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It’s been more than a month since I actually did this walk, so let’s hope I remember the key bits! No excuses, really, except that I started work straightaway and this has been my first free weekend. But, (as Miranda says,) “On with the show!”
Balestier Road lies somewhat in between Toa Payoh and Novena MRT, but I wanted to be able to start from Moulmein Road, so I got to go past some really old buildings / houses and a particularly inter-faith row of places of worship.
Was trying to sneak a shot through the fence when the gate opened! Snapped a quick photo into what is clearly someone’s private residence… but I couldn’t help it, it was too cool.
The blue and cream paintwork of the Tan Tock Seng Specialist Outpatient Clinics. This particular one sits on the property of the Tuberculosis Control Unit. Singapore, actually, isn’t considered a ‘first-world country’ by the measure of the WHO as we still have cases of TB. For example we had 1,533 new cases of TB in 2011.
Cheery factoid, innit? If you are like me and grew up in the age of TV dramas that over-played the dramatic physical symptoms of late-stage AIDS and tuberculosis, you’ll have the same skin-crawling fear of Kaposi’s sarcoma and seeing blood on tissue paper after coughing. Impressionable minds and melodramatic dying scenes, sigh.
Yesterday it rained half the day, so I stayed in and recuperated. As it was I was still really tired by the end of the day! Today was a great day, weather-wise, so I covered yesterday’s itinerary today instead.
Lin Tong, who stays in Choa Chu Kang, recommended that I check out the bus timings to make sure I don’t get stranded too long anywhere I don’t want to be. I stayed up really late trying to figure out the best way to find my way up and down Lim Chu Kang Road. It’s actually kind of nice the way Jalan Bahar leads right into LCK Road, and then LCK Road just goes on… until it ends at the beach. It makes it super easy to navigate - no getting lost if you have some passing fair sense of direction.
I have to say, I kept thinking of Choa Chu Kang - especially the cemetery stretch - as dark and gloomy and filled with trees blocking out sunlight. To my surprise, it was anything but.
Based on my assumption that it was going to be dark, narrow and basically scary, I was a little worried about having to walk one stop up from where 172’s route ends on LCK Road to where 975’s begins. (Note that 405’s route overlaps with 975’s for two stops - ‘Opposite LCK Camp II’ and ‘Chinese Cemetery Path 11’ - but it also only runs for a total of like, 2 months in the entire year.) So I was super relieved when it turned out to be hugely broad roads that were decently populated, and the sunny day was in equal parts cheery as it was scorching.
And with that, the adventure began! Rest of the post under the jump-cut, again because it’s a massive photo-post ^^”
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