On the MacRitchie Nature Trail – An Escape to Tranquillity

Amidst the busyness of the Chinese New Year preparations, shopping and pre-feasting (yes! I know), we took a break on Sunday evening to do something different. We turned to the outdoors to be refreshed for the coming week, yep the crazy week before Chinese New Year.

The Hubs brought us to MacRitchie Reservoir Park much to the delight of the little one who hasn’t really been to the natural outdoors in awhile.

It was delightful to be greeted with the beauty of the blooming flowers all around, seeming like Spring was indeed here, even for us in Singapore. The splash of breath-taking colours charmed even a little boy.

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The cool year end (since it’s not CNY yet) breeze made the walk all the more enjoyable and refreshing. Many families with young ones and teenagers were already in the middle of their exercise routine or just simply enjoying the time together. Treasured moments for each of them, I ‘m sure. Hubs chatted about how his late father used to bring him there for walks and I imagined that perhaps one day, my little one may be telling his own about our wonderful times together, like what his daddy was doing. Perhaps and hopefully, even long after we are gone, he will still remember these times of love we shared.

As expected, even before we entered the Nature Trail, we met the native monkeys (macaques) on the grounds. These creatures seemed at ease amongst the many human beings around them. It’s no wonder Nparks calls them our neighbours. For those interested, there is a Guided Walk with these creatures, details at the end of the post.
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The easy walk across the reservoir, brought us quite quickly to the beginning of the Nature Trail. Unfortunately, we missed the timing for the Treetop Walk which closes at 5pm, so that will be kept for another adventure.
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Smartphone in hand, I took a snap of all the signs at the beginning of the trial, and we were off to our first nature walk of the year, rah rah!!
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Just entering the Nature Reserve was enough to bring you into a brave new world, faraway from the worries of homework, busy schedules, Monday blues, peak hour jams. The beauty of the towering  trees and the tranquillity felt familiar. We felt as if we were back on our Australia trip on our Blue Mountain walk somehow, not an exaggeration but just a familiar feeling… perhaps it was the peace and calmness, just look at the photos and you may understand.
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Little Wey spotted a baby ‘Bulls-eye” snakehead along the waters…

The boardwalk made walking by the waters easy and safe even for a young child. Little Wey was busy spotting fish along the way.

Hubs spotted a terrapin that was most probably someone’s pet awhile ago until it got too big to be kept at home. Hint to Shirley, see?
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My favourite was just to take in the vastness and openness all around me, that uncrowded unhurried feeling.
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Precious bonding moments between Father and Son…

 

Something about the clear waters and the blue skies just reminded me to take time to pause and appreciate the moments as they come, to remember that indeed I am not a creator but a created being, just like nature is.

As we made our way back, we were in for a treat! This will really get my dear bestie all excited! Winks at Shirley! Agree?? We spotted a monitor lizard swimming by the boardwalk. Watch the video!

See how calmly it swam by us…
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It was so wonderful to see the wild in nature up close and personal, not behind some cage or glass at the Zoo.  Everyone there was excitedly soaking in the moments with their handphones! hahaa…

Perhaps the best takeaway yet from this short evening walk, was the reminder again that our busyness and pursuits will never be as important as the creation and nature around us. Let us not forget to take a moment to enjoy it. Better still, let us protect it for those we love so dearly.
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When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

(Psalm 8:3-4, 6-9 NIV)

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Commonly known as ‘Monkey Cups”, these Nepenthes plants are carnivores plants that can be easily spotted all along the bush along the waters.

 

 

About MacRitchie Reservoir Park

HSBC TreeTop Walk Opening Hours : Tues to Fri 9am – 5pm (last entry by 4.45pm), Sat, Sun and PH 8.30am – 5pm, Closed on Mondays except PH.

Park Lighting Hours: 7:00pm to 7:00am

How To Get There: Nearest Bus Stop 51071 (Bus 52, 74, 93, 157,130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 162M, 165, 166, 167, 852 and 855, 980), Nearest MRT Caldecott MRT (CC17)

About Free Guided Walks

 A walk with your neighbours: The macaques of MacRitchie

– Multiple monthly dates, Next Sat, 14 Feb 2015  17:00PM – 18:30PM  Register 3 days in advance at sg.monkey.walk@gmail.com

– Suitable for adults and children above 8 years

– MacRitchie Reservoir Park,Lawn @ Paddle Lodge (Meeting Point: Mushroom Cafe at Macritchie Reservoir Park)

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~ SAys! Happy Mum Audrey 🙂

In the meantime, we are running an exciting Tickets Giveaway from 7 Feb – 14 Feb 2015. Hop on over to the post to take part! Good Luck!

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About SAys! Happy Mums

We are a Singapore Mum Blog hosted by BFFs Shirley & Audrey. We blog about our children, parenting and family lifestyle. Most often than not, we find ourselves immersed in family and kids entertainment and can't escape from the lure of great food!

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