Went to explore Labrador Nature Reserve quite some time back but i was too lazy to blog about it! :P
Read about how interesting this place is, rocky sea cliffs, nature walk with flora and fauna & war relics and remnants of the secret tunnels! hehe
We took Mrt to Labrador Mrt Station and took bus 408 there! Its a 20-30 minutes walk if you prefer to walk there instead!
I printed this guide for us to navigate around for the walking trails. Hehe
1) Maritime History Trail
Begin the trail at Carpark C(Bus 408 stops at Carpark C!), walk along the Promenade that overlooks Keppel Bay and Fort Siloso Sentosa!
Dragon Teeth Gate- This area is Singapore’s Main port since the 19th century so this rock used to ate as a navigation guide to sailors travelling across.
I guess they refurnished this structure a few times and it looks quite new and fake :(
This Red Beacon also acts as a navigation guide and its marks the shortest distance between Sentosa and Mainland(-.-), around 240M.
Nothing really amazing about the Maritime History trail but we found a cosy corner to chill at near this area! hehe
2) War History Trail
Labrador played a significant role during World War II. Start off the trail near the Red Beacon area, you will spot this Machine Post.
This Machine post is used to guard 12pounder guns on the hill right behind it!
The Labrador Obelisk- There is no recorded evidence of the reason of this Obelisk in Labrador but there is only 3 Obelisks left in Singapore and generally Obelisks were symbols of religions in Ancient Egypt.
The next portion of the War History Trail will began at Car Park B entrance area. Its just a short walk from here.
Walk in through this Old Fort Entrance that is near the entrance of the Labrador Nature Reserve if you take bus 408 and stop at Carpark B.
This Old Fort Entrance is the remnants of the wall of an old fort built around 1886. The fort was also protected by the thick mangrove swamp and steep cliffs, which made it impossible for anyone to climb in the past!
6-inch quick firing cannon: The barrel displayed here is authentic.These cannon is used for defence from coastal attacks.
The part about this history trail that i was looking forward to: The tunnels! hehe Always very interested in war-time tunnels! It was closed when we went so we took a peep inside it!
Even though we couldn’t enter the tunnel, i went to read up more about the tunnel! Once you walked into the tunnel, there is an enlarged chamber and it has various rooms in the tunnel! These tunnels were used to store supply and provide ammunition to the troops.
3) The Rocky Sea Cliff and the Jetty(Closed for now)
After the crazily warm walk and climb around the reserve, take a stroll along the coast! Thats my favourite part of the reserve! hehe Really nice coastal walk!
4)Flora and Fauna
I read about how the nature reserve has a rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Didnt see a lot of in this park other than the usual plants you can find around parks in Singapore. Hahaha. A lot of chipmunks around though :D
Spot the chipmunks!! :D Im too slow for the chipmunks -.-
Why u dont allow dogs? Cats allowed ? :O :O MEOWWWW
After exploring the Labrador Nature reserve we walked down to the Berlayer Creek and theBukit Chermin BoardWalk.
5) Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin Board Walk
Nothing much about this place but really nice place to take a walk and chill! Super nice view and quite romantic . HAHAHA ya i went with toh shi ting. LOL
6) Cafe in Labrador Park
There is this pretty cafe in Labrador park and i think its called eco gourmet or something. Told Andrew about it and he went to check, its not the typical cafe but its some fine dining place so its not really a place for me. HAHAHA Cant stand small portioned expensive food! :P
But for those atas people out that you can go and try! We camwhored at an area near the cafe! Super pretty right! :D You can take bus 408 and stop at Car park A to go to the cafe!
Our #ootd. HAHAHA
Shall end of this post with a few of our happy photos!!
Went to Kusu Island after exploring St John Island!
Kusu which means ‘Tortoise Island’ In Chinese, is also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul in Malay. Kusu Island has a religious and legendary background. There is a Malay Shrine and a Chinese temple on the island.
During the Kusu Festival in the Ninth Lunar Month every year, thousands of devotees make their pilgrimage to the island to pray for good health, peace, happiness, good luck and prosperity.
It wasn’t really crowded when we were there cause it wasn’t the Kusu Festival yet!
Da Bo Gong Temple:
The popular cult of Da Bo Gong(The Merchant God or God of Prosperity) found its fruition on Kusu in 1923, when a wealthy businessman donated money for the building of this temple.
The Chinese Temple houses many deities but the 2 main deities are the Da Bo Gong & Guan Yin.
After walking around the temple we went tortoise hunting! hehe
Afterwards we went up the Malay Shrine which is up a long flight of stairs! It is known as theKusu Kramats.
The Kusu Kramats:
Yes thats the way up! :O
Nothing much to explore on this island but the waters surrounding the island is really clear! And we did spot a few groups of people swimming and snorkeling!
Nice place for a beach hideout if you wanna get away from the crowd!
Other animals sharing the island with us! hehe :P
The ferry goes a loop, from Marina South Pier- St John Island- Kusu Island- Back to Marina South Pier.
Started my adventure of discovering more places in Singapore that i havent been to!
Its weird how im really excited to research about places to go when im planning for a trip but i never did properly read up on places to go in Singapore other than food outlets. :P
Go to Marina South Pier to take a ferry to St John Island.
Check your timings before going down cause the ferry frequency is rather low( Every 2 hours on weekends).
