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The Rink is Singapore's only Olympic-size ice rink and is located at J-cube.
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We had a cool time
Pardon the pun.
I used to be an outright protester for ice-skating outings.
"You siao ah! Paying $18.90 to go around in circles and circles while freezing my butt off. Why don't I keep my fridge open and walk around it too, I can charge you $8.90 for it."
But ho ho ho thanks to a friend's timely birthday, I had to go along and I am glad I did, because it was an experience to remember.
Firstly, and vainly, everyone looked extra dewy and snowy under the white atmosphere. It felt like another country. The cold was terrific, Bye bye sunny weather outside!
Secondly, the experience was strange. I"m already not too particularly good at inline skating, and I thought ice skating would be my (down)fall. But as it turns out, ice skating was a lot easier. And yes, the only way to go is still in circles but it's fun balancing yourself (I am not good at it) and watching others fall (hehe I doubt my morals too) and catching out the instructors. (cough)
Thirdly, it's an easy bonding experience. Friendship not strong enough? Hold a friend and fall down together. Friendship too strong? Push them and watch them get up in rage enough to melt the ice and chase after you. Looking for a scrape-free time? Just skate around together and take photos of you guys as animated ice sculptures.
I'll look forward to my next good time.
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Short lived fun best saved for a rainy day
If you don’t mind embarrassing yourself and running the risk of falling flat on your face, ice skating is always a fun way to spend spare time on the weekend. The only issue at The Rink though, is that you’re likely to lose your friends against the swarm of other people with the exact same idea. It’s fun for a while, before you get bored of having to avoid cocky teenagers and girls dropping their phones on the ice, but if all you’re looking for is an awkwardness free first date or a way to spend a rainy Sunday, you may as well give it a try.
What did I learn? I was sent off by my mum insisting that it will be freezing, why I believed her I still don’t know, but I turned up with two jackets and quickly regretted my actions. It gets extremely hot on the ice, so make sure that you have a few dollars spare for a locker and put all jackets, coats etc. inside. Also if you’re boots aren’t quite right, try a different size until they are, blisters to remind you of your trip are not the kind of memories that you want to leave with.
It only costs $17.50 for 2 hours of both skating and boot rental each, so you get what you expect for the amount that you pay. It’s a fun one off thing to do if you’re bored on the weekend or don’t know what to do with friends, but I found that the novelty of being on ice quickly wore off and constantly avoiding so many people on the ice got tiring pretty quickly.
Let it Go (Only If You Can Skate)
If café-hopping alone got mundane for you, then consider giving ice-skating a try before going for lunch. At $17.50, get a pair of skates and feel like Elsa for 2 hours. If you're a novice, attend the earlier sessions as there are less people, which just simply translate a lower chance of bumping into someone and fall hard on your butt.
Being there a few times, the most crowded sessions are from 5 PM onwards, where polytechnic's ice-skating CCA gathers and have their practice session. (Read : Not a great time to have your virgin experience) However, it is a great way to spend the afternoon catching up with friends after a while. If you can't skate, go with a few friends who can and get them to lock hands with you and glide across the ice like Elsa.
But if you can't, just hang on to dear life by the railing or rent a penguin guide so you can venture into the fast zone where seasoned skaters go 3 rounds before you can even complete half.
To beat the cold temperature, just bring a sweater and be sure to wear socks because the skates don't smell all that pleasant.
Favourite Skating Rink
I visited The Rink @ JCube for the first time today and I had a blast! The place was crowded, to say the least but it was understandable because it is Singapore's first olympic-sized rink after all.
I would call myself a beginner skater. I am able to balance on the ice and even skate around at an okay speed without falling too much. Having previously skated only at the rink at Kallang Leisure Park, I was amazed at how much easier it was to skate on the ice at The Rink! The ice seemed a lot more even, allowing me to glide around easily, as compared to Kallang's slightly-jagged ice surface.
