Last Friday marked the last day that I traveled to NIE for my full-time teaching course. Since I am in a good mood (after completing my 4 assignments in the span of 1 week and having a pretty much relaxing first week into my practicum) and sharing is caring, I would like to write about my journey to NIE. No, not my nostalgic 2 year course but literally, the journey from my house to the institution itself.
Normally, after I have dropped my wife to work in Ang Mo Kio around 7.15 a.m., I travelled via various highways in Singapore in a bid to find the fastest and easiest route to NIE, which is located in NTU vicinity near Jalan Bahar. I like to travel via PIE but the traffic congestion + ERP in CTE always made me think twice about going by that route.
Rather than paying $2 for ERP, I would prefer travelling up north first via SLE and then exit at the BKE(PIE) exit before turning in to KJE.
However, if you noticed, I would normally reach the SLE expressway around 7.30 a.m. and by the time I reached the exit to BKE(PIE), traffic congestion will tail-back all the way towards the Woodlands Ave 2 exit. It was not till early last year that I discovered a new route courtesy of one of my NIE course-mates.
This route will take you from SLE and bring you out of the traffic congestion over there and magically bring you to Jalan Bahar.
Oklah, I was exaggerating a bit but I am serious on avoiding the congestion. Let me tell you now how you can achieve this magic of going to Jalan Bahar from SLE but avoid the traffic congestion at the BKE (PIE) exit, the Mandai Road exit and also the KJE traffic congestion.
The best thing is, the journey to NIE using this new route from SLE will only be maximum 30 min !!! (because that was the time that I needed while driving my Picanto so if you are driving a bigger car than mine, +- 7 min).