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  • rabhola
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India211 contributions
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    For the hiking and walking spirited people, a very nice place to visit while in Singapore. The car can be parked across on the one side from where the walk/hike can be started. The cemented stretch is there and, hence, it can be treaded even in the rains. There is a wooden patch of the overbridge which is a well known spot and has appeared in one or two Indian films. The long walk is extremely refreshing for the nature enthusiasts.

    Google does not show the location of this because it is connected through a flyover. Google takes us to the flyover and shows the location there whereas we are to move ahead and take a turn for the garden which is located overhead. A nice place to visit.

    Dr. Rajesh Bhola
    Travel and Spiritual Writer & Columnist
    Written 21 December 2023
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  • Peter S
    Rome, Italy3,959 contributions
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    Review of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore

    The review focuses upon the trail to the summit of Bukit Timah Hill within the context of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (‘BTNR’) and the socio-economic value of open green spaces for local communities – everywhere.
    Head for the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (‘BTNR’) and you’re in the centre of the island and about 10 km from the country’s commercial district and the popular tourist heartlands of Marina Bay, the heritage buildings in the ex-colonial administrative area and, of course, the Gardens by the Bay. This is where short-term visitors can typically be found – at those well-known international destinations. And why not – this is a comfortable, well-managed and interesting country.
    Want to explore the back blocks of the country? Here you’re far more likely to meet the locals; to escape the traffic, high rise, noise, etc. and to enjoy the relative tranquillity of the native rainforest with the flora and fauna that has been carefully encouraged, re-introduced, nurtured and more; to catch a glimpse of the island as-it-once-was before the modern era? That will mean taking a relative subjective view of what you can see and do in the wilderness areas that have been (re-)established over the years.
    The parks, reserves, wet-lands and water catchment areas available across the island represent an asset beyond measure to the country – in the preservation of what once was, but also in the way that these lands/forests have been made available to local people – for recreation, access to nature and the personal health/well-being that comes from escaping the built environment.
    The lands/forests are well-used by local people. Of a weekend, for example the trails, stairways, tracks and surfaced access roads are the domain of bikes, scooters and walkers – many in family groups with kids in pushchairs or in backpacks. Exercise people can be found everywhere. And why not. We had a couple of hours enjoying the trail in the BTNR – from the enormous Visitor Centre at the base of the summit trail to the rock on the summit that proudly promote it as the highest point in the island at 163.63 m. Stand on the summit rock – as many people were doing for a photo shot – and, for a few minutes, you’re the highest girl/boy/woman/man in the country.
    Start with the BTNR then. Well, it’s small at just 1.7 km2. It runs consecutively with the Dairy Farm Nature Park and a couple of quarries to the north and, to the south, two smaller nature reserves and wetlands.
    Next to the BTNR, and separated by the Bukit Timah Expressway, is the Central Catchment Area – comprising a mix of nature reserves, lakes, open lands and forestlands with a core area estimated >40 km2. There are additional green lands linking the core with the northern and western coasts of the island. So, lots of walking/biking opportunities.
    The history of the island’s timber/land resources during the colonial years has always been one of exploitation – extracting timber and working the land for minerals. Fortuitously, the island’s authorities had sufficient to vision – late 19th century remember – to evaluate land cover/forests and then to establish a series of nature reserves. BTNR was the first in 1883. This did not halt exploitation, but it subsequently led to further protective measures and resulted in the 28 km2 reserves island-wide available today - under the control of the National Parks Board.
    Of course, none of this was clear at the time we chose to walk to the top of Bukit Timah Hill. We estimated the walk at 2.50 km one way. It took us about 45 minutes following the tar seal track – four adults and three little kids – the three-year-old with a push chair in reserve. Apart from the first 250 m which were steep, it was an easy shallow gradient for most of the way. The alternative 150 m steps that provide a shorter route to the summit were closed off.
    Round the final bend and there’s this surprisingly open platform of land – no point, of course, but simply level/rounded land with a public shelter. Take a seat and look around you. There were an estimated 50 people doing just that when we were there. Perhaps, one of the most interesting features was the historical ‘Summit’ board which described the hill – in words and photos - during the 19th C. The hill was largely denuded of cover. Everything you see today >120 years later is new. There used to be a ‘rest house’ here for the selected few to escape the colony for a few days … at a cost of S$2/day in 1892. (It was not clear if this was in 1890’s or today’s money.) Whatever, it attracted limited interest by that time and, in the early 1900s, it was replaced by a telecommunication tower. Now there’s a choice.
    Gorgeous, lush green foliage and endless trees envelope the trail to the summit. Eighty years of protected management? Tropic rainforests grow fast when encouraged. Of the wildlife there we saw a handful of monkeys, some distant/noisy birds; and the people - the majority were middle- to vintage-age, and there were fewer younger people/families. It was decidedly easier when descending, but the addition of more strategically spaced benches would have made the walking easier both ways. At the beginning of the trail the Visitor’s Centre was still closed.
    For those interested getting to the trail is easy. Head for the Beauty World MRT station. Through the Mall behind, cross the Upper Bukit Timah Road bridge, then 400 m along Hindhede Road is the Visitor’s Centre. Make sure you get there before it closes.

