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Explore Singapore: Southern Ridges

Happy Friday, lovelies! We’ve made it to the end of the first week (sort of) of the year and luckily it was a short week to ease back into the daily grind.  Today, if you need some weekend inspiration, I would say, go take a hike! A snowy, winter hike maybe? Well, no snow down in my part of the world, but let me take you to the Southern Ridges instead! 

The Southern Ridges is a 10km hike that connects Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. Not only that, you can get some pretty nice panoramic views of Singapore along this hike. And if you’re a nature or bird lover, then this is totally your jam! Unfortunately though, I did not see any animals, more specifically I was keeping an eye out for those cheeky monkeys. I like how there are raised walkways so you can walk above the trees. Makes for pretty views and well, keeps you from getting muddy! Especially considering the sky was getting darker and threatening rain. It’s quite peaceful, I like how it wasn’t overcrowded like Macritchie.  There is one bit that gets a little crowded, but hey! It’s all good. We headed towards the Henderson Waves.  Though we did also walk towards Alkaff Mansion. What are the Henderson Waves? Well, it’s a bridge! It’s the highest suspended bridge in Singapore and it’s characterized by the waviness of it. Ha. Don’t mind my pictures, it really doesn’t accurately depict it. Oops. But I got ahead of myself because before we reached the Henderson Waves, we had to walk through here first. I am not exactly sure what it was, but it was a clearing with a gazebo. And then we walked some more, a bit of an uphill but not really to then reach another area where there is a monument of sorts. It depicts the history of Singapore, I think. Don’t hold me down to this! You are also greeted with some beautiful views of the south of Singapore. Although that is debatable. Do you like seeing shipping containers? Hehe And those funky buildings? They are condos. Pretty cool, right? At this point, we came to a little restaurant up in Mount Faber. I was a bit peckish and definitely thirsty for something other then super warm water, so we stopped for a little break and refuel session. My drink was horribly sweet though. And I don’t think the 3-cheese fries were any help to all the calories we had burned. HA Finally, I got to Mount Faber. It’s one of those places I kept meaning to go, not really sure why, but nevertheless I finally made it. Just to see the cable cars! The cable cars take you to Sentosa, where Universal Studios is and other attractions. At that point, we were pretty much done with this leisurely hike.  Luckily for us, the rain held out until we got home. Phew! Because honestly, I really wasn’t in the mood to get caught in a downpour here. As we exited the Southern Ridges, we stumbled upon a little Malaysian cemetery.  Whoever lives in that house has it good! I would love to live in a black and white house.  A “black and white” is a remnant of the English heritage in Singapore.  These not-so-little bungalows are only found in Singapore in this region. But then again, you do have to watch out for the wildlife, which does include snakes. Yikes!

I really enjoyed exploring the Southern Ridges with Leroy. I’m glad we knocked this off the list before he left. And best of all, it’s free!

Have a great weekend, ladies!

 

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  • Love the clean trail up in the trees, that’s definitely my kind of hiking! I’m scared of snakes though. Not sure how I would react, if I ever saw one out in the wild. I would probably jump off the trail:) It’s btw. fascinating how Singapore manages to blend in so much greenery in the settings.

    • I am okay with “tame” snakes. Not sure how I’d react if I ran into one in the woods. Yikes! That’s what I love about this place, how green it is amidst the hustle and bustle of the city!

  • That monkey warning! Haha I want to meet one!

    • Come to think of it, I’ve yet to meet a monkey here but they are out there! And really what I’m desperately trying to see are the Bishan 5 – this family of otters!

  • sileas

    Wow that’s a wonderful hike! It’s so great that a metropolis like Singapore is so green! I definitely have to save this article for my next time in Singapore 🙂

    • There are so many beautiful, lush spaces in Singapore. I’m glad that they did this when building up the city!

  • Jen

    Haha the monkey warning is amazing! Such a beautiful place!

  • That hike seriously looks so awesome, and I love that it took you through the trees and that you got a great view of Singapore too! I wouldn’t have wanted to get stuck in a downpour either, so I’m glad that the rain held out for y’all! Have a great weekend!

  • I wanna come be a third wheel and explore with you guys! Ha! What a gorgeous place to run around.

  • It’s free and had an amazing view! What a nice hike.

  • oh man, I love all those walkways! And the sign of what NOT to do with the monkeys cracked me up. Your life always looks so amazing!

    • That sign is the best! Ahaha, my life ain’t bad, I’ll give it that, but girl, your life looks amazing to me!

  • Hanna

    Looks so green and believe me, seeing those dark clouds make me missing a good RAIN! Southern Ridges seems like a place I need to visit next time when in Singapore.