Last Eid, I had no fun story to tell.
I was just in England from the start of Ramadhan till the end of Syawal. With 19 hours of fast daily, trust me, the most exciting part of the day for me is that I get to pray Asr even at 9pm.
Here? No chance guys. 9pm in Singapore = Witr prayers already. BAHAHAHAHA.
Anywho, alhamdulillah, this year, I got to fast in 4 cities –
The city which took care of me for 2 years.
London, and last but not least…
Pareeeeeee! (Paris) before heading back to SG.
5 cities, Oops!
But! That’s not the point of this post… The last time I was home for Eid was 2015. While I was wondering what happened that year, my blogpost reminded me. This was what I did for Eid 2015.
When I read again, I just went, OMGGGG….. How much bimbotic can I get? Haha. Was fun though.
But this year’s Eid eve has been different.
I started the day with going for a site walk which I forced myself to sign up. Cause last week, someone wasted one of her two weekend day by waking up at half past 5. 😱😂 #gonecase that day. >.<
The site is non other than Singapore’s pioneer “community centre” – The ‘Our Tampines Hub’ aka Tampines Town Hub.
My cousins have been telling me how big this new hub is and how impressed they are by this place. I also have some colleagues who don’t even live in this estate that have swung by this place. Of course, then there’s me. Who can’t even find my way there. Tsk.
So! Since such a wonderful opportunity came up, I better grab this chance.
Not to mention, I love site walks. You get to discuss the practical architecture. What was initially designed, why it happened and why some parts aren’t successful. Basically, what goes behind something.
Phase 3 out of 4, will be officially open next week, I think, but, since most of my lovely readers are not in Singapore, I guess, I’ll just share it here! 😃
As we were walking around the building, let’s just say, I’ve never felt proud to call Tampines, my estate.
I mean, how often do you have
Bracing game strong.
FIFA comply soccer field with 5000 seating capacity, like, 5-8 minutes drive away from your place? I mean, I know I don’t kick no balls, but I can start? (maybe, HAHA.)
Nice VIP Lounge btw. Digging the new and shiny sofa and lamp.
See, this is what I mean by behind the scenes pictures. They’re so much more meaningful than the polished and finished end product!
Does your estate also provide you with a place where you can run
What a view guys.
Around the building, internally, at rooftop level?
Look at these houses… I bet they smell money. Hahahaha. The boom in property price here is gonna be no joke yall.
20 Badminton courts!
Gonna pause here for a bit.
See those girls in blue uniform? Those were my Primary School uniform. I was so excited to see them but when I saw the logo of their uniform – which was not my Primary School – it left me a little upset. Hahahaha.
It so happened that they had a Table Tennis competition that day with athletes from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The last logo you see right at the extreme left on that glass balustrade….. is the flag that supports wheelchair bound athletes.
I was MIND.BLOWN. We even saw them at the back competing. Twas very heartwarming.
We also have rooftop garden which allows community to grow crops.
When I heard this, I just went ‘ uhuh. Let’s see how long this can last ‘at the back of my mind. I mean, growing crop in this country? Any idea what climate we’re living in? Effort sounds moot tbh.
As if she could read my mind, the architect went, ‘ You would’ve think that, how long and successful this community project can be like, right? Planting food. But …. actually it is pretty successful. Last week, one of the stakeholder actually gave me a bag of KangKong that was planted here.’
Keep impressing me guys. I’m loving this place more.
Next, is my FAAAVOURITE PART!
Pool! I love pools. I love water. 😍😘
This is the Jacuzzi. The glistening water on a sunny fasting morning.
Had to hold myself back from jumping in one of the many pools. #mustbedecent
8 lane adult pool with Barrier Free Access (BFA). Basically wheelchair bound people, can easily access this pool.
Kids pool and wading pool.
and last but not least,
Indoor competition pool. There’s two of it actually. One further at the back.
Lower seats for people involved and upper seat for spectators.
Rain or shine, feel free to compete here!
Breakout space. Cause we Singaporeans love breakout space.
And of course, if you talk about Tampines Town Hub… You can’t miss out mentioning
Festive Plaza. This hugee porous space for events. Since its Ramadhan, the monthly bazaar that’s usually held outside the train station is moved to here. To be honest, it’s so much more nicer, and cleaner. 👍
Of course I missed it. Only made it there last day of Ramadhan 😝. But I’ll be back fo sho. So many Halal food place here.
The atrium is pretty big that our basic question was, ‘How do you keep this atrium fire compartmented?’ Cause we don’t see any sprinklers running across.
Ehem *clears throat* allow me to share with you the answer. It’s interesting.
Instead of the conventional sprinkled system, this building uses, ah, crap can’t remember what it’s called. Either ‘Smoke Monitor System’ or ‘Water Monitor System’. Should be the former, I think. What happens with this system is that it uses laser and scan for smoke from this metal panel on its opposite end.
If you refer to the picture above, you’ll see a small square box on the black strip near the highest floor’s escalator.
When it detects any smoke, from fire, it’ll send a signal to the water cannon, and the water cannon will move to the designated affected area and immediate shoot out water directly to the fire.
HOW COOL IS THAAAAT!?
Oh, if you look at the picture above, on the right, you’ll see two small box, again, on the black strip. That’s the water cannon, chilling prettily until something happens.
Nothing beats old school song and some modern english song for Raya event.
The bazaars that I missed. Sighhh…
But it’s okay, I’ll just be back
For you know, KFC or Pizza Hut.
Thanks for photobombing, Uncle!
So there you go! How d’you like Tampines now? I love it even more though I don’t know when I’m popping by again. Bahahaha.
I must say that today has been very fruitful.
Woke up for site visit, went to my tailor to alter my dress for tomorrow’s visiting (yes, living up to my middle name of ‘last minute’), spring cleaning my room – like I said, last minute queen 😂, napping and getting a hair cut! Yes, hair cut!
The only I couldn’t squeeze in is painting. 😪
By the time I wanted to paint, it’s already midnight and this post is priority. Not to mention, gotta be up bright and early tomorrow. So no paint-paint sesh tonight.
Anywho, I hope you’ve enjoyed this lengthy post and leave this post with a little more information.
To all my muslim readers, I wish you
Selamat Hari Raya or Eid Mubarak or both, whichever you prefer, haha.
To my non-muslim readers, I hope you get a good break out of this long weekend to recharge.