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Pasir Ris: My town and nature getaway by the sea

Pasir Ris first appeared in print on an 1844 map as Passier Ries. Dr Chong Fook Loong, Group Director (Research & Planning), HDB, shares about the spaces in Pasir Ris that illustrate the theme ‘resort town by the sea’.
Sea Shell Park in Pasir Ris Drive 4 has fitness facilities in seashell alcoves. Pasir Ris has a total of 11 parks. Pasir Ris first appeared in print on an 1844 map as Passier Reis and is named after the long stretch of sandy white beach along the nor
Sea Shell Park in Pasir Ris Drive 4 has fitness facilities in seashell alcoves. Pasir Ris has a total of 11 parks. Pasir Ris first appeared in print on an 1844 map as Passier Reis and is named after the long stretch of sandy white beach along the north-east coastline of Singapore facing Pulau Ubin. The town has a resort ambience and its architecture is inspired by the surrounding beach and sea. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
A man cycling over the faded motif of a prawn at Park Aquaria in Pasir Ris.
A man cycling over the faded motif of a prawn at Park Aquaria in Pasir Ris.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Roofscape mimicking lighthouses at Blocks 138 to 146.
Roofscape mimicking lighthouses at Blocks 138 to 146.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Porthole openings in the walls along common areas at Blocks 152 to 161 in Pasir Ris Street 13.
Porthole openings in the walls along common areas at Blocks 152 to 161 in Pasir Ris Street 13.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
The silhouette of a bird juxtaposed against the wave-like design on the exterior of White Sands mall.
The silhouette of a bird juxtaposed against the wave-like design on the exterior of White Sands mall.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

Whenever someone asks me where I live, I answer with pride: "In the far east - Pasir Ris."

I love how Pasir Ris is tucked away in this serene corner, with a beach and park in its backyard.

Nature is just a stone's throw away.

Despite having lived here for the past 20 years, I have never really stopped to appreciate the work that went into designing this town.

Pasir Ris first appeared in print on an 1844 map as Passier Reis. The town is named after the long stretch of sandy white beach along the north-east coastline facing Pulau Ubin.

The area has a resort feel and its architecture takes inspiration from the surrounding beach and sea.

Living and communal spaces are embellished with features that are synonymous with Pasir Ris' image as "a town by the sea". The keen-eyed will spot seashell motifs and "portholes" adorning common spaces in the neighbourhood.

 

However, even though I have lived there for so many years, I never knew Atlantis and Aquaria parks existed. I have also visited Loyang Point on occasion but did not know I was shopping in the hull of what was designed to look like a ship.

These discoveries have added to the notion of tranquillity I feel in the area.

For someone who prefers to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Pasir Ris embodies my idea of home and a getaway blended into one.


Clam-shaped balcony openings at one of the red brick blocks in Pasir Ris Street 52. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2019, with the headline 'My town and nature getaway by the sea'. Print Edition | Subscribe