeze. Sleepy

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2011-09-28-667One interesting structure in the Park is the wooden poles that is elected near the playground.  It is actually a maze and children would love to have a try to find their way out of this maze.   On top of that, it is also  a good spot to take people photos with interesting composition.   Try it, the next time you are there.  Walk the maze and take photos with people in between the poles.

 

 

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For the children, the main attraction must be the playground.   The playground is built on top of a big sandpit and children could go down the various slides and build their sandcastle there as well.

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For me, this jetty is my favorite or used to be (as it is now closed).  2011-09-28-645The jetty was originally used to transfer shipment of liquid petroleum to and from a petroleum refinery near Tanjong Berlayer from 1962 to 1997.   The National Park Board refurbished the Jetty and opened it to public in Dec 1999.   Whenever I visit this park, I would try to walk to the end of the park, enter the gate that lead to the rocky shore and get on to the Jetty.   It offers an excellent vantage point to view the sea and the coastlines.  It used to be a favorite spot for fishing too.   When you are at the end of the Jetty, you could easily spot lots of  fishes swimming under the Jetty.   It was still open to public beginning of this year but now, there is a notice that says “For public safety, we have closed the Rocky Shore and Jetty.”   What a pity!  I hope it is not forever.

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At least, my next most favorite spot, Red Beacon or the mini-lighthouse, is still there!  You 2011-09-28-747could not get into the Red Beacon’s interior as it is fenced up. However, this is the most popular spot to take photos.   I could usually find some tourists and visitors have their photos taken using this as a backdrop.   From here, you could view clearly the Singapore popular playground – Sentosa!    You could see clearly Fort Siloso at Sentosa just directly across the sea.

 

 

 

 

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Sitting quietly opposite the Red Beacon is a war relic which is of the remnants of World War II.  This used to be one of the coastal machine gun bunker to fortify the defense against enemy landing from the sea.   It was built to guard 12-pounder guns on the hill right above. Now the entrance to the bunker was sealed but you could imagine how hot and cramped it used to be in there. 2011-09-28-786 Further left to the machine gun bunker is another historical landmark.  It was known for centuries by local Malays as “Batu Belayar” (Sailing Rock).  In Chinese it is known as “Long Ya Men” (龙牙门 – Dragon’s Teeth Gate) because of the shape of the shape of the rock resemble the teeth of a dragon.    It was a famous hideout for pirate back then and used as a navigational landmark and guides for vessels and sailors passing through the narrow channel.  
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If you look to the left from the historical  Rock, you could see the modern skyline of Singapore and the going to completed up-classed residence – Reflections at Keppel Bay.

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Moving forward, you will see a multi-purpose hall or Event Area for organizing event and which also houses the Park’s toilet. 2011-09-28-825 Along the coastline, you could occasionally find some people trying their luck to catch fishes.

 

 

 

 

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The coastline is quiet and beautiful.   It will be wonderful stroll for family enjoying a morning or evening walk along this nice promenade with the sea breeze blowing. 2011-09-28-844 Opposite the Multi-Purpose Hall is the Labrador Seafood Restaurant.  Any one try this before?    
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To my surprise, there is a “Resort” or hotel just across the Labrador Seafood Restaurant.   It looks to me more like a make-shift kind of accommodation.  Previously, here is a army camp and has been converted into hotel rooms.   I saw many tourist buses and many tourists from China.  Even most of the staffs are from China, I guess they are focusing on China’s tourists.   It is called the “City Beach Resort”.  The amenities should be quite basic but since it is close to the park and the beach, might be a good resort for some.

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To the far end of the Labrador Park is another Jetty.  However, it is currently being renovated and extended.   I assume this will connect to the other side of Keppel Bay and form a long walkway along the coast in the future. In this 1st part of the article, I cover the coastal area and will cover the Cliff’s/Hill’s area in part of 2 of the article soon.   Hope I had done my job to promote and let you re-discover the Park.   Do bring your family to this Park when you are free!

You might also want to visit As the following places of interest are nearby, you may want to combined your trip with any of the followings:

Hort Park

Mount Faber

Kent Ridge Park

Vivo City Shopping Mall

Sentosa

 

 Main Attractions in the Park

Children playground
War relics
Lookout Points
BBQ Pits

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Admission Fees

FREE!

