#48. Changi Beach: A Quiet Escape

Walls ice-cream recently conducted a survey of 200 people in the their 20s and 30s who rated East Coast Park their happiest spot followed by Sentosa and then their own homes came in third.  I couldn’t help thinking, what about Changi Beach?  They obviously left out the older people who may appreciate the quieter charm of this narrow stretch of beach.

I prefer Changi Beach over the noisier  East Coast Beach. There are no fast food outlets nearby, but that’s a good thing to me.  If you’re craving a snack, there’s always the traditional ice-cream man on his little motor bike who will signal his presence by ringing his bell. Local style ice-cream in simple flavors like Chocolate, Ripple and Corn and sandwiched either between 2 wafers or a slice of rainbow-colored bread.  I especially like this place when it is secluded and quiet on a weekday.

This lovely little narrow stretch of Beach at the northeastern corner of Singapore, has much finer powdery sand.  The sand here seems whiter than the sand at East Coast Park and I wonder if it’s natural.  In all likelihood, it’s probably imported from Indonesia.

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photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

At the weekends you can see people camping here and fishing. I spotted bright orange kayaks and even grand looking sailboats on the horizon, which are probably launched from the nearby Changi Sailing Club.

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photo by bookjunkie

All my life I have been drawn to water.  Even I am forced to exercise I would choose swimming, because being in the water, it no longer feels like exercise or a chore.  You feel weightless and as you float and glide your stresses melt away.  I can’t swim at the beach because my skin tend to well up in painful welts.  Our beaches are unfortunately polluted by the oil tankers and ships that frequent our harbours.  I am sure I would be fine at a pristine beach, so in Singapore I only swim at the public swimming pools.  Still, when I  go to the beach I love sinking my toes in the sand and standing by the shoreline.  If I am on holiday I love siting by the shoreline as the waves lap over me.  I find this simple activity the most relaxing and rejuvenating feeling.  It’s equivalent to a spa experience and the best part is – it’s free.

At Changi beach, we sat and gazed at the waves rushing in.   This is one of the few places in the world where you can see cool people fishing and the commercial airlines flying low overhead, as our airport is nearby.

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This cool football fan in the Rooney T-shirt was struggling to reel in a fish and we watched with bated breath. Sadly it turned out to be a plastic bag! Litter at the beach always disappoints me. Why can’t people be more socially considerate? Just hold the litter till you can find a bin. It’s so simple. Nature gives us so much, why help destroy her?

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I can’t begin to express how thrilling it is to watch a plane fly in. In my close-up shot it looks as if the plane is flying straight into the tree, but it’s just an optical illusion.

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photo by bookjunkie

I was awe struck by this group of dainty little birds.  I tried to  approach them quietly, but they were startled and elegantly flew off in a neat formation, into the nearby trees.

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photo by bookjunkie

I just love the coconut trees here at this place that has a name that sounds like the title of a book that has been made into a  movie  – Coconut Grove.

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photo by bookjunkie

People are not allowed to camp here, but they do – I thought that was pretty cool.  I think the officials shouldn’t bother them.  It’s free and let the hard-working stressed out citizens have a bit of pleasure. I am sure they will promise not to litter the beaches. although I did spot litter, but it’s not necessarily from the campers. People are also not allowed to fly kites here and that makes sense as a safety measure with planes flying low overhead.  Mostly people walked along the beach and families splashed together in the water.

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photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

It was a super hot day with the temperature reaching a sweltering 36 degrees celcious and a humidity factor that can smother, but I would still want to come to this beach.

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The irony is that when it is super hot, you get the prettiest cloud formations that look like white cotton pillows, you could rest your head on.

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