Since we were running out of idea of where to go in one Saturday morning, the boy suggested that we went swimming. He said he wanted to try new swimming pool that he had never visited before, so after we asked the very informative Mr. Google, we found out that many people suggested to try Senja Cashew Swimming Pool located in Bukit Panjang Area.
We never visited Bukit Panjang before, in fact it is located far away from where we live……..it was like going from the east to the west. We were thinking of going for a swim only and then headed home, but we finally spent the whole day there. We suddenly found many things to do in just one place called Bukit Panjang. It was really a nice experience in a new place that we never saw or imagined what it looked like before.
To our amazement, this place is not as quiet as we thought it would be. There are big shopping malls, sport center, eating places, HDBs and condominiums everywhere, big schools, LRT stations, and this place is quite alive with many people and cars on the streets.
Since we arrived almost in the middle of the day, we decided to have lunch first at Bukit Panjang Plaza. When we were outside the building, the boy spotted a children playground in the mall, so he also insisted that he should play too in the play area.
BUKIT PANJANG PLAZA
Bukit Panjang Library
Although we didn’t intend of borrowing books, we still paid a visit to the library to check what was inside. We found many good books inside and spent at least 1 hour reading books in the library. We especially loved the children section with animals theme and bright colors. Library will always be one of our favorite places to visit.
Garden Plaza Playground
We were lucky to find this playground and we thought it was a very nice play area for children. I wonder why no one has ever recommended this playground before in the website. In my opinion, this playground and the one in Junction8 Bishan are very suitable for bigger children like my son because they have very challenging structure. Although IMM and Vivo City have bigger play areas, but my boy who is almost 8 years old finds them too childish nowadays. So I really recommend these two free playgrounds in the malls for older children.
Lunch and Dinner
SENJA-CASHEW SWIMMING POOL
And finally, the pools……There’s a link bridge from the mall to the swimming complex, so it was very easy for us to just leave the car in the mall and walked to the swimming pools.
Although the swimming complex is not too big, but we still liked swimming and playing in here. The swimming complex is best known for it’s infinity pool, which we later found out that it is a small Jacuzzi instead of a big infinity pool like we imagined before. Anyway, we still had a great time together in the Jacuzzi. We loved the Jacuzzi so much that we spent most of the time soaking ourselves in the Jacuzzi.
LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT)
The boy had always wanted to ride an LRT, but since there is no LRT station near our house and I really thought it would be a wasting of time to go to the other side of Singapore to just ride an LRT, so his wish had never come true…….until we saw an LRT right on top of our head in Bukit Panjang. So from the swimming complex, we walked to the nearest LRT station under the rain to fulfill the boy’s wish.
This was the first time that the boy and I rode on an LRT, and we enjoyed the journey so much. LRT is a small train without a driver and we could sit at the front or the back of the train facing the train track. It was raining heavily during the journey and the train was very full too, but it was fun and the boy had a great time with this new experience.
So that was the end of our journey to Bukit Panjang Area. We never imagined that we could actually had so much fun in one place that is so far away from our house. It was a great outing for our family and everyone was tired but happy when we finally got home.