[Simonseries] Hobbies Bobby ep5: Finding Bidadari, but its so big there wasn’t much finding.

Hello its another boring post on where-I-went-to-take-pictures-while-Claire-san-is-busy.

Before I went to sleep last night I suddenly have a diarrhoea-like urge to go check out Bidadari before the government decides to destroy those pretty birds habitat and build a concrete habitat for humans. I read that the name Bidadari means ‘fairy’ and it derived from widyadari which means nymph. (Knowledge acquired here.)

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I call it North and South as the whole area was divided by Aljunied Road. If I’m not wrong, the North used to be the Muslim cemetery while the South is the Christian and Chinese cemetries. So at mid-day I went to the place and oh horrors! The government decided to begin developing the land already! I’m actually slower than the government. Bidadari (South)

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I tried to skirt around the fenced up plot of land hoping to find a part thats not boarded up. But haiyah they boarded up the whole gigantic plot. Saddened, but I haven’t given up hope.

I decided to visit the Bidadari Memorial Garden and along the way I noticed the site of the exhumed muslim cemetery is still open, but anyways I still continue to the garden first.

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Its a small garden with 21 headstones from the cemetries thats been preserved. I didn’t really go up to them and read the inscriptions because the place is seriously too peaceful, I wouldn’t wanna disturb the peace more than I already did. Spent around 5mins in the garden (because its really small) before I went back the way I came till the path into Bidadari (North) area.

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Its got much more trees and the terrain is much more hilly and undulating. But I don’t know if its because I’m the only person there, I feel really really peaceful. Well I’m really bad with crowds. All I can hear are the birdsongs and rustling of the leaves in the breeze. Too quiet. I dare not make any noise at all, controlling to minimise my footfalls.

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All I see are greens and the sky, none of those hideous man-made structures thats almost everywhere on this island. Look closely and you’ll see little critters darting around (and I got scared by them…). This place filled me with an immense inner peace.

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But maybe its my mind lah playing tricks on this lonely person, I started to feel uneasy in this place. Its too quiet and I started to feel like an intruder, so I thought its about time I head out. Maybe next time I should bring Claire along too, if she wants to LOL. I think the fact that it used to be a cemetery is enough to scare her.

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Anyways this is a beautiful place, I really liked it a lot, while it last (before the timid me got creeped out). Its a real shame that HDB is going to develop the land, we’re losing green spaces and destroying animals’ homes to build our own. Feels like we’re robbers.

Well till next time again.
Simon

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