Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bits of my weekend in Singapore

I was determined to go and get some exercise after a sedentary week (and a cold) so headed up to Macritchie Reservoir. It's a great nature reserve, and again it was busy but not as bad as you might have expected in a city of 5 million!

View from the Treetop Walk

The first part of my run was in the muggy jungle and I have never been so sweaty in my life, not even close. Luckily I had brought my camelbak with me but even so I was glad to emerge next to the reservoir where there was a bit of air movement.

The asian guy is not me - I'm still a pakeha.

1.5 m-long monitior lizard hanging out in the reservoir. The reservoir is a major part of the water supply of Singapore and contains 5-10% treated wastewater. Yummy!

Marina Sands Resort Hotel, home of the famous Infinity Pool.

Beach on Sentosa Island where I spent a few hours on Sunday.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Singapore - Bukit Timah

My workmate Gary and I visited Bukit Timah nature reserve today, after first exploring out local surrounds and nutting out the public transport system.

It was really busy there but great to see so many people out walking, running and mountain biking. It was a bit weird seeing lots of Chinese walking backwards down a steep path as a form of exercise and we had to work quite hard to avoid them as we walked up. Once we got to the top of the hill via the main track it was easy to take a quieter path and ditch the crowds.

The trees here are cool - most of them have long straight trunks with an explosion of leaves at the top. Some of them have got more leafy biomass in parasites than on the tree itself.

No monkey photos unfortunately but there were heaps of them there!