|Kayaking at Kallang Basin
|1960s Knicks Knacks at Singapore Food Trail, Singapore Flyer
We walked along the coastline in the park toward the Kallang MRT Station to meet up with 2 other members. The walkway here is lined with coconut trees. To get to the park where the gasworks used to be situated we crossed Sir Arthur's Bridge along Geylang Road. At the Kallang Riverside Park is the site of former Kallang Gasworks that produced town gas until 1998. They have rebuilt the external skeleton of Gasholder No. 3 as a memorial of its past.
As it was about lunch time, we went to the nearby North Bridge Road hawker centre. After that we went to another hawker centre at Beach Road not to eat but to go upstairs to check out the shops that served generations of National Service boys to replenish their army supplies. One of our members came here to buy a Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife.
Back at the Riverside Park we walked under Nicoll Highway. The Kallang Sea Sports Club is situated here with their students out on the water taking lessons on their kayak. The Kallang Riveside Park then merged into Gardens Bay Central.
The footpath continued under the Benjamin Sheares Bridge where it runs parallel to the F1 Track. We walked past the F1 Pit Building. This is adjacent to the Singapore Flyer. There is now a hawker food centre and this was where we had a break. This is called the Singapore Food Trail with a theme of hawker food in the '60s. Many items from this era are on display here next to the food stalls.
Gardens by the Bay South
After the break we crossed the Helix Bridge. It won the World’s Best Transport Building award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010. At the end of the bridge we turned left and descended the steps that would lead us under Bayfront Ave and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge to Gardens by the Bay South.
|Rooftop at Marina Barrage
|Marina Bay Sands and Bay South Garden from Marina East
At the Marina Barrage, we could see that construction was going on for the western part of the undersea portion of the Marina Coastal Expressway that would link Marina South to Marina East. The eastern part was already completed. After crossing the dam, we arrived at the Bay East Garden. The park runs roughly northwest to southeast for about 1.5km. The trees are still fairly young with a lily pond near the Visitors' Centre. There are palm trees, flowering plants, and spacious lawns. This is a tranquil place to enjoy the skyline formed by Bay South Garden, Marina Bay Sands Casino and the ever prominent Singapore Flyer across the reservoir - if only there were more shade in the afternoon - more rain shelters would help too.
|Palm Trees in Bay East Garden
East Coast Park to Gardens Bay East
Gardens by the Bay East Marina Barrage
Gardens by the Bay South and East
Round Island Walk - East Coast Park to Marina Bay Sands
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