Hiking Bukit Brown cemetery in 90 minutes

Hiking Bukit Brown cemetery was conceived after a Zhi Char gathering.

We were sharing how we got fitter or thinner (or both) during our gathering. Everyone knows about Cheekiemonkie‘s S.A.D adventures.

That was how a DaddyMatters hike was born. Inaugural walk was commissioned as Steven’s Walk!

Image credit Steven

Our meeting point was at Kheam Hock Park.
You can actually drive in through University Road and park at the side, or walk about 900m from Botanic Gardens MRT.

Do clear your bowel at MRT or maybe Adam Food Centre (toilet) before starting your hike.

Mini Bamboo “forest” outside Botanic Gardens MRT exit A

I first explored Bukit Brown back in 2012 (Blog post). Glad the lush greenery is still available. Due to Covid19 and lack of travels, many folks are keenly hiking all corners of Singapore!

In SG’s small context, wherever we go, we are not far from roads and cars. PIE next to our trail.

Hiking Bukit Brown only took us 90 minutes. There are small slopes and streams, and walk is relatively easy for families.

(photo above) Kelvin mentioned that during heavy bouts of rain, the stream will overflow. It must be spectacular and muddy.

As we exit from the trail into the open space. Magical Avatar trees greeted us! There were so many bird sounds around us!

Lookup . Lovely blue sky and loves the white patchy cotton cloud! The birds and insects were chirping all around.

Hiking Bukit Brown
Hiking Bukit Brown

Pure Nature and serenity 🙂
Smell the fresh air.

More than the scenic and fresh exposure, it is the fun company which was the highlight for me. Everyone would like to do an encore hike again! Thanks to Kelvin for the guide!

Image credit David

Listen to the surrounding birds chirping away around us! (YouTube link)

Take a 360 view of Bukit Brown through David’s Gopro 🙂

Photographers and YouTubers in action. Every flora and fauna captured our fascination.

And of course, some drama Dad antics and poses.

NEA disclaimer. Hikers please take care of yourselves.

I noticed there is no warning for Supernatural sightings, but we shall not  recommend Hiking Bukit Brown cemetery at night.

The animal and birds need to rest too. Do not go and disturb 🙂
    

Pavements are relatively well maintained, try not to stray off the trail. We would not want you to fall into any pit or step on any unmarked graves.

Although we are near to Qing Ming period, but this area was relatively quiet.

Some workers were seen tending to the graves.

Discussing our next hiking options.
Nick brought along daughter to join the DaddyMatter Uncles.

Image credit David

A small shrine.

Bukit Brown Cemetery is hidden in the middle of greenery.

Unless you venture off the highway, you might not realise the rich heritage behind Bukit Brown cemetery’s past inhabitants.

Google Map Bukit Brown Cemetery

Steven’s Walk Mission success!

Image credit Steven

Exit and we head back for some refreshments. Our hearts are full and camera is happy.

If you have walked Coast to Coast trail before, you will pass by Kheam Hock Park (and tunnel).

Coast to Coast trail near Bukit Brown Cemetery

Lunch at Adam Food Center before we parted ways.
Will share part 2 of our Green Corridor walk in the next post.

We walk from Bouna Vista to HillView MRT via the newly reopened Green Corridor section. Total of 8km.

Do pop by the following links for more Bukit Brown and hiking details:

– Photos on SengkangBabies Facebook album

Bukit Brown cemetery photos

– Our family’s hiking adventures, when can we explore Malaysia gunung https://sengkangbabies.com/tag/hiking

Bukit Brown Cemetery Sikh guard
Bukit Brown Cemetery Sikh guard

-2012 Bukit Brown trip
-Do pop by Cheekiemonkies hiking adventures for your next family hike!

If you love nature, do pop by the following posts:
– Hiking Green Corridor
– Clementi Forest (photos)
Kranji Forest (photos)
– Bukit Brown and Avatar trees

 

Cycle to Woodlands and Mandai, around 50km

I have blog about cycling to the East and West, this post is about Cycle to Woodlands (about 20 to 25km from Sengkang).

Cycle Sengkang Punggol Park connector

I am training for my Round the Island trip (RTI), which will be around 130 to 150km.

By the time you read this post, I have successfully completed my first 100km target. Click on my Relive Video link on Youtube.

As I stay in Sengkang, I am more familiar with the East and North side, compared to the West side.

Refer map below, cycling route would be anti-clockwise Sengkang-Yishun-Woodlands-Mandai-Yishun-Sengkang.

Cycle to Woodlands
Cycle to Woodlands

Starting from (Point 1) Sengkang Swimming Complex, head towards Yishun Dam. I would recommend (Route 3, Google Map above), as it is 80% Park Connector and 20% pavement. You will loop South of Seletar airport.

