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Known for its notorious curves, South Buona Vista Road, nicknamed “99 turns”, provides passage from Dover to Pasir Panjang Road through the high ridges of Kent Ridge. South Buona Vista Road was also once known as ‘The Gap’. The road was used as part of racing circuits for motorcars and bicycles from the 1950s to 1980s. Constructed before World War II, one used to have a good view of the sea from the descending slope of the ridge, which explains why it was given the name, “Buona Vista”, meaning “good sight” in Italian. It was also on this part of the ridge that the famous battle of Pasir Panjang was fought in February 1942 between the forces from the Malay Regiment and the Japanese invaders. The road is flanked by a hilly forest.
The final coordinates are : N01 17 ABC E103 47 DEF .
The following to be determined from the five waypoints :
- how many letters are there on the road name stated on the uppermost of the Big Road Signboard ?
- add the number of letters by 7 and this gives you BC .
- what is the middle digit of the “No Overtaking” Warning Signboard ?
- this gives you A .
- look for the number starting with LP xx (xx are digits) at the Bus Stop Signboard .
- the second digit gives you E .
- what is the Lamp Post number in red ?
- the top digit gives you D .
- how far away is the Battle Site ?
- divide the distance by 150 and this number gives you F .
After you complete all the waypoints, trust your muscle gotten a good workout !
Enjoy walking and have fun !
1. If you are taking public transport, use Circle Line MRT and align at Kent Ridge Station (CC24);
2. All the waypoints are on the left side of the road if you are walking downhill along 99 Turns; do not cross the road unnecessary for your own safety as there are a lot of blind spots; and
3. Wear bright colour clothing to enhance safety.
BYOP and put back the cache fully into the double hideout after signing.