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Pockets of Adventure

by Lai Wai Kit, BBA 2010

In 2018, we trekked through Zion National Park in the United States. It was a hauntingly beautiful landscape with steep canyon walls and icy water to our knees. The bones were slightly younger at that time, so I was able to manage a kid in the front plus another on my back, while my wife had the heavier boy.

Adventures Pre-Covid – at Zion National Park, United States

Fast forward these 2 years – we’ve been stuck in Singapore. Hard to believe, but there are little pockets of adventure everywhere. We’ve been to places like Seah Im Bunker and Keppel Hill Reservoir, Fort Serapong, Clementi Forest… this list of trails has grown to 50+ and still growing!

Adventures in Singapore – at Seah Im Bunker and Keppel Hill Reservoir

When I heard about the NUSBSA Walking Interest Group, I immediately connected with Connie and her team – what a wonderful initiative to bring the spirit of adventure in walking/hiking to a broader community. We love getting into nature because we are forced to keep our eyes peeled to the overhanging branches and muddy puddles… away from digital devices. We connect over more extended conversations and deeper conversations, even with my little kids aged 3, 5 and 7.

We soon learnt that there are many interesting spots around Singapore if we look hard enough. Presenting to you Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park, our newest find!

Formerly known as Greenwood Park. In future, it will be part of the Nature Corridor that connects Central Nature Park Network and the future Tengah Forest Corridor. Main highlights include,

 Tiered manmade stone steps 

 Visit during a heavy downpour to see water cascading down the steps! 

 Torii Gates: A great photo-worthy spot, perfect for those who miss Japan!

 Beware of broken floorings. Test each plank before taking the next step!

 An abandoned well and “attap huts”

 Open hilltop: Oversee the new estate at Bukit Batok

 Bamboo forest

It was recently reported that the government has their eyes set to re-develop some parts of this Nature Park. Check it out before it’s gone!

Adventures in Singapore – at Bukit Batok Hillside Nature Park


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