This is a post about my everlasting love for Singapore’s Park Connector Network (PCN), which is a series of beautiful tarmac that links up the many parks peppered around the island, allowing cyclists to travel great distances without going on the treacherous roads. And as I don’t have a death wish, I’ve been diligently sticking to the lovely PCN when I head out to explore my neighbourhood in the West on my foldie.

Today, I met up with Joao, my neighbourhood buddy who lives in Dover, and the plan was to take a leisurely cycle towards Bukit Batok. Our meeting point was at the canal of Commonwealth Ave West, which is also the start of the Ulu Pandan park connector. And because Joao got his bike’s brakes stolen, this route was perfect because it’s mostly flat and basically a walk in the park. This long track may not be the most scenic route, but it sure is quiet.

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I was quite fascinated by how the landscape on this path tended to be divided horizontally.

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The old railway in Clementi.
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Stopped to observe some dudes using huge ass cameras to photograph a pathetic “waterfall”. The sign helped with the irony too.

Within 1.5h, we arrived at Bukit Batok Nature Park in one piece. We made good time thanks to a lovely couple, who kindly offered to pump my flattened tires. Kindness movement ambassadors right there. I was super grateful.

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“I look like I’m peeing into the lake,” says Joao.

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Spotted about three of these delightful White-crested laughingthrush.

The park was rather quiet as it was high noon by the time we headed back to our bikes. In search for food, we headed towards the nearby cluster of HDB flats and coffee shops at Bukit Batok East Avenue. And we just had to stop and marvel at how convenient Singapore is sometimes. This heartland was in full swing when we got there at lunch time, with aunties doing their grocery shopping at the wet market, families in semi-pajama wear eating at the coffee shop, and uncles browsing the Chinese New Year bazaar set up at the atrium. Joao and I ended up having pretty decent duck rice at the shabbiest looking coffee shop in the area. (Travel tip: The dirtier the store, the tastier the food. Applicable in most South East Asian countries.)

There was also a bike shop in the neighbourhood, so Joao got his rear brake fixed for just $6, and we headed back where we came from almost twice as fast.

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The RunKeeper app told me that we cycled 20km, took 2:30h, and burnt a total of 649 calories.

Love active Sundays!

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