Seletar West PC
Seletar West PC

Alternate (Route 2) will bring you through sand and dusty terrain through Seletar North. The pavement is uneven and packed with construction sites (Previous experience looping around Seletar Airport)

Cycling on Seletar North road is not recommended for new riders, due to traffic and plenty of pebbles.

(Point 4) Yishun Dam. Take a breather and enjoy the sight, be it low or high tide.

Yishun Dam
Yishun Dam

Detour. I would recommend Rower’s Bay Park for the fantastic sunset.
This is actually one of the Coast 2 Coast checkpoints.

Sunset at Rower’s Bay

(Point 5) Sembawang Hot Springs. Since we cannot go to Japan or Taiwan for Onsen, this might be your open-air hot spring experience in Singapore.
(Read my Sento experience in Tokyo)

After Yishun Dam, just head North on Yishun Avenue 8 and turn left to Yishun Avenue 7.

Below photo is pre-upgrade from 2015. Only taps, no cascading pond and the kids were still so small.

Old Sembawang Hot spring

Meanwhile, my first foray North was caught in a thunderstorm!

It was too late to U-turn  and the rain might last hours. Totally drenched but huge sense of freedom as no more reservations. Woohoo!

Could barely see JB’s skyline. So near yet so far.

Woodlands Waterfront
Woodlands Waterfront

I did not expect to see so much rubbish across the straits.

If you are taking Marsiling PCN back towards Mandai or maybe Kranji. Take the path on the right side of Block 37 (picture below).

Head South along Marsiling PC followed by Woodlands PC (Park Connector), you will go behind Singapore Sports School and reach this junction (GPS).

Go across SLE and route behind MRT depot. Take note cars exiting/entering SLE travel fast, be careful. Secondly the direction from Woodlands towards Mandai, is packed with steep slopes.

Woodlands PCN
Woodlands PCN

(Point 8) Lastly, Ulu Sembawang is totally dark at night, and eerie 🙂
Otherwise, you should enjoy the climb and scenery.

(fyi, Sengkang to Woodlands, you can only choose cutting across Yishun or Ulu Sembawang)

Go easy on the down slopes as the bends might block your view from runners and visitors.

Scenic Ulu Sembawang
Scenic Ulu Sembawang

Once you reach Mandai, cross the road and cycle towards Yishun, Seletar direction.

I would recommend taking the Park Connector pavement (picture below), the other side of the road is pavement (not PCN), and can be slippery (mossy) and littered with fallen branches.

Mandai Road is famous for leg and lung workout. I would recommend newbies to go in a group (and you do not need to cycle on the road).

Mandai Park Connector
Mandai Park Connector

A few openings provide scenic photo opportunities. Do look out for Pumas and Chinooks from Sembawang Air base.

You are very near to Mandai Zoo and popular T15 trail (not recommended for foldies).

SLE image below. The rain never stopped for the 2nd half of my trip.

If you are only heading towards Mandai (and not Woodlands), you can reach Mandai area via Lentor Avenue too (Take note Lentor Avenue pavement is uneven and narrow)

*If you extend your trip to Pang Sua PCN , you can connect to Choa Chu Kang, Chestnut Nature Park, Bukit Batok etc. You can also hop onto the “Coast to Coast trail” towards Jurong West (Lake Side).

Singapore is that small!

(L-Yio chu Kang and R-Lentor avenue)

Lentor Avenue will run parallel to North-South MRT viaduct. Lower Seletar reservoir forms a nice backdrop (Location of image below).

Lower Seletar Reservoir

Little kids would enjoy the wading pool at this corner, or just walk to the end of the bridge (our old blog post)

Bonus and warning, more leg trainings needed :p

If time and energy permits, you may wish to dedicate some time for the beautiful reservoirs nearby Lentor Avenue or Central Water Catchment.

Blog post – Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks !

Go google MacRitchie, Lower Pierce, Upper Pierce. Exercise caution along old Upper Thomson road, lookout for vehicles, monkeys and sharp hairpin turns.

Springleaf Nature Park and Thomson Nature Park are new. And take note of multiple steep slopes at the two Pierce reservoirs!

Central Catchment reservoirs
Central Catchment reservoirs

Hope you and family will have fun exploring more corners of Singapore. I might try to share some essential upgrades and basic maintenance in the next post.

Do pop by our other cycling posts too:

-Cycle 70 km East, TMCR (link)
-Cycle 80 km West, Lim Chu Kang(link)
-Cycle to Woodlands and back for 50km (link)
-Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks

-Jogging one round Sengkang, Punggol Buangkok PCN (link)
SengkangBabies cycling

* MTB\RoadBike\Foldie selection, & Foldable bike shortlisting
* Follow my family’s cycling experience here .
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