Sembawang Park

A March 30, 2012
 
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A surprise encounter
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It was during one of my cycling trips when I visited Sembawang park. After a long and tiring ride from my house to sembawang area, it was really very refreshing when we chanced upon this park with such a strong sea breeze!

Thinking that it was just a “normal” park, I really didn’t expect to be so close to the sea. However, the park is really under-developed as compared to its sister parks, like East Coast Park. There is practically no facility there, which also explains why my friend and I bumped into this park by chance.

All in all, a surprising encounter with a park so near the sea, but with its potential untapped. Hopefully there will be construction to build more amenities there!
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The colonial story
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I once tried to write a pan-asian story - one with western morales, forms and ideas, but in a very local context. The story had pontianaks, Jinns and mysterious gardeners, and the concept was crucially centred around the feel of a place a stone's throw away from where I used to live in Sembawang.

That magical place is not Sembawang park itself, but the colonial houses nearby. Intertwining roads that meander through expat houses too large and expensive for a local to even dream of, the superior air of the estate climaxes at King's road. That was where I'd take my routine, daily walks to the MRT station, admiring the black and white houses pressed against the sky like models in a giant pop-up book. In the morning, the air was ice cold, untouched by the heat and noise of our population. A thin fog would hover above the ground, giving an even more out-of-this-world experience. And so, the idea of my book had awoken. Of course, I found myself lacking in time, discipline and talent. Hence, the book remained as a young boy's wild imagination. But if you ever have the chance, wake up one morning, drive down to Sembawang park and as you pull into the first car-park, you'll find the beautiful, mysteriousness of the colonial houses seep into your consciousness.
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Sit back and relax, with the sea under your feet
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Sembawang Park is quite a distance from Bedok, so it's no surprise that I am not a frequent visitor here. The few times I did come here was always at night. It was always high tide and the beach was always swallowed by the sea. Hence, I have never seen Sembawang sand before.

Driving in by the road, I always felt that Sembawang Park was one long, dark and deserted place.. until you reach the sea. Then, it suddenly becomes alive with anglers, couples and groups of friends chatting around everywhere. If you can manage to find an empty spot at the sea wall, you could literally sit down with the sea just under your feet - something you don't get to do much in Singapore. Watching the sea at such a low point of view is a pretty cool experience!

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childhood memories
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Whenever I flip through my childhood photos, I can always see that Sembawang Park had been the background for mostly my childhood photos, maybe about forty-percent.

I went there recently with my brother and his friends for his birthday celebration. We’ve got barbeque Pit 11 as it is not located near any barbeque pit, so if we are too loud, we wouldn’t get any complains.

It is exceptionally dark at night, so it is very dangerous if you go alone. But if you want to go there at night, maybe bring extra torch-light and batteries if you want some light.
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