It seems we have subconsciously decided that our mission in life is to visit all the greenest parks and nature reserves in Singapore, if our past trips to Fort Canning Hill, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the Botanic Gardens and the ridiculously-hard-to-get-to Sungei Buloh Wetlands have been any indication. Whoever said Singapore is just one huge concrete jungle has got it absolutely wrong. And our spontaneous evening visit to Mount Faber last week only reinforced the fact that if you’re willing to stray just a liiittle off the beaten path, you’ll come to realise that there is actually WAY too much green in this country.
The hike up to Mount Faber and the winding trek to the Henderson Waves Bridge had us completely surrounded by tropical rainforest majority of the time. Ginormous trees, sneaky bugs and lazy stray cats of the not-so-shy variety kept us company. This lengthy walking trail is definitely a good place to go bird watching (and squirrel watching, though maybe you’ll have better luck with squirrels at the Botanic Gardens – they are everywhere).
We started our slow hike at around 5pm and managed to walk from HarbourFront all the way up to Henderson Waves and aaaaall the way back down again (our feet hated us for it) before the sun disappeared over the horizon for the night at around half past 7. We were greeted with perfect opportunities for stunning landscape photography when we got to the top. We’ll probably do this hike again, and actually complete the entire 9km trail on a cooler day and when we’re better prepared with a gallon of bug spray. Let’s just call last week a trial run.