It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year! While many families in Singapore gathered for reunions and gossip, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a leisure walk to the nearby Ang Mo Kio – Bishan Park. It is a large park that divides two central Singapore estates, Ang Mo Kio and Bishan.
We tagged along my friend Joanna who lives in Ang Mo Kio.
This is how an SBS Transit double decker bus looks like in 2014.
The Skyvue condo which is being constructed in Bishan. It is scheduled to be completed by 2017 and will feature a rooftop swimming pool bridge! Grabe nsa Singapore heartland ito.
We do our groceries at Giant (behind Bishan’s Junction 8). It is located inside this building.
These awesome “SAM” or “AXS” machines allow you to pay your bills, print your movie tickets, top-up (re-load) your EZ Link (Bus/MRT/etc.) cards, among other many USEFUL things which if installed in the Philippines’ could cost many people their jobs! You basically use the touch screen to access your desired product and then the machine can scan your bill. You pay by inserting your ATM card (say, POSB) and keying in the PIN. Ang galing.
We were on our way to the MRT to meet up with Joanna. I pass by this newsstand almost every day. Even these newspaper stands have their own CCTV cameras. Apparently, even with the CCTVs, uso ngayon ang nakawan sa Bishan (shop theft lang naman, but kahit yun super parusa dito).
We met Joanna at the MRT (she lives just one station away) then started our walk to the River Plains portion of Ang Mo Kio – Bishan Park.
Here are some of the newer Bishan HDB flats which lie to the northwest of the estate. Bishan itself is only a 15-minute MRT ride from downtown areas like Orchard. Flats here are usually more expensive because of it’s good location. Since we moved to Bishan, we have been able to achieve that work-life balance that people need here. Our commutes our shorter which means more time to cook, eat, and cuddle.
OMG yes we did wear a couple shirt today. This is something I normally wouldn’t do but it was Lunar New Year okay!
We have reached our destination, Ang Mo Kio – Bishan Park:
This creek is artificial because it used to be a boring flat ass canal. The landscape magicians converted it into this gorgeous water basin complete with little fishes.
The park itself splits the two estates and gives the surrounding communities a lovely area to walk, jog, fly kites and eat McDonalds cheeseburgers. As you can see in the photos… HDBs are neatly lined up along the edges giving you the feeling of walking perhaps at NYC Central Park.
Safety is a priority in Singapore. They have these signs along the creek.
You can cross the creek at certain portions.
Lightning in Singapore is quite fierce. They have warning lights and sirens at the park that activate when a thunderstorm storm is approaching.
This expanse of green is a relief for the eyes. You can enjoy looking at the sky all day.
A view towards Ang Mo Kio.
There’s a McDonald’s restaurant that caters to visitors of this park.
The park has plenty of benches and seats. This one particular type of seat (pictured below with Neil on it) is perfect for putting your feet up for a stretch.
Not only HDBs line the park but also condominiums like this one.
Joanna went for a quick jog but was forced to stop when her shoes gave up!
Ang Mo Kio – Bishan Park (River Plains) is a great place to go jogging or for having a picnic.