 

 

Location

Labrador Villa Road 119187


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Getting There

By Car or Taxi

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Driving along the Pasir Panjang Road or Telok Blangah Road, stop at the cross road in front of the PSA Building, turn into Labrador Villa Road (you will see a furniture shop on your left)  and drive to the car park in front of the sea.   At the starting of the Labrador Villa Road, it used to be a hawker center and has many nice Malay stalls.  Now the hawker center is gone!

By Bus 2011-09-28-873In front of the PSA Building – SBS Bus No. 10, 30, 30e, 51, 143, 175, 176, 188.  Walk along the road leading to the Park for around 10mins. From Harbour Front Interchange, take Bus 408, take you right to the doorstep of the entrance of the Park.

 

 

 

By MRT

 

 

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Now there is a new station which is Labrador Park MRT Station (CC27) on the newly opened Circle Line.  Walk along the Labrador Villa Road for around 10mins to reach the Park.

Official Website

Labrador Nature Reserve

Punggol Reservoir And SengKang Floating Wetland

Punggol Reservoir and SengKang Floating Wetland

Do you know there is a new reservoir and wetland in the North-eastern part of Singapore?  Now, residents in the Punggol and Sengkang area can enjoy water sports in a scenic reservoir in the near future with the opening of the Sengkang Floating Wetland on 7th Nov 2010.

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Punggol Reservoir is the 16th reservoir out of a total of currently 17 reservoirs in Singapore.   The name of Punggol Reservoir is a bit misleading as it is situated right at the SengKang estate, shouldn’t it be more aptly called the SengKang Reservoir? I don't know smile

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Anyway, built on the Punggol reservoir is our Singapore’s largest man-made floating wetland.  It is roughly the size of half a football field.

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The SengKang Floating Wetland links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park via a boardwalk and a bridge.

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The wetland is home to about 18 plant species that have been chosen 08012011446for both their cleansing and aesthetic properties. Besides beautifying the reservoir, the plants will help keep the water clean.   These plants take in nutrients and pollutants through their roots, cleansing the water naturally.

 

 

 

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The wetland also provides a habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. Since the wetland was completed, more birds and dragonflies have been spotted at the reservoir.   For nature lovers, this is another venue to get closer to nature. Turtle

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Sengkang Floating Wetland is designed with a “fruit” theme with mangosteen pavilion and orange seats.   It could be a fun to sit on oranges and hide inside the mangosteen for children.

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Schools in the area, such as Fernvale Primary School and Anchor Green Primary School, have adopted the wetland and will help to keep it clean.

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The Anchorvale CC management committee is working closely with the People’s Association Water-Venture to set up a water sports activities centre at the reservoir.  Some of the water activities will include canoeing and dragon boating.  However, no fishing is allowed in this reservoir. 08012011424The Sengkang Floating Wetlands is easily accessible on a broadwalk that links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park. For many visitors they will be amazed by the fact that Sengkang has this kind of beautiful natural scenery.  Whenever I visit it, it is always fill with people coming here to jog, cycle, exercising or having a family outing.   Now we have another community area which is clean, pleasant and bustling with life and activity.   From here, I usually will visit the SengKang Riverside Park or the SengKang Swimming Pool at the same time.

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Nearby Attractions

You might also want to visit As the following places of interest are nearby, you may want to combined your trip with any of the followings:

SengKang Swimming Pool

Sengkang Recreation Club/Anchorvale Community Club

Flying Kites

Roti Prata at Jalan Jayu

 SengKang Riverside Park

Punggol Park

 

Opening Hours

24 hours but park lightning 7am to 7pm.

Admission

Free

Location

Anchorvale Street abutting Sungei Punggol

 

Map


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Getting There

By MRT/LRT

From the at Sengkang MRT(NE16) station take the LRT Route West to Farmway station walk for 5 to 10 minutes towards Anchorvale CC.

By Bus Bus Services: take bus number 323 from SengKang Bus Terminal.  Alight when you see the Anchorvale CC.

By Car 24042010286There are parking lots along the road on the SengKang riverside, limited parking lots at the Anchorvale CC and also a parking area within the SengKang Riverside Park.

