My earliest memory I have of Singapore’s MacRitchie Reservoir Park is not a pleasant one. I was at that ridiculous age – around 3 or 4 – when throwing rocks into a large body of water constituted as “cool”, and soooo, after several rocks were flung into the reservoir, I rather predictably ended up falling right in. I panicked, thrashed about and thought I was going to drown (even though I was a foot away from the bank and the water probably only came up to my tummy, but hey, I was a toddler and I was convinced the water would totally swallow me up). When my most-likely-super-embarrassed dad finally pulled my flailing body out, I was in tears and utterly inconsolable for hours.
But that’s history. MacRitchie Reservoir Park is actually very pretty. Bursting with wildlife and greenery, the place offers visitors a whole heap of recreational activities for those who love to immerse themselves in nature whilst exercising. There are rugged walking trails through the large forests that surround the water catchment area, as well as boardwalks of up to 11 kilometres skirting the edge of the reservoir. Just keep on the look out for resident long-tailed macaques – they usually roam around in large groups and are cheeky enough to be wary of!