Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hortpark to Mount Faber and beyond

This walk took place at ten in the morning, a crazy time to go for a walk normally because we would have been fried by the heat and pressure-cooked by the humidity. Never mind that that did not make sense but the general idea is to avoid walks after ten in our kind of climate. However, some days, the sky is dressed in woolly clouds and a sister breeze decides that on that morning she needs to discharge some of that wind power gently over the earth. On such a glorious morning, a walk after ten is really wonderful.

A new specie of heliconia that I have not seen before at the garden between the Hortpark carpark and the Alexandria Arch.

A contented bubul alert to our approach.
Macfaydyena unguis-cati (Cat Claw Ivy) growing on the trellis at Mt Faber.

Flaming Beauty (Carphalea kirondron) on Mt Faber.

Bauhina Kockiana blooms.

Take away the trees and we are just concrete.
At the start of the Marang Trail on Mt Faber,
The wooden walkway of the Marang Trail leading to the foot of Mt Faber where Vivocity is.

The majestic Pulai Tree.

The cherry tree our our childhood.
A kind of moth with blue wings that seemed to glow when it is in flight.
The fruitful Fishtail palm along the Marang Trail.
Fungi beginning to work at decomposing this tree stump.
It was a great walk as usual, not so much to lose weight but to just be a part of the peace and freshness of the natural environment.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

MacRitchie Reservoir walk

This morning's walk should have taken place an hour earlier. There was a lovely breeze initially and we had a great time walking by the edge of the reservoir all the way to the part of the trail next to the Island Country Club. It was the walk back that was energy sapping. Luckily we could make an exit to the main road where we took a bus back to the carpark.

Thursday, 21 July 2011


Waiting can be boring
unless there is a sunrise
waiting can be filled with surprise
when you see the same scene
from a different viewpoint
at a different time of the day
when you are alone
or when you are with a friend
Today the surprise is a sunrise
and the marvel that we have pine trees in a tropical land like ours.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Railway Walk, second time.

Walking along the railway track one last time on Sunday. This time I paid more attention to the nature along the way. I saw flowers that I did my best to identify correctly, fungi, grass, tall trees and in general sought to enjoy more of the nature than the idea of walking on the soon-to-be dismantled railway tracks.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Kentridge Park when the sun was high in the sky

I was going to drive past Kentridge Park and a spur of the moment decision had me driving up to the Kentridge carpark on a small hill. What magnetic force got me there? It was really the feeling that the day was great because it was sunny and yet it was cool. The sunlight was not blinding and it just felt like a great day and how right I was! See the slideshow here>>>

Clouds and sea.
Plane sailing by
Maiden's Jealousy - lots of them.
Kentridge Park, where is the army tank?

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Flowers of the Hortpark and a sweet floral tea

The common flowers of the Hortpark were in bloom at the same time. It was a joy to see them and to end the walk with an  unusual tea at my Japanese friend's house. Click on the photo for the slideshow:

Saturday, 9 July 2011

A walk on the railway track

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The KTM trains will no longer run
The miles of rails will soon disappear
So the crowds came for fun
  gathering memories that they fear
will be impossible forever
and ever, no pictures, no idea
about this railway track
So we came Singaporeans
one and all on a national outing
before it's too late to moan
that we should have done it but didn't