Friday, March 25, 2011

Bukit Batok Nature Park

I jogged to the Bukit Batok Nature Park, I was greeted by the Welcome Sign at the entrance. This place is for people who want to relax and get out of the city and to stroll in a peaceful atmosphere. As I jogged further in, I would see other fellow joggers of different ages jogging also.

As I jogged further in, I noticed many children playing in the playground and building hills of sands using the sand which surrounded the playground . Up ahead is an abandoned quarry site since 1998. The lush secondary forest leading to look-out points reaching more than 10 storeys high to provide breath-taking views.

This is the place where Bukit Batok Nature Park is located in Google Maps.

Bukit Timah Hill

As I arrived at the entrance to Bukit Timah Hill to enjoy my trekking in the forest, the first thing that greeted me were monkeys even before I started to track up the hill. Let me tell you a secret. I hate monkeys! You know why- they can be violent, cruel and steal people's food when they are hungry though they look harmless in this picture. I took this photo from the internet because I did not want to take my camera along.

As I trekked through the jungle, I really enjoyed the scenery and the lush greenery around me. It was shady but humid so I felt uncomfortable and sw
eaty. I could hear cicadas singing, birds chirping and the rustling of the leaves as the breeze blew gently. I noticed many kinds of trees, plants, insects and even colourful birds. There were signs which guided me to the summit of the hill. It was an exhausting climb with many steps. I feel that if anyone wants to trek to the summit, one should go in pairs or in groups to prevent being lost in the forest.Another interesting place in the Bukit Timah Hill is the water catchment area. I saw fishes swimming in a pond and I even saw a big fish's shadow and I am telling the truth. There were even water insects swimming in a shallow area and once, my brother even caught a water scorpion and we saw quick sand!It was a great sight and I would never forget this!

As I reached the summit, I could enjoy the skyline of the surrounding Bukit Timah area and the skyline of the neighborhood. This is the picture of the summit.

This is the place where Bukit Timah Hill where I went.

Little Guilin Lake

This large stone with the name of the lake first caught my attention when I reached my destination. This stone lets tourists know that this lake is called Little Guilin with the 3D words placed on the big rock.I like the environment very much because the surroundings is very beautiful planted with various colours of plants and flowers and they smell quite pleasant.

Tourists who visits this lake would think that there is a mountain in the middle of the lake but surprisingly, it is actually a large granite rock sitting on the lake and what is even more surprising is that the whole lake was actually a quarry long time ago!

This is the place where Little Guilin Lake is on Google Maps where I went . As you can see, this lake is part of Bukit Batok Town Park.