Running Punggol Buangkok Sengkang Park connector

We love the park connectors, you can run, cycle, blade, scoot or simply walk. Day or night, the scenic waterways always attract families (including pets) and activities.

Lovely cloud reflections at Coney Island entrance

When I need to choose a spot for my long runs, the Sengkang Park connector links me to Punggol and Buangkok, and the loop will last me 20 to 25km.  Some convenience factors for me would be be toilets, water point and shelters (lockers would be a bonus).

1) Toilets – For obvious reason, stomachache in the middle of coney island is no fun.

2) Water point for my hydration needs. Try running in Bishan Park loops and you will realise they only have 2 or perhaps 3 water points. (Please correct me if I am wrong)

3) Shelters from the environment. You can run in the rain but not under thunderstorm.

Look at Google Map below, I have highlighted the water points (roughly every 5km) in my favourite running route. You can start from anywhere, any direction, just follow the waterways and “long kang” (drains) to form a 20km loop. Google Map Link

Sengkang Punggol Running route
Sengkang Punggol Running route

Expect to see Container parks, nice vantage bridges, dams, beautiful sunrise or sunset, and the spectacular Punggol landscape. I have yet to spot the otters.

I live in Sengkang, but I need to admit that Punggol is more scenic 🙂

Punggol 21
Punggol 21, Jewel Bridge

When you run around your neighbourhood, you will realise how landscapes can change in months. Green area cleared, boarding come up, and the BTO flats literally grow floor by floor in weeks! And Sengkang hospital will be ready in a few months!

 

 

If you start from Compass One (Seng Kang MRT), clockwise through Buangkok you will reach Sengkang Park connector towards the swimming pool. You will run behind Kampong Lorong Buangkok (Singapore’s last Kampong on the main land, GPS 1.383346, 103.878035).

Sengkang Park connector
Sengkang Park connector

#Water point B(refer map) Anchorvale Swimming Pool

Sengkang Swimming Pool

 

Run along the river and you will reach the dormitories and Punggol Marina. Look across the straits at Johor Pasir Gudang. There will be a lot of fishing enthusiasts (anglers) too.

Punggol end Jetty

#Water point C. Punggol End

If you want to end your run, take a bus back to Punggol bus Interchange. Or if you want additional challenge, run the Punggol end slopes!

You can enjoy seafood or rent a bike to go to Coney Island (closed at 7pm).

Bus to Punggol end

But this lush greenery and laid-back corner at Punggol end will be very crowded soon, with new flats and even industries.

Future Punggol Developments
Future Punggol Developments

I hate this zig-zag route running parallel to Coney Island. Seems like never ending, and always feel lonely on this stretch. You will get occasional bikers and joggers.

Below picture of HDB, you will see remote planes flying around weekends.

You will see Lorong Halus bridge before Water Point D. This bridge looks nice day or night.

#Water point D. Punggol Promenade toilet (200m from bridge, 50m to Container Park)

This is 15km mark on my run, 5km to go but I hear Happy hours 🙂

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ofo bikes Punggol

Nearing the end of my route, one more km to Water Way E.

#Water point E. Punggol Park (This is actually in Hougang)

Punggol Park
Punggol Park

 

#Water point A. This can be Buangkok or Sengkang MRT

A slow run (20km pace 7 to 8) will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours. Enjoy the scenery.

Additional tips :

1-Ladies, do not go running along in the late evenings, run with a pal. Some areas suffer from blackouts. And there are many construction sites around.

2-Beware of the irritating bright lights from ebikes and scooters, they are fast and often blind you with their spotlights!

Do you prefer Sunrise, Sunset or even full moon? Do share your favourite park and running routes with me.

Macritchie Trail run
– Cycle to Sengkang North and Seletar airport
– Cycle to Coney Island
– Follow our running adventures here

OCBC Cycle 2017 is happening in one month’s time

[ OCBC Cycle 2017 Tickets Giveaway ]

OCBC Cycle 2017 is happening soon. Remember this photo of me lying flat on Benjamin Sheares bridge? I could only do this during OCBC Cycle 2016 event, when the road belonged to two-wheelers!

I did it for novelty and partially because I was tired 🙂
Read our Fun OCBC Cycle 2016 Blog post here.

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Come 18-19 November 2017, OCBC Cycle will start pedaling from Singapore Sports Hub. Does not matter whether you are cycling for 100 metres (2-3 years old cute) or 20 minutes (for those age 5 to 9 years old), or adults 23km and 42km (The Straits Times Ride and The Sportive Ride respectively).

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Follow our cycling journey here http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/cycling

Fun is guaranteed 🙂

All sorts of bikes will appear around Kallang area once again. Ok, the serious “zeng” (modified) ones will likely only appear on Sunday.

