Friday, July 31, 2015

A walk along Chemperai Trail at MacRitchie Reservoir

Chemperai Trail
Care for a lazy and educational walk with family? Then try Chemperai trail. It is around an hour relaxing walking trail along the edge of the oldest reservoir in Singapore.

MacRitchie Reservoir was built in 1867-68, and originally known as the Impounding Reservoir or Thomson Reservoir. It is surrounded by more than 500 ha of forests. It offers so many walking trails, one of the most popular is the walking trail to the Treetop Walk. 
Chemperai Trail
Scenic right? You are actually looking at a carpet moss covering the water!
Chemperai Trail MacRitchie
I love this picture above, the water looks like a well maintained lawn! So green and full of life. Makes me want to step on it and lay down.
Chemperai Trail MacRitchie
The water is very shallow, you can easily see a thick collection of dead leaves, twigs and branches.
In time, these will disintegrate and be broken down, and their nutrients recycled and reused by other forest plants. Fungi and tiny insects, like the termites, help in this process. This ongoing cycle is dependant on every twig, branch and dead leaf. It is important that we do not remove anything from this forest, as this will upset the continuous nutrient flow within the rainforest.  -National Park Board
Chemperai Trail MacRitchie

MacRitchie Reservoir
Chemperai Trail MacRitchie
father and daughter tandem enjoying the trail
Chemperai Trail MacRitchie

A relaxing place indeed! A great therapy not only for the mind and soul but also for the body. The trail is mostly flat, a perfect place for a brisk walk.

Distance : 1.5km
Walking time : About 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy

How to get here:
  1. By Bus:  Take bus no. 52, 74, 93, 130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 165, 166, 167, 852, 855 or 980. Alight along Lornie Road at the bus-stop in front of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

    By car: The entrance to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park car park is along Lornie Road. 

Chemperai Trail and Lonie Trail
Picture above: On the right you'll see the end of Chemperai Trail connecting to Lonie trail

MacRitchie Reservoir
Nature is always a great refuge, an outlet from all life's frustrations. So let's enjoy nature more and strive to have a great, fit and happy life! Ciao!






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Friday, July 24, 2015

Southern Ridges : Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore which stands 36 metres above the ground. This structure connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blanch Hill Park. The bridge is famous for its distinctive wavelike structure, curving and twisting along its entire 274-metre length.
Henderson Waves, Singapore
                                              photo by Abdul Rahman Latiff

The bridge is lit with LED lamps at night from 7pm to 2am daily,  giving the bridge an illuminative glow. Unfortunately for us, we went there in the morning, so no night shots for me! Which gives us a reason to come back! Yey!
Henderson Waves, Singapore
The bridge is anchored by steel arches and deck that is made out of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in South-East Asia. It reminds me of old houses in the Philippines. It reminds me of grandpa and an ancient house where I used to spend my childhood.
the view from the bridge:
Henderson Road, Singapore

Henderson Road

Henderson Road, Singapore





Henderson Waves
here's us saying, goodbye for now! Till next adventure!
Getting there: 

You can take bus numbers: 131, 145, 176 or 648. From the bus stop at Henderson Road, climb up the stairs to Mount Faber Park and walk towards Henderson Waves. Signboards are available to point you to the right direction.  Have fun!!




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