2008-05-30 1 103
Jurong Industrial Estate in Singapore, across the AYE from Jurong BirdPark. To be precise, the spot is inside Caterpillar Asia Pte Ltd at 7 Tractor Road, off Jln Boon Lay / Jln Ahmad Ibrahim. Reachable by bus 194, 249, 251 or 252 from Boon Lay Interchange, plus a short walk.
This marks the first "accessible" geohash on land in Singapore since the algorithm was published in xkcd comic #426, and the first geohashing expedition in Singapore. (The coordinates for 2008-05-23 were on land, but inside a military training area so access was restricted.)
Don't have GPS, but was able to get within about 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) (loc) of the exact point using aerial photograph from Google Maps.
Reached the area by public transport at around 16:50 local time. Scouted out the Caterpillar Asia compound, found double-gated security at the main entrance, conspicuous warning signs, and lots of security cameras. Unable to gain access, I flanked south and made my way to the park connector (loc) (actually just a simple bicycle/running track) that runs along the west side of the compound, got there at around 17:00.
The southwest corner of the compound fence was reachable by climbing a short slope, it is adjacent to a small electrical substation (loc) on AYE / Jln Ahmad Ibrahim. Judging from Google Maps, the exact point is inside the southwest corner of the building.
After stumbling across a dead bird, I found a way to walk along the south side of the fence, which I thought would get me closer to the point. (I was wrong, just discovered I'd misread the aerial photography when rechecking the map online.) Left a mark (in the wrong place!) by propping a dead branch against the fence and placing a flower (loc) -- ought to attract the attention of any observant person poking around the place, the flower came from a tree (loc) 20 meters away.
At this point (17:15), I started getting attacked by mosquitoes and decided to beat a hasty retreat. Crossed the expressway by means of overhead bridge (loc), snapped a couple more pictures from across the road showing the Caterpillar building and electrical substation. Took a short rest at Jurong BirdPark, helped some tourists who needed directions, then hopped onto bus 194 (loc) back to Boon Lay.
This electrical substation is visible on google maps at 1.32235, 103.7045.