The four towers and Pagodas are :
– Upper Seletar Tower (this post)
– Chinese Garden Pagoda
– Toa Payoh Garden Tower
– Jurong Hill Tower
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Driving towards Upper Seletar Reservoir, Daddy also learn about something new.
We all know of Heritage buildings, trees but did you know Mandai Road is considered as one of Singapore’s Heritage Roads?
We love the over-arching Rain tree branches, which forms a natural “tunnel”. Catch Mandai road on Channel U’s 100% Singapore (百分百新加坡) too, episode 41 (Green Heritage)
(image credit nParks)
To quote from Ground-up Initiative : The Kampung Culture tour is a rustic journey through the old Kampung lifestyle where community and nature are intertwined. Discover the innovative and resilient spirit of the past that lives side by side with nature. Take a tour around Bottle Tree Park, learning about our natural and cultural heritage through simple hands on activities.
In the garden, we learn about herbs and how Ground-up is supporting sustainable lifestyle.
Alas, chewing on Mint does not seem popular with Boon Wee.
Our guide Hui Ying shared with us some of the native birds which might be spotted around Bottle Tree Park. The caged Golden Pheasant is not one of them :p
All sorts of fruits and seeds can be found along our trail.
Cashew nuts (lookalike), Jambu, Jackfruit, Lime, starfruit, and even rambutans. If only we have Durian trees 🙂
How did Bottle Tree Park got it’s name?
Daddy used to steal borrow neighbour’s rambutans by trying to pull down bunches of rambutans, with stones or sticks. This generation’s kids are missing a lot of fun !
Gardening, kids grab their spade or hoe and proceed to dig and shovel. We did not know weeding could be so much Fun !
Kids now understand how Nature will recycle waste materials into compost, which can fertilise the soil again.
Boon Yee is not happy that the youngest always got to carry the pail :p
Fortunately, nobody had to clear the overgrown scrubs here !
Next, we hop onto a barge.
A mini river-crossing, feet dabbling in the pond, this ride is entertaining !
Thank you to friendly guide for providing oars power 🙂
A muddy experience awaits at the next stop. But first, we have to descend the slope with the help of a rope.
The reward is mud a walk along the natural stream !
Adults will find the Long3 Gang1 refreshing too.
Mud, cool running water, lush greenery, serenity, Therapeutic experience (got it?)
Kids close their eyes to appreciate nature 🙂
Video : Checkout their wading experience 🙂
Everyone SHOUT if you enjoy wading in the stream !
Our Rustic Kampung is just across the river.
Kampung lifestyle is happening and a novelty for our Urban kids.
* Take note the facilities and stream is normally not accessible to the public.
** For the actual workshops, parents are not supposed to tag along, as Nat Geo wants kids to learn independence too. Read FAQ here.
A lot of families were spotted catching guppies at Bottle Tree Park. We love the laid back landscape at this location, and we hope their lease will be extended.
More details about Nat Geo Young Explorer programmes :
– Nat Geo Young Explorer website
– age group 7 to 10
– bring along your mosquito repellant
– kids have to summit their worksheet at the end of the workshop, and 10 winners will enjoy 4D3N in wild Borneo !