 

 

 

 

Singapore Quarry

Singapore Quarry – A Hidden Treasure

 

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Singapore Quarry is not a common and popular place of attraction for the locals as well as for tourist.   The stigma of a being a quarry does not really make people excited.   I had the same thinking and have not even thought of visiting it until last month.   After the visit, it had changed my view quite dramatically although I would still not regard it too much as an exciting place.  BUT to me, this place is a hidden treasure.   A treasure that I hope more people would come to know and that is why I am sharing this with you now.

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It was on a cloudy morning that I trekked along the windy Dairy Farm route to this end destination.   It was drizzling and I was the only person in the entire quarry.   I guess it was the raining effect as well as being the only soul in this quiet place that made my memory of this place so special.   It was in total serenity and the only sounds are the music composed by crickets and other insects, chirping of birds,  as well as the tapping of the rain.

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P1030853It was a special moment for me as I have not been to any other places in Singapore that allows me to soak in immensely the peace and beauty of the nature silently – just by myself, alone, calm and out of this world.The Quarry is located quite deep in from the main road which means it is further away from civilization and noise and getting closer to mother nature.  I have spotted two families of monkey crossing the path,jumping from branch to branch and the various kinds of birds. The path leading to the Quarry does not give clue of the beauty of that you will see at the end of the path.

 

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Maybe I was just having a very low expectation of the place, ,it wow me when I first saw the beautiful platform which protrude out into the open lake and meet my eyes with the magnificent quarry and breathtaking scenery.   It could also be the effect of the huge contrast of the sand path that lead to here.   You could see from the first photo that the water is so still that the whole quarry is reflected and mirrored on the water which forms an interesting subject for photography.

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History of the Singapore Quarry 

Singapore Quarry is one of two quarries in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that was once an active quarrying site.  The Commission of Enquiry into Granite Resources and Nature Reserves recommended the closure of the Quarry in 1960 due to concerns of the danger of falling rocks.    However, it continues operation until late 1980s and had been abandoned until recently redeveloped into a tourist site.

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Good Escape From City Life  If you love to embrace nature and escape the madness of city life (at least temporary), Singapore Quarry is the place to visit alone.   I came back to Singapore Quarry again last weekend.  This time, with my family.   It was an educational tour as well as an opportunity to enjoy solitude and to be close to nature.   It is really a hidden treasure for those who looking are for tranquil places in Singapore.

You might also want to visit

As the following places of interest are nearby, you may want to combined your trip with any of the followings:
  Dairy Farm Park
  Bukit Timah Reserve and Bukit Timah Hill
  The Rail Mall

Facilities Available in the Park

   Shelter and observation post

 Opening Hours

24 hours but park lightning 7am to 7pm.

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Admission Fees

Free

 Location

Located off Dairy Farm Road in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Near to Jalan Asas.   Map

Toilet

NONE!!!    The nearest at The Rail Mall.

Getting There 

There are 2 ways to get to the Singapore Quarry.   One is from the Diary Farm Park and it takes around 30mins walk as now there is some detour along the route. It is not the easiest route for family as it entails going up and down stairs and a long walk for children. I am showing you an easier and much faster way to get there via Jalan Asas from the Rail Mall.   By Bus Bus Services: take bus number 67, 75, 170, 171, 178, 184, 961, 961C and alight at The Rail Mall and continue the rest by walking (see by walking).   By Car Drive along Bukit Timah to reach The Rail Mail. There are parking lots at the private carpark meant for the mall-patrons and also along the Jalan Asas.   Continue the rest by walking (see by walking).

By Walking

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Once you are at the Rail Mall, head towards the Jalan Asas which is on the right turn after the carpark.  (See the MAP above, indicated by “A”)When you come to the end of the road, you will see these houses and a house-temple at the end.  There should be signboard that leads you to the Singapore Quarry.  P1020785 From here it is about 10mins walk to the Singapore Quarry.  At the end of the path, you will see the signboard on the left, which means you reach your destination.

