Staying on the outskirt of Bukit Batok, at West Edge, can become boring after a while. You are either looking at neighbouring BTO construction sites or the densely forested area in Tengah. And since the region is still in its infant stage, amenities are also not entirely within arm’s reach.
But, does that mean moving to Bukit Batok West Edge is a mistake? Not quite. You will come to find that Bukit Batok is actually a residential gem set against a unique green landscape. And unlike most Bukit Batok residents, being situated next to Bukit Batok Road puts you in a good position to commute to neighbouring towns – Jurong East and Bukit Panjang – rather conveniently.
So while you wait for more development closer to home, particularly at Tengah, here are some unique finds/spots around Bukit Batok West Edges:
1. Get physical in Bukit Batok Nature Park
Bukit Batok Nature Park – with its undulating terrain – is where Bukit Batok residents go for scenic runs, morning Tai Chi sessions, and leisure hikes. Meandering trails in the park will lead you to look-out points that are over 10-storeys high, offering breath-taking views of the park and its disused quarry. Without question, the most iconic feature of the park is the picturesque jagged cliff wall and the still pond at its foot.
Fun Fact: During the Second World War, the Japanese selected a site on the hill – at which the MediaCorp’s tower now stands – as a memorial for the soldiers who died. Today, all that remains of the memorial are two pillars and 120 concrete steps leading up to the transmission tower.
2. Take in the scenery at Bukit Batok Town Park
Once a Gammon granite factory, Bukit Batok Town Park is now a Xanadu thanks to the government’s beautification project. It is colloquially known as little Guilin as the granite rock formations in the park bear a resemblance to those in Guilin, China.
Today, the towering cliff walls and tranquil lake apposed, resulting in a picturesque scenery that’s highly popular with wedding couples, nature lovers and shutterbugs.
3. Have a game of laser tag at LaserQuest
Strap on your vest and cock your laser guns, it’s time for an adrenaline-pumping clash at LaserQuest!
You (and your team) will have to clear various missions and eliminate opponents by tagging them. Just like any good old team-building game, coordination and teamwork are essential if you want to win this exhilarating showdown.
For a 20 minutes game, price is as low as S$4/person for a HomeTeamNS member. Regular guests will have to pay S$6/person.
Location: HomeTeamNS, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003
Operating Hours: 12.00pm – 9.00pm (weekdays); 9.00am – 9.00pm (weekends)
4. Play golf at Bukit Batok Golf Centre
According to researchers, playing golf can add 5 years to your life. So why not pick up this sport? After all, you can find a driving range close to home.
What makes Bukit Batok Golf Centre different from most (except maybe for Yishun) is its proximity to a residential area. You literally get to practise your swing with HDB flats in the background!
Golf professionals are available on-site if you are interested in coaching lessons. It costs S$8 per 100 balls during the weekends and public holidays.
Location: HomeTeamNS, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003
Operating Hours: 7.00am – 12.00pm (opens at 11.30am on Wed)
5. Chill at Cuppafield Café
Looking for a café joint nearby to kick back and relax? Make Cuppafield your spot. It is just about 10 minutes away (20 minutes if you walk) from Bukit Batok West Edge.
Set on the outskirt of West Crest, a neighbouring estate, this quaint little eatery serves unpretentious fusion cuisines, and speciality coffee and tea. The best-sellers include pan-seared chicken chop, Mentaiko pasta, sambal marinara and the ondeh-ondeh cake. As for the interior, the style is modern, with wooden elements and brickwork to boot, creating a cosy environment that you will find inviting.
As the icing on the cake, prices are actually reasonable with no GST and service charges. Honestly, we cannot think of a better place to unwind and dine on a lazy Sunday afternoon!
Location: Blk 446, Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 650446
6. Or support a café run by senior citizens
A cheery café, decorated with pop art and superhero paintings, and quotes on the wall. Sounds like your typical café set-up? Perhaps. But Reach Community Café is a bit more meaningful. It is run entirely by senior volunteers!
Inspired by Japan’s Ibasho Café, and backed by Reach (a charitable organisation), the café only opens on Fridays. The seniors operate as the cooks, baristas and befriend patrons who visit the eatery. The menu is also switched up weekly to give customers a different experience. Best of all, patrons can choose to pay any amount they wish when they place their orders.
Although the targeted customers are seniors, the rest of us do not need to shy away. Instead, go support this cause should you are free on a Friday morning!
Location: Blk 417, Bukit Batok West Ave 4, Singapore 650417
Operating Hours: 9.00am – 12.00pm (Fridays)
7. Go bowling at Westwood Bowling
According to MoneySmart, Westwood Bowling at Bukit Batok’s Civil Service Club is hands down, the cheapest bowling alley in Singapore.
On a weekday afternoon (off-peak), it offers a low rate of S$3.40 per game. Price increases to S$4.00 per game after 6.00pm (peak). The standard rate on weekends is also S$4 per game. Even after adding in the shoe rental at S$1.50 per pair, it is cheaper than your standard drink from Starbucks!
Location: 91 Bukit Batok West Ave 2, Singapore 659206
Operating Hours: Mon – Thu: 9.30am – 1.00am; Fri: 9.30am – 2.00am; Sat & PH Eve: 8.30am – 1.00am; Sun & PH: 8.30am – 1.00am
8. Go ice skating at The Rink
Want to try skating your worries away? Lucky for you, The Rink is but a short bus ride away from home.
As Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink, The Rink is quite the popular recreational spot for skaters and urbanites looking to beat the heat. While ice skating may seem daunting at first, it can actually be a breeze with enough practice and a good sense of balance.
Admission starts at S$14 for a 2-hour session with additional rental charges for skate boots, helmet and aid. That’s right, you can rent cute seal, penguin, or snowman aids to help you navigate the ice!
Location: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-11, JCube, Singapore 609731
9. Stargaze at The Observatory, Science Centre
Are you an astrophile? For all things astronomy, Science Centre Observatory is your go-to in Singapore. Free and ticketed stargazing sessions are available on different Fridays. Spend the evening learning about astronomy and marvel at the stars and planets using telescopes.
As this observatory is one of the few in the world located close to the equator, expect more vistas in the sky. You can view constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres!
Location: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Operating Hours: 7.45pm – 10.00pm (Fridays)
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