Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunday along the Singapore river

The Singapore River has historically been the heartbeat of early Singapore, where ships from all over the world would unload their goods here with the help of many bumboats and even more coolies or labourers. Today, it has been transformed into an absolutely beautiful place to unwind and cycle.

Littered with all sorts of trendy sidewalk cafes and restaurants, together with modern skyscrapers of the financial district and the colonial presence of grand old government buildings, as a whole they make for an architectual visual treat. It was also special to ride across 100 year old British built bridges like Cavenagh and Elgin Bridges. There are also interesting sculptures strategically placed to add to the pleasant ambience.

Mike and I took the opportunity to explore and breath in this delightful part of Singapore last Sunday on my very brief 6 day visit. Our foldies were the perfect vehicles to slowly cruise and meander the shared paths from Havelock Road all the way to the Singapore Flyer, a very nice 4km route. Because of the need to negotiate through very tight corners and through pedestrains, its small wheel ability to turn on a dime put big smiles on our faces.

On the evening of weekends, there are live performances and I particularly enjoyed listening to the melodious sounds from the 60s, with the Singapore skyline in front of me and cool breezes along the river.

I reckon this is a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening if ever you are in this part of the world, on small wheels of course.


ChrisW said...

I was surprised and impressed, thought you flew back for a 1/2 day ride....just to feed the blog ;-)

Taiwoon said...

this is a nice route.. we spend a friday afternoon picking rubbish as part of team building..