Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve
Another late entry--in keeping with this holiday's theme of nature exploration, we took the kids to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve. More info on the place can be found here. Armed with binoculars, a magnifying glass, lots of snacks & caps for the kids, we took a 1.5 hour stroll along Route A of the Nature Reserve, the shortest route. We saw Malayan monitors (which Dan declared were Komodo Dragons) galore--they were everywhere. Two were basking in the sun just beyond the drop-off point, before the ticketing counter & entrance point to the part itself. One was perched next to a buggy (the ones that the rangers used to get around) as we exited towards the end of our visit, as if to say, "Fare thee well" to us! We also saw lots of needlefish in the water, tiny crabs in the mud, birds, and lots of squirrels.
The highlight of the trip was in one of the marked shelters which had cut out windows for you to peer closely at the wildlife. We managed to spot a huge Malayan monitor and it was headed straight towards us (or rather, straight towards the shelter! I don't think it noticed us!) It got so close that we managed to see that its tongue, which kept zipping in and out of its mouth, was a bit blue! Very interesting.
The other highlight was climbing the Aerie--a tall tower that overlooks the entire reserve. At 32 weeks, my legs were definitely aching badly after the climb. But the view was nice, and it also gave us a chance to sit, rest and snack!!
This holiday, I've been trying to do more Nature-y things with the kids. So, we did longkang fishing at Kids Kampong and have been taking walking tours around the Botanics, and various outdoor parks, including Bukit Batok Nature Park. For those keen, there is actually a very good and detailed DIY Nature Trail Walk for Bukit Batok Nature Park, which you can download and follow. To be honest, I was more impressed with Bukit Batok Nature Park than Sungei Buloh--perhaps because I had a DIY guide with me, and so, we saw more things. We spotted simpoh air flowers, huuuuge jackfruits hanging in trees, even rambutans, bananas and durians! It really felt like the most verdant park in Singapore. =) Oh, we also saw pretty blue-green birds and squirrels.
To top off the Nature theme, Dan's been going for these nature enrichment classes at Jacob Ballas. Those are cool.
There is one more place that I would like to bring the kids, and that's the newly opened Woodlands Waterfront Promenade. Has anybody been there yet? Info can be found here and here. Not sure if we'll make it down since it's already the 3rd week of school hols! Gasp! Time really flies =) But if anyone has any info on it, let me know! Thanks!