We took the boys for short hike along Mac Ritchie Reservoir Park last Saturday. Singapore is so small that they have turned every nook & cranny into multi-purpose use. This is a real reservoir, a catch basin for rain water that will be processed for drinking. However, they also made it into a park, where people can stroll, hike, exercise, study about biodiversity and nature preservation.
The place is easily accessible by bus and there are no entrance fees. Kids will enjoy running around the water's edge. Dads can have quiet time under a tree reading a book or just snoozing. Active Moms, like myself, can go hiking in the woods (safe, plenty of signs!) or try the kayak!
The Kayak Federation of Singapore is based here, and they hold their practices during sundown. It's a beautiful sight. All those tough straining muscles, sweating it out, as they row and the kayak quietly glides on the still waters.
They hold kayak lessons, as well. You can rent a kayak. I wanted to try but I didn't bring extra any swim wear. Definitely, something to look forward to, next time! It's not that expensive. Only 15 SGD per hour.
Fishing also can be done here, but we didn't see anyone at it.
It's a great outing for the kids, especially little boys, who have tremendous energy to expend. My kiddos brought their Nerf guns; and were running after each other behind the bushes & benches.
I took a short hike along the trails and the water's edge pero "bitin" because they were waiting for me, I had to rush back. Next time, I will get a hiking buddy who will not tire as easily like my companions!
|That's me waving across the waters !!|
The trails here actually lead to another nature park called Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. About 8kilometers walk up. :) It's a hilly trail. My friend Shel, actually got lost from her afternoon jog, and found herself near our place! Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is another hiking spot, nearer to our home. I'm also looking forward to exploring it soon.
But you have to watch out for wild monkeys! They're all over the place! If you're bringing plastic bags, and drinks ~ they will go to you and grab your food.
After sweating it out for a day, the reservoir also has an amenities centre equipped with toilets, showering facilities, lockers, drinking fountains and a food kiosk. No excuse for smelling bad at the bus ride home!
' til next adventure!