T r a n q u i l l i t y

Hello! Been feeling down and sick in the past 2 months. Maybe it was due to stress or something, I don’t really know… but all’s good now! December’s been a really kind month so far (in terms of work) and I can’t wait to jet off for holidays next week.

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So recently, I’ve visited a few ‘nature’ places and thought to share, as I felt that it is one of the best natural ways to improving one’s health and well-being.

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1. Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk

Location: Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187

This quaint coastal walk is perfect for a Saturday afternoon stroll instead of window shopping in the malls. Completed the trail in under 2 hours, and hardly broke a sweat. The area wasn’t too windy but it was not hot either.

B and I took a long stroll. We were both watching out intensely for insects and wildlife, and the most exciting thing we saw was *drumrolls*…. a stranded jellyfish on the beach! Meh. Nevertheless, it was still a good day just enjoying each other’s company despite not talking much.

Stranded Jellyfish on the shallow beach

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2. Coney Island (Singapore)

Location: Beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk

Aha. The island that gained immense popularity recently, our Singapore’s very own Coney Island. We decided to be ‘kiasu‘ like the rest and check out the island while it’s still hip. Big mistake. I thought that this would be a great place to spot wildlife and what not, but no, entirely wrong.

On the day we visited, a Sunday if I didn’t remember wrongly, there were a lot of humans cycling and babies wailing, and I think that scared away pretty much any wildlife which was there.

We also tried to look for the haunted, half-completed villa (by the Haw Par Villa brothers) on the island to no avail. Rumours have it that it’s near the mangrove swamp area, but a friend told me afterwards that it’s near Beach B, so do check that out if you’d like. As the building is unstructurally unsound, you’ve been warned by NParks not to attempt to enter the villa on your own as it’s situated near a mangrove area that’s subjected to tides.

By the end of the walk, after seeing nothing but Christmas lookalike plants, dead rats and no wildlife, we headed to the punggol promenade for Ice Cream and drinks as it was about to rain. I termed it as a good workout having walked more than 3.2km and sweating like a cow.

If you’re looking to visit, suggest to go on a weekday if you can, when the crowd is more forgiving and perhaps then you can catch the resident cow on the island. There are also guided walks made available to members of the public in November/December 2015, conducted by NParks volunteers.

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3. Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve

Location: 301 Neo Tiew Cres, Singapore 718925

Sungei Buloh is not new to most of us, but did you know they have recently had a facelift? Or maybe they had it for some time, as we headed in from the other entrance the last time we visited.

The area looks new and clean, and is certainly welcoming for visitors. I got sunburnt during the visit so I’d strongly recommend wearing a wide brimmed hat and piling on lots of sunscreen.

Sungei Buloh is definitely the place to visit if you want to really see some wildlife. We caught some interesting ones on our visit, which you can see below. Did not manage on camera stuff like komodo dragon, monitor lizard, a snake eating a fish, and interesting fishies.

Loads of mosquitos, and they even managed to bite me through my long pants. Goes to show how hungry they are. Protection is key if you want to enjoy your visit to the reserve. Overall a great visit, and look forward to exploring more next time round.

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Crabs at the swamp area. Hundreds of them in the mud and on trees

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Scene from a horror movie. White fluffy caterpillars nibbling away at the entire plant

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Some strange fungi thingy growing on a tree

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On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. Reconnecting with nature once in a while is good for the soul.

Xoxo, Jenn

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