Communing With Nature
Places in Singapore where you can seek inner peace by interacting with nature
By: Charlotte Ng
Sometimes, all we need to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and work for a day or two, is to retreat to an oasis of calm called nature. Surrounded by the flora and fauna Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, you will be surprised at how spending time in the bosom of her embrace can quiet your mind, liberating yourself from the constant buzz of thoughts and worries and allow some introspection for oneself. Watching animals and insects can reveal something about the forgotten simplicity of life. Revel in the beauty of the stillness of greenery, trees and flowers- a gift from life itself.
Bukit Batok Nature Park
This 36 hectares deserted green gem is surprisingly unheard of for a neighbourhood park endowed with remarkable scenery and lush greenery. Built on an unused quarry site in 1988, it is dotted with meandering paths intersecting with a forest, which are spread over an undulating landscape. Look-out points are scattered over the park that soar above ten storeys high which serve the purpose of watching breath-taking views of the quarry. Near the park entrance, the towering picturesque, behemoth cliff wall is hard to miss, being the landmark of the park. And even if you did, we wouldn’t blame you if you got side-tracked by the crystal clear pond capturing the blue sky.
Things to Do
Running on the footpaths, taking a hike through the forest or cycling can revitalise your mental and physical health and offers a form of catharsis for emotional stress and trauma. If physical exercise isn’t your cup of tea, go for a lone leisurely stroll, or tag your pet along, and simply watch the scenery and observe the gambolling squirrels. If you meditate, bring your mat along and roll it out by the hedge enclosing the pond and cliff wall. The dreamy hum of nature will definitely provide a tranquil atmosphere congenial to meditation.
Address: Bukit Batok East Ave 2, Bukit Batok East Ave 6, Lorong Sesuai
Open 7am to 7pm
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This wetland reserve spanning 202 hectares, is a haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Consisting of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and a secondary forest, it is home to an abundant biodiversity of animals. Some examples would be kingfishers, monitor lizards, alligators, and even otters. It is also a sanctuary to wintering migratory birds like plovers and sandpipers during September to March.
Things to Do
Trek through the sinuous trails, footpaths and bridges snaking across the reserve whilst stopping every now and then to snap a picture, stop and smell the roses. Make your way to the “observatory hides” that dot the habitat and get a glimpse of the various resident wildlife animals’ daily lives unfolding in front of your very eyes. If the tide rises as you cross the mangroves, spot crabs and shellfish sprawling on the tree trunks. If you are into sketching, you can visit the Kingfisher Pod, Eagle Point, and Little Heron Deck and reproduce their beauty on paper!
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Cres, 718925
Open 7am to 7pm