Monday, 26 September 2011

Rain, rain went away

There was a raging storm in the early hours of this morning and I slept right through it till it was time for me to wake up. By then only a departing drizzle greeted me as I stepped out of my house. How lovely, I thought to myself, ever optimistic that the sky  would brighten  up, promising a nice, cool walk in the park. I am not always right about the weather. However this time, I was spot on. I chose to go to West Coast Park because it would be safer to walk along the footpaths and even on the broader bicycle lanes and should the rains decide to re-visit us, there would have been ample shelters we could take refuge in. Anyway, rain when it is gone, always leaves behind freshness and a sense of renewal. The greenery appears to be brighter and in the gentle, morning light, leaves on the plants and trees look  shiny and clean.  And then, there was the extra treat of seeing lone heron by the pond that did not fly away upon my approach. It was probably a permanent resident of the park and have come to call Singapore home after a few migratory trips here. On top of that, the Cannonball trees were in various fruiting stages with one particular tree alreay adorned with a full load of cannonball-like fruits. A tree was dripping with rounded and elongated yellow fruits that we had not seen before. Interesting morning!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Mt Faber and Telok Blangah Parks

You can walk along the Southern Ridges of Singapore across four parks - Kentridge Park, Hortpark, Telok Blangah Park and Mt Faber Park ending with the MarangTrail that leads to Vivocity. Yesterday, we walked up the Marang Trail from Vivocity reaching Mt Faber and proceeding on to Telok Blangah Park and from there to the Alexandria Arch at Alexandria Road. We stopped short of the Hortpark because time was not in our favour. For the first time, we were caught in a heavy shower without umbrellas. Luckily we found shelter near the Henderson Waves before we got soaked through. Lucky us! Click on the photo to see more:

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Lower Seletar Park

We were looking for another park in Woodlands when we lost our way and when we located it, I did not fancy walking around the park holding and umbrella. So we drove away from the rain clouds heading towards Orchid Country Club and along the way stumbled upon this small park by the Seletar Reservoir. The residents living opposite this park are indeed very fortunate to have such a lovely little park at their doorstep. Only a small carpark that could accommodate a dozen cars was available to those of us who do not live in the area. See for yourself what this park looks like: