Saturday, May 17, 2014

Water-Venture Reservoir Discovery Series: Jurong Lake

I had the good fortune to be involved in the 1st leg of Water-Venture's Reservoir Discovery Series. It was a simple 5km kayaking trip around Jurong Lake, Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden.
One good thing about this event is that its a simple and short trip at only 5km. Best part was that permissions was granted by PUB to allow paddlers to enter the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, places usually out of bounds to avoid the risk of paddlers being flushed out by the tidal gates when PUB needs to reduce the water level.

The day started off pretty gloomy with heavy rains early in the morning. The event was delayed by 30 minutes, starting at 10am instead of 9.30pm.
The organisers were a little worried when only less than half of the registrants showed up at around 9am, but we ended with quite a good turn out.

 This is Uncle Lau, a 70+ year old uncle who is not a participant. He is a fellow trainer! I can only hope that I will be that active in my seventies! A living example of active aging.

Redbull did some sponsorship of sorts, giving free drinks and key chains. Participants even got a finisher medal! Probably seems weird to experienced paddlers since it was only 5km.

I love Water-Venture Jurong Lake. You get to kayak in nice calm waters and with a nice view of the Chinese Garden. There are not many other users in the water and you will not get stressed out by racing teams in dragonboats or kayaks moving all over the place.
A definite recommendation for beginners or those who just want to chill out.

Check out my review: Paddling in Jurong Lake to have a feel for the place.

Full photo album here.

In case you're interested, here are details for the rest of the legs in this discovery series.

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