March 21, 2018
Today, I am going to reach the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia”. Well, since I am already in Singapore, this should not be too difficult.
I am now walking from my hotel to the MRT station, and I will be taking the North-East (purple) line to Harbour Front station. From there, it is a short walk to Vivo City, the largest shopping mall in Singapore.
I will need to take the Sentosa Express monorail to the Sentosa Island. But before I do that, I am going to grab some lunch at the Food Republic first. You can’t get to the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia” with an empty stomach.
Food Republic is like a hawker centre in a modern, comfortable, and air-conditioned environment inside Vivo City. I browse around the hawker stalls for a while and decide than I am ordering a plate of Hainanese chicken rice.
The next step is to take the monorail to Sentosa Island. I am here on a weekday in the slow season so there is only a short line. Fifteen minutes later, I am at this island resort which is almost like Fantasy Island.
Now I need to find the beach tram (shuttle) at the beach station to get to Palawan Beach. Actually, it took me longer to find the station to catch the shuttle than the ride itself. But no problem! Here I am, at Palawan Beach!
The beach is beautiful, with turquoise waters and a calm, peaceful, and relaxing atmosphere. It is calm and peaceful probably because I am here on a weekday in the off-season (which is when you should visit Singapore).
If you want to grab a drink before continuing on your journey, there is an FOC Beach Club that serves amazing cocktails and authentic Spanish tapas. But I would rather move on. I’ll come back for a drink later.
Now to continue my journey, I need to go across a suspension bridge over waters. Not a big deal. The water beneath is shallow, and I can swim even if I fall. But walking across the bridge turns out to be a very enjoyable experience. It is also where you can take that Instagram worthy picture!
A few minutes later, and here I am – at the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia”. And there is a sign identifying and sort of certifying where you are at.
So… I’ve made it!
But here is the caveat. Is this indeed the southernmost point of continental Asia? The catch here is “continental”, which means it must be connected to the continent of Asia.
Singapore is an island connected to the Malaya Peninsula by one of two bridges – the Johor–Singapore Causeway or the Tuas Second Link.
Sentosa is an island connected to Singapore by bridges, whether on foot, by car, or via the monorail that I just took.
Finally, this southernmost point is connected to the beach by a suspension bridge that I just walked across. You get the idea?
But the official definition is that it must be connected to the continent of Asia. And it is connected, right? Is it not?
But whatever you think, I am, right at this moment, at the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia.