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When the weather is good (not too hot and no rain) there is nothing more pleasant and relaxing than enjoying a BBQ with friends and family. Of course we Aussies are famous (or infamous) for our barbies and most households have some sort of BBQ in the back yard.
This is a little more difficult here where most of the population live in HDB apartments, but you only have to head down to East Coast Park or Pasir Ris on the weekend to see how popular it is here.
There are also public BBQ pits available in Australia, but mostly they're electric these days and it is purely a first-come-first-served basis of usage. Stick your coins in and Bobs Your Uncle.
In Singapore, things are a bit more organised to say the least. You must book your desired BBQ pit well in advance for popular sites, so check the number of the pit you want and then decide how you want to reserve it.
You can either book online here, book by phone (65 6560 2727), or use an AXS machine to book. But even if you reserve your pit online, you must then pay using an AXS machine. If you want step-by-instructions go to the AXS website.
AXS machines are interactive terminals where the public can pay bills, fines, pay for movie tickets, book resorts and more. They are 500 of them all over the island and you can find your nearest one by going to their website here.
This all seems rather complicated with no room for spontaneous barbecuing, but I suppose it avoids having to get up at the crack of dawn to grab a pit.
To meet increasing demand for barbeque facilities, NParks has made available certain areas in the parks where you can still do your barbequing when all other BBQ pits are booked. Called BYOPs, these are designated areas demarcated with concrete slabs for you to bring your OWN Portable BBQ Pits for barbecuing. Available only during eve of public holidays, public holidays and school holidays.
Here is a list of parks with BBQ pits: