Looking for a good place to stay in Singapore for the long term? Look no further than Punggol, an upcoming residential town in the northeastern part of Singapore. Formerly known for its rural districts of farms and farmhouses, Punggol today is a modern residential town, dotted with many new and refurbished HDB flats (Singapore lingo for apartment blocks), alongside numerous seafood restaurants and future plans for a water-sports hub under the 'Punggol 21' initiative. Being a relatively 'new' residential town, it attracts an increasing number of new homeowners, as well as foreigners looking for a new and promising place to stay in Singapore.
View of Punggol Waterway in the midst of residential development
The Punggol Waterway is a 4.2km man-made waterway which stretches through the entire Punggol town and was opened on the 23rd of October 2011. Boasting waterfront living, there is a plethora of new apartment blocks and condominiums being built along the waterway on both sides, with the first set of houses expected to be completed by 2015.
This writer undertook a short journey along the entire stretch of the waterway from start to finish, on a relatively slow Saturday morning, with nothing more than a refreshing bottle of iced lemon tea and girlfriend in tow.
After walking along the park connector for about 20 minutes, we eventually came across an Adventure Bridge. Perfect for children to play at, and for budding photographers to grab a good picture. It's not the swaying kind though; but rather the sturdy kind.
The adventure bridge leads to a small pavilion/playground where it's full of fun things for kids to do. There's a playground, there's a mini-fountain, even a small chill-out spot for young people to have picnics. Oh, and there's a fully sheltered toilet, in case you need to go wee wee.
Check out all the families there on a Saturday afternoon.
We then headed further out, carrying on our journey along the park connector. I think we got lost halfway, because we ended up somewhere that did not look to familiar. After a while we realized we were at the top of a small hill.
We finally regained our bearing, and headed back along the park connector. It was a very very peaceful and serene walk, with birds flying around and the sound of trickling water around us. We really had to thank God for the excellent weather; it was overcast and very cooling.(but it rained later hahah)
Boasting a scenic view of the nearby Lorong Halus wetlands as well as riverfront living, the combination of nature and water really hits the senses and gives one the sense of feel and serenity in living here.
We arrived at the bridge that led to the Lorong Halus Wetlands. Unlike Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, Lorong Halus is not really a wetlands, but visitors can still walk around and appreciate the nature there, along with several glimpses into a small mangrove. The area now is a PUB (Public Utilities Board) reclamation plant, with a large display area to educate visitors on what the PUB and NParks have been collaborating on to build and preserve the flora and fauna of Lorong Halus. If you're tired, there is also an old couple (think Ninja Van in army terms) who operates from his small van, and sells a variety of tidbits, drinks and the block ice-cream in wafers or colored bread, for $1.20 a piece.
By MRT/LRT : Alight at Punggol MRT, transfer to LRT and alight at Damai station. Cross Punggol Road and you can see the Waterway signboard from the traffic junction. You can also walk along Punggol Central from Punggol MRT. About 10 – 15 mins roundabout walk.
By Bus : 3, 34, 43, 62, 82, 83, 84, 85, 136 to Punggol Bus Interchange. Then about 10 – 15 mins walk to reach central section of Punggol Waterway. Entrance via Punggol Road : Take bus 84 from Punggol Bus Interchange and alight at Punggol Road. Refer to the map below. There is a bus-stop icon in the green forested area. Alight here.