Places Green And Beautiful

One has to agree how space is becoming scarce these days in our little garden city

Going out on a weekend can easily turn into a stressful affair

Staying at home might be a better way to recharge after a long hectic work week

Unfortunately, even this doesn’t quite work for a houshold with kids, like mine with 2 active boys

We need  ways to expend their endless energy and bringing them outdoors is the best way

And thankfully somebody had the foresight to retain some of the real jungles while constructing our concrete jungle

We love our country’s nature parks and reservoirs, one of them being Macritchie, where we used to have our school cross country runs

And so much has changed over the decades

Boating and canoeing were not allowed in the past but it is a regular fixture now with wooden boardwalks that snake around the edges of the reservoir

One might have thought that the reservoir water was all murky and dirty

But with the boardwalk now, you could get up close and personal with the emerald green waters and would notice that the water was clear and teeming with life

We counted countless turtles and foot long fishes enjoying the peace

And I wonder to myself what it meant when someone asked whether these places are “kid-friendly”

If it meant being able to push a stroller around

Or having a proper diaper changing room

Or not having to walk and sweat

Or not getting dozens of mosquito bites

Or not having to worry about the kids falling over the edge or into the water

Then no, these places are not “kid-friendly”

But if you could let your hair down

And accept the mud on the kids’ faces

And them sticking their fingers at creepy crawlies on the forest floord

And gazing into canopy green while getting their butt cleaned

And learn a skill or two on falling, tripping and picking themselves up

then yes, these are amongst the best “kid-friendly” places one could find

My boys adore nature, they never get bored

even if it meant having to climb all 373 steps up Bukit Timah hill

Or hiking for hours to get to the Tree Top Walk

They’ve always enjoyed the cool reprieve of the forest,

lapped up the rain drops that fall through the cracks in the thick canopy

And we have always taken the opportunity to teach them a thing or two

about this wondorous and often forgotten world of ours

 

 

Note :   Hop over to  URA’s Going Places to find out some other local parents’ favourite haunts

 

 

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  1. Ai Sakura says:

    “But if you could let your hair down
    And accept the mud on the kids’ faces
    And them sticking their fingers at creepy crawlies on the forest floord
    And gazing into canopy green while getting their butt cleaned
    And learn a skill or two on falling, tripping and picking themselves up
    then yes, these are amongst the best “kid-friendly” places one could find”

    Absolutely. Sometimes we think what’s most convenient to us as parents, but forget what kids really want/need. Thanks for this reminder 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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