You know how when a hangout/park/place is so near where you live, you tend to treat it like a blind spot?
Well I was pretty much “blind” to Bishan Park which was a road opposite where I lived till I was 10 years old and wanted to learn how to ride a bike. I must have spent another 8-9 times in the park riding the bike, observing people fish/prawn by the pond before we moved when I was 13.
After that Bishan Park pretty much became “inaccessible” and out of my to-go list because parks like Labrador, MacRitchie, Hort, Botanic Gardens were way more interesting.
It wasn’t till a good friend moved into the development that sat along the perimeter of the park that I noticed how much the former Bishan Park (recently renamed Bishan-AMK Park) has changed since some 20 years ago. And of course, the sighting of a standalone McDonald’s (in park 2) with quite a view to boot made me sit up too. What was once just bicycle rental and fishing shops was now a gorgeous enclave of lush greenery, beautifully maintained shrubs, bridges, ponds complete with eateries, cafes and holistic wellness for the soul with the likes of spa & pilates (which I’ve recently attended and enjoyed it so much).
And now that I had a little tyke who really likes the outdoors, it seemed like a perfect plan to spend the late afternoon there with him when I took upon my good friend’s suggestion last week and suggested a day out at the park (helps that we could wash up the boys and feed them at her home when we were done!). We had plans to play sand too, but alas the 3 boys stopped in their tracks at the outdoor playground we walked by en route to the park, we just had to stay a little longer before our tummies got the better of us; and hauled 3 boys and a pram to Macs for a much needed junk-food order 30 minutes after.
We ended up spending the rest of the late afternoon relaxing on 2 lovely wooden benches at the park, armed with a bag of fries (and a tiny bag of unsalted ones for the little guys) – my friend went back for seconds and brought along with her ice cream and another round of drinks – and letting the boys run freely on the lovely patch of green, kicking a ball, blowing some bubbles, exchanging friendlies with other kids on their gliders/scooters and their parents.
Liam as always was besotted with every dog that crossed his line of sight and we were blessed that the owners were such lovely people who encouraged him to pat their adorable pets with permission and was in no hurry to shoo us off.
It was such a lovely day and when it was time for us to head back for the boys bath time and dinner – they sure looked reluctant to leave. How I wish I was back to staying just a road away from the park.