Thursday, February 14, 2008

Singapore - MacRitchie Nature Reserve

Date : 11 February 2008 , 11.30am-2.30pm, Windy Day

I was in a mood for some fat burning session so I went to this place.
Together with a water bottle, towel and camera, I'm off.
Come to think of it, haven't been to this place for about 15 years.
This year's chinese new year seems to pass very quickly.
I've sum up that I didn't eat a lot new year but my weight still increased.
Everytime my weight increases, I get depressed!
Drink water also grow fat...
Time for some exercise. Let's see if things starts cheering up!!!

These 2 monkey posts attracted my attention.
Not because of the S$500.00 fine or feeding of monkeys.
But because if there is such a sign, my chances of meeting monkeys greatly increased.
So this sign also means : THERE ARE MONKEYS HERE!!!
Yipes... I love monkeys. They are so cute!

Along the way, there are many other signs.
Trees signs, Safety signs, Warning signs...
I had once the urge to collect signs but gave up the idea.
It's expensive. heavy and takes up too much space.
There's one book I brought that shows a guy with his collection on signs.
Pretty impressive!
Oh, let's get back on the tracks here...

As I slowly strolled along the wooden walk.
Many things about life came to me.
Should I continue to walk on or should I just leave?
Fear came into the picture.
This place is so quiet plus I had just watch a horror movie last night.
I turned back and look. (photo above)
Stop for a while...
I decided to continue.

I do not know where the walk leads to or how long it's going to be...
Can't really think too much now as I am also very curious to know what's at the end.
Just like life.
Sometimes I feel like giving up but I am also very curious to know what will happened in the end.
Curiosity can also be a motivation!
Path ahead can be full of suprises too.
No one knows.

Just when I thought no one is here,
I heard some jogging noise.
Soon enough, somebody jogged by!
Then I came across a very unique tree.
The tree is growing horizontally.
The branches and leaves are beautiful and healthy.
Walkway is redesign to suit the growth of this tree.
People passed by bowed their heads lower to cross.

Stop to take a break.
Another surprise for me.
What a little metal sign with such Great wisdom.
Click on the picture below for a clearer view.

Sign to discourage people from releasing their fishes or turtles in the water.

This is one old sign, Standing at one corner.
It looks more like it's being left standing there to rot.
I wonder if any one is paying attention to it.

I turned back once again.
Should I continue ?
Now that I'm walking for about half an hour.
The place is no longer scary.
I begin to enjoy the windy weather, the trees, the fishes in the water...

I walked on ...

And on ...

Applause ! For myself...
Aha... I reached the end.
Or is this just the beginning ?
Now I have a choice to walk back the same way or choose a new return path (picture below)
5 minutes of procrastination, I took the jungle path.

A very protective parent.
The baby monkey loves to run around.
The mom or dad would grab the little tails preventing them going too far.
I spotted 8 adult monkeys and 3 little baby monkeys in all.

This monkey looks rather tired.
She rest for a few minutes and continue to walk with the rest of her members.

It took me about half an hour to let the monkeys get used to me hanging around them.
Bugging them with a handphone camera, clicking away their pictures.

Another creative sign.
It's eye catching and well designed.

This last photo completed my day trip today.
Lots of credit should be given to the park attendants.
They really did a great job keeping the park clean and not forgetting them placing so many signs all over the place.
A walk alone today
It's peaceful and calming.
Plus a little hungry, it's way past lunch time.
Happy because I got to see monkeys.
No matter whether we are happy or not, life goes on and on.
But can we go on if we are not happy?
I'll like to stop at the happiness when I see animals...

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