what a crazy route home.
Left HK cafe at marina sq at 11.55PM. too late to get out to city hall -> NEL. (on hindsight should have considered esplanade circle line -> dhoby ghaut. but last train from DG was 12.04am. so it was probably not possible. a few mins to get into train station, into train. 4 min journey 2 stops and then walk across DG to NEL platform. not likely to make it but should make it a habit).
so got into 2nd last train at Esplanade stop. waited about 10 seconds for the train. (last train 0000 hrs. currently insufficient info on last train to connect to punggol-bound NEL.)
spent the train ride figuring out how to connect home from Serangoon station – the most logical place to change.
decided the 21min journey will end later than most bus transfers at Serangoon. definitely no NEL. (ends at 12.15am there) i couldnt find a bus back to sengkang. at least andy had a bus to hougang. sortof was tending towards taking bus to hougang or taking cab back.
one stop before Bartley andy asked whether i could alight there. and voila on looking at the map i realised i have alighted here before and hiked around the area.. ok anyway it was close to upper paya lebar road where 80 goes past. 80 darn doesnt go near serangoon mrt. and well. checked bus timing. seems ok. 10-15min to walk over to catch the last bus. ok i discovered that like 3 seconds before the train doors opened. got off at an empty station. came out to an empty road. walked across one overhead bridge. 500m to the bus stop on the other road. that’s like one stop away. and caught the 2nd last bus in 1-2minutes. which brought me to my doorstep.
total time about 45-50minutes. very good.
considering a typical old journey will be 5 mins brisk walk to city hall mrt, wait, train one stop +5min, walk across DG 3min, NEL to SK 21min, walk home 5-10min. about 40min in total.
it helped that i had some caffeine in my system, too much laughing, and alot of adrenaline. it was great fun to avoid the cabs. feel very young and crazy.
the internet also recommended taking 70M from esplanade and changing to 80. at least 50-75mins total time.
NightRider 6 – $3.50 – 76-97 min journey
it certainly helped alot to have google maps on the phone, and mobile gothere.sg. without which i wouldnt have tried such crazy stunts.
so, as long as its not yet midnight, dont give up! it also helps to have some experience with last train timings. though it is not so becoming to be doing this at 26yo and working. tsk. priceless adrenaline though.