Joo Chiat

We thought about going up to Malaysia for the day or to Universal because we had no plans. TW’s work bonus was oversold and under delivered so we ended up going with the budget-friendly option of exploring places we haven’t been to yet. What the Pandan? had mentioned the area in a comment. I then read their post about eating in Joo Chiat, it was months ago but I made a note of it.

Joo Chiat pretty

I love buildings with details, an colours.

Joo Chiat pretty

TW was saying he enjoyed how intricate and well taken care of some of the designs are.

Joo Chiat pretty

The white features on most houses in this row really got him. All different but consistent across the houses.

Joo Chiat pretty

He offered for us to move into one of these terrace houses and some were for lease. They are pretty but our area has these same colourful buildings and everything else you could possibly want as well.

Joo Chiat pretty

We didn’t make a day of it, we didn’t eat in Joo Chiat, we had already had breakfast and it wasn’t yet time for lunch. What we did do was have a bit of a wander through the streets and randomly hit all the highlights without trying. Highlights as far as buildings go, I think Joo Chiat offers a lot as far as food and specialty items go as well.

Joo Chiat pretty

Even though the pink house has blue details instead of white, it was my favourite. I thought have liked the white to be consistent. Happy for the windows to have blue around them but the facade details, I think, would have been better in white to match the rest of the row.

Joo Chiat pretty

From Joo Chiat we walked down to the beach. East Coast Park beach area. We didn’t have to cross the highway because there is an underpass. Singapore really tries to think of everything.

East Coast Park

East Coast Beach front

This beachfront park area is massive. There are some jungle reserves, and we were told but I forget what they are for. BBQ pits are scattered about along with a myriad of chairs and shelters.

East Coast Beach front

Shipping lane makes the view interesting. Not many people swim at this beach because there are so many vessels in the water waiting for their turn.

East Coast Beach front

Singapore loves a good line though. If there isn’t a line it isn’t worth it so, the shipping line is fairly on trend with the culture here. It happens because Singapore has a hugely busy port. They do their best but the waiting ships fill the horizon and beyond.

We came across some food courts, McDonald’s, there is a Hawker Centre much further down the beach than we got to. Also, big adventure parks for kids. The slides in this one did not look too fun – big metal slides in the sun. If you have long pants on then maybe but TW and I just pictured it as a great way to burn off some skin and really scar yourself for life.

Having said that, I would slide down metal slides in the hot sun as a kid in Queensland. Sometimes they were a bit too hot to be fun but after a few trips down, you get used to it or you give up. I fell off that slide from a decent height, that hurt more than the hot metal ever did. Maybe these ones are ok. The roof might shelter the floor of it, you can’t fall off the slide. That is a plus.

2 Comments on “Joo Chiat and East Coast Park

  1. I’ll have to put both Joo Chiat and East Coast Park on my list of places to visit. Enjoy reading your Blog as I too am in Singapore with my wife.

    • Thanks 🙂 I didn’t realise you were still in Singapore – are you based here now or is it a back and forth for you? We tend to do the super easy things or free things. We are still quite new so at the moment I don’t see the need to spend money when we haven’t really explored. We are going to go to Oporto one day if you want to come. It is an Australian chain, it is the flavours of Nandos but fast food style. Australia already had Oporto when Nando’s arrived. I heard Oporto opened a store here last year I think so we want to go try it out, one day.

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