Albeit having heard people saying that The Rink is extremely cold, i found it to be alright, even without a jacket. However, I would suggest that people bring along at least a thin cardigan, just in case. Gloves are also, though not compulsory, a good thing to have as they can protect your hands from getting cut on sharp bits of ice while breaking your falls.
I would recommend that everybody visit The Rink at least once as it is a really enjoyable rink to skate in and is currently Singapore's most popular one!
Cool Place !
If the crowd are anything to gauge The Rink by, then I think this place is definitely a success and something us heartlanders can boast : an Olympic sized ice skating rink in the western part of Singapore. And all this in swanky new modern building that is JCube.
Visitors can either visit The Rink as their main activity or part of a day out in the vicinity that abounds with amenities - shopping, dining, movies, etc.
But kudos aside, is The Rink really worth your time & money ? The following are my observation which I hope will benefit readers who have not visit the place before or are intending to do so:
1) The quoted rates are for 2 hours session only. So you can't go skating beyond the assigned time-frame and will be "herded" out of the rink to change out of rented gears and return them.
2) There are lockers available for rent at $2 per usage (no $1 coins, no worries, a coin changing machine is available right in the locker area.
3) Non-skaters who want to stay at the rink side (perhaps shoot pictures or take care of children, not in the mood to skate, etc) have to pay $3.50 to enter the area. But hey, you can have premium views and cool air. If you rather not pay the money, then there is the upstairs spectators area which is free.
4) Some skaters wore wind-breakers or warm clothing, which is good. But do not wear too thick as you may sweat as you are doing a "work-out" at the rink (especially for novices). Best wear layered ones so that you can remove outer layer as you warm up. Long pants are recommended to keep warm and protect your legs in event of a fall.
5) Be careful and observant. The rink can be crowded during peak and comprised skaters of various skill levels. The experienced ones would be zooming around at breakneck speed, doing abrupt brakes, etc, while novices may be falling all over the place. Point is, keep your eyes opened, read situation to minimise accidents. And of course, go in one direction.
6) Keep a bottle of drinking water handy by the rink side. Mark your bottle (if it's bottled water) as many may leave theirs which is the same brand, at the rink side.
7) If your rented skating shoes don't fit well, either too loose or too tight, by all means request for a proper fitting one, or you have 2 good hours to suffer and more after from blisters from ill-fitted shoes. And would be good if you bring your own gloves and socks (calf type). Ankled ones best to be avoided. The gloves are important as in the event of a fall, the bits of ice on the rink floor may be sharp or rough edged. You don't want to cut yourself.
8) For parents with kids out on 1st ever skating experience, spend some money and rent the penguin or seal skating aids. Good as a photo accessories too :)
So is The Rink worth your time or money ? Well, I am planning the next visit soon. :)
So there you have it, 8 personal observation which I trust will improve your skating experience.
Ugh, this place is amazingly cold - the moment I put my foot down on the top floor of J-cube, I was greeted by a draft of cold wind. The wind was as cold as placing ice onto myself - and yes, my digits started to freeze.
Being an avid fan of Ice Skating, I was terribly upset that I wasn't wearing the proper attire when I went there - the experience was half the fun. With proper clothing to keep me warm, it would have been so much more fun, I could have moved around more and stayed longer with no reservations about the cold that was eating my digits alive.
Even so, I found the place to be much smaller than the other ice rinks that I've seen. Also, due to the fact that it is situated at the top floor of the shopping centre, the ice is a thin layer that makes it less smooth to skate on.
The Rink is a pretty good choice for entertainment if you are looking for somewhere to go with your friends. For beginner skaters, usually just one session(lasting 2 hours) will be sufficient to get a rough idea of how to skate. The most important factor is that you have to overcome your fear and let go of the side railings in order to pick up the skill fast. Actually falling down is really not that scary, and fret not, as there are crew skating around the rink to help beginner skaters experiencing difficulties. There are also cute penguin skating aids available for children under twelve.
However, what I do not like about the rink is that it is rather crowded on weekends and holidays, so it is easy to bump into other skaters if you are not careful. I also do not particularly enjoy the open space concept as I feel uncomfortable being watched by the diners in restaurants or shoppers passing by.
