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Thomson-East Coast Line Opening preview (TEL 1– Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations) and some interesting facts

The Thomson-East Coast Line Woodlands, Woodlands South and Woodlands North Stations (aka TEL 1) will soon be opening on 31 January 2020. In preparation for this momentous occasion, the 3 stations hosted an open house party on 11 January 2020 for the public to preview the stations. Aside from the free rides on these 3 stations throughout the day, there were also a lot of fringe activities held at each of the 3 stations as can be seen in my video below.

Quizzes, hands-on activities for the kids and even a bomb-shelter tour by the SCDF. Many people crowded the quiz stations because there were many freebies to be won. We ourselves managed to snag our hands on a number of post-it notes by the Gracious Bunch, some toy duck figurines (not sure of the relevance!). You can also buy these knick knacks and other quirky merchandise inspired by Singapore’s buses and trains at Knackstop.

How is the MRT System built

But the best thing we got was a <How is the MRT System built> book published by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. The book features a story about exactly what the title says in a format easy for children to digest. There are even some simple activities at the end of the book plus a cardboard cut out of a train model to be put together. Fantastic book for train-mad children like my son is.

Some interesting facts about the 3 Woodlands stations

  1. Woodlands North Station is humongous as it is next to the potential Rapid Transit System (RTS) linking Singapore to Johor Bahru.
  2. The stations feature two lifts instead of one to cater to an aging population as well as to be more inclusive
  3. The new MRT train maps with the circle line drawn out as a circle are used
  4. Larger wayfinding signage and exit signs
  5. Exits labelled by number instead of alphabet
  6. One Family room available for changing of diapers, and child height toilet bowl. Strangely located within the disabled toilet, which could mean long queues for those who need it. Watch my video to see this family room toilet!

Watch the video below to get a preview of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line 1 stations!


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Sky Garden at Fusionopolis

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After my gym session at Fitness First, I took the opportunity to enjoy the views from high above. There is a Sky Garden just outside Fitness First, but in order to enjoy it, I had to traverse the dreaded Sky Bridge! I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to bridges and high places! I don’t expect to read about bridges crashing to the ground in Singapore ever, but somehow, when I’m the one on the bridge, it just feels like it’s swaying so much and 1 last screw away from total disaster.

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Look at that bridge!!! 23 floor! URGH!!!! It was a good thing I hadn’t seen the bridge from down below or it would have looked so flimsy! See that orange board halfway along the bridge? It’s a map to tell you what you’re seeing in the distance. No time to stop for that of course.

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Finally crossed it without any incident ha. From this end, with the blue sky, the building looks quite pretty.

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This looks like a pretty patch of green. I’ve been keeping my eye out for nice outdoor solemnization venues in Singapore, and this looks like a nice little spot with a high view to boast of. I don’t think the rental would be much since it’s not a proper commercial space so to speak.

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Not too sure what you’d do in this thing? Say I do?

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Working at Fusionopolis isn’t that bad either. You have the One-North MRT station at your door step. You can escape to the Sky Gardens for a breather and enjoy the panoramic views of Singapore. We may not have the most beautiful beaches, with all the ugly tankers dotted in the distance. But still I feel it is really therapeutic and relaxing to be able to gaze out into the blue waters, even if they are a distance away.

Stranded in Singapore

In my entire time in Singapore, I have never felt so lost and helpless as what happened yesterday.

6.30pm: It all started with us having to leave the office at about 6.30pm yesterday. The boss was going to City Hall and offered me a lift. I had a dinner appointment with the Partner at Tanjong Pagar. At first I agreed, which meant I would have to meet the Partner at City Hall MRT, before taking the train to Tanjong Pagar. In the end, I declined the boss because the journey would involve a detour and I would rather take a straight bus down to Tanjong Pagar instead from our new office. This proved to be the biggest mistake of the day.

6.35pm: When I got down to the ground level. I was shocked to see the massive jam along Pasir Panjang Road. The traffic was literally stand still. My hopes of taking the public bus flew out the window. Couldn’t see a bus for miles and I didn’t want to have to squish like a sardine in one either. Decided to take the shuttle bus to Harbour Front MRT station instead. Somehow the shuttle arrived quickly even though it seemed the traffic outside the office hadn’t moved an inch. Alas, the shuttle was full after having picked up a load of passengers from the building before us. If this one is full, the next one would likely be full as well given the frequency of the shuttle!

6.45pm: Once again, I changed my mind and dragged myself towards the bus stop. A hoard of people were there, all looking anxiously at the stand still traffic. The one and only bus that would take me to Tanjong Pagar came and left without stopping. It was now 6.50pm. Worse still, a shuttle went past to, and I could see there were a few empty seats at the back. A colleague who was with me when I was at the shuttle stand told me a 2nd shuttle arrived within minutes, empty. DAMN!

6.55pm: Told myself, just take the next bus that comes! It’ll take you somewhere! So I took the next bus, and it happened to be heading towards Bukit Merah. In my haste, I translated Bukit Merah into Red Hill, and immediately assumed this bus would take me to Red Hill MRT station. Of course it was not the case, and I immediately realised my mistake. To make matters worse, I was still stuck in the almighty jam since the bus was still due to travel down Pasir Panjang Road! So not only was I still stuck in the jam, I had boarded the wrong bus!

It was at this point where I truly felt stranded. Even if I had money, nobody would be able to save me and make me get to where I wanted to go any faster. Even if I were to hire a taxi, it would also be stuck in the jam with me having to pay for it dearly.

7.03pm: Adversity gives rise to desperation which gives rise to wacky ideas.  After 5 minutes on the bus, I told the bus driver I was getting off! It was fine because in all that time, he hadn’t even crossed the traffic junction, let alone reach the next bus stop. I felt a rush of hope after getting off the bus and leaving the oppressive jam.

7.10pm: I walked towards the Alexandra bus stop. There was a crowd there too, but lesser than the one at Pasir Panjang. More importantly, the roads were clear. Thankfully, the bus that would take me to Queenstown MRT arrived and I was one of the last passengers up. This bus didn’t stop at the next bus stop so I was lucky to be able to get on. I even managed to get a seat when a load of people got off at the Queensway Shopping Centre.

7.19pm: Finally, I arrived at Queenstown MRT station. Next train to town, 5 minutes. For a peak hour period, 5 minutes was way too long. But hell, if it’d said 10 minutes, I would somehow have not been surprised. Still, I had to be glad that I was finally on firm ground, where I knew I would definitely get to Tanjong Pagar within 10 minutes once I boarded the train. Interestingly, my colleague only arrived at Harbour Front MRT 5 minutes earlier.

7.33pm:  I arrived at Tanjong Pagar. A journey that would normally have taken 20 minutes by bus from my office saw me having to jump through hoops in order to reach my destination 1 hour later.

Moral of the story: Never say no to your boss!!!!!!!

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