Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I’ve been wanting to visit the new Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve extension since it was opened in December, and we finally did so today on a Saturday with nothing on our calendar. Bliss…

Unlike the original park, this extension features many boardwalks leading out to the sea, pods for viewing, and more opportunities to get up close with mudskippers.

There were no crowds. Perhaps the novelty has worn off, or maybe preparations for CNY are underway. We appreciated the space and thoroughly enjoyed our walk. I had been looking forward to this for a while, but the kids were less than enthusiastic. So it was to our surprise that we spent 2.5 hours there, walking and playing (them), and left only at 7pm when the gates were about to close. The weather was perfect. A light drizzle gave way to clear skies. Breezy with some sunlight. Could not have asked for a better day to go walking.

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The round structure? It was called a pod, an elevated space for viewing. Shannon called it a cocoon – (she just finished learning about butterflies and their young in school). I thought it looked like an onion – (no surprises coming from the one who has to cook at home). Jason said it was a hot air balloon (the playful one), and their papa said it resembled a nest (the most practical and logical one!)

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View from inside the pod.

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We made our way through the six lookout spots and covered the whole trail in the more than 2 hours we spent there.

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There were birdwatchers with binoculars and huge camera lenses. We stood alongside them with just our handy Canon camera and squinted into the sky, looking for birds.

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We saw mostly eagles. But there were spiders aplenty. They built their intricate webs across big leaves. Beautiful piece of art…

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The boardwalks reminded the kids of Chek Jawa, and more than once, they called out the similarities. But the ones here are not flat. They meander, go up and down, and are a lot more fun to walk.

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Looking out from one of the pods. Picture by Jason.

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This was one of the best parts of the walk. The tide was low and we walked across these roped bridges to get to the mudflats where we saw mudskippers. The darkened part is where the water level reaches when the tide comes in – I think.

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Two different types of crabs we spotted – pictures by Jason. Horseshoe crab and something else.

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They wondered if it was the same as the fiddler crabs we saw at Chek Jawa. I thought the colour was different.

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So the walk and all was good. But for the kids, this might have been where they spent the most time.

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The two play structures kept them busy for a good 45 minutes, and they reluctantly left only when they were thirsty, and we told them the park was about to close.

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We’re already planning our next visit!

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