An eventful long weekend, but an unsuccessful attempt to rock climb, ice skate and bowl!
Yesterday (Monday 28 Jul, Hari Raya Puasa), we tried again to go rock climbing at the Kallang Wave@Sportshub, after our first unsuccessful outing there two days earlier. On Saturday, it was too crowded due to the free climbs offered every weekend, till 17 Aug, and we reckoned it was not worth joining the queue just to climb up a wall once. After making some enquiries, we left to have an early dinner before going to Gardens by the Bay East to catch the fireworks (the last NE Show for P5s was on at the floating platform that evening).
So, we decided to go again on Monday. After lunch at the pizza place, which was practically the only place to eat without waiting to get a seat (and very slow service for fast food as there were only two people manning it), we attempted to climb but again, it was too crowded and they had closed the registration (reason: so the climbing experience would be better for all) and suggested we come back two hours later when hopefully the crowd would thin out.
In the meantime, I went for a swim at the OCBC aquatic centre training pool and managed to do 6 laps (free public swimming 10 am to 2 pm, and 8 pm to 10 pm, when no events are held there, also until 17 Aug); the 3 girls were supposed to swim too but never made it due to “logistics” (training pool shower and changing area was really tiny, and the little time available to swim of about 15 min made it not feasible for them to take the plunge).
(TIP – the competition pool changing room is the place to go; many lockers and showers and big changing area there).
After taking the opportunity to view the pool from the specs stand (open only during free swimming times) and bumping into my ex-student from 20 years ago (Royston and family),
and viewing the inside of the National Stadium, we made our way back to the rock wall@Kallang Wave.
An even longer queue had formed!!
Time to abandon plan A rock climbing, and try Plan B: either bowling or ice skating at Kallang Leisure Park. Making our way there, we found out that the ice skating place was closed for renovation! Ok, try bowling – all lanes full and waiting list had 9 groups ahead of us!
We had drinks and ice-cream waffle at New York New York to end our outing on a “high” note … and went home to sleep!
Next time we go will be on a weekday when the girls have a short day in school … then the crowd is like this 🙂