07 August 2014

Island Exploring Around Krabi

I've managed to fit in a fair amount of travelling so far this year thanks to the various wedding invitations we've received.  2014 certainly is proving to be the year to get married it seems!  Of course as well as weddings there are also sometimes hen or stag do's to enjoy and I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in Krabi, Thailand for one friend's hen do.

We had a lovely weekend doing lots of different things (you can read more in my friends blogs herehere and here) this included, on the Saturday, taking a long-tail boat tour around some of the islands off Krabi.  The day began fairly early (for a hen party) with our lovely skipper picking us all up from our hotel to take us to the mooring area for the boats.  There we met his assistant and all boarded.  As the boat was exclusively ours we were able to make ourselves at home and the drinks (and later food) provided for the day only had to be shared amongst us.

Inside our long-tail boat

We travelled a fair distance to our first stop (further than I expected) and once we got out into the deeper sea travelled at quite a fast rate but eventually arrived at Hong Island.  All the beaches and islands in and around Krabi conjure up those images of tropical getaways and this was certainly no exception.  The water was wonderfully clear and the beach suitably tropical looking with white sand and blue skies.  Without hesitation we all got off the boat, walked down a jetty and on to the beach.  The beach is quite small and there were plenty of other people on the beach but we soon found a spot to stop, some of us then went swimming in the sea and some soaked up the sun on the beach.  Whilst we were there we even managed to see a little of the local wildlife in the form of a monitor lizard.

By the time we left the tide had come in quite considerably and most of the beach was beginning to disappear under the sea.  So it was more of a paddle back to the boat than a walk.  By the time we got to the jetty the shallow water we'd paddled through when we got off the boat had got a fair bit deeper and I confess to a little panic inside as I'm not a great swimmer.  I had visions of having to swim back!  Luckily though I was overreacting, some people heading back to another boat before us simply waded through the water and it only came up to their thighs so it wasn't as bad as I had feared.

Approaching Hong Island
The beach on Hong Island

From Hong Island we then headed off to our next stop, on the way enjoying a snack of some delicious fresh fruit, including pineapple and melon, provided by our guide.  Before long we arrived at the beautiful Hong lagoon.  The lagoon is surrounded by the spectacular cliffs you can see in my photo below and the water is an amazing blue colour.  There were a couple of other boats in the vicinity but it was wonderfully peaceful and relaxing being there.  Again some of us took advantage of being able to go for a swim in the warm waters and jumping off the side of the boat and some stayed on board sitting out in the sun and enjoying the view.

Hong Lagoon

By now lunch time had arrived and we were all getting a little hungry with all the fresh air we'd had that morning.  Our fabulous guide had prepared a load of food for our lunch which he'd cooked himself that morning.  You can see what we got to eat below, but it included a vegetable green curry, chicken wings and noodle dishes.  This was rounded off by a dessert of sticky rice with coconut and palm sugar wrapped up in the banana leaves in the photo.

Our lunch on board the boat

With lunch done we headed off again but, as you can see in the photo below, a storm was brewing out at sea.  Our guide had been a fisherman before he started taking tourists out on his boat so he was very knowledgeable about the waters in the area and the possible impact of bad weather.  He made the decision that we should stop in a nearby cove and wait the storm out before heading off again.  We weren't the only boat to do that, some of us then got out and went up on to the beach and some (myself included) stayed on board with our guide.  The storm did hit and I'm glad we were safely moored up for it, even there it got pretty bouncy on the boat so I can't imagine what it would have been like if we'd been out in the open sea.

Storm approaching

By the time the storm passed it was time to head back to Krabi so we made the journey back.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our day, our guide was knowledgeable of the area, was a lot of fun and very amenable and flexible.  If you are heading out to Krabi and thinking about doing a boat trip I'd definitely recommend this company, here is the link to their website and finally big thanks to our lovely organiser of this and the whole hen weekend, she did a fabulous job! 

04 August 2014

Seasons Bistro, Triple One Somerset

I recently went to the Seasons Bistro, Triple One Somerset to check out some of the dishes on offer.  The Seasons Bistro presents seasonally changing menus to its customers using the varying cuisines of the Americas as its inspiration.  Eating by the seasons is the idea behind this restaurant as the founders believe seasonal food tastes better and also offers better value for customers.  Growing up with a Dad who loves growing seasonal fruit and vegetables this concept certainly appeals to me too.

