Bike Adventure: Raffles Marina Lighthouse

On my first weekend in Singapore, I was fortunate to join a cycling group, Love Cycling Singapore to the iconic Raffles Marina (Johor Straits) Lighthouse.

 

Dubbed as one of the iconic lighthouses in the state, this is a reminder of Singapore’s rich history.   In addition, a glimpse of the second causeway to Malaysia makes it a picturesque place to see.

Coming from my hostel, I decided to go bimodal via train (Outram Park to Haw Par Villa Station) and pedalled my way (a short distance) to West Coast Park.

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bimodal blues

For a group ride, this was a large one and I got to see different bikes. Heading west, we proceeded to Tuas and passed by the industrial zone. The distance wasn’t too long (about 25km one way) but the heat was quite intense and there were plenty of trucks on the way.

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West Coast Park with the Group

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Mini Cargo Fattie!
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Nice Recumbent

I was also happy that a fellow Filipino joined the ride. Joel from Angeles, Pampanga who has been working here for quite some time was very kind and told me about nice routes to try around Singapore.

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Fellow Filipino Rider, Sir Joel

 

As we entered Marina Raffles where the lighthouse is located, we walked a little to get to the tip of the resort and there it was…that iconic structure and that causeway leading to Malaysia makes you want to pedal further as you see a country several strokes away (maybe on another trip)

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All in Line

Overall, I found the experience enriching as I got to interact with other riders and got to know their views about cycling and epic trips…it’s a Monday (again) tomorrow but I look forward to the next weekend for (hopefully another trip)

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I hope to see this again at Night!

On getting lost: My first group ride in Singapore

Whenever I get to stay in a different country, I’m always excited to ride my bike and see the country’s different aspects. While the typical tourist will flock to popular spots, I prefer to see how life is in different areas.

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was supposed to go to Mt. Faber but ended up here!

It isn’t my first time to bike in Singapore…but it isn’t my first time as well to get lost…even with a map, I still end up in a different place!

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just follow that lane

But today, getting lost was a fortunate thing for me as I got to ride with the Brompton club based in Singapore.

As I was riding along Marina Boulevard, I happen to see Ejin and I was told that there was going to be group ride to Chinatown…

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The first Brompton rider i met, Ms. Ejin Ang
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the rest of the Brompton Riders of SG
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pre-ride photo op
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en route to Chinatown

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When we arrived, the place is quite packed, you could feel that excitement and cheer for the  Chinese New Year.

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The Rooster

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At the Bazaar

I’m thankful to have met them as I was oriented on group cycling in SG…The ride was relaxed-nothing really stressful. Overall, this was a nice experience with a group abroad and I look forward meeting more riders in the future and who says getting lost was bad?