I never thought I’d treasure long weekends that much sooner than anticipated (since that means no school for the older son) ever since making the switch from PTWM to a SAHM 3 months ago. Till I got offered to do freelance work at one of my favourite companies this week. Suddenly my days of not being able to properly account for how I spend the day-that-flew-by-so-quickly to anyone that asks turned into days that I was just excitedly filling our (me and the boys’) free time with mini adventures, lots of them! I’ve been embarking on an ongoing adventure theme with Liam since earlier this year, often making it a point to bring him to a new place or to let him try a new experience in an effort to teach that (new) change can be enjoyable & fun as well. And thankfully, it has paid off at his new school. He’s been telling his teacher how much he likes attending school that she often jokes and asks me to check with him on the authenticity of it (I’ve since confirmed it with him 3 times and over. It’s true!). Phew!
So this long weekend, I had grand plans of bringing the family either to Tanjong Pagar railway station (that would definitely make Liam giddy with excitement considering the fanatic phase he’s into with Thomas and Friends) or to the Istana grounds (since I’ve not been there before). But because mum wasn’t able to go marketing (after not being able to walk for the last 2 weeks and still in serious recovery mode after the 2nd consecutive visit to the specialist last week) and needed me to do grocery buying for the week, we decided to take fully utilise all 7 seats in our mpv (okay, I’m getting more appreciative of the space and headroom now although I still miss our sporty and cozy sedan) and take everyone else to the wet market – which I was told is the biggest in the district!
Let’s just say I had more fun than my boys with the variety of produce available at the wet market and the boys scored me discounts or extra prawns at almost every stall just by smiling.
By early afternoon, Liam kept asking if we were going on another adventure. Man, it’s hard to laze in the air-conditioned malls with this boy. One google search led to another, what intended to be a more detailed exploration to The Punggol Settlement, since the first time we were there few months back but didn’t get to walk around much then, led us to Punggol Waterway instead.
I had no idea Punggol could be this interesting.
Being cafe aficionados that had a beef with the scorchingly, humid weather, there was no way we were going to start our Punggol Waterway adventure without a round of iced, sweeten drinks.
My highlight of our trail was definitely the gorgeously nostalgic-looking Lorong Halus Bridge which led us to the Lorong Halus Wetland, where I spotted a few folks taking OOTD photos amidst the gorgeously bare land. We were hit with pocketfuls of cool breeze while on the bridge, causing us to stop for more photos and take a little respite from the unforgiving heat. Liam loved having so much land to run on when we got to Lorong Halus Wetland, he went absolutely wild with his speed!
We spent about 2.5 hours walking the trails right till the end of Lorong Halus Wetland before detouring back. It was such an idyllic experience that we got our good friends to join us on our 2nd day back there within the weekend!
Apart from the Lorong Halus Bridge and Wetland which we walked from the Tebing Lane area/Punggol Sportshub, there are also 4 other bridges to explore at Punggol Waterway along with a bigger white sand play area, heritage walk, futuristic-looking landmark and water playground! Be sure to rent one of ’em pretty looking bicycles the next time you’re there, it sure seems easier to explore the vast area of Punggol Waterway by wheels than on foot!