Fascinating Quarries

Last Saturday was my second Saturday without hubby. He was in Manila to take care of some important matters, more important than attending to the demands of his slightly-bratty wife. πŸ™‚

Anyway, being a good procrastinator, I have put off doing exercise for a week already, considering that I should be training regularly since about 3 months ago for a marathon this coming Sunday. We signed up for 21km! Good luck that we can finish before the cut off. Maybe a couple of km run and a lot of brisk walking can do the trick. Never mind track records, we just want the medal to add to our collection! :p

Going back to my Saturday, I finally was able to detach myself from the coziness of my bed on a cool Saturday morning. I put on my trainers and grabbed my phone and a small towel, and head out for a jog-slash-brisk-walk. I thought of going to Bukit Batok Nature Park, but remembered that I wanted to see the Hindhede Quarry at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Glad that I did, it was such a sight!

Hindhede Quarry

Hindhede Quarry

Facing the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitors’ Centre, to the left is Hindhede Nature Park. The quarry is located at the end of the park, so it is not difficult to find. It took me about an hour walk (.. and a little jog ;)) going here from my place.

The place was packed with photographers, families, students on their team-building, couples relaxing, and people going solo like me. I can just imagine how nice it would be to do some yoga and meditation there.

Since I was awed by Hindhede Quarry, I thought of passing by the two other quarries on my way home.

Bukit Batok Quarry

Bukit Batok Quarry

Aside from the quarry, I took another photo of one of the park’s entrances. Looks inviting, isn’t it?

Bukit Batok Nature Park

Bukit Batok Nature Park

And finally, the quarry at Little Guilin which is nearest my place. My last stop before taking my reward called LUNCH! πŸ˜€

Little Guilin

Little Guilin

All photos taken with Instagram.

What are you up to during the weekends? πŸ™‚

It’s Saturday, Take A Walk…

Hello, guys!

Today, I would like to take you around Singapore National Parks. Usually, my Saturday mornings are spent taking a walk in nature parks and breathing in some fresh air. I am not a morning person, but this is one of the few things that breaks the daily routine.

Enjoy the photos!

Alexandra Arch

Southern Ridges – Forest Walk

Southern Ridges – Henderson Waves

Hort Park

Hort Park

Kent Ridge Park

Kent Ridge Park

MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Woodlands Park Connector

Upper Seletar Reservoir

Chek Jawa Wetlands, Pulau Ubin

Ketam Quarry, Pulau Ubin

Happy 47th, Singapura!

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Today is Singapore’s 47th year of independence. In my 6 years of residence here, I have witnessed continuous developments with their infrastructures, making their country even more beautiful. Not to mention the sustained cleanliness and discipline for which Singapore is well-known for.

As I was watching the National Day Parade held The Float @ Marina Bay (I watched only on TV for better view of what’s happening ;)), I was amazed (as usual!) by how everyone is united and dedicated to their country. The NDP is a big annual event for all Singaporeans. Representatives from different sectors participate in dances and parades; the national defense team exhibit their skills and passion for protecting their country. There were jet planes and fireworks. As always, it was beautiful!

I wished that someday, my beloved country — the Philippines — can be like that, too. Not in terms of celebrating our Araw ng Kalayaan big time, but more of being better citizens of the country.

Earlier that day, my friends and I went for a 12km walk from Yew Tee (somewhere West of Singapore) to Mandai Road (Northern part, near Singapore Zoo), passing through nature parks and bike trails. This is one of the few signs you can see in their parks:

Have you been to Singapore? It’s one big, beautiful garden. πŸ˜€

With all the recent flooding in the Philippines caused by habagat, I pray that everyone back home is safe… and when the land dries up, may they reflect on what has happened and try to be more aware of the effects of not caring enough for Mother Nature. Like Singapore, may we, Filipinos, aspire to make our country a clean and beautiful garden… at least for the sake of our children.