|An accidental pit-stop: who knew the old Changi Point would hold this secret treasury of such a colourful scene...?|
It was still early after lunch with my colleagues after work today. I decided to take a breather with a change of scenery and packed a simple picnic, heading off to Changi point for the evening. Since it’s a weekday, I know it would be quiet at that remote part of the island. What I was not aware though, is the breathtaking view at sunset: a veritable smorgasbord of colours awaits anyone patient enough to linger. As the sun descends to kiss the horizon, the sky celebrates the intimacy, bursting in an orgy of colours. It’s a sensational visual treat, an incredible sight for sore and jaded eyes.
Not many are aware of this spot, tucked away at the western end of Changi Point. It is a boardwalk, which offers a beautiful view of the coastline. This 2.2-km boardwalk is open 24 hours. Strolling along this continuous scenic route is easy with any comfortable walking shoes.
There are six distinct sections on this boardwalk: Creek Walk, Beach Walk, Sailing Point Walk, Cliff Walk, Kelong Walk and Sunset Walk. It begins from Changi Creek in the east and stretches to the western rocky coast near Changi Beach Club before finally linking up to Changi Point or Loyang Park Connector at Netheravon Road.
The 'Sunset Walk' allows you to enjoy a splendid view of the sunset at the western end of Changi Point, amid a backdrop of huge boulders. In the evening, the walkway is soft-lit and you can see the lights of the Punggol Housing Estate in the distance. This provides a good spot for a romantic stroll. This is the end of the boardwalk. You can choose to double back via the way you came from or head back to Changi Ferry Terminal via Cranwell and then Netheravon Road. If you choose to walk down Netheravon Road, it is another 2.5 km.
After this little trip (an accidental pit-stop), my memory of this place as a embarkation point for bumboat journeys to Ubin and Tekong (during my army daze) will have to change. It’s now changed from a hazy sort of olive drab to a dazzling array of rainbow hues.