Image courtesy of Food News PR

The dishes have been influenced by Executive Chef, Benjamin Fong's personal travels in America.  He has previously worked in several restaurants in Canada as well as locally in various places including PS Cafe.  He is a supporter of sustainability and conservation practices which is reflected in his choice of ingredients in his seasonal menus.  Using the Americas many diverse cuisines from its regions and countries as the basis for the bistro allows for a whole host of potential dishes, from seafood ones inspired by the specialities of New England to Mexican inspired dishes and much more in between.  Seasons Bistro takes you on a culinary journey around the continent.

The layout of the restaurant is designed to welcome you at any time of the day.  It's comfortable and relaxed and the large windows looking out on to Somerset Road offer you a great opportunity to watch the world go by as you dine.  The restaurant has a separate bar area which looks perfect for pre or post dinner drinks.  The bar also offers up an extensive deli counter with a takeaway menu of gourmet sandwiches, cold cuts and cheese platters.  Worth noting as well is that there is a good selection of vegetarian dishes to choose from across the menu, as well as daily specials for starters, main courses and desserts, all prepared with available seasonal ingredients.

Bar area in the Seasons Bistro

On my visit I got to try a whole range of different dishes beginning with the seared yellowfin tuna taco ($14++).  This dish is a nod to the food trucks common all over the western United States.  As I've said before I'm not a huge seafood eater but am now definitely far happier to try fish dishes than I was when I first arrived in Singapore.  Still though this is not a dish I'd probably choose for myself, that said however this ended up being my favourite of all the starters I had.  It had a pleasant light freshness to it and readied my taste buds for the rest of the dishes to come.  I could even see myself selecting this again!

Seared yellowfin tuna taco - avocado mayonnaise, pickled onions, crispy shallots, cotjia cheese and cilantro jalapeno watercress salad on tortilla shell

Next we sampled the pan seared foie gras ($16++).  The menu states that this dish is definitely not a dessert, which from looking at the list of ingredients you could almost think it was.  It was an unusual combination of ingredients but I was excited to try it and I wasn't disappointed.  The sweet and savoury flavours combined very well and although rich (not one I could eat a lot of, maybe good for sharing) it was delicious.

pan seared foie gras - pain de mie, chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramelised bananas and granola crumbs

Before moving on to the mains I got to try one of the salads from the menu, the grilled portobello salad ($16++).  Again I probably would not have chosen this salad ordinarily but this was very good, perfect for a light lunch or as a starter.  The walnuts gave it a nice crunch to contrast with the mushrooms and other ingredients.

Grilled portobello salad - St Maure Terroir, tomatoes, beans, candied walnuts, pickled onions, bacon crisp and red wine vinaigrette

After our starters and salad we moved on to the main courses beginning with the seared albacore tuna ($26++).  This was incredibly good and really fresh tasting with the fruit complimenting the tuna.  I think I am developing much more of a taste for fish dishes!  This one takes its inspiration from dishes from Cuba and Hawaii, a nice light main course if you want to have room for dessert afterwards.

Seared albacore tuna - Asian pear, avocado, jicama, watermelon with chipotle mojo and salsa verde

Then it was on to the surf and turf gumbo ($27++), which as many of you will know is a dish from Louisiana in the United States.  A hearty, warming stew embodying the idea of a surf and turf dish by combining shrimps, chicken and chorizo served with dirty rice.  All of the sauces accompanying the dishes are made in-house and the chow chow relish in this dish is the chef's twist on the local achar pickle (yum)!  This dish was very filling and incredibly good, definitely great comfort food!

Surf & turf gumbo - shrimp, chicken, sausage, okra tomato stew with dirty rice, pickled onion, cilantro, chow chow relish and French bean salad.

Lastly we had the buttermilk fried chicken ($22++).  This is a dish I'd typically choose and this one didn't disappoint.  It is one of the most popular choices on the menu and I think probably my favourite too.  The buttermilk tenderises the chicken making it a very tasty dish and there is no fried greasiness to worry about.  As with the other dishes the accompanying relishes are made in-house and the ketchup style relish has a real fruity twist.  Yum!

Buttermilk fried chicken - succotash and deviled ranch dressing and homemade catsup

Finally on to the desserts, one of my favourite parts of a meal if I'm honest!  The first dish I tried was the Season's carrot cake ($12++).  I love carrot cake, both the Singaporean version and the sweet cake version.  If I see carrot cake on a menu most of the time I will opt for it and this one did not disappoint me.  With its thick layer of cream cheese on top and plenty of nuts throughout it was delicious and definitely not too heavy.

