I lived in Singapore between year 1994 to 2002 before going to Europe. During my living in Singapore, I often traveled to my homeland Malaysia for the mountain hiking, and scuba diving. The nature in Malaysia, is gorgeous, but now coming back to Singapore, I found it has its own charm for being a small tropical island. The Singapore Botanic Garden is the most beautiful garden I have been to among the gardens in the cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, and London (and much bigger in area than any of them, even consider the size of the Singapore island). Sungei Buloh (Sungei, and old world in Malay means river) is another great place for a nature walk, and during the birds migrating season, thousands of birds and many species of them can be spotted. I have been to the Bukit Timah (Bukit in Malay means hill, and Timah is Tin) and Pulau Ubin (Pulau means island in Malay) Nature Reserved many times, but last Sunday’s walk with my friends Pang Meng, and Neha from the Kent Ridge Park to the Mt. Faber, I discovered another jewel of the parks in Singapore.
The walk from Kent Ridge Park to Mt Faber begins at the National University of Singapore, and stretches for about 8 km. As the name implied, that the walk is on the ridge of the hill. and some facilities are built nicely for the visitors, like the canopy walk. The Hortpark is another great place to wander around, with the pond, exotic tropical plants and trees, and a small butterfly garden (opened every last Sat of the month, from 9-12pm) to enjoy a relax weekend. The park is located just before the Alexander Arch bridge, where the ascend to Mt. Faber is taken place. From the Alexander Arch bridge, Pang Meng, Neha, and I had a pleasant ascend to Mt. Faber through the forest walkway that passing through the secondary forest before we were heading for the beautiful architectural design named the Henderson Waves, which is an elevated pedestrian bridge of 26 m in height, and a magnificent view of the harbor and the Sea in the West.
I did not take too many photos with my little camera, but Pang Meng, Neha, and me, who come from China, Nepal, and me from Malaysia, have enjoyed every bit of our sweat in this walk of Nature in Singapore.
8 Aug 2012, Singapore
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