Trekkies Year-End Chalet – Grim Side of East Coast Park

Posted: December 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                       Stardate: 62439.5 (Dec 09, 2008)

Yesterday, on stardate 62437.2, (Dec 08, 2008) one of the local Star Trek member, named Fahmi and myself had decided to trek along East Coast Park as planned by him somewhere last month. Situated on the south-eastern part of the island, size measuring by 185 Ha and stretching over 15km, East Coast Park is the largest and the most popular park in Singapore. It is built entirely on reclaimed land with a man-made beach, where swimming is possible. Ultimately, this park offers a wide range of facilities – be it food, recreation, entertainment and sports. Bowling alleys, golf driving range, chalets, restaurants and hawker center can all be found in this park. Furthermore, the part is currently undergoing upgrading works, as to improve its image in attracting more visitors.

There is also, the grim side of East Coast Park, where it was heard by many. Even seen in local channels. Is East Coast Park really haunted? Reports from the Singapore Paranormal Investigations (SPI) came in, when a dead body was found at low tide. Frightening possession happened at night. Plus, the infamous underpass that makes the area a hot bed of paranormal tales. Such as the Yellow Tower, where many considered, the most haunted. Few years ago, a couple met a group of rapists while they were on a date at the top of the tower. In his desperate bid to protect his girlfriend, the guy was badly beaten up and dragged to the base of the tower, while his girlfriend was brutally gang-raped and killed. After that incident, it was rumored that the girl’s spirit still wanders around the tower. Cyclists who cycle past there at night, including joggers going on their night jog have heard a series of tormented cries, and even claimed to have seen a white ghostly figure floating around the tower.

Then, there’s this underground pass leading to East Coast Park from Bay Shore. There stories about this pass, which was believed to be haunted. Even in the day, the other end of the pass is always known to be dark. One such story, where a female student was going home alone late at night after a BBQ, and had decided to use the pass as a short cut. There, she saw “children” playing near the pass. And ever since that day, she never use that pass again. Another, was a man using the short cut there, and happened to saw a young girl kneeling on the floor. She appeared to be crying, and had her hands buried in her face. The man approached her to see if she needed any help. And that’s where, she simply vanished…

Next, is the Bedok Jetty. This structure is one of the best spots for fishing and also, many drowned near it. There have been several cases of people drowning near this jetty. This happens usually late at night, and happened to those who swims near it. Stories are that the jetty has “intruded” the privacy of the sea and the dark forces had befallen on some of its users. Also, youngsters are strongly advised not to swim near the jetty at night.

And so, for a person who was fond of the paranormal besides Star Trek, Fahmi had decided to take this opportunity and to seek out the truth behind all this. Furthermore, he had recently brought two devices that were commonly used for ghost hunts. One of them, is the Electronic Magnetic Field (EMF), which is considered the most important tool for every ghost hunts. He was eager to try this out, and had invited me along since he knows that I was too, on the paranormal side.

On top of that, this is also to prepare for the night tour that was part of our upcoming trekkies year-end chalet, that happens every end of each year. The chalet for this year takes place at East Coast’s Goldkist Beach Resort, which was a three-day, two-night stay from 12 Dec to 13 Dec 2008. Fahmi, myself and few others will be staying overnight. To be frank, this year will be my first chalet with the local trekkies, and I will be eager to go for the next year event and so on as long as I’m free.

Anyway, both of us had agreed to meet up at Bedok MRT control station at 1200hrs. From there, we proceed to Bedok Interchange and took bus service no.104, which operates only on weekends and public holidatys for destination towards East Coast Service Park. We disembarked at a bus stop which is located near to the chalet ground. The weather was drizzling, ever since morning. From there, we began our trekking, moving west. Our main objective, is to locate the Yellow Tower. In the first place, I never knew there’s such a tower located along this coast, despite of being here many times. Until I saw the pictures of the tower been posted in the SPI website because of its haunting presence been witness by many. Well, we would be lucky if we spotted it. I remember one of the SPI agents ever told me through the SPI forum, that the shortest route to get towards the tower was to take bus service no.197 or 196 from Bedok Interchange, and disembarked at Parkway Parade. From there, walk straight until the NTUC Fairprice came into view. From behind the building, there will be an underpass that was linked towards East Coast Park. Once exit from there, just followed the footpath before turning left. Depending how fast you walk, you can reached the tower roughly within 10 minutes. From where both of us had started, it took us less then 15 minutes before the tower came into view.

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I never thought I actually seen one. Thought that we might had trouble finding it. Or never even find it at all! But there it was. Standing tall, about three stories in height. Been built near the coast, and been envelope within the shadows of the trees. The colour of it says it all. Some even called it, the Yellow Lighthouse, because of the huge bulb located at its peak. In my own observation, it doesn’t appeared that tall, for a standard lighthouse…

We proceed to the upper deck of the tower. This is where, it was believed, that the young dating couple were on, before the rape incident takes place. Without waiting for any moment to spare, Fahmi brought out two of his devices. The EMF and the one which normally detects “cold spots.” But the EMF shall be used throughout the day as the common tool. As for me, I will kept myself busy taking photographs of the area.

Then, the seeing, is just believing. The EMF began to detects some unusual readings as Fahmi surveys from one point to another across the deck. But as every ghost agents must take note, the EMF was also design to detect electronic readings through wiring and cables, especially from exposed wires. So when it sense something, that doesn’t mean it detects paranormal. But could be exposed wires that could be within its radius. So its very important that we survey the deck of the tower for any exposed wires along the cracks on the walls if any.