Season's carrot cake

Next up was the mojito tart ($12++) which, as the name suggests, pays tribute to the Cuban cocktail in the form of a tart with mint lime curd and rum cream.  Another excellent way to end a meal with a nice lime zing, for those looking for something not too filling at the end this may just be perfect for you.  Can you tell I'm a dessert fan?

mojito tart - toasted coconut tart with mint lime curd and rum cream

Finally we had a dessert from that day's specials board, the strawberry shortcake ($10++).  The specials are offered on a daily basis with two starters, main courses and desserts available to diners and, as with all the dishes, these showcase the Executive Chef's creative flair and offer customers familiar flavours prepared with seasonal ingredients.  This shortcake was light and creamy, packed full of strawberries and was a real delight.

Alongside the food menu there is an extensive drinks list including creative cocktails, a range of American craft beers, wines and spirits.  Non-alcoholic drinks, including mocktails, juices and smoothies are also available.

Strawberry shortcake - wine-soaked strawberries, chantilly cream and vanilla crumbs

I had a great night at the Seasons Bistro, it is certainly somewhere I'd return to whether for lunch or an evening meal.  With the changing seasonal menus it's not somewhere you could become bored with as hopefully they'll be something new to tempt you everytime.  For a lunch or dinner date with friends or loved ones right in the heart of the city this is a great spot to choose.

Seasons Bistro
Triple One Somerset 
Singapore 238164

Reservations: (65) 6836 5841

Email: info@seasonsbistro.com.sg

Dress code: smart casual

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays 11am - 12am
                           Fridays 11am - 2am
                           Saturdays 10am - 2am
                           Sundays 10am - 12am

Available menus: a la carte menu available daily, all-day 
                               set-lunch menu available from Monday to Friday - 12noon to 3pm
                               brunch menu available on Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm

This blog resulted from an invitation and represents the thoughts and opinions of the writer. All information on this blog is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy or timeliness and the writer will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of this information. All text and photos on this blog are the original works of the writer unless stated otherwise.

Thank you to Food News PR and Seasons Bistro for the kind invitation.

31 July 2014

Swanky Chill Out Bars

Yet again my husband has been busy and after a rather long hiatus offers up suggestions for a couple more bars in Singapore that you may want to explore.

Jigger and Pony

Awhile ago I asked the Twitter community for bar recommendations for a new #chilloutbars post and got a few responses.  These included 28 Hong Kong Street, shhh, it’s a secret but also pretty wonderful and cool in a 'it’s not really there' kind of way and you have to phone in advance to get a table, Speakeasy (which I've mentioned before) great Saturday only Sri Lankan brunch, but why only Saturday? and Jigger and Pony.

We eventually went to Jigger and Pony one Friday evening.  So the basics, it’s a swanky and swish cocktail bar between the CBD and Chinatown, housed in a shophouse type building on Amoy Street (I always think of Chinese sauces of yore when on this street) serving a range of bespoke cocktails.  They are based around a number of interesting themes, ranging from traditional (and forgotten) to innovative and modern.  I started off with a traditional one, The Churchill (apparently a favourite of the wartime leader from which it takes its name) as this was gin based. The most interesting aspect of this pink-ish / red-ish beverage was the old style glass in which it was served.  It was very olde worlde and reminiscent of a sherry glass that Aunt Mildred used to use in the 1970s.  We had several cocktails that evening and were eventually joined by some friends who were sampling the bar for the first time also, so ended up having several more with them.

Another great feature of the establishment is the happy hour nibbles that are distributed before 7pm, the brushetta was an excellent set-up for the drinking to come.

If you are in the area, also try the bars on Club Street or the fabulous 28 Hong Kong Street.

Ku De Ta

One Saturday lunchtime I was pottering around Gardens by the Bay, playing with my camera, when I decided to have a cooling beverage in the lobby bar of the Marina Bay Sands.  It was here that I had the bright idea of a couple of drinks in Ku De Ta (on the boat looking platform of the three towered gamblers paradise hotel) that evening after the usual author of this blog had finished work.  So, I duly booked a table (in the restaurant as it turned out, not what I wanted) and went home to prepare (well to laze by the pool or whatever, it was a long time ago).  

We arrived after dark, and after realising the error in the booking, decided to go to the crowded bar area and attempted to find a stand-up table with a view across the city.  To have a sit down table in the bar area is a ridiculously high minimum spend, $1500 plus, which given there were only two of us we declined.  We ordered a Sauv Blanc and a bottle of beer (Aashi, I believe) and took in the twinkling lights of Singapore from our perch on the top of the hotel.

We had a second round of drinks (four drinks were 90 bucks, which is expensive, even for Singapore) and decided to leave in search of some more reasonably priced drinks and food. On the whole the view is spectacular but not really worth the high price of the drinks and there are much better rooftop bars in Singapore (such as Prelude, Orgo, 1-Attitude or Loof) offering very similar views.  If you are in the area also try South Coast, OverEasy or the rooftop bar at Kinki.

I recently visited Bali again and the Ku De Ta there which, I've since learnt, is not linked to the Singapore one.  I shall be sharing my pick of good places in Bali very soon - stay tuned!

24 July 2014

Temple Hopping Around Angkor

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to return to Cambodia, this time to Siem Reap, thanks to friends who got married there and were kind enough to invite us to join them in their celebrations.  Whilst we were there primarily for the wedding and festivities we could not go to Siem Reap and not take the opportunity to visit Angkor Wat and a few of the other temples too.

We therefore managed to set aside one day in our short trip to do this.  Whilst we could definitely go back and spend more time there, for a limited time period I think we did pretty well with what we did manage to see.  If you are planning visiting Angkor and the temples you can get various ticket options including one day (which is what we went for) and three day passes.  A helpful tip we were told is that if you buy your three day pass after 5pm it can be used for sunset viewing that day as well.  Everyone being issued with a ticket has to have their photo taken which is then included on the ticket.  So don't assume one of your party can go and buy for everybody.  Everybody planning to view the temples will need to be present at the time of purchasing so their photo can be taken.

After getting tickets our day began at the fortified city of Angkor Thom.  This is one of the largest of all the Khmer cities covering some ten square km in size.  It was founded by Jayavarman VII and it's believed it remained the capital until the 17th century.  At its height, the city is said to have boasted a population of perhaps one million!  This was at a time when the population of London was a mere 50,000.  At its height the city had houses, public buildings and palaces all constructed of wood.  This was because dwelling in bricks or stone was reserved for the Gods.  Naturally these buildings all decayed a long time ago leaving behind just a skeleton of a city largely made up of religious structures.

The Bayon

We entered into Angkor Thom through one of the huge gates that still surround it.  We approached the gate by crossing a road over a huge moat (far far bigger than any moat round castles in the UK) which is lined with statues on both sides.  The gate is crowned by four huge faces carved into the stone on each side of the tower.  The faces are said to closely resemble the known statues of Jayavarman VII.  Just seeing this first little bit blew me away, I knew then that it was going to be a very special day!

The Bayon

From this exciting beginning we went on to see our first proper temple of the day, The Bayon.  We actually got a sighting of Angkor Wat on our way to Angkor Thom but this was the first one up close so to speak.  The Bayon continues with the theme of Jayavarman VII's presence being everywhere as the towers here are also decorated with many likenesses of him.  The faces are visible from every angle and exude power but also seemed to me to have an expression of kindness about them as well.  

The Baphuon

After exploring the Bayon we then meandered across the open expanse of grass to the nearby Baphuon.  The Baphuon is a pyramidal representation of the mythical Mt Meru which is the home of the devas in Hindu mythology.  It was the state temple of the Yasodharapura (the name of the city) of King Udayadityavarman II and marked the centre of the city that existed before the construction of Angkor Thom.  As we stood on the viewing platform and looked at the outer buildings (in my photos below) I was really struck by how magnificent this and the other temples must have looked when they were a part of the active bustling cities of Angkor and of just how vast and grand these cities were.

View from The Baphuon

View towards The Baphuon

Before heading off to our next stop we walked alongside the Terrace of the Elephants towards the Terrace of the Leper King.  The Terrace of the Elephants is 300 metres long (running from The Bayon to the Terrace of the Leper King) and decorated with parading elephants.  This was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and also served as a base for the king's grand audience hall.  The Terrace of the Leper King is a massive terrace with a statue of  a possibly leprous king on top from which it takes its name.