Splendid! The rink satisfied me in all expects except for two; the ice skating shoes and the venue.
I was a rookie ice skater who thought skating on ice was as easy as counting rice. Far from it. I clung onto the glass edges that circumferenced the rink. I wobbled like I was the bobbing toys found in cars. I was a picture of total comedy. The venue for this rink did not lay a helping hand at all. It was located right smack in the middle of the mall, encompassed by a wall of transparent glass for all to see no matter what level you are at. This is certainly no rink for the newbies else you'll be engulfed in embarrassment, just like yours truly here. I was no olympian yet I found myself tottering around the rink accompanied by an Olympic sized audience!
Then, there were the ice skating shoes that they provided upon entry. Why were there no paddings?? The blades seemed to be on the verge of slicing into my numbed feet there.
Otherwise, the venue mimics the olympic atmosphere and setting to a tee. Especially it's chilly temperatures. We even had smoke billowing out of our mouths like we were communicating at freezing Mount Fuji. Amazing. Now, can they equip this function throughout the whole of Singapore?
It's a winter wonderland
The main attraction in the mall and the only reason why i would travel so far is because of the ice-skating ring! I've been there twice and after my 1st time i learnt to remember to bring my own gloves. I had a blast skating rounds and rounds and chatting with friends on ice.
On the 2nd time, i went with my boyfriend. I had fun laughing at him because he was a total noob at skating. As there is an ice-skating instructor, you can ask him to teach you if you're a beginner. I observed it was the kids he usually taught so if you're an adult, it takes guts to ask him to teacch you. It cost about $30 to skate for 2 hours but they is an allocated timing as they have breaks in between to smoothen the ice. After an hour of skating, we started having blisters as we were wearing our own socks. After which, I made another mental note to myself to bring thicker socks when i skate the next time!
Fun On Ice
That feeling of being on ice, moving gracefully as the world zips by around you, feeling the cool wind in your face... is almost magical. And while experiencing the real thing is expensive, the cheaper alternative is to head to 1 of the 4 indoor ice skating rinks in Singapore, of which the latest is The Rink @Jcube.
The Rink offers both basic and advance skating lessons, but for those who just want a short introduction to skating, The Rink has that as well. Equipment like skate boots can be rented / bought here as well. If you wish to save money, make sure to bring your own gloves and socks!
Generally, ice skating at The Rink is done in blocks of 2 hours per session, and after each session, everyone has to leave to let the staff clean and prepare the area for the next session. It's best to reach about 15 - 20 minutes before each session begins, to prepare and purchase tickets and equipment. That way, you'll maximize the money spent.
The are 2 main differences between The Rink @ JCube and other indoor ice skating rinks in Singapore. First, the size of The Rink conforms to the Olympic standard for indoor ice skating rinks. Because of this, the Singapore Ice Skating Association and the Singapore Ice Hockey Team hold their training sessions here, and these sessions are open to the public for viewing.
Secondly, The Rink offers rink-side dining, and there are quite a few cafes and restaurants located around both the third and fourth level of JCube which offers good views of the area. On weekends, at night, The Rink holds a Disco Night On Ice, which is a highlight for both the participants and the viewers!
On the flip side, you do have to be 'thick-skinned' when ice skating here, as the area is open for public viewing. So if you're prone to feeling self-conscious or think you'll embarrass yourself, you might want to give The Rink a miss. However, ice skating is a somewhat unique activity, and may be a good activity for bonding, exercising, or for breaking the routine of life.
The only place to enjoy a good rink
The highlight of J Cube Mall has evidently got to be the first Olympic sized skating rink in Singapore. Sadly, prices have gone up (but what’s new?) but are still affordable for unrivalled fun that is exclusive to the rink. It is advisable to wear long socks or jeans to skate, as the nature of the plastic skates can get uncomfortable for the skin due to friction. You might go on a weekday afternoon to beat the crowd, but don’t be surprised if the rink is half full. This attraction is a good alternative for Singaporeans to have some short-lived entertainment.