Saturday, 30 July 2011

Hometown Glory Part I : Tiong Bahru Ride

It was a Friday night. The weather was cool, the bikes were tempting, and our feet were itching to work the pedals. The clock read 2300hrs. We got into our cycling gear and hit the road.

We took the route from Upper Thomson Road > Thomson Road > Newton Circus > Scotts Road > Patterson Road > Kim Seng Road > Tiong Bahru. Distance covered was about 9-10 km. Time taken was less than an hour.

We would attempt to ride down memory lane. Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore's oldest housing estates. Gwyn spent a good amount of time growing up in Tiong Bahru. Her family still lives there. There's something about Tiong Bahru. The rustic atmosphere is still very much in place today.

Tiong Bahru Market, one of the first modern markets ever built in a housing estate. Though the present building is relatively new (4-5 yrs old). Not to mention, a lot of good food can be found here.

Our Brommies were quick to pose for the camera.

Allow us to introduce to you Cafe Pralet, one of our favorite hang outs. Located at a blindspot along Eng Hoon Street, this cafe is not the easiest to locate. However, if you do manage to find it, you should try them out. Rice, pasta, salad, sandwiches, cakes, bread, soup and whatever's on their menu, it's all pretty good. And the pricing is reasonable too!

Some random shots along the estate. Buck with the resident rides...

Buck with the classic mail box...

Apple and Buck with the classic spiral stairway...

Apple and Buck in front of a classic alley...

Gwyn's family were relocated from the low rise flats to higher rise 20 odd storey buildings. Today, these low rise apartments have since been converted to rental flats. We last saw a banner by the road that charged 3-4K for a unit, which we both think is crazy!

It was a nice relaxed Friday night ride down memory lane, which included a impromptu stop by my startled in-law's place for a toilet break. (You should see her face when we dropped by armed with our bikes and helmets at 1am!)

To read about the rest of our Hometown Glory adventure, click here

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