Ta Prohm

After leaving here we made our way to Ta Prohm which I think was my favourite temple but also the busiest of all we visited.  That said though it is quite small in comparison and its ruined state meant everybody was more compacted within a confined space.  What I liked about Ta Prohm though was exactly this ruinous state, the jungle and nature have reclaimed back parts of the temple and the tree roots etc. that have spread into the walls have simply been left.  Its natural look for me conjured up images of explorers and ancient mysteries still to be solved. 

Ta Prohm was built from 1186 by Jayavarman VII and was one of his major temples.  Ta Prohm's original name was Rajavihara or 'the royal monastery'.  This temple was deliberately chosen to be left in its 'natural state' as an example of how most of Angkor looked on its discovery in the 19th century.   

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Our last stop of the day was at Angkor Wat and just what can I say about this famous temple?  It was just as stunning as I imagined it would be and I was not disappointed.  It was built by Suryavarman II who reigned from 1113 - 1140 and who during his reign unified Cambodia and extended the Khmer influence across much of mainland South East Asia.  Angkor Wat was built at a similar time to many European Gothic cathedrals such as Notre-Dame and Chartres.  The temple was consecrated to the Hindu deity Vishnu and as well as being a temple it was also a city in its own right and originally included a royal palace and numerous other buildings.  

In case you did not know Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world and unlike the other Angkor temples etc. this one was never abandoned to the elements.  Again just like The Baphuon the central tower represents Mt. Meru with its surrounding smaller peaks.  This is in turn is surrounded by the continents (the lower courtyards) and the oceans (the moat).  

Despite being pretty tired (and very hot and sweaty) by this point we climbed and explored Angkor Wat thoroughly, taking in all that it had to offer.  It was incredible to be there, somewhere I never could have imagined seeing for myself.  We had originally planned to visit another temple after this but by this point we were tired, but incredibly happy, after our day of exploring and instead decided to retire for the day back to our hotel.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Looking back at my day I still can't quite believe I actually got the chance to see what I did.  As I mentioned these were places I never imagined I'd ever be seeing in real life and I'm not sure I can ever really do them justice here.  There is always that little bit of worry when visiting somewhere that you've heard so much about and are seemingly so familiar with that it might be a little underwhelming in reality but this was definitely not the case with Angkor.  I'm still only now appreciating just how lucky I am and what I did see!  I hope that perhaps someday I'll get the chance to return to see the temples I've seen in greater detail and some of the many others too.  Even if I don't though I know I'll always look back on this trip with a just a little bit of awe and amazement.

11 July 2014

Love and Friendship Chamber Concerts

Coming up at the Esplanade Recital Studio this September are a pair of chamber concerts which I'm sure will be of interest to you and your family, one concert being aimed at adults and one at children. 

Love and Friendship ~ Mendelssohn, the Schumanns and Brahms

8pm - Wednesday 24 September 2014 Esplanade Recital Studio

Be enthralled by the aching beauty and romantic melodies of Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Brahms, delivered live by world-class musicians. Immerse yourself as we lead you on a carefully curated musical journey revealing the intertwining love and friendship between these German romantic greats.  Blink and you’'ll miss this one-day only performance!

The intimate Esplanade recital studio is the perfect venue for experiencing the chamber music presented by eminent Singaporean violinist Tee Khoon Tang, critically acclaimed pianist Sam Haywood who performs all over the world as soloist and duo partner to Joshua Bell, and one of Europe's finest young solo cellists Matthew Huber.

Love and Friendship ~ Mendelssohn, the Schumanns and Brahms - A Concert for Children

6pm - Sunday 28 September 2014 Esplanade Recital Studio

If you are 12 and under, and want to experience music up-close, ask questions, listen to accomplished musicians share about the music of great German Romantic composers and be entertained with fun musical games, then you are in for a wonderful treat.

Join eminent Singaporean violinist Tee Khoon Tang, UK cellist Matthew Huber and critically acclaimed British pianist Sam Haywood on a journey through love and friendship in this concert especially for children. We will explore some of the most beautiful and touching chamber music written by Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Brahms, which came forth out of their intense love for life, friendships, humanity and heavenly ideals.

Award-winning virtuoso Tee Khoon Tang is Singapore’s second recipient of the National Arts Council’s Violin Loan Scheme, playing a J.B. Guadagnini made in 1750. Sam Haywood is an acclaimed British pianist who performs all over the world as soloist and duo partner to Joshua Bell. Matthew Huber is one of Europe’s finest young solo cellists and chamber musicians. Having received elite music education and performed to audiences around the world, these musicians are now sharing their knowledge and expertise with the budding musician in you.