    Peter Steele
    04October2023
    Written 5 October 2023
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  • Lovebeachyogasurfcoffee
    Coffs Harbour, Australia297 contributions
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    Cable car return tickets is not cheap.

    It is adult$35 for return. Under 12 y.o is $25

    So make a most of it.

    I would highly recommend to buy online, and if u are planning to go to some attractions in Sentosa island, there r always very reasonable plan for adding cable car fee.

    Mount Faber peak has a great view and it was only around $10 from /to Liang court / Clark keys by GRAB.

    It was a bit confusing to go to universal studio from Mt Faber peak.

    I thought we could directly go there but actually had to change the cable car and also had to ride an express train( MONO Rail).

    Written 19 January 2020
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  • Liveyourdream_asia
    Singapore, Singapore1,425 contributions
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    Fantastic place if you like wild nature and not crowded places x I usually come to Dairy Farm Park and other parks nearby in the morning. It’s such a fantastic place to connect with nature! In the mornings it’s so beautiful and peaceful here and not crowded (weekends are surely much worst). You can usually see here wild boars, lots of squirrels, flying colugo and monkeys.

    The best thing - Dairy Farm park interconnected with other parks with lots of possible roots - you can start for example from Dairy Farm, explore Wallace Educational Centre and go from there to Chestnut Park and even reach Singapore Zoo by walk or bicycle or you may go towards Singapore Quarry and later by Green Corridor reach Bukit Timah Nature Park, Hindhech Park or take the path towards Rifle Range Park.
    Written 9 January 2023
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,670 contributions
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    Green Corridor is not just an attraction but has gradually crept into my daily routine as a transport channel platform for me to reach to the nearby destinations.

    This morning, I walked my way along the rail corridor from Queenstown to Dunearn Road to attend a succulent terranium workshop by Garden Guru Rayne or Shine.

    It is amazingly quiet to ply this stretch of rail corridor on a weekday morning. The old Bukit Timah Railway Station appears abandoned and desolate. The cafe at the station was closed but the national flag hang outside the cafe reminded me that the national day celebration was not long ago.

    It started to drizzle as I wandered around the Truss Bridge and the area looked misty beautiful. Near the Mayfair condominum, I saw the wordings written on her signboard 'where people meet Nature'.

    The succulent terranium workshop at Skysprouts was conducted at the 5th floor Sky Gardens. From here I could see the black Truss Bridge.

    After the workshop, I carried a plastic bag containing the glass container of succulent terranium walking along the Green Corridor back home. It was raining heavily but I enjoyed in the rhythm of the rain. Deep in my heart I found solace in nature in my love for the succulent greenery.
    Written 18 August 2023
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  • MS Chin
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia278 contributions
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    Recently we did a 3 hours cycling trip aound this North Eastern Riverine Loop in Singapore. The whole park connector network (PCN) connects us to Punggol Point Park, Punggol Park, Sengkang Riverside Park and Punggol Waterway Park. We rented bicycle at Punggol Point Park and started our ride from here. We can detour to the Coney island (Serangoon island) fro the beautiful beaches and jungle. Continue further will lead us to the beautiful Lorong Halus Bridge. We continue cycling on paved walkway between the river and HDB flats. The river is beautifully lined and landscape to provide very pleasant recreational place for the HDB residents. When we reached intersection with Buangkok Dr, we turn to the right and we will soon see Punggol Park. After this we have to go through built up area, crossing many traffic lights before we join back to the riverside. further up the river leads us to Sengkang Riverside Park. A bit further up and detour to the inland along the tributary leads us to waterway Point, a big shopping area and then to Punggol Waterway Park. We have to turn back to the riverside and continue north to reach back Punggol Point Park, our starting point. The whole trip with the detours are more than 30km. This is a pleasant ride and we enjoy the nicely landscaped walkway between the high rise flats and the small streams.
    Written 24 May 2018
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  • Nehemiah
    Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
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    really good connector it connects well eh. so safe and happy that I could get this connection between places. normally no link eh. but this good
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,670 contributions
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    Hike through a rustic route to the Gallop Extension via the Swettherham estate. Like the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of this estate as though i was roaming in a rural English town.

