Last weekend, me and hubby visited Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for a quick hike and some fresh air. You know, once in a while it's good to get in touch with nature and distress after a long week of sitting at the office.
First we took the train and alighted at Bukit Batok MRT station. From the MRT station we walk passed the bus terminal, crossed the road at the opposite side of the bus terminal and flagged down bus #178 at the bus stop near the skywalk. We alighted 6 stops later.
Note : Bukit Timah Nature Reserve will be close this coming September 2014 - March 2015 for renovations. If you're planning to visit try to visit by August else wait after the renovations are done.
We had a good walk from the bus stop to the nature reserve. The walk took us 10 - 15 minutes because we took the road opposite the nature reserve. Yeah, I know we didn't check the map. The good thing is that we realized our mistake and managed to walk at the right direction. Look who greeted us at the entrance of the nature reserve.
A few more steps ahead and we've reached the visitor center.
We took a few photos and started our hike.
Whew, what a hike! The road is steep. My sweat is starting to run on my back even if I've only managed to take 20 steps from the visitor center. Though the road maybe steep, I find the walk very convenient because of the asphalt slope. There are a lot of signs from left to right on the way up. Please do read them up. It's very helpful especially when you'd encounter snakes.
There are moments when you'd pause and catch up your breath. Don't forget to look around, enjoy the forest scenery and stay at the moment for a while.
On the way up you'd also noticed side trails. We didn't venture to these trails so we don't know where it leads too. And oh yeah, these trails are notoriously steep so be careful if you opt to tread these paths.
And finally we've arrived Singapore's highest point called Bukit Timah Summit. Woohoo!! We finally made it to the top.
We rested at the hut for a while and decided to visit the Hindhede Quarry next. On our way to the quarry, I especially exhort my husband to hurry up because I don't want to miss the view of quarry before dark. We are on a race with time. We took the quarry road thinking this would lead to the quarry with the view of the mountain wall.
While treading Quarry Road I caught a glimpse of the beautiful sunset in between the trees so I took a photo of it. I know the photo did not give justice to how beautiful it was.
This is what we found at the end of Quarry Road, a beautiful vista.
Yay! We found water. ;) Well, it wasn't the place we're expecting to be nevertheless it was still a beautiful spot. If you could see the terrace at the opposite end, it is we're we should be. So again I've exhorted my husband to hurry up so that we could still see the view at the opposite side of Hinhede Quarry before dark. True enough, the walk down is so much faster than the walk up but you have to be very careful not to run as I've mentioned earlier it was a steep slope.
So we've arrived at the Visitor Center once again and from there we tread the path leading to the Lookout Point.
And so we've finally arrived the Lookout point. It was quite a walk but worth the view.
Can you spot our new found friends?
We stayed at the Lookout point for a while to rest and take some photos. Afterwards, we headed back home for dinner. An so our quick weekend adventure ends. It was a fun bonding experience with my husband. I can't wait to tread the next nature reserve. ;)