So last week, Wednesday Woes really got to me and I decided that we all desperately needed a change of scenery.
No, this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that J is entering Primary One next year and I’ve been going through the whole Primary 1 registration rigmarole in the last few weeks. It is a coincidence. Really.
Anyway, The Barn Owl rang me up midway through the afternoon to say that he would be finishing work early (meaning that he would finishing work on time and be available for dinner at 6pm – a normal workday for him usually includes an hour or two of overtime) so I grabbed The Barn Owl’s ocarina, loaded the kids in the car and headed for the harbour.
We parked our car at Harbourfront Mall, walked across to Vivocity shopping centre and met the Barn Owl in front of the Burger King, where we picked up our picnic dinner before heading for the Sentosa Boardwalk.
The Sentosa Boardwalk itself sports travellators for people who don’t fancy any form of exertion whatsoever, and is a relatively quiet place during a weekday evening. There’s plenty of space to spread out and there’s a canopy to hide under if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
I prefer boardwalk itself to the promenade in front of Vivocity and Harbourfront shopping malls, although there are some very nice benches under the tall palm trees there which would be perfect for a family picnic. Unfortunately, the promenade is often crowded with smokers who are absolutely undeterred by ‘No Smoking ‘ signs and the smoking ban in public places, so we usually walk about halfway across the Sentosa boardwalk in order to get away from the lingering smell of tobacco and tar.
Strolling down the Sentosa Boardwalk is a mighty pleasant experience. Apart from being a relatively breezy and mosquito-free region with lovely views across the water, the boardwalk is beautifully landscaped with little gardens along the way and is really quite pretty.
After dinner, I stretched out upon our green-striped picnic mat, watching the clouds float by overhead and listening to The Barn Owl hooting away on the ocarina. J and Little E chased each other around in large circles, clip-clopping on the wooden slats of the boardwalk, stopping occasionally to wave at the passengers onboard the Sentosa Express light rail system or to count the cable cars in the distance.
As the sun began to dip behind the clouds, tiny LEDs came to life all along the boardwalk, lighting up the ground like a star map and twinkling in ever-changing colours and patterns. Across the water, we could see the lights of the harbour and the cruise liners on one side, and sparkles from lasers and fireworks from the various evening light-and-sound shows taking place around Sentosa on the other.
I could feel the stress of the week start to melt away.
It was beginning to get late so we reluctantly packed up and headed for home.