Poh Ern Shih Temple 报恩寺

Kew Hua San Poh Ern Shih 九华山报恩寺

 

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Poh Ern Shih (Temple of Thanksgiving) is a relatively less popular Buddhist temple in Singapore partly because it is new and partly it is located at a relatively “remote” part of Singapore.   Even lesser known to most Singaporean, is the fact that the traditional temple is actually high-tech, eco-friendly embracing the green movement with various renewable energy features and it is also elderly-friendly !!!

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Poh Ern Shih is located on a small hilltop at Chwee Chian Road and off Pasir Panjang Road.   It was built as a memorial for those sacrifice of the Allied and Japanese soldiers as well as the innocent villagers who perished during the Battle of Pasir Panjang during World War II in 1942.  Its first abbot,  an American Theravadin monk, was the first Westerner to be the abbot of a Buddhist temple in Singapore. In 2003, the old temple was demolished and rebuild to meet its expansion needs, with its office wing completed in April 2007 under its first phase of completion. The second phase of the temple was completed in late 2008, featuring a new Main Ksitigarbha Prayer Hall as well as a Guanyin Meditation Hall with lapis lazuli statues and a 7-storey stupa.

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When I look from the outside, Poh Ern Shih just appears to me as a traditionally palatial temple. It is grand and white, with yellow crystalline globes illuminating its white washed parapets and stairways. However internally, it is designed with high tech eco-friendly fixtures. The temple takes advantage of Singapore’s abundant sunlight by having three different kinds of solar energy cells on its rooftop. The solar panels help to heat their water and power their lights. The architects have also taken advantage of the temple’s windy location, putting wind turbines in place to generate electricity.

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More impressively, rainwater collected from the roof is used to irrigate the temple grounds.  The rainwater also pass through hydro-electric generators and purifiers to create sustainable energy and potable water. The electricity generated are used for charging the batteries of in-house motorized wheelchairs. In line with the aim to make use of renewable resources, the furniture in Poh Ern Shih for its resident monastics is made from bamboo which is considered to one of the most ecologically friendly materials.

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What I like most about this temple is the tranquility of its surrounding and its Wall of the Golden Buddhas.   When you walk into the temple, walk up the uphill slope and you could see many Golden Buddhas lined on the wall of the slope which is very impressive and something you should see if you visit this temple.  If you are lucky and visit it at night, you may see different colors lighting up the 7-storey stupa beautifully on certain nights.

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How To Get There?

By MRT

Currently, the nearest MRT station (CC29) is Harbour Front.  From the MRT, go to the bus stop and take a bus to the temple.

By Bus

After getting out of the Harbour Front MRT, proceed to the bus stop outside and along the VivoCity,  take bus 30, 10 and 143.  If you are boarding from other places,  other bus available are: 51, 176, 188 and 175.  Alight after PSA Wharves G3 which is around 8-9 stops away from VivoCity.  Cross over the road and walk up the Chwee Chian Road towards the temple which is around 200m away. By Car If you drive along Pasir Panjang Road towards the direction of VivoCity, look out for the tourist signboard of the temple.  Drive up Chwee Chian Road  and park along the road outside the temple which has limited parking lots.

By Transport Provided

From what I find out from their website, there are Transport Provide On Every Sunday at the following location:

  1. Blk 324 Clementi(4 Trips) 9.30am,10.00am,10.30am,11.00am
  2. Harbour Front ,Vivo City(2 Trips) 11.30am,12pm

*(The bus will not wait for passengers, please try to get to these pick-up points before the timing stated above)

Location

9 Chwee Chian Road Singapore 117488

Map: 

Location of Poh Ern Shih

 

 

Contacts

Tel: 6474 3926

Fax: 6473 7098

Toilet

Available in the temple

Official Website

 Poh Ern Shih

Source: wikipedia

SengKang Riverside Park

SengKang Riverside Park – A BIG Hit Soon

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I have visited SengKang Riverside Park twice continuously in last both weekends with my family and it quickly become my family’s favorite list of places to visit.   The SengKang Riverside Park is relatively new but has many integrated concept that other older parks lack of.    It was these “ingredients” in this park that I bet will make it a hit for the outdoor fun seekers and attracted happy returns for many including me.

