Places – JCube
So, JCube is latest kid on the block at Jurong East. It occupies the land beside the library, where the previous Jurong Entertainment Center (JEC) once sat on.
Back when I was a student, Jurong East Central was one of the places I went to quite often, since it was only a few bus stops from school. And being air-conditioned, JEC was one of the places I would end up in after my classes or ECA. It was a small building, with only a handful of shops, 4 cinemas theatres and an ice-skating rink. Though I eventually took up inline skating years after that, ice-skating had never been my thing. I think it is because ice-skating comes across to me as graceful and I do not want to spoil that image in my head.
These few years, I had been awaiting the rebuilding of JEC, because since I live in the west (northwest to be exact), there aren’t many places around with proper cinemas. We have the new Junction 10, but the place is tiny. Moreover, I have become choosy of cinemas especially more so in recent months, and those in neighbouring estates just can’t make it in one way or other. I thought since we go to the movies so often, I should choose the ones I like best. Sad to say, many of those in neighbourhoods are either in dire need of a facelift, or too dirty (yes, I mean Dirty). And one time, D and I went to a cinema in a mall nearby. It had been years since we visited the place. The artic-cold aircon was very uncomfortable, but what set us laughing was, when the show started, we kept wondering why the curtains were not pulled back fully? Later we realised, it was actually that the screen was so old, it looks tiny in today’s standard. And we vowed not to go there again. Unless of course, they renovate.
So, back to JCube. It opens this week, on Monday this week. Today is the 4th day it has opened. The first day it opened, we were there, all because I was kaypoh. JCube is developed by CapitaLand. I was actually getting a little tired of CapitaLand malls because they are all cookie-cutter malls. Even the toilet signs all look the same, with the same tenants, they are just boring at times. JCube was designed to be a little different, like an ice cube from the exterior. Honestly speaking, I don’t care about the exterior. I was hoping JCube would be a little different inside, and with a skating rink being the main attraction in the mall, it really makes things buzzing, for now at least.
There is still a skating rink and it is the largest in Singapore. Hence you can also be assured that the mall temperature will be pretty cool. There are several eateries around the rink, where patrons can eat and watch people skate at the same time. It is said that the rink is Olympic sized, so there might be competitions there in future.
Today, we are back at JCube, to check out the cinema. The operator is Shaw, so like we expected, the seats are the same as Lido’s. There is also an IMAX! I was expecting the aircon to be as cold as Lido’s too, but it wasn’t. It was quite comfortable actually. At Lido’s I would usually bring my fleece pullover (and I pull over my hood too because I like them to be (horse) blinkers for me). Today at JCube, I brought my fleece pullover, but I could do with only a shawl. Guys or most people could do with just long sleeves. Only gripe was, the space at the ticketing area is quite small. So come weekends or public holidays, I guess that particular area will always be jammed up.