Posted on March 26, 2011 by Edmund Vong
Report by Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
This event is targeted at introducing urban skating to advanced beginners, and indeed some students from our very own Learn To Skate Program turned up to have a go. Amongst them were Miss Yenni and her son, Adrian, who have been attending classes with us on a regular basis. They were in good hands as our SAVs guided them throughout the journey.
It was also a first time for another parent, Miss Caroline with her daughter, Mae, from France, who learned about this event from our website.
Skating along this route was relatively simple, as we were on the Park Connector Network and pavements along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 and Buangkok Green most of the time. It didn't take us long to reach Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West from Bishan Park, where we had a quick break at its famous Garden MacDonald's joint. After that was a ride down a gradual downhill slope until we reach the junction at Anderson Junior College.
From then on we transited into Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, and was greeted by the nice surface of the Park Connector Network immediately. That brought us past Nanyang Polytechnic and Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park. Only the occasional entrances to construction sites and uphill climbs posed a challenge for us.
We stopped over at the ESSO petrol kiosk along Yio Chu Kang Road for a break again, before embarking on the long uphill climb along Buangkok Green. We passed by 3 schools in the vicinity and soon were crusing past the Institute of Mental Health into Seng Kang East Road.
We made such good progress that we reached Seng Kang very early, as the clock read 9.50pm. Therefore we decided to detour and extend our route longer to enjoy the skate, as we headed around Compassvale Road before heading onto Seng Kang East Way.
The centre was well within our sights as we neared Anchorvale Link, and the glowing yellow coloured 'M' sign from the MacDonald's restaurant signal the location of our destination. This fastfood joint has a nice set-up, and its very own drivethru. Beside the restaurant is perhaps the largest 7-11 store in singapore, which spans over an area equal to its neighbour.
There were applause for the amateurs as they completed their journey and 'set skate' into the restaurant, and the participants savoured every moment of their accomplishment of the success on their maiden journey.
Everyone had ample time to enjoy their meal and rest before the bus ride back to Bishan Park.
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