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Sengkang Riverside Park is made up of 3 land parcels situated alongside Sungei Punggol River.  These three areas are divided as the Visitor Centre, Civic Event Lawn and one that Durians and Chiku plants could be found.   The different land parcel is designed to provide different experience to visitors by locating different spaces and activities according to the existing terrain.  The integration with the River (which is not fully developed yet) means that it has the potential to be the next great venue for water sports activities and water performances in the near future.

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My family loved the Visitor Centre Plot the most and I guess this will be where it will attract most visitors as well.   This brand-new Visitor Centre has a distinctive curved roof that turns heads of drivers passing by and under the roof held a huge hall.   In the early morning, you can see many groups of people using this hall for group activities such as aerobics, yoga, Tai-Chi and other exercises.

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If you are running out of time, here is the best place to get started as here is the most scenic part of the part.   There are many activities that you could do from here such as cycling, , various workouts, flying kites, picnics, photography or just enjoying a quiet scrolls in the park.  As the parks had many great long downhill slope, this is an ideal place for rollerblading, skateboarding and waveboarding as my kids quickly found out.

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For my kids, they love the ponds the most.   The reason being that there are so many fishes and turtles that are waiting to be fed.   For others, this will be an ideal place to take many beautiful photos to bring back the nice memory.  My kids loved to feed fish and turtles and we used to drive to Botanical Garden to enjoy this activity but now we found a place which is more peaceful with lesser people and much easier to find a parking lot.    You could see people coming prepared with lots of bread and fish food to just enjoy feeding the hungry fishes and turtle in the ponds.

A word of warning:  No Fishing allowed!   As there are a few separate ponds in the park, there are plenty of spaces to share this activity.    You will find little cute sparrows hopping around catching the crumbs that are left on the ground.  My kids enjoy and love feeding them too!

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Although the Park is located in a busy town, it is far enough away from the noise and busy life.  The park effuses a sense of rejuvenation with its endless green lawns.  In the morning and evening, cool breezes will rush to greet you as you take the daily walk or jog and provide a great place to recharge yourselves.  There are edible fruit trees planted at the Mango Hilltop, Citrus Grove and Pineapple Valley which could serve as an educational tour for many. Connected by a underground pass under the bridges the Durian zone and the Chiku Grove can be accessible from the Visitor Center.  Under the bridge is another kind of scenery that is not common in city life.  The river separated the park from the Sengkang Community Center and provide the future venue for water sports.

 

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When you cross over the underpass, there is another part of the park that is planted with Chiku, durians and Longan.   On top of the hill is a shed that overlook the park.

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The other land parcel is the Civic Event Lawn is a ideal location for large scale school/corporate events ranging from marathons to family days and carnivals. Some parts of the Park is still developing and given enough time, this will become a popular park for many families.  As this is a new park, trees are too small to provide much shade and you may find it unpleasant to visit during noon.  Until then, be among the first few (now you get to know this place) to enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the park before it get too crowded.

Nearby Attractions

 

You might also want to visit As the following places of interest are nearby, you may want to combined your trip with any of the followings:

SengKang Swimming Pool

Sengkang Recreation Club/Anchorvale Community Club

Flying Kites

Roti Prata at Jalan Jayu

SengKang Riverside Park

Punggol Park

 SengKang Floating Wetland and Punggol Reservoir

 

 

Facilities Available in the Park
   Ponds

   Jogging/Cycling Tracks

  Activity plaza

  Drinks Vending Machine
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Opening Hours 24 hours but park lightning 7am to 7pm.

Admission

Free

 

Location

Anchorvale Street abutting Sungei Punggol

 

 

Map


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Toilet

Clean and available at the Visitor Center.   01052010300

Getting There

By MRT/LRT

From the at Sengkang MRT(NE16) station take the LRT Route West to Farmway station walk for 5 to 10 minutes towards Sungei Punggol.

By Bus

Bus Services: take bus number 323 from SengKang Bus Terminal.

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By Car

There are parking lots along road and also a parking area within the Park.   Currently the parking is free within the park.

 

 

 

Punggol Park

Punggol Park

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If you live near Hougang, Sengkang or Punggol, you may already visited this family orientated park with many facilities cater for family leisure.  Although the name is Punggol Park, it is located at Hougang and is popular with the residences staying nearby.  It is one of those quiet parks that you could find in the middle of a busy town.  There are open lawn areas for picnics and kite flying, a fitness equipment  area and many wooded area for leisurely strolls.

