Life really did change quite a bit since we bought our car. For one, we’re now more outgoing on weekends. Particularly on weekends becos our car is an Off Peak Car. Life on weekdays are still pretty much the same as we wake up at the same time every morning to catch the morning train to work. Evenings are more varied as I sometimes leave office on the dot of 6pm to fetch the car from home before picking up Dear2 to go out for a different dinner (it does get quite boring eating from the same hawker stall day after day).
Several things come in handy for us now. First, the public transport guide, available for $6 from Popular bookshop, now serves as a road guide more than a bus guide for us. We use it to plan our routes around and also to find our way home when we got lost. But one bad thing about the public transport guide is its lack of proper road direction markings, especially the one-way roads in the CBD area. Maybe the markings are there but if I can’t readily find the markings as a reader, then it is probably poorly labeled.
The next useful device is our handphones. Both our handphones come with GPS so we can use this feature to search for recommended routes by the navigation software. However, I very much wish that carpark rates can be incorporated into the maps so that we know where is cheapest to park when we reach our destination.
The National Parks Board website has also became our good friend as we try to search out and visit the many green parks and beaches of Singapore. Surprisingly, there are really quite a lot of parks in Singapore that we didn’t know of. Or that we knew of but was too inconvenient to visit.
In addition to parks, good food has also became our destinations. We used to brush off those foodie shows on TV becos its just not worth the effort taking bus, then train, then bus again to reach a particular hawker centre to try a “best” noodles in Singapore. Now, we begin to watch more of these shows, such as Buzzing Cashier and Driving Miss Foodie, and will jot down their addresses to visit them in the future. Another great source of information is the many many food review websites and blogs about Singapore food. Yum yum.
So far, we’ve visited a few hard to reach places that we normally wouldn’t have visited if not for our car. Let me just list down a few in our ever expanding list.
- Henderson Wave at Telok Blangah Park
- Home-cooked picnic at Labrador Park
- Dabao beehoon picnic at Jurong Hill
- Dabao bread from Yishun central then picnic at Sembawang Park
- Attend a wedding dinner at Changi Airport
- Impromptu dinner at Ikea Alexandra
- Passion Run at East Coast Park
- Happily going home for weekend family dinners at Jurong
- Late night ice milo at West Coast Park
- Flea Market at China Square
- Sunday breakfast at Toa Payoh, Bedok
- Visiting an acquaintance at Pasir Ris
- Hanging out at IMM
- Durian at Highland Centre, Serangoon
- Crab beehoon at Ang Mo Kio
- Exhibitions at Expo
- Grocery shopping at Vivo City
- F1 Singapore GP at Marina Bay Street Circuit
- A walk at Bishan Park
- Baby discount stores at Kaki Bukit
Not a fan of the bus-train-bus combination, our lifestyle was really getting a bit stale. I’m glad that we’ve decided to invest in a car to improve the quality and inject some variety into our lives. Now that Dear2 is pregnant, I don’t think we’re able to go on any overseas trips until our baby is born. Despite what books say about mums-to-be (MTBs) being energetic in the second trimester, MTBs still tired easily and are unable to walk long distances. So, even if we go on a 8 day Taiwan trip, Dear2 may not be able to fully enjoy the vacation. Instead, why not stay in Singapore and be domestic tourists to discover the many interesting aspects of our island. Kranji War Memorial, Sungei Buloh, Bollywood veggies, Changi Village, etc, here we come!