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Visiting Pasir Ris Town Park and Pasir Ris Park

I wanted to escape the house earlier and visit two parks in neighboring Pasir Ris. Bus 15 from opposite Temasek Poly makes a few stops in Tampines before ending its journey across the TPE at Pasir Ris Bus Interchange.

From the interchange, I followed the crowds around these construction barriers to reach the entrance of Pasir Ris Town Park.

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The entrance to the park
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This modern hawker centre in Pasir Ris opened in 2018.
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These are the reminders that are posted at the entrances of all parks in Singapore.
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Curious, I wanted to take a look at what’s inside the hawker centre.
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The first level has your usual Singapore favorites. The second level has “hipster” and fusion.
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These seat signs are everywhere.
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Treating myself to a local favorite… lime juice! Perfect against the island’s humidity.
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Back to the town park… I got in right at sunset!
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Wearing dry-fit for the weather.
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Pasir Ris Town Park has a marine or fishing pond.
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I think this would be a great place to grab a beer!
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Like virtually all parks in Singapore, they easily connect with the HDB apartments.
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One of my favorite things about Singapore is the close proximity between living spaces and parks.
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You’ll notice that several people are fishing on a relaxing Saturday evening.
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Not pictured… the many joggers on the footpaths.
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Pasir Ris is a coastal town known for its recreational resorts. The town has a very nautical theme.
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The abundance of green spaces.
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I thought this ship was old. Apparently this was only inaugurated in 2019.
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Some areas remain restricted… likely due to the pandemic.
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Vintage NEA signage.
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While walking around this area… I noticed how relaxing and laid back everything seems to be here.
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The paths are sufficiently wide enough for both joggers and cyclists.
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This footbridge crosses Sungei Tampines to reach another area of Pasir Ris.

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After Pasir Ris Town Park, I wanted to see if I could reach the nearby beachfront across the road. The park connector straddles the side of Downtown East (which happens to house one of the island’s isolation facilities for pandemic patients… who test positive for the virus, but don’t require hospitalization).

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There were plenty of joggers and cyclists along this path. But I managed to capture a moment where I had all this green to myself. On the right would be NTUC D’Resort which houses patients of Covid-19 and are under isolation.
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The sun had already set by the time I reached Pasir Ris Park. I noticed the camp sites and many joggers and cyclists in the area.
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On the right would be the rustic beachfront. The view would be of Pulau Ubin (not Malaysia).

I switched off my GoPro since it was already dark. 🙂

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I’m looking forward to moving to this neighborhood in a few weeks. I had no idea there’s a wealth of scenic jogging paths that will eventually replace my favorite Bedok Reservoir.

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As I stand here at the easternmost edge of Singapore, I’m thinking about what the next few months will be like in this country. With the pandemic having affected the entire world in the past 8 months… I feel like all I have to do is focus on getting through today. I shouldn’t really worry about 3, 6, or 9 months into the future. I should focus on improving what I can improve in the present.

I try not to think about the stress of moving houses twice in one year. Or that this is my ninth house move in 8 years. It’s kind of ridiculous to put it that way. But who gives a. I’ll be in a new neighborhood. I’m hopeful there will be new stories to tell.

Pasir Ris Town Park and Pasir Ris Park are different. The former contains the fishing pond and is 5 minutes away from the MRT and bus interchange. The latter is the beachfront one that faces Pulau Ubin.

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Happy 55th birthday, Singapore.

Almost 20 million people worldwide have been hit by the virus.

That’s over 20 million lives and their families, friends, social circles, workplaces, churches that have been changed by what started out as just another news item back in December.

I recognise that I’m lucky to be in Singapore which has done an aggressive job to keep its citizens and residents safe from the pandemic. But it is heartbreaking to see the effects of this virus ravage the Philippines (now Southeast Asia’s Covid-19 epicenter) and the land of my citizenship, the United States (global no. 1 with 5 million people affected).

Sometimes I feel bad that all I have to do is wear a mask and head outside relatively in comfort compared to millions out there in quarantine.

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I had a long weekend because of Singapore’s 55th National Day. With Covid-19 cases going down and life resuming to this new normal, the past weekend felt relaxed. I met up with a friend from university. I watched the mobile column pass by the nearby MRT station. I spent it at home watching For All Mankind on Apple TV.

I also spent it updating my portfolio which I set up during my job hunting a few months ago. I’ve deactivated the portfolio and put a classic splash page directing visitors to head over to my LinkedIn account. I’ve also called three people I’m thinking of having as my first podcast guests. Yes, I’m going to come out with a podcast very soon!

PJ and I have also started packing some boxes for our upcoming move to Pasir Ris. I’m in-charge of selecting the movers. We’re excited to move to Pasir Ris. I’m trying not to stress about it too much. Unlike when I moved to Tampines in April, this time there’s two of us working together to pack our things. And there’s five of us moving altogether to a new house.

I feel we’re at the closing stretch of 2020. Cautiously heading into the next few months by staying extra hygienic, saving money where and when possible, and getting through this pandemic. It may be comfortable in Singapore… but it’s not an excuse to let our guard down.

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The baristas being sweet.
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Catching up with my friend A at Chjmes over the weekend.
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Anticipating the trucks and tanks that will pass by Tampines West MRT.

Have a great week everyone. 🙂

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