Explore this vibrant young estate which has a lot to offer to everyone.
By Hazel Tan
SPH Content Studio
July 6, 2015
AS a young neighbourhood in Sengkang, Fernvale is characterised by a fresh vibrancy often lacking in older estates. Located near the Sungei Punggol river, the community boasts a good mix of public amenities, excellent transport facilities and a spanking new shopping mall.
In the midst of this neighbourhood, on a spacious 366,167 sq ft of gently tiered land, sits High Park Residences whose units are nicely elevated to take advantage of the locality’s peaceful surrounds.
This is a place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy a host of leisurely activities, from chic dining experiences to idyllic nature-inspired excursions. Here are 10 great suggestions:
If you love to shop, you will be thrilled at the modern four-storey Seletar Mall. The mall, which won a gold award from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for its green features, is one of the largest suburban lifestyle hub in the north-eastern part of Singapore.
It boasts an excellent mix of tenants which include premium supermarket FairPrice Finest, trendy Japanese fashion label Uniqlo, as well as a full-fledged cineplex by Shaw Theatres. Other choice retailers include The Travel Store, BHG departmental store and ladies-only fitness centre Amore Fitness & Boutique Spa.
Feeling hungry? Prefer to eat in air-conditioned comfort? Well, Seletar Mall has a host of popular eateries such as Din Tai Fung and Swensen’s.
It also contains within it, two firsts: the first mall outlet of popular Song Fa Bak Kut Teh and the first Singapore outlet of the famous Taiwanese Oki-Machi.
If you’d like a more atmospheric dining environment, venture a bit further afield and enjoy the old world charm of Jalan Kayu.
Flanked by shop houses that recall the good old days, Jalan Kayu boasts a host of good food along a short street. Have a crispy roti prata lunch at Thasevi Food, or indulge in a juicy piece of steak at Le Steak Singapore.
If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to round off your food excursion with a chocolate fudge sensation at Jane’s Cake Station. Otak lovers must not miss out on Hiang Soon Otak Food Catering – it has one of the best otaks on the island.
For those looking to let their hair down after a hard day’s work, there are a few nearby spots to try.
One of them is Fur Kicks in the Punggol Settlement (3 Punggol Point Road, #02-03). Here, you can enjoy half a dozen types of Paulaner beer on tap, or chill out with a malt whisky or two, in between bites of finger food such as fried chicken wings and BBQ ribs. Enjoy their bespoke signature music mixes and tap your fingers to the beat atop their pink glowing tables!
For a different lifestyle and shopping experience, head over to Greenwich V, nestled in the lush surroundings of Seletar Hills. Touted as the “Holland Village” of Seletar Hills, this place charms with its relaxed and village-like ambience. Chill out with besties in the quaint mall.
There are plenty to choose from Cedele (#02-14), Cold Stone Creamery and Quiznos Sub (#02-13), to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (#02-01). Chocolate lovers cannot miss out on the awfully good Awfully Chocolate cakes (#02-02).
If it is sports that you like, you could have a splashing good time at Sengkang Sports Centre, with its four swimming pools and five water slides. Co-located with the People’s Association’s Anchorvale Community Club, it offers good fun for the entire family.
The complex is situated next to the Sungei Punggol river and has an indoor sports hall too for indoor activities when it rains.
Fitness enthusiasts can also head down to the Punggol Waterway Park for some cycling fun.
The park, which is divided into four different zones with varying themes – Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery – offers cyclists a series of well-maintained tracks along the waterway. When you’re tired, take a rest on one of the many benches placed in and around the park and enjoy the surrounding view.
For more outdoors fun, visit the Sengkang Floating Wetland for an educational lesson or two. The Wetland is located in Punggol Reservoir and provides a natural habitat for birds and fishes.
Walk along the boardwalks to enjoy the scenic views and learn about the wetland ecosystem. Occupying about 2,400 square metres, it is the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore.
If you have an afternoon to spare with your school-going children, take a trip down to Punggol Beach and visit the heritage site. Punggol Beach is one of three sites in Singapore where the infamous Sook Ching massacres took place during the Second World War. Executions were carried out on a large scale and many amongst the older generation still recall the stories in horror.
Today, a commemorative plaque has been laid in memory of those who lost their lives.
Finally, visit the Sengkang fire station – open to the public every Saturday morning from 9 to 11 am for a free tour, and learn about what brave firefighters do.
This fire station is one of Singapore’s largest, and will offer families with young children a good insight into what civil defence means.