Punggol’s been seeing a few changes recently, which means that there’s more than just one reason–besides the Punggol Water Park–for you to explore this upcoming, hip neighborhood. These reasons are bound to make your trip worthwhile.
Crossover to Coney Island
Belt out to your favourite songs
Test your vocals while making sure you don’t burn a hole through your pocket at Manekineko Safra Punggol Clubhouse, one of Japan’s largest karaoke chains. Their stylish VIP rooms can fit up to 30 people and there’s a self-service bar providing Japanese snacks and drinks to soothe your aching throats (from $12).
Cycle and catch neighbourhood sights
Punggol will be getting its own 8.8km bicycle network by 2017. You’ll be able try out off-road cycling routes that’ll connect homes to train stations, schools and other amenities within the area. You can now add it to the other existing intra-town bicycle networks like Changi-Simei, Yishun, Pasir Ris, Sembawang, Taman Jurong and Tampines.
Try out the new high-tech bowling alley at Punggol
The recently launched bowling alley by Orchid Bowl, Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol, is the sixth and latest outlet, with some fun new features. The 22,035 sq. ft. space has 24 lanes decked with automatic bumpers, 49-inch LCD screens and the first to have a new interactive smart system with a huge selection of on-demand environments. And did we mention cosmic bowling?
Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Punggol
Find your zen at Yoga Inc’s Punggol branch
Yoga Inc. at Punggol let’s you do yoga in their retro Chinese pop culture-inspired studio decked out with basic facilities like a locker room and shower stalls. Classes are offered for all levels, starting from basics to more advanced sessions like core, flow and hatha 2, a 75-min class comprising back bends, arm balances and inversions.
Don’t forget about the food
Don’t miss Ponggol Seafood, a zi char-style eatery famous for its mee goreng ($8) and chilli crab ($60). Most items on the menu are on the steep side, but the food is reliable. There are also plenty of casual dining choices like the picturesque lakeside Wild Oats @ Punggol Park, serving localized Western favorites like chicken chop ($13.80) and pan-fried fish fillet with sambal belachan and butter rice ($13.90).
Head over to Whisk & Paddle for your brunch fix: the alfresco cafe lets you assemble your own breakfast plate of bread, eggs, meat and seafood (from $11). Brunch aside, it’s also got mains like pulled pork pizza ($18.80) and duck and lychee pizza ($17.80). Not forgetting dessert, Wayne’s Chill-Out is a popular spot known for sweet treats like homemade ice cream (from $5) in flavors such as Lemon Puff and Black Forest, floats ($6), milkshakes ($7.90) and ice cream on waffles (from $7).