The park has two distinctive zones, i.e, the Southern Active Zone where the features for major activities are provided, and the densely forested area in the north of the pond, which forms the “Passive Zone” where one can engage in passive form of recreation. 16012010026 The Park size is 16 hectare and in the centre is a 5 hectare pond.  The pond is the central of attraction but the water is not very clean  and not well maintained.  However, you might find some people fishing at certain time of the day.   And the ponds enhances the beauty and serenity of the park with its photographic reflection on the water.

 

 
This park buzzes with life in the early morning  and in the late evening with people gathering at the Plaza practicing TaiChi and people jogging around the pond.  It is quite a nice park to visit which is away from the busy city life.  Although it is surrounded by streets, at the inner park you could still find tranquility and the beautiful scenery in the park cast a strong contrast against the backdrop of housing apartments.

 

 

 

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Near the carpark, there is a nice restaurant where you can either choose al-fresco dining by the water edge or air-conditioned meals at sit-down tables sipping coffee or cooling off with beer or enjoying the scenery with a bottle of wine. I visited this park occasionally to jog around the pond and my kids will play at the children playground.   Tips:  Take photos against the beautiful background of long weeds around the pond produce good results.  Remember not to include the buildings and your photo will look great.

You might also want to visit

As the following places of interest are nearby, you may want to combined your trip with any of the followings:

Facilities Available in the Park

    Barbecue pits
    Children’s playground
    restaurant/ cafe – Bliss Restaurant
    Fitness corner/exercise station
    Jogging path/ running track
    Pond

Opening Hours

24 hours but lighting hours from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am

Admission Fees

FREE!

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Location

Junction of Hougang Avenue 8 and 10

Toilet

Two public toilets In the premises.

Getting There

By Car Carparks are available at the entrance of the park at Hougang Avenue 8.  However, the carpark is very very small and you will not get a lot most of the time.  Park at the open public carpark across the road at Hougang avenue 8.

By Bus
Hougang Ave 8:        74, 119, 62, 147, 113
Hougang Ave 10:      88, 119, 80, 82, 87, 89

 

Kampong Fishing – Kid’s Kampong

Kid Fishing at Kid’s Kampong

 

 

 

My children love to catch fish the Kampong way, that is, to catch with a net, a pail and catching them in a drain. Now a day, there is only one small Kampong (Village in Malay) left in Singapore and very few children are catching fish in the kampong way as life becomes more affluent. There are safer and more hygiene way of doing it and one of these places that my kids and me went recently is the Kid’s Kampong.

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The Kid’s Kampong actually started already in 1997 at the Pasir Ris Park but was shifted to the current new location at the Pasir Ris Farmway 1 in 2005. For those who have been to the Pasir Ris Park back then will remember the small kampong that provides lots of fun for the children.

The main attraction to this Kid’s Kampong is you get a taste of the tranquil, simple and quiet atmosphere of the Kampong lifestyle. The place is quite deep in from the main road and the setup is quite rural and authentic of a real kampong. Of course, the main activity that attracts us there is the LongKang Fishing. However, there are many other Kampong activities that you can participate as well such as feeding the Kampong pets and play the kampong games.

The Kid’s Kampong is divided into a few stations that you can have different activities. P1050652The main station is for catching or scooping small fishes in the drain using a small net and a plastic bucket. The water in the drain is clean und clear with many different kind of “drain” fishes swimming in there. “Drain fish” like guppies are released into drains, built around a huge pavilion, which serves as the “fishing pond” for anglers. My kids were having fun and managed to catch 2 buckets full of fish. It may look easy to catch as there are many fish in the drain as compared to many other fishing places. However, when you tried to catch them they swam away with lightning speed. I have tried to help my son to catch some and end up perspiring and having backache by bending my body and chasing the fish up and down the winding drain. I did not managed to catch a lot of fish but get a thrill of kampong fishing.

 

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This is the one fishing spot where kids can have their fair share of the catch of the day. No wonder it is a big draw for children. Children get to keep their treasures at the end of the their hard work. I guess the difficult part is to keep the fishes alive as they are known to die easily after bring them home. So your kids must be “educated” and know this in advance to prevent any possible heartache.