    It was a touch and go on my previous visit to the Gallop Extension but this time I search for something more immersive with nature and discovered the Gallop Valley. It is located further down the CMO Adventure. The trail is narrow and you can even feel the scent of the plants and trees as you brushed through them. The fragrance of the pandan leaves was so pervasive.

    But I decided to venture further to the Learning Forest. I found this is the lung and forest bathing site of the Botanic Garden. The immersive sensation of walking on the boardwalk or the canopy trail surrounded by dense tall trees and vegetation bring us so close to nature breathing in all the ions and oxygenated air. The therapeutic effect of Shinrin-yoku is most effective here. I took my time wandering and exploring this place trying to learn some of the tree names - tembusu, fan palm, coconut palm, the Snake tree, etc.

    As I was walking out to the Tanglin gate, saw the Swan Lake. The water in the lake reflected the meditative mood and calmness in my mind.

    Now, I understand the essence of Shinrin-yoku.

    Written 29 April 2023
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
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    The circular overhead bridge across Braddell Road linking the Kallang Park Connector on either side of Braddell Road is now opened. It allows cyclists to cycle across it except for the ramp stretch where they need to push their bicycles.

    It is so convenient now for joggers from Potong Pasir area to jog along the Park Connector all the way to Bishan Park along the kallang River.

    It enhances the connectivity to Bishan Park. At night or early morning before seven, the lights on the bridge was striking.
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,670 contributions
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    This park connector seems to be off the beaten path. I hiked from Woodlands Ave 3 cut through Treehaus Park and the few condominums - Rosewood, Woodgrove and Casablanca and then into Woodlands Ave 2 and realised that the directional signage was a bit of misleading. The signage only indicated `Lower Pierce Reservoir' and is pointing the opposite direction. The park connector run parallel to the perimeter of the Singapore Sports School and this park connector is not Ulu Sembawang Park connector. This park connector is Woodlands (SLE) Park Connector which runs along Woodlands Ave 12 and the SLE.

    I do not like this stretch of park connector due to the proximity with SLE and the sir pollution generated from the heavy traffic is rather toxic. I noticed MOH is building a healing garden and a health campus along this park connector. It definitely will add more greenery to counter balance the toxicity from the vehicular pollutants.

    The Ulu Sembawang Park connector only commenced after I had crossed the SLE at Woodlands Ave 12. It was here that the first such signboard appeared to tell people that this is Ulu Sembawang Park connector. The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector stretched from this starting point to Jalan Ulu Sembawang. As I walked along Jalan Ulu Sembawang, the deafening heavy traffic noise from the expressway suddenly subsided and the buzzing cicada noise and the chirping of the birds became louder in my ears. There was a waste treatment plant on my left and on my right is the dense forest studded with Protected Place signages to warn passer-by not to trespass into military training ground. After the waste treatment plant was behind me, I realised the natural forestation was on both sides of the path. In terms of forest bathing, this is the best site to feel the effect of Shirin yoku. There was not a single soul on the path and I was a bit of worried not of wild animals but of illegal immigrants which might be surviving in the forested areas and they may come out and rob or kill me. Before I can reach Mandai Park connector, I decided to u-turn and walked back to where I came from.

    The whole journey took me about an hour plus. The Ulu Sembawang Park Connector literally brought me from a rather noisy and polluted environment to a quiet and peaceful forested bathing site of greenery.
    Written 5 May 2023
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  • Nigel G
    Singapore, Singapore8,596 contributions
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    Visited Butterfly hill last weekend.

    Very beautiful location and despite it labelled a hill, it’s not really a difficult challenge when you climb to the top. Go down the other side and there’s a wonderful view of a Pekan Quarry Lake.

    Saw a great Mormon butterfly (aka Christmas swallowtail) - truly spectacular. Also saw danaid eggfly butterfly and a spotted rustic. Where there are butterflies there are caterpillars in abundance, and to add to diversity grasshoppers and stick insects.

    It was serene and beautiful, apart from the din of lumberjacks chopping down trees.

