Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

A lot of people are convinced that the tiny island nation of Singapore is just one giant concrete jungle inhabited by over 5 million people, shrouded in the shadows of skyscrapers by day and awash with light pollution at night. These people forget that much of the country is threaded with towering evergreen trees and is home to lush forests rife with wildlife. Continue reading “Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore”

Reliving the Past at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

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. Continue reading “Reliving the Past at MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore”

Jurong Bird Park @ Jurong Hill, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park is one of the island nation’s four wildlife reserve parks – the other three being the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari. It is home to over 5000 birds across 400 species. From curious parrots to adorably chubby penguins, fearsome birds of prey to pygmy songbirds, the park is definitely not short of feathered creatures. Continue reading “Jurong Bird Park @ Jurong Hill, Singapore”

A Fabulous Day Trip to Nara (奈良市)

Nara Deer Park

Travel enthusiasts will most likely know about Nara (奈良市) – that awesome place with the giant park where tame deer roam freely through the streets, the temple grounds and the shops. Nara, once the old capital of Japan (710-784), is located about 42 kilometres south of Kyoto. If you are staying in Kyoto or Osaka, it is worth making a day trip to Nara to see the gorgeous deer. We certainly enjoyed ourselves! Apart from the wildlife, there are also many historical sites and scenic areas to visit such as the Kasugayama Primeval Forest, the Tōdai-ji Temple and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Continue reading “A Fabulous Day Trip to Nara (奈良市)”

Birdlife at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Lesser Whistling Duck

After a lovely talk with a good friend of mine this afternoon (one whom I hadn’t seen in a ridiculous three or so years), I have been inspired to pursue what I am most passionate about: photography. Honestly, so much goes on in Singapore. The Gold Coast cannot quite compare to this vibrant little island city. There have been plenty of opportunities for photography here; it is a country that just has so much to offer, from wildlife to fashion to food to culture… the list is endless. James and I recently gallivanted the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where we witnessed a caucasian family feeding the birds and turtles at one of the lakes. The ducks here are different from the ones we get in Australia. They are absolutely adorable.

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1 Cluny Road, Tanglin
Singapore 259569
Opening Hours: 5:00am – 12 midnight (daily)

The Appeal of Black Swans

These guys drove my dog absolutely crazy when they came by my house for a quick bite. Black swans love the taste of bread crumbs, it seems. I took care not to give them too much. I was more interested in getting my camera to work under the lighting conditions of an early sunrise. I wonder where they came from. Black swans don’t generally stick around this area. It’s usually the ducks that come round for a snack or two.