THE POLARISED ESCAPADES
To take a break from our daily hustle and bustle, CATCH embarked on two very different activities - hiking and ghost hunting. Through the peaceful and the thrilling, the team discovered their individual labels
Written by: Cara Oh | Photos by: Cara Oh, Kee Yan Ping & Nur Syahidah
THE PEACEFUL -
At around 1pm, the sky was pale blue, accompanied by dashes of white. CATCH set off on our first journey and arrived at Windsor Nature Park. Since it was a stormy morning, we reckoned that it was the perfect weather to hike.
And guess what? We predicted right!
As we set our feet into the trail, we were surrounded by fresh air and clear sounds of nature, which instantly made us feel relaxed.
Step by step, we overcame the different phases of the trail. We started off on flat and steady wooden trails, which seemed unchallenging and effortless.
At last, we got to the part we anticipated for the most, the Macritchie TreeTop Walk. Suspended at about 25 metres above the forest floor, the famous highlight is 250 metres long.
The view from the walk was breathtaking. Everything around us was green. It was extremely soul soothing to be able to witness such a view in contrast to the modern city high rise buildings we see in our daily lives.
Overall, it was a challenging yet peaceful activity, and CATCH thinks this hike is worth the experience.
THE THRILLING -
That day, there was a beautiful sunset - as if the sky was painted amethyst with streaks of warm and comforting orange.
Despite that, the comfort disappeared immediately as we were nearing our destination.
Well, we were heading to the infamous Old Changi Hospital.
CATCH first walked past the hospital’s side gate. It stood at a distance, all alone amongst the dusky trees. When the sky turned dark, a full moon was hung above, surrounded by a ring of clouds. The beaming moonlight shone on the abandoned hospital, emphasizing its loneliness.
In a distance, a cat purred at us, as if it was warning us what was ahead of us. It kept rubbing against our ankles, pushing us backwards. There were also points of times where it stared into a blank space for quite awhile.
Approaching the front gate of the hospital, we could see that windows were pitched black and most of the walls had already cracked and were torn apart badly.
Overall, it was a memorable experience for all of us. Even though some of us were so scared, it was fun to witness the different reactions of the team. We were glad we got to experience this journey together.