Sembawang Park- Just a Short Swim Across to Johor, Malaysia. (I didn't insist you do it, mind you)
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August 29th, 2009 – by: almond72
I've noticed the following taking place there :
People fishing with rods & nets
Lots of families & couples camping in tents
Joggers & those just walking about
Couples making out (evenings & nights generally)
BBQs by all manner of people
Dogs being exercised or exercising the owners
Functions & buffets at the restaurant located there
Kids running wild all over the place & playground
Some swimmers but they don't get very far before they are turned back by the marine police boats ( I was waiting for them to fire a volley over those swimmer's heads but no luck)
Cyclists and suicidal cyclists practising how to collide with all manner of objects, both mobile & immobile
Picnics which hopefully doesn't produce more waste (in volume) than the food consumed itself.
Exercising (or making a show of exercising) on some of the equipment at the park
Bowling with the 'cannonball fruit' - that was done by yours truly some time ago
For those of you wondering why I seem to have extremely few photos of myself in the blogs, it's not because I'm superstitious about my soul being captured by the camera. (those who know me well would concur that I seem to lack a soul in the first place, we are not talking about jazz here).
I actually simply find it weird to look at myself in pictures. Out of body experience kind of thing, you know. Once was enough, thank you.
No, I do not stare at myself in the mirror either.
And NO, I'm not a vampire for that matter. (I've been staked in the heart way too often to Not have died as a vampire)
Could it be I saw too much of myself in those pesky 'Wanted' pictures and kinda like to keep a low profile? :D
If you look at the waters across the beach front, that's Johor, Malaysia there.
The port is just slightly to your right. (Pasir Gudang). -Not as busy as Singapore or the new container terminal at Tg. Pelepas
Directly across is the seafood place in Teluk Jawa, Masai in Johor. A whole bunch of them cluster there, hidden in the Kota Putri housing/industrial area.
To your left across the Tebrau Straits also known as Johore Straits, is the causeway bridge that links Singapore and Malaysia.
You will notice that the police boats do watch you closely if you start swimming out from shore. This is more so since the infamous escape of one Mr. Mas Selamat from special detention camp about nearly 2 years ago. This chap who was slightly crippled evaded police & the army for a whole year and then some. He somehow scrounged together some plastic bottles & material and swam across the straits at a different point to Johore.
All spots with greenery (which I happen to like & frequent) were suddenly full of soldiers & police and dogs. Wandering into the reservoir areas with a backpack was now suspicious behavior and warranted a search.
Back to Sembawang Park, there is now an added feature for your security (so I presume). There's a pickup truck with a GPMG mounted on it driving around with the police. I just can't imagine what happens they open fire with such a thing in an environment crowded with campers, picnic goers, dogs, kids, old folks, cyclists. I guess it could be for the suspects trying to flee by swimming across the straits. I'm one who prefers to steer away from armaments unless I'm the one holding them or it's at an exhibition.
With such a safe atmosphere, you can now happily spend your time at the small expanse of beach concentrating on the important stuff like :
Why isn't the fire for the BBQ lighted yet ?
Why are the sausages burnt to crisp despite your kids swearing that they turned them every 30 seconds ?
Where the hell is the dog ? He was just tied to the tent a few minutes ago.
Where is the stupid husband ? Doesn't he know those crabs he keeps catching are not edible ?
What is that dead fish found floating in the water doing on my BBQ grill ?
How does anybody expect me to eat this charred / uncooked / semi cooked food without chilli sauce ?
Is the queue to the toilet still half an hour long ?
Who the hell booked this BBQ pit next to a overflowing garbage bin ?
Which smartass even suggested coming to this *(&^$%^$%!# supposed recreation spot in the first place ?
Why is the bicycle daddy bought now a unicycle instead?
Is that someone we know who keeps waving & bobbing his/her head into the water ?
When are those people by the beach going to stop pointing & shouting at the person above in the water ? It's distracting !
Don't get sidetracked by the music those teenagers are playing, so what if it's loud enough to cause a mini tsunami across the straits ?
If there's smoke, there's fire... so don't worry when the kiddies next to you raise the pollution index to new heights not seen since the last forest fires in Sumatra & Kalimantan combined. (they are just trying out the smoked fish recipe they found at the library)
Ignore the guy who is being strangled by the fishing line cast by some moron who didn't look behind first.
Forget the rubber thingy floating in the water which your kid picked up and now is blowing it up into a balloon.
This place is totally safe so there is absolutely no need to check if you locked your car or that your notebook is sitting on your front seat in plain view of all & sundry.
The pier is very sturdy and despite all the kids jumping up & down, it will not collapse. (it may sway & have a few bits drop off but that's OK)
In summary, do have fun at this place and try your very best not to leave so much garbage behind that the recycling companies find it profitable to build a new plant on a plot of land right next to the beach. Till we meet !
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