Saturday Night Skate 25 June 2011 - Social Night Skate, The Cathay Cineplex to Haus of Patisserie, Jalan Senang

Posted on June 25, 2011 by Edmund Vong

Report by Jon Wong
SNS Captain

It was fortunate that the late morning showers did not linger till the evening, and the Social Night Skate was able to commence as planned. Around 50 skaters showed up at The Cathay Cineplex in Dhoby Ghaut which was our starting point for the event.

We were pleased to have participants from other countries joining us for their first Night Skate in Singapore, from Germany, Great Britain and Hong Kong. Amongst them was Miss Carrie Lo from Hong Kong who was here for short holiday with her husband. She found out about this event from the internet and brought her skates to join us. She has regular skating sessions with her group back in Hong Kong.

Miss Carrie from Hong Kong with Mr Stone from Great Britain
It was also the first time in action for Miss Rochelle and Miss E-ping, our newly recruited Skate Assist Volunteers, who were doing their attachment duties. All new recruits will need to clock 2 attachments to Senior SAVs before graduation as offical volunteers.
We started off promptly at 8pm and headed towards Suntec City, bypassing the National Museum, Carlton Hotel and Raffles Hotel along the way. The numerous traffic crossings slowed us down but we made better headway upon reaching Suntec and moved towards Nicoll Highway. A short break at Nicoll Highway MRT Station saw more skaters joining us, especially those who could not make it to The Cathay Cineplex earlier on.
The uneven surface on the Nicoll Highway path, made up of concrete slabs, proved to be quite a challenge for many, as their legs vibrated. It was a gradual uphill climb at the start and long downhill ride at the end, spanning across the Kallang River Basin with a breathtaking view. Shortly after, we reached Mountbatten Road and enjoyed a short break at MacDonald's Restaurant near the Singapore Sports Council.


Rest at MacDonald's
After the break, we continued along Mountbatten Road until we reached Fort Road and East Coast Park eventually. The participants were allowed to skate at their own pace and meet up at the public skating rink located at Marine Cove.
It was over at Fort Road that Shi Kai, a 5 year old girl, joined our entourage. She is a student from Skateline's Learn-To-Skate program and has been looking forward to participate in her first Night Skate. Her father, Mr Ong, decided to let her join us midway instead, as she might not be ready both physically and mentally to start with us in town. And she was in good hands with David, an instructor with us, looking after her. 

Shi Kai with David
After a few spins at the skating rink, we took a short skate and turned into Siglap Park Connector. We had to cross the overhead bridge slowly, as the steep slopes and sharp corners on either end, coupled with small ramps and public who were pushing their bicycles across proved to be much of a challenge for most of us. After that we were cruising effortlessly along the connector, which lead us all the way till Kembangan MRT Station, and we were nearing our end point.

Picture moment at the Skating Rink
Upon reaching Jalan Senang, the end point is just 100 metres within our sight. The Haus of Patisserie - a small cozy cafe and its owner, Miss Hilary Ng, greeted us at the door. The participants were rewarded with free flow of soft drinks and signature designed cupcakes for their efforts in completing the journey, all courtesy of Miss Ng, who is a skater herself. Her cafe specializes in designer pastries, and the cupcakes she sponsored us with spoke for themselves, garnished with miniature skates and skateboards.

Getting cozy at the cafe

The boss - Miss Hilary Ng

Signature designer cupcakes
Everyone enjoyed the taste of the delicious cupcakes while some could not bear to consume the little pieces of works of art.

Can't bear to eat the cupcakes
It was great to see everyone mingling around, and our visitors from abroad enjoying themselves with the local skaters. On behalf of Skateline, we thank the Haus of Patisserie for their support and sponsorship.
Safety Van
David Lim
Jing Yi
Chong Boon
Rochelle (trainee)
E-ping (trainee)

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