I can be quite the sentimental person at times. People might think I live in the past. I’d say if there is nothing wrong with the formula, then don’t change it. That formula today is the hike from Venus Drive to MacRitchie Treetop walk in MacRitchie Reservoir. It brings me back to a few years ago when I would still bring Claire out for a quick hike, I mean, there aren’t many difficult hikes in our land scarce country right?
It has really been a long time since we last walked in a nature reserve like this. The last time that I remembered was Bukit Timah Hill with friends. But usually I prefer to go with just my wife because then we can walk at our own pace. I tend to walk faster than most people and out all of the people I met till date, only Claire would try to keep up with me (maybe because she doesn’t have much choice since she’s married to me LOL) . So, to show my appreciation, I’ll slow down a little to make it easier for her.
We’ve been here quite a number of times. The greenery always draw me in, I would walk in and up that little secluded corner near Mt Alvernia. The walk up was always hot and humid, we’ll always be attacked by bugs or the occasional siao lang (crazy person) if your luck that day was really bad. True story, I met an exceedingly aggressive guy who confronted me from 30 metres away for taking a few glances in his direction. I bet he must be a damn addict trying to get high.
Well whatever, we’re not going there today anyways. Let’s get down to business then.
It’s a good thing that we have a direct bus near our place. It only cost us a 30 mins bus ride . Reconnecting with nature sure feels great, everyone should really do this kind of thing regularly rather than shopping in a mall all the time.
The new Windsor park was really nice but really small as well. We didn’t really explore the new areas because our main objective is the MacRitchie Treetop Walk. It was also lunch time so I whip out our bentos and ate before the hike.
Please see below for our hiking hightlights.
Overall, this is a good hike. We walked approximately 6.55km according to distance measured on Google Map. But I’m sure we walked much more than that because we took a wrong turn at Jelutong Tower and had to backtrack. It really feels great to be doing this again, it takes my mind off all the stressful things and left me to just focus on navigating in the nature reserve.
If you feel like you’re gonna break under the stress in your daily life, trying putting yourself in the middle of a nature reserve where the way out in any direction is at least an hour away. It’s a good kind of distraction, slow down and appreciate the little things you find along the way. Learn something from nature.
Before I sign off, here’s my photography gear for the day:
- Sony a7 mkIII
- Hawk’s Factory V5 LM to E Mount
- Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5