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2010-10-18 7:50 PM

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Subject: open-water or other swimming in Singapore?
Yet another appeal to Singaporeans--where's a good place for open water swimming? Alternatively, are there any good pools centrally located where I could pay to use it as a guest? (For swimming, not just splashing around!) I'm staying near Orchard Rd. and Victoria St. Loving the Botanic Garden and Ft. Canning for runs but miss the water. 

Bike purchase accomplished--thanks to those who offered advice. Got a Trek 1.2 WSD. Not very imaginative, maybe, but it felt right and the price was right.  Realized the ones I was trying in Vietnam were way, way too small--the "bargains" in the local shop would have been a disaster!


2010-10-19 4:01 AM
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Subject: RE: open-water or other swimming in Singapore?
Ha, we need to get the Singaporeans to check in! (Maybe you should PM them if you want a faster reply ... but I really appreciate your help and involvement in getting this forum going!)

Also, congratulations on the bikey! You must post pictures. TREK is a great brand and I'm sure the bike will serve you very well. Huh, I think I have a spare pair of aerobars lying around ... I wonder what shipping to Vietnam is ... How long will you still be in S'pore for?

Okay, swimming. You do not want to do OWS in Singapore. Trust me on this. Blech.

But there are GORGEOUS, CHEAP, ACCESSIBLE public pools for swimming. Here are a few.

Bukit Timah
21 Evans Road (259366)
Ph No 6680 6530
I think this is the closest to you, but it's only open in the evenings and is a bit of a walk from MRT station.

Delta
900 Tiong Bahru Road (158790)
Ph No 6474 7573
Redhill MRT Station (REALLY close, a few hundred m)
Open all day, pretty much.

Toa Payoh
301 Toa Payoh Lor. 6 (319392)
Ph No 6259 4808
Open early morn-late eve.
This place is the SHITZ and an experience to swim at, so I hear--world class facilities. Reasonably close to MRT station. I think it'd be worth it just for the experience.
Toa Payoh Swimming Complex
Address: 301 Toa Payoh Lor. 6 (319392)
Contact No: 6259 4808 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              6259 4808      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
2010-11-22 10:01 PM
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Subject: RE: open-water or other swimming in Singapore?
Hot Runner - 2010-10-19 9:50 AM Yet another appeal to Singaporeans--where's a good place for open water swimming? Alternatively, are there any good pools centrally located where I could pay to use it as a guest? (For swimming, not just splashing around!) I'm staying near Orchard Rd. and Victoria St. Loving the Botanic Garden and Ft. Canning for runs but miss the water. 

Bike purchase accomplished--thanks to those who offered advice. Got a Trek 1.2 WSD. Not very imaginative, maybe, but it felt right and the price was right.  Realized the ones I was trying in Vietnam were way, way too small--the "bargains" in the local shop would have been a disaster!


The only time I get in the "ocean" is when there's an event here. Laughing  It just doesn't feel right with the mass parking lot of ships only an earshot away.  But if you really want to do some open water swimming, most people train @ Sentosa Tanjon Beach.  I know Tribob trains there on Saturdays around 4pm if you're looking for group session.  As for other swimming pools, you can try:  Farrer Park Swimming Complex or Buona Vista Swimming Complex.  Both are fairly close to Orchard & only a short cab ride away.

Congrats on the new Trek.  Post picks!  I was a good boy this year and I'm picking up my new Trek Speed Concept after xmas. Can't wait to ride it!!!
2010-11-22 10:44 PM
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ooppps! just noticed the date stamp on your intial post. Foot in mouth  sorry for the (very) late reply. I need to check this forum more often!
2010-11-23 5:31 AM
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Subject: RE: open-water or other swimming in Singapore?
No problem. I did get Yanti's post in time and swam at Toa Payoh, but not before being dragged to Tanjong by a beach-crazy colleague. Must agree the ships are a little disconcerting. It was useful in reminding myself to breathe on both sides, though. (Somehow my coaches never worked that into me very well, or I lost the habit; didn't really think about it until last year.) Kept wanting to look at the ships as well as at the beach!

Too embarassed to post pics of the bike. It seems pretty low-end compared to the fancy steeds people post as bike porn. My budget is limited and also my road riding time here. It does fit well and is very comfortable to ride.  Haven't had much chance to ride as Sunday AM's are taken up with long runs lately. Did get to the industrial park to check it out, but after a 2-hour run!  Definitley a step up from the mtn bike, but too tired to really figure out the gear/cadence thing and do any sustained hard riding. Will tackle biking seriously after half-marathon in two weeks and Christmas break in the US.  
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