Evening stroll and dinner at ORTO, and the newly opened HomeTeamNS Khatib clubhouse.
Right, back to my local tourist photo essay series. Which seems appropriate, given all the recent rediscover Singapore campaigns and hype.
Appropriate and doable too, with the “virus of a generation” finally on some sort of retreat in Singapore. Not that I haven’t been going out since June, but it just didn’t feel too right to go about exploring the country till of late? (Am I making sense?)
As for the locations, ORTO at Yishun South has been around for a while and I’ve briefly written about it in a Visit SG listicle of mine. Over the years, I’ve passed by it quite a couple of times too.
Strangely, though, I’ve only ever been inside once. I’ve never even tried any of the recreational facilities.
Why? Well, it’s because … I have no idea! It’s just one of those things, isn’t it? Like Brits who live near London but never visited? A situation of putting off something because it seems so easy to finally get to doing, but ultimately you don’t, because putting it off is easier …
As for the swanky new HomeTeamNS Khatib clubhouse, this regrettably suffered a bit of COVID-19 negative publicity over the last few weeks. On that, I have faith in the response crews involved so that incident was nowhere on my mind when I visited. From what I could see, it’s obvious that all visitors during my visit felt the same way too.
Evening Stroll at ORTO
Update May 2022: Time flies! Has it nearly been two years since I visited? Popped by last week and finally managed to get closer to the Fishing Paradise.
ORTO Yishun has closed as of Jun 2023. Here’s a final look at this beloved recreational park. ORTO has also shifted to 27 West Coast Highway.
Onto HometeamNS Khatib
Of note, the main entrance facing the drive-in is currently still barricaded. I had to walk in from the side entrance next to Yishun Avenue 2.
Incidentally, I had dinner at Saizeriya. Lovely service and truly affordable food, although I was a little disappointed the Drinks Bar wasn’t operating. (More Covid-19 measures, haiz)
If you’re heading to HometeamNS Khatib by car, do note that the car park is only accessible via a new road named Yishun Walk.
This short road is off Yishun Ave 2, BEFORE Khatib Station and right after ORTO. If you are beside Khatib Station, you’ve already missed it.
All shots taken with my Canon EOS 1300D i.e. a recent gift and my current backup camera.