Posted on October 01, 2014 by Jonathan Wong
Report by Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
About 30 skaters joined our latest Night Skate in September from Bartley MRT Station to Yishun MRT Station. The journey, which spanned across a distance of 22km, covered Serangoon Park Connector, Punggol Waterway, Punggol Park Connector and Seletar Link. The link is a new addition to the developement of Punggol estate and provides an alternate shortcut to Yishun, instead of the usual route via Tampines Expressway and Seletar Expressway.
After a quick brief and group photo, we headed towards Hougang Ave 3 and had our first water break at a food court in the vicinity. We took a turn into Tampines Road and entered Serangoon Park Connector at Hougang Ave 7. The journey was smooth on this dimly lit connector, though we had to avoid the occasional fishermen and cyclists.
On Serangoon Park Connector
The visibility improved as we progressed into Seng Kang area as we head to our next pit stop at @Punggol, one of the popular night spot in Punggol estate, featuring an array of eateries. More time was catered for this break to allow the skaters to indulge themselves in the food and beverages available.
Having a break at @Punggol
We got back on track 20 minutes later and moved along Punggol Waterway. This man-made feature is the highlight of Punggol estate and have won many international awards for its design and environmental concepts.
Soon after, we passed by the segment where the future Watertown will be and continued along Punggol Park Connector. We had to cross a small bridge across the water to transit towards Seletar North Link beside Marina Country Club.
At My Waterway at Punggol
The real challenge started from here as we had to face numerous obstacles along the route. Many heavy duty trucks could be seen moving around the area, resulting in debris on the tracks and roads. Cars were seen speeding past on the long straightaways. We had to be extra cautious while watching out for traffic.
Skating along Seletar Link
Unfortunately, some skaters fell at a poorly lit area and got slightly hurt. The safety vehicle was on hand to send one of them to the nearest medical facility while the others were able to continue.
Signs of fatigue were seen on some of the skaters' faces. After the link, we turned into Yishun Ave 1, across Seletar Reservoir and Seletar Dam. Road works and uneven road surfaces hampered our movements, but things got better once we entered the bicycle path along Yishun Ave 11.
Crossing Seletar Reservoir
We had our final quick pit stop at a food court beside Blk 416 as time was drawing late. Soon after we arrived at Yishun Central and Yishun Reservoir and Yishun MRT Station was within our sights. We eventually finished our skate at MacDonald's Restaurant at Northpoint Shopping Centre.
We are glad to report that the casualty that was sent to the medical centre suffered minor injuries and was discharged after receiving outpatient treatments.
The route we took