Across the deck, the area much closer to the spiral staircase seems rather intense. This is the spot, where the rape incident occurs in which the helpless girl was brutally gang-raped before those monsters killed her. Including, where the wandering spirit of the girl was seen by many. The readings on the meter was at the rate – continuosly going high and low. But when scan on that particular spot, the readings were nearly at the rise! This might be proven all true, as to what witnesses had described. But based from them, the actual paranormal mostly happens at night. So what both of us were suggesting, that when night falls, the readings can be hot at stake!

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We spend about 10 to 15 minutes scanning the area before we proceed on. We continued heading west, where we decided to check out this underpass. Not the infamous underpass, but one, which we might considered to held some mystery. Sorry, but I happened to forgot the name of that underpass.

It was a long walk from where we started. The wind had started to pick up. So does the rain. In less than 15 minutes, we reached the underpass. Based on observation, the distance held from one point to the end of the pass was roughly about 50 meters. The EMF doesn’t detects anything unusual at the moment when we moved across the pass. However, it started to show some signs when we are at the other end. But quickly retains back to normal readings. We just assumed it could be any one of the exposed wires found within this vicinity. As such, we tracked back to the entry. Still, nothing interesting to detect. Don’t know if such a thing will occurs when night falls….


The rain turns heavy. Fortunately, there’s a nearby shelter and we ran for it. While waiting for the ran to settle down, I took a few shot of the surroundings that lies before us.

Once the rain settles in less than 10 minutes, we make our move. This time, heading towards East. And right now, we gonna investigate the infamous underpass that leads from Bay Shore via East Coast Park. Another long walk – we pass the surrounding that we have seen when heading west. Once again, the Yellow Tower caught our attention when it came into viewed. Somehow or rather, even at this board daylight, the tower does behaved in such a manner. Twisted, as what I calls it. Is it because of what happened to that poor girl? From my point of view, it does held some sense of mystery, apparently drew in much attention that could be worth waiting for. Well, anyone could just simply stated, that “it’s just and old building, but sure does have a great view from the upper deck.” =D

Furthermore, more shots of interesting spots were taken along the way.



We soon came across the Marine Cove, formerly known as the East Coast Recreation Center. It was a building complex in the park where many cafes, restaurants and bars are located. It also contains a bowling alley and billiards saloon. There’s also the McDonalds, where we had our lunch. It is the only one in East Coast Park and features a drive thru and even a “skate-thru” counter.

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Once we gobble down our appetite, we continued in our quest. The rest of the way was quite windy, and the weather just keeps getting dull. We soon came across a signboard, that indicates we are close to the Bay Shore underpass towards east. This is it, I told myself. Time to see how “spooky” this underpass is.

For some reason, we seem to having trouble locating the underpass. As far as I’m concerned, we had walked quite a considerable distance and I don’t think the underpass should be further than that, does it? We soon came to another signboard.. This time, it pointed that the direction of the underpass was facing west That means, we had just missed it! But even so, where was this underpass? Wasn’t it near that Bird Sanctuary, that was nearby Bedok Jetty? Nevertheless, we track back. We passes Bedok Jetty. Next to us on the right side, was the Bird Sanctuary, and next to it, heavy constuction was taking place. Then, there’s another sideboard. This one doesn’t stated the exact spot of the underpass. But not until, Fahmi pointed out a footpath that trails between the construction side and the Bird Sanctuary. Is this it? I wondered, as we followed the trail. And right at the distance, came a familiar structure. It was seen from the photos been posted in the SPI website. And that’s where it hit me like a hammer falls! The Bird Sanctuary…. the surrouding…. that eerie feeling I once knew when came to this spot from the past; all came back now. The underpass is located within the vicinity of the Bird Sanctuary. That means, from the signboard itself, the underpass is located at that current location.

Without waiting any moment, we hurried towards the underpass. As what many of those who had commented about the underpass, that it was always dark at the end, even in board daylight. One such frightening incident occurs, a man had taken the pass as a short cut late one night. In his report, the lights down there suddenly flickers, before it plunges into darkness. But he only assumed that it was a technical fault and just proceed on his way. That’s where he felt a hand, grabbed his shoulder that causes him to blast the hell out towards the exit. By a distance away, he stop to catch his breath. At the same time, his eyes on the underpass. To his disbelief, the lights there, had been switched on!

There’s not much readings from the EMF when we stepped in. But along the way, the device detects some unusual readings that keeps going on a considerable rate of high and low. And believe it or not, this is where suddenly, both of us  felt the goosebumps! We didn’t feel anything when we were at the tower and inside the other underground pass. There is certainly, a strong presence around here. Especially at the foot of the staircase at the end of the pass, where the readings was at the intense! But as always, the perfect moment is when night falls. But that is, if you are “lucky” to find one…..

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Two snapshots of the Bird Sanctuary, where was known to the SPI as, “Devil’s Playground.” One of the photo, had the s0-called orb been captured. I SWEAR it wasn’t there before I took the picture!

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At last, its all worth it! We  had trekked about 15km from one point to another. Happy to note that, we had managed to locate the Yellow Tower especially. Despite getting some clues from those hotspots, this areas of the park; by no doubt, will come “alive” when night falls. Depending how “lucky” you were, and whether the paranormal does appeared at the right time.

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  1. Anna Balakrishnan says:

    Does the Yellow Tower still exists now????

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