 

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We are happy Boon Wee (no1) will be joining me in the 23km category (so hard to book a slot in his busy calendar) I am looking forward to climbing up Benjamin Sheares Bridge with the Dads again!

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OCBC Cycle 2017
OCBC Cycle 2016

We are not aiming for podium finish, we are only going for the joy ride. Will definitely be more fun to cycle with buddies and families.

It is not too late to sign up for OCBC Cycle 2017, although some tickets are selling fast. Details here -> https://www.ocbccycle.com

*Support first time cyclists on OCBC Cycle Fanpage and stand to win a Polar M460 worth $269.

=== === Tickets Giveaway Contest === ===

Thanks to OCBC Cycle, we have two sets of “Mighty Savers Family Ride (5-8 years old)” to giveaway. Each set of tickets is worth $74.

Do take note of the age limit restriction and date/time. A parent can join the child for the 20 minutes duration.

1. Contest is on our Fanpage and Instagram.
2. Fans must first LIKE OCBC Cycle and SengkangBabies Fanpage

3. Leave your name and email on our Fanpage (or you can message email address to us), and share why you would be keen to cycle with your child.

4. Share this Facebook page (refer step 3) on your Facebook Wall and tag @SengkangBabiesBlog (so that we know you are participating)

5. For an extra chance, do Follow us on our Instagram and leave your name and hashtag #skbOcbcCycle (Instagram link)

6. Contest ends 13 Oct 10 pm, and two winners will be randomly picked

7. Remember to set your Social Media profile/s to public so that we can see the shared post

8. This contest is only available for those with Singapore address.

Junior Sports Academy, Sports Buffet

Yee at his weekly Flippa Ball session.

Junior Sports Academy (JSA) is managed by MOE , and the target audience are kids who show an interest in sports, or exhibit better sports coordination.

What is JSA?

Think of JSA as Sports Buffet 🙂

As long as your kids love sports, does not matter any disciplines, be it Run, Swim, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Fencing or even Table tennis. There are up to 19 sports on the menu!

JSA sports selection
JSA sports selection

There are selection trials every year and those who show more potential (and passion) in sports got a higher chance to be selected.

If you child is in P4 or P5 and love sports, give it a try. No3 Boon Yee is a perfect candidate as he loves the great outdoors and adventures 🙂

JSA curriculum and objectives

To quote from MOE website :
” Budding sporting talents will be identified and developed with a broad-based physical sports programme, to strengthen their overall physical competencies and motivation in sports at the primary school level.

These students will explore and discover their strength and passion in a range of sports at the primary school level, and subsequently make an informed choice to commit to one of them with more targeted support from schools and relevant sports organisations at the secondary school level and beyond.

Interestingly, a child should NOT pick a sport which he is comfortable with. Example no soccer or swimming if he is already in school team or attending weekly swim classes.

The idea is to pick a “new” sport and let the coach and instructors develop your potential, you have to pickup from basics again 🙂

If the child excel in his sports and wish to pursue it further, there are Sports School and other tracks to consider.

Our thoughts?

I always believe that Sports can help to mold a child’s character.

Sports is a good platform to build up his or her resilience, discipline, independence and sportsmanship.

I have never been active in sports but am now running more to inspire the little ones to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Checkout out our family sports here, Running, Hiking and Cycling.

The Mrs was a little bit hesitant about Junior Sports Academy programme initially, as selected candidates will need to commit to 4 x 12 weeks of training, one session per week.

Junior Sports Academy
Junior Sports Academy

We were worried that this might load the child with additional activities, but seeing how Yee enjoys his flippa-ball sessions, we are glad we signed him up for JSA 🙂

I wished I had as much opportunities (Sports buffet) from Junior Sports Academy in my youth!

Boon Yee’s Primary (and backup) sports selection for the first 48 weeks. If selected, he will immerse in that sports module for 12 weeks “internship”.

Who know, we might be seeing a budding Schooling or WaterPolo national member in our home one day :p

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-Fencing or shooting
-Badminton or Table Tennis
-FlippaBall or Basketball
-Taekwondo or Track & Field
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Besides popular Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball, there are less visible options like Sailing and Bowling too.

Best of all, kids and parents do not need to invest in any sports attire or kits (no need to buy rackets or soccer shoes), all will be on loan from JSA programme. JSA only need parents’ commitment to bring the kids to their class on time.

 

The coaches are hired by JSA programme to teach the kids.

There are many ways to excel and thrive in today’s society. And sports is still an underrated sector with much potential.

The challenge would be how many parents are willing to let their child take up a sports career?  We will support our kids if their true compass is in sports. As long as they are enjoying their life and are happy, we shall be happy 🙂