Admission is open only to children 12 and under. Parents, please grab a cup of tea or go for a round of shopping while your children soak up fifty minutes of great music and get themselves a fun world-class learning experience!

More details about the concerts, performers and where you can purchase tickets can be found here.

Check out violinist Tee Khoon Tang's Facebook page too.

06 July 2014

#worldcolors #worldcolours - June - Blue - What does blue mean to me?

I'm late again but June's colour was blue which reminds me of beautiful skies.  I adore seeing huge expanses of sky either dotted with clouds or completely cloudless.  I appreciate blue skies (though I also love the rainy days here too) even more now after the choking haze of June last year in Singapore.  I couldn't wait to see blue sky again after that.  Likewise the beautiful deep blue of skies at dusk and in the early evening always mesmerises me too. 

Here's a selection of some of my favourite blue skies.

Dusk over Bangkok
Blue sky and clouds reflected in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Blue sky over Lichfield cathedral, UK
Blue sky poking through the trees, Pinewoods, near Liverpool, UK

Blue sky through the Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 
Spring time blue skies, summer is just around the corner! Hever Castle, Kent, UK
Casares, Spain

Supertrees, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 

If you missed any of my previous #worldcolours posts check them out here

18 June 2014

Red Dot Roaming - Damai LRT - Punggol Waterway

My latest Red Dot Roaming took me to Damai LRT station, OK it's not the MRT but it's close enough and very reminiscent of the Docklands Light Railway in London.  I went to the Damai LRT stop to visit the Punggol Waterway.  This was my first time to this area but I've been reading lots since that Punggol is fast becoming a popular spot on the island so maybe I'll be returning at some point to explore more.

The park though has four themes each catering to different users of the park.  These are the Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery.  I visited during the week and as, is often the case, when I do that there was barely a soul around.  The Punggol Waterway Park and My Waterway @ Punggol are joint agency projects between HDB and the National Parks.  Its aim being to turn Punggol town into a 'Waterfront Town' of the 21st Century.  Punggol was once a fishing village with pig and poultry farms and vegetable plantations.  The park therefore aims to make the most of what is left of this setting, combining some of what was already there with the new.  An interesting fact I've since learnt is that Punggol in Malay means, 'hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground'!  Quite impressive for one relatively short word.

My exploring began in what is the Heritage Zone of the Waterway.  As I walked around it was clear this was once a road and there is even a disused bus stop with the old sign still there.  The wall has some information about some of the nature that inhabits the area as well.  I've learnt since that this was indeed a stretch of the old Punggol Road, so this is one part where the old and new can be seen to have been combined.  Being a bit of a history fan I think this is a nice touch to the park, but although there was some information about the history of the area I would have liked a little bit more.  

The old bus stop and shelter

From the Heritage Zone I carried on walking along the river enjoying my peaceful afternoon stroll.  There are various bridges across the water allowing you to cross to either side at regular intervals.  I decided to walk on until I came to a convenient bridge at some stage, cross over and then walk back to the LRT station on the opposite bank.  

There aren't loads of different things to see along the way but nonetheless it's a pleasant place to go for a walk.  My walk did take me underneath railway lines which from subsequent investigation appear to be part of the Punggol LRT line not yet open due to insufficient development in the area.  When they are eventually opened I imagine the lines will provide some great views across the waterway and surrounding area.

The unopened Punggol Line LRT track above the Punggol Waterway

As my walk took me back towards the road and the LRT station I passed the Watersports Promenade with a boardwalk extending right out into the water.  You can see this in one of the photos further down in the post.  As I said there was hardly a soul around when I was there, I guess it is much busier on weekends!  One other thing that caught my attention on my walk were some fabulously decorated rubbish bins, making a pleasant change from just the regular bins you see in most places.

Two of the many bins I spotted with interesting designs on them

I enjoyed my afternoon walking around the Punggol Waterway.  From what I've read since it certainly seems like a lot more is being done to make this whole area a 'go to' spot.  The old of the old Punggol Road mixed in with the new is a nice aspect to the park in my opinion.  A pleasant spot to visit if you happen to be in the area.

Damai LRT (PE7) is on the Punggol LRT line.  It can be accessed via Punggol MRT on the North South line (NS17).
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