Boon Xin found out the easiest way to catch guppies, simply scoop from her brother’s fish tanks!
The poster at ORTO is misleading, our own nets are so small :p
At $12 per pax, it is expensive, especially when I told them we are not bringing any fishes home. For those bringing the guppies home, operator will air-fill a plastic bag.
We did notice the fishes in the pond are generally tired and easy to catch, they have been chased by countless kids since the morning.
We saw this Longkang fish facility when we went jumping at Katapult (review here). All concrete, but families were packing the waterway and scooping up guppies. Initially, our p6 boy was saying it was so childish but he could not resist joining in the fun!
Nevertheless, I need to keep reminding the kids that we we not bringing any pails, net, or fishes home! Pets and plants do not stay long in our home, the real reason is kids get lazy after the novelty and outsource feeding/cleaning of pets to parents!
We spent a good 90 minutes catching Long Kang fishes. But I need them to release all our catch before we headed home
Video : I show them how the older generation caught guppies without nets, by sweeping your feet (李三腳) !
I want to bring the kids to some old school canals and show them the “original” longkang fishing. There is a picture of the concrete canal at this link.
These canals are designed to channel excess water from torrential downpours into our reservoirs. Water can raise very fast during a thunderstorm. Safety points for Concrete Canal:
– remind kids not to go down on their own
– no running as it can be slippery due to moss
– do not venture far from the stairway, in case we need to evacuate
– listen for alarms (or is it aihorn) sounding, as that may indicate water is released from upstream dam
At Bishan Park, you see Happy Folks everywhere. But those hunting for longkang fish (literally drain fish) should be happier :p
Families are out in force. Cyclist, joggers, scooters and picnics. Everyone is happy, humans and dogs. There is a dedicated area for our four-legged friends, and skating.
And we wonder why our little mermaid is beaming from cheek to cheek.
Take a look around, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is very scenic, with bridges, greens and reflections off the meandering water bodies.
The Sunday weather was perfect, beautiful landscaping and a lively park!
We Sengkang-Babies are jealous!
The wading water and reeds is not only attractive to the fishes, but humans too (both young and old)
At Bishan Park 2, the herons and egrets are not drawn to scale, but we saw a heron which was taller than Boon Xin, perched and ready to pounce on unsuspecting fishes. It goes to show that the fish population in Bishan is thriving.
(Image credit Nparks)
Mcdonald(2) is a good meeting point for friends, and our fishing spot was at Point 1(refer map above), infront of Block 241.
Herding the fishes into a corner, kids initially tip toe in the stream, taking all precautions to stay dry.
But after a few slips, and splash, they let go of all inhibitions. When your pants and t-shirts are wet, when you have no more reservations, kids threw themselves into the streams !
A few families even join us in the stream, you can hear our laughter and excitement flowing down Bishan park!
Video : We love this time lapse video from Brice Li, showing Bishan Park’s transformation, from concrete canal to naturalised stream.
Daddy still remembered the concrete canal last time. It was where he spend his childhood days catching guppies (real guppies!), Daddy told us he could catch guppies with just a swipe of his foot (sure or not!)
Anyway, kids were happy with their catch. Some longkang fish, some snails (remember Saizeriya’s escargots?), and we even spot some snail eggs.
The water is not exactly crystal clean, we saw rubbish and debris in certain section of the stream. We learn that a big storm can flood Bishan Park and unload more rubbish from upstream (something like this video)
Do not go barefoot, as there are debris and the stones can be slippery.
If you have seen the storm-video above, you understand why we will need to dash above the red marker, should the siren be activated.
Kids are very cooperative today and we rewarded them with some fries and ice cream.
Next, we head to the sandy playground(map point 3) for more fun, kids do not wish to leave Bishan Park yet.
We hear laughter at every corner. Climbing, swinging, sandcastle, so many activities.
If you are driving, Block 241’s carpark (s570241) is nearest to Mcdonald Carpark.
From nParks website, these are the buses :
– services 132, 133, 136, 165, 166, 169 and 262 from Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange
– service 410 from Bishan MRT Station
– You must pop by our Fanpage for more Fun photos.
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