Posted on March 31, 2012 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
The recent night skate that was completed in March was a big fiasco, with a huge turn out of close to a hundred skaters, who joined us in this scenic route at the heart of Singapore, in town. There were familiar faces of our die hard fans, and also new faces from both local and oversees.
Some 30 spirited youth skaters from the National Technological University were present, and we also welcomed some European participants who were tourists here on holiday and were on classic roller skates!
As usual, we had some children amongst us. This time round, we welcomed Edgar and Iker who are brothers, on their maiden attempt at night skating. They were joined by their supportive parents, who jogged for the entire route to accompany their kids.
Some of our skaters took the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of one of their friends, Miss Janet, who is also our future SAV-to-be. It sure was overwhelming to hear so many people sing the birthday song for her.
We gathered outside ION and set off at 8pm sharp, much to the delight of the participants as we zigzagged through the evening street crowd. We were drawing a huge amount of attention in our big entourage.
It didn't take us long to reach Raffles Hotel, after crossing the underpass near Plaza Singapura. We continued to the War Memorial Park and headed to Esplanade via the Esplanade underpass. Soon after we travelled along the Theatres of the Bay and reached the Formula 1 track along the Marina Bay sitting gallery. We ended up at the Singapore Flyer for a short break to rest our legs and replenish our fluids.
Thereafter, we crossed over to the Helix Bridge which brought us across the waters into Marina Bay Sands area. We were in luck to witness the light up extravaganza, as decorative lights lit up the buildings and flora, forming a magnificent scenery. Beautifully litted kites flew in the air, and people were capturing the moments with their cameras and smart phones.
We continued our journey into Clifford Pier area and Merlion Park, where tourists gathered to witness our National Mascot having a colourful coat, all thanks to some special lighting effects.
We crossed over the Fullerton Bridge and transited into Boat Quay via the underpass at Esplanade Park. It didn't take us long to reach Clarke Quay and soon we were skating along the Singapore River towards Robertson Bridge, crossing under a few underpasses along the way. After the bridge, we were on the opposite bank and skated along the riverbank till Merbau Road, and UE Shopping Mall was within our sights.
We were nearing the end of the route and braced ourselves for the last burst of fire. We travelled along Clemenceau Ave and reached the Istana Park near Dhoby Ghaut. From there on, it was free and easy and everyone made their way back to ION shopping mall in their own pace.
Yet another rewarding Night Skate thanks to the wonderful evening weather.
One of the participants, Mr Chuan, even made a short video of the event. View the video at our Facebook page here.
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