We were going to go to Henderson Waves with the MamaRunners for bunch this afternoon, but starting last week, one by one they got sick… Some were down with flu, some with the cough. Maybe it’s the weather, but the Chinese New Year this year started with people getting sick… and a lot of rain.
It was raining on and off all morning and afternoon. And finally, it sorta stopped around 4 in the afternoon. So we decided to go out and check out the Labrador Park and the Nature Reserve. It’s pretty easy to reach (only a few MRT stations away), and we brought 2 umbrellas with us… just in case the rain came back.
Before we left, we downloaded the PDF for the Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk path from the the NParks website. We basically followed this Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk path, starting at #1, ending at #7 as shown below.
The last time we went to Labrador Park, the MRT station wasn’t opened yet. And it was for a wedding, so we just stayed at the restaurant for that evening. We have never explored the park at all.
Now with the MRT station right at the entrance of the Berlayer Creek, the park is much more accessible.
So, we came up from the MRT station and we turned to the right, entering the Berlayer Creek mangrove forest. We were walking on top of a wooden boardwalk with the mangroove underneath. There were about two or three lookout points along the path, and while we were hanging out there, we saw some mudskippers skipping up from the water onto the dirt. There was also a large black monitor lizard swimming upstream in the channel… and the little fish jumped out of the way to avoid the big lizard…
The animals didn’t seem to be scared of us. This squirrel on the picture below was casually sitting and hopping on branches right next to us, less than 1 meter away from Ari’s shoulder… and even posed for our camera for a while.
And you can see there was a bird perching behind the squirrel, too.
Once we got to the delta area, the mangrove part ended. But the boardwalk continued, stretching almost all the way to Vivocity. A lot of people were there to do their afternoon running or biking… The view was quite spectacular with the Reflection apartment on one side and Sentosa island on the other. So I made a mental note, that one of these days, I have to come here to do some running.
Instead of going towards Vivocity, we decided to turn right to the Labrador Park. Maybe because we were there during the long weekend, there were a lot of people having family picnics… Grandpas taking their grandkids to the playground, learning how to cycle, and so on. Aina was happy playing on the monkey bars, jumping around stools and playing in the maze.
Other than the regular park where people were having picnics and playgrounds for the kids, Labrador Park had many artefacts from the WWII era, like bunkers and cannon stuff. Some were right on the shore area, while others were up the narrow path of the coastal cliff into the Nature Reserve area. This area had pretty thick vegetation and quite steep stairs. I was glad that we were there during such an overcast and cool day… I can’t imagine how sweaty we would if it were a regular hot & humid day.
The shore of Labrador Park was also home to Dragon’s Teeth Gate (also known as Long Ya Men in Chinese or Batu Berlayar in Malay), a large granite rocky outcrop that used to serve as a navigational mark for ancient sailors, including Zeng He‘s expedition. Too bad the real thing was destroyed and flattened back in the 1800’s to widen the channel. Today, the replica of the Dragon’s Teeth Gate stood there instead. And Aina seemed to enjoy hopping around the little rocks around it…
We then walked back to the Labrador Park MRT Station through the main road. There was actually a bus (Bus 408) going around the main road. It would take us to the MRT Station, but we were all in walking mood. And Aina said, she wasn’t tired… yet.
From the MRT Station, we took the pedestrian bridge to the beginning of the Alexandra Garden Trail PCN. This was actually a bicycle trail right next to the normal pedestrian walkway along Alexandra Road. And it’s very pretty!
By the time we got to the Alexandra Arch Bridge and the Hort Park, it was already 7PM, and the sun was about to set. So we didn’t stay there long… We only walked around the entrance area and the flower garden a little bit. Aina wanted to explore more, so we decided to go there again next weekend… if it doesn’t rain.
The rest of the photos are in the Labrador Park & Nature Reserve 2015 photo album.