 

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P1050624There is the feeding area where you can feed the bigger fish, chicks, hamsters, rabbits and geese. There is also tortoise pond and some chickens. It is a place highly recommend for your kids during their holidays or weekends. For parents, you can get a taste of Kampong life and you may even get back some flashes of your childhood memory if you ever lived in a kampong. Your child and even yourselves will have a great outdoor activities and will enjoy the day.

It is educational, fun and enjoyable outdoor place for the whole family to visit.

 

Time spent

1- 2 hours. 1 hour for kids fishing. Rest of time visit the other stations such as feeding pets. Enjoy a cup of drink or coffee and ice-cream at the kampong cafe.


Day to visit

Any non-raining day. Morning is best as the sun is not so hot as it is a outdoor activity.

Combined with: Pasir Ris Park.


Opening Hours

9am to 6pm – Every day.

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For kids who want to do the fishing is $11 for an hour. It includes a plastic bucket, a small fishing net, a bottle of mineral water and a free ice cream. You can reuse the bucket and fish-net the next time you re-visit, so you can pay less for future visit. Pay $1 for a packet of feeding fish food. $3 for line fishing.
For visitors who are just watching, admission is free.


Location

No 11, Pasir Ris Farmway 1, Aqua Fauna Centre, Singapore 519355


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Getting There

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From Pasir Ris bus Interchange, Take bus service number 88 or 359. Alight at Pasir Ris Drive 12, (Stop Number: 77261) which is the 6th stop (Include Interchange). Walk another 7 minutes before you reach Aqua Fauna Centre. Follow the road signboard to get there.

 
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From TPE, exit into Pasir Ris Dr 12. Go straight till end of Dr 12, you will pass by a prominent building (SSMC Factory). At the bend, turn left into FARMWAY 1. There are available carparks in front of the Kampong. Parking is FREE. Follow the road signboard to get there.

 
Toilet

In the main building there is a sign-board showing where it is.

Contacts

Phone: (+65) 6583 9030
Fax: (+65) 6583 8030
Email: kidskpg@singnet.com.sg
Official Website Paris Ris Kid’s Kampong

 

 

Tiong Bahru Park and Playground

Tiong Bahru Park Playground

 

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General Surroundings and Scenery

Tiong Bahru Park provides a good playground which meets most of the recreational needs your family members.  It  has 3.9-hectare and has a livelier atmosphere after its facelift.   You could see many children playing in the playground and people jogging in the parks during early morning and late evening.

Tilt Train

The iconic tilting train in the adventure playground will provide park is of better shade, more greenery and cool for visitors. They can also have their exercises and workouts and foot reflexology here.

The park is littered with mostly Palm trees which only adds a visual appeal and the older and more shady Rain trees still preserved within the park. There are also quite a handful of shelters distributed evenly around the park in the even of a downpour.

History

Tiong Bahru Park is a public park between Henderson, Bulit Merah and Lower Delta Road in Singapore. First developed around 1967, it combines with a nursery site in 1977 and in 2000, it was redeveloped to give it an image which suited the theme of ‘Old frame, New images.’

Tiong Bahru Park had been around for a long time even with it’s previous face-lift and the introduction of Gan Eng Seng Secondary next door, taking a large chunk of it’s old land area and introducing a dedicated soccer field. The place started off as left over land from a sewage plant only to converted into a dedicated park a long time back.

Things to Do

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Besides catering to families and children with a large playing field and commendably well built playground, the elderly also have their own fair share of facilities such as ample sitting benches and foot massage stone walkers, not to mention wheelchair accessible toilets as well.

Facilities Available

Drinking fountain, Pond Pavilion, Foot reflexology footpath, Fitness corner/ stations & Fitness equipments/ exercise station

Getting There

Take a 5 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT Station (EW17).  Alternatively, you can take bus Services no. 33, 32, 608, 16, 63, 64 (Bus stop at Tiong Bahru Road), and bus Services no. 14, 32, 64, 65, 608, 855 (at Lower Delta Road).

Location

Bounded by Henderson Rd, Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road

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