    So far from life on mainland Singapore. A wonderful location.
    Written 24 January 2021
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  • NKK
    Singapore, Singapore115 contributions
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    It was kind of hot along the narrow street, it is 2 bicycle lane widel. Of course, there were cyclist from young to old on bikes and many groups of peope walking up and down. Actually, it felt crowded. Ventilation was not very good. I came here for the novelty of it and definitely not coming back here again. It was not at all a hot day, but it just felt really hot. Bring water and umbrella, if you must come.
    Written 21 October 2022
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
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    Whampoa Park Connector starts at Jalan Rajah, across Toa Payoh Town Park and runs along Sungei Whampoa before ending at Bendemeer Road. It is 4.49 km long. However, this PC is connected to the Kallang PC at Bendemeer by the colourful Kolam Ayer Bridge. Hence it is possible to walk all the way to Kallang Riverside Park.
    It is cyclist-friendly as there are ramps at both overhead bridges across the PIE and CTE. There are much to see along the way such as:
    1) Under PUB's ABC Waters Programme, the 450m stretch of the river from Kim Keat Road to the CTE has been transformed to provide a rain garden, wooden benches and look out deck. Its aim is to foster community bonding and show how the rain garden helps to cleanse rainwater runoff.
    2) I learnt about the use of Gabions along the canal to allow creepers to grow to soften the look of the canal and protect the river banks.
    3) Blk 26B of HDB St George's Tower has a sky Terrace on the 24th floor which offers excellent aerial view of Sunei Whampoa as well as the distant Sports Hub.
    4) The Bendemeer end has the Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront which includes a viewing gallery, floating platform, riverside plaza and kayak shed.
    Here the Kolam Ayer Bridge connects the Whampoa PC and Kallang PC.
    Written 7 October 2020
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
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    Pandan River starts as a storm drain in Bukit Batok that gradually enlarges as it flows southward. It flows through the HDB and industrial estates to a natural mangrove swamp at the end. Pandan River gets its name from the abundant Pandan trees along its banks.
    Initially the Ulu Pandan Park Connector runs beside the river and after the elevated Jurong Circular Bridge, the Pandan Gardens Park Connector runs beside it. My walk continued at Pandan Reservoir ( an elevated reservoir) on a gravel path.
    Pandan Reservoir is built by damming the river’s mouth and provides non-potable water to the surrounding Jurong industrial estates.
    I decided to follow it from a distance on the gravel path. Quite soon across the river is the Pandan Tidal Gates. Two large water pipelines run parallel along the river towards the Pandan Tidal Gates.
    Further up the gravel path is the view of a large water pipeline half-submerged into the reservoir.
    I exited the Pandan reservoir after the Rowing School and walked towards Sungei Pandan Bridge along Jln Buroh. At the platform on the bridge, the last remnants of a natural mangrove swamp ( previously prevalent in Jurong ) can be glimpsed at the mouth of the Pandan River before it runs into Singapore Straits. There are some boats on the river creating a rustic laid back scene. To get back to the Clementi Bus Interchange, there is bus 285 at the bus stop along nearby Pandan Loop. I would recommend this walk only in cool weather as there are no trees on the gravel path along Pandan Reservoir.
    Written 1 December 2020
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
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    After reading about the Tampines Heritage Trail- Green Space Trail, we started our exploration of this quarry along Tampines Industrial Ave 1. There are a few easy paths leading immediately to the calm water of the quarry. Rainwater had collected in the old, disused sand quarry and transformed it into a lake. This lake is about one-third the size of Bedok Reservoir and is a favourite with anglers.

    Sand quarrying started in Tampines since 1912 and the boom period began in 1960s when vast urban redevelopment resulted in a high demand for sand.
    By 1991, all quarries in Tampines ceased operations. One former quarry was converted into Bedok Reservoir while Tampines quarry remains disused.

    After enjoying the view of the lake, we took the trail to the right. There are in fact many trails and we just used our instinct to walk the trail away from the water. After some distance. we decided to climb up a slope instead of continuing on the easy trail. We were happy to see another easy trail after the short climb so that we did not need to climb down the slope. Finally we saw the two funnel-shaped towers of Tampines NEWater Service Reservoir.
    There are two coffee shops among the row of shophouses in the former Hun Yeang village just next to our exit point. This row of shophouses faces the Tampines Road/Tampines Link. The only bus which passes this road is bus no.72. We walked along the temple clusters to the bus stop opposite Tampines Dormitory along Tampines Ave 10 to take either bus no. 27 or 168 to our next destination, Tampines Eco-Green. We took about 1 hour and 15 mins for our walk at Tampines Quarry.. Some parts were muddy due to the downpour the previous day. Do bring along mosquito repellent for this walk.
    Written 17 December 2020
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