Posted on June 16, 2015 by Jonathan Wong
By Jon Wong
Night Skate Captain
More than 30 skating enthusiasts turned up for the Superhero Night Skate held on the evening on May 30. The loop route, spanning across a distance of about 13km, started from Raffles Place MRT Station and goes through some of the scenic venues in town like Clarke Quay and Orchard Road.
A special guest was present to grace the activity. Miss Kris Fondran, Director of the Inline Certification Programme International, a certification programme that certifies skaters as professional instructors, popped by in the midst of her transit from China. We also welcomed some new faces too.
Although there were no fancy makeovers from the participants, some came in their rendition of their favourite superheroes. Dressed in my DIY Captain America shield, complete with helmet and the signature shield, it was a different feeling as I led the entourage as a different 'captain' this time.
Our arrival at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay was greeted by the diners and patrons, inviting interesting looks at our mass skating group. Some of the children were already having fun with a replica Thor Hammer from one of the skaters, Sonny.
A short break at a convenient store at United Square, and our journey ensued, which took us to Penang Road and the heart of town. We skated pass the prominent skate park at Somerset and arrived at SCAPE before continuing along Orchard Boulevard towards ION Shopping Mall.
Making a turn around ION, we continued along Orchard Road, skating past some of the prominent malls like Wisma Atria, Takashimaya and Orchard Central. By now, the children have changed their interest from the Thor Hammer to my Captain America shield.
We continued along the Bras Basah Road, passing by The Istana, Plaza Singapura and The Singapore Art Museum. The streets seemed quieter than usual, probably due to the rehearsal of opening of the SEA Games at the Sports Hub, and soon after even we get to catch a glimpse of the fireworks from the skies as we near the Esplanade.
Major construction activities at the Padang and Esplanade Park in preparation for the upcoming National Day celebrations meant we had to overcome some difficult terrain before arriving at the Esplanade Bridge. It was a great experience to skate on the Jubilee Bridge, a beautifully designed curved bridge that connects the Merlion to the Esplanade conveniently.
Crossing the Helix Bridge brought us to Marina Bay Sands and it was so relaxing to skate along the promenade and boardwalk. Cyclists and joggers can be seen regularly too.
We continued towards Clifford Pier and arrived at the Merlion, while some tourists grabbed the opportunity for a photo moment with us. We had to cross Anderson Bridge and an underpass to get to Cavenagh Bridge which brought us back UOB Plaza area and back to Raffles Place MRT Station to bring our evening journey to an end.
Surrendering my shield to the children who were playing with it like a giant frisbee, we savoured the wonderful moments and beautiful night scenery of our Lion City and shared the nice photographs that were taken. Thankfully, great weather was on our side.
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