Singapore: the sun, the beach and the jellyfish! – Part 3 (a)

BBQ + camping = hot! :p

I wasn’t feeling well even before the train ride: my tonsillitis recurred and was feeling feverish 😥 I slept like a log throughout the journey. After reaching Woodlands CIQ around 6.35am, I made my way to Tiong Bahru to meet up with Shirely. We headed to East Cost Park around 3pm: took MRT to Tanah Merah and hailed a cab to Area G’s car park.

En route to Tanah Merah

En route to Tanah Merah

Here we are!

Here we are!

En route to the car park, we were thinking: Area G seems to be too secluded, will our safety be compromised? After turning a corner, we were quite surprised to see how happening the seaside was. Found our BBQ pit #77 and started to pitch our tents for the night.

Happening, right? Ok, we are under-prepared...

Happening, right?
Ok, we are under-prepared…

Our backyard :p

Our backyard :p

Claim your territory!

Claim your territory!

The general rules that we adhered to when choosing a place to set up the tents:-

  1. Shady place: Sue kept saying she wanted to take a nap before the BBQ
  2. A non-water-logging place
  3. Some distances away from the coconut trees
  4. Some distances away from the BBQ pits to avoid trapping oil fumes in the tents
  5. Leaving some privacy for the couple (Hahahaha!)
Falling coconut!!! You have to avoid this

Falling coconut!!! You have to avoid this :p

Done pitching!

Done pitching!

It was a long wait for the caterer to deliver our BBQ package. We got a little bored and started guessing about the airline of the next plane flying across! :p Thank god that it didn’t rain as was predicted by the weather forecast because we did not prepare ourselves for that at all. Our contingency plan was to pan fry our BBQ ingredients at Taur’s place :p The BBQ went well and we gorged ourselves! Yi, another Endeavour and Unimelb alumna joined in the fun.

We want our BBQ food...

We want our BBQ food…

The food is here! The food is here!

The food is here! The food is here!

Hehe!

Hehe!

Please don't mess with this gal! Not only is she a TaekwonDo black belt holder, she likes to play with knife! Hahaha

Please don’t mess with this gal! Not only is she a TaekwonDo black belt holder, she likes to play with knife! Hahaha

A loud applause for the man of the trip! He did all the rough jobs for the ladies!

A loud applause for the man of the trip! He did all the rough jobs for the ladies!

Ah Ball biked and visited us at the park around 11pm -_________-‘’’ when I was already exhausted from the travelling, playing around and my battling with my tonsillitis bacteria. Sue reprimanded, “Your friend came all the way to see you and you are going to sleep?!” Sorry Ball, I was sick and tired…

To Ah Ball: I'm not going to come out of my tent!

To Ah Ball: I’m not going to come out of my tent!

I learnt one important lesson after this camping trip: if you need proper rest and your neighboring campers consist of kids mainly, SHIFT YOUR CAMPSITE! The chances are: the kids will be filled with such effervescence  and enjoy the night to the maximum without going to sleep at all, making hell lots of noises!

Kids = monsters!

Kids = monsters!

Our backyard at night

Our backyard at night

I am always a shallow sleeper and am very sensitive to lights and sounds. I woke up around 1.30am, annoyed and told the kids, “Adik, boleh senyap sedikit tak? Tak boleh nak tidur ni!” I was actually directing this complaint to their parents in the hope that they will control their kids a bit. No improvement at all after that… Boo…

“Shhhhhh!!!” I tried to hush them from inside the tent, but I only heard mild scolding from the parents, “Senyap…” which was not intimidating at all! If I were to go on a camping trip with my dad when I was still a kid, and I were to still make noise after being complained, trust me, I’d be really miserable after that. I grumbled to Sue who was sharing the tent with me, “Why wouldn’t the kids go to sleep?” Sue said, “It’s inevitable. You know, for kids, camping is fun and you are playing with all your cousins!”

Besides, Area G is not an ideal place if you are planning for a quiet and peaceful day out due to its close proximity to Changi Airport.

A=our campsite B=windsurfing centre

A=our campsite
B=windsurfing centre

Taur said, “Today is the day that I see the most airplanes!”

Yi said, “When I first reached the park, seeing the airplanes flying so low was exciting. Now it’s too much!”

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“Shhhhhh!!!” I heard Taur hushing one airplane which was flying across. Haha!

4.30pm...

5.04pm…

5.12pm...

5.12pm…

5.21pm.... busy airport...

5.21pm…. busy airport…

Seeing the most airplanes in a day!

Seeing the most airplanes in a day!

The night was simply too hot and there wasn’t much breeze. We slept leaving all the windows of our tents open, inclusive of the top ones. Around 5.30am, the rain came! Taur and I hastened to cover the top windows with rain covers!

All of us woke up around 7am, cleaned ourselves and changed into our windsurfing attires, dissembled our tents, took breakfast and we walked to the Changi Coast Walk which was around 2km away lugging all our camping gears.

Breakfast time!

Breakfast time!

A 2km walk

A 2km walk

Part 1: before the trip | Part 2: taking train | Part 3: the sun and the beach! (b)| Part 4: -ing SG!

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