To get to Marina South Pier: Take bus 402 from Marina Bay Mrt station, The same way as how you would go to Marina Barrage!
Awesome view en route to St John Island. :D I love boat rides
St John's Island, previously known as Pulau Sakijang Bendera, is one of the Southern Islands in ingapore. 6.5km to the south of the main island of Singapore.
History of St John Island:
St John's Island formerly housed a quarantine station for cholera cases detected among immigrants in the late 19th century. When mass immigration was closed in mid-20th century, the island was used to house a penal settlement and a drug rehabilitation centre.
It is also heard that St John Island is haunted and some people have such experiences while exploring the abandon buildings ! It made me really excited and thrilled to explore the island! :P
Really pretty beaches and clear sea water! A perfect place to stay out of the crowd if you wanna have fun at the beach! :D
After playing with a dao cat, we started exploring the island! :D
We chanced upon these creepy/dirty toilets that i could smell it from really far! Didnt dare to open the cubicles to take a look though! :P
My touristy outfit for the day which i regretted deeply after the end of the day! Had plenty of mosquito bites, sweated like a dog, had a hard time climbing over fallen tree trunks and was afraid of dirtying my shorts! :P
Andrew sweating like a dog too. HAHAHA
The old quarantine centres were converted to Holiday camps for people who want( Or dare) to stay over in the island.
Non visitors are not allowed to enter so we only snapped a few pictures and got chased out! :(
Was pretty disappointed that i didnt explore the camp site cause i chanced upon this pretty creepy photo from One North Explorer.
Omg friends, if you dare we can plan a staycation there soon. LOL
This human chess board was spotted in the middle of the camp. It is known to be used by the Japanese soldiers and Prisoners of War during the Japanese Occupation.
So you get the idea, when the chess piece gets ‘eaten’ up, the Prisoner of War gets beheaded!
There are many watch towers around the island, not supposed to go up cause they had a Danger Keep Out sign but we still went in anyway!
View from the watch tower!
Houses near the Pier:
After going up the Watchtower we went to play with cats near the houses !
This creepy looking cat staring at us and drooling. :O :O :O
We went forward to explore deeper and i got a shock as i spotted someone standing at the end of the pathway.
Haha it turns out to be someone sketching the old building. :P
A black and white house used to house important officials in the past! I wanted to enter the building but Andrew said we shouldnt cause its sealed! :O
Curious me had to find out whats in the old buildings. Lucky nothing scary. :P
Masjid St John’s Island :
We stayed around this area for quite long cause there were many cats around! :P We sacrificed some of our food we brought to feed the cats!
Sweaty cat feeding cats!
I really got a shock when we first reached the exterior of the Mosque, i bent down to sayang a cat and 20 cats started to sprint towards me! Despite being a cat lover, its rather intimidating to have so many cats sprinting at you without notice! :O :O :O
The food was not with me anyway, it was with Andrew but all the cats started to crowd around me for some reason! :O :O
They were really hungry and skinny so we gave up some of our food to them! They were really practical, after feeding them they just stopped following us when we ran out of food. -.-
Off to cat hunting again! 2 sleepy and small cats! :D :D
We chanced upon this old building converted into a housing area !
Once again, millions( Okay 30) cats sprinted towards us! They were really hungry :( Promised to bring cat food along next time( Andrew suggested!).
Talked to the residents(?) of the area and went off to find the Haunted apartment!
Spotted some old storage buildings along the way.
We had a had time looking for this apartment, its this long stairway up and it was really tiring and we had to climb over ants infested fallen tree trunks! :O :O
But being the ODAC couple(the fattest one), we went ahead anyway!
I was really disappointed it was locked! Read a few blogs and some of them managed to get inside! I saw clothing hanged inside the house through the windows and i think its converted to some illegal(?) housing?
It was quite creepy from the outside anyway!
There was this story about a few adventure seekers going in to explore this apartment and this guy got a video of a floating figure floating down the stairs.He subsequently got very afraid and had countless nightmares and eventually deleted the video.
After snapping a few pictures of the Abandon apartments we went off to wait for our next ferry to Kusu Island.
Goodbye St John Island, i will be back with more cat food! :D
Check out here for more haunted/history related information! :O
Headed over to the nostalgia Bukit Timah railway the other day. Its special because ATC'12 was held through this railway. so brought back many memories from the ATC days. hehe. Didnt stay long as we were melting :O
The day started off pretty scarily cause i overslept! HAHAHA Haven’t really oversleep for quite a long time and so i was a little shocked when i woke up and realised its 1.15pm when i was supposed to meet Charlene at 1pm. But she’s late as usual. HAHA we always push back our meeting timings to around 1hr later :P
Woke up and rushed to take the food out to defrost and I made smoked salmon salad, egg mayo sandwiches and cooked our favourite cheese tofu! Hehe She is supposed to prepare fruits and buying sushi!
Punggol Waterway is a really awesome place! My 3rd time here, 1st time cycled from Pasir ris with my cousin and her friend! 2nd time with Andrew for a night picnic and so its my 1st time here in the day!! Its really pretty and a nice place to picnic cause it s really peaceful
Met a very nice and funny uncle cab driver and gave us a $3 discount off our cab fare! :P
Yummy and colourful spread for our pignic but it was way too much! We threw away almost half of the spread! Sorry for wasting food :(
Went on to Wild Oats @ Punggol Park for drinks!
Wild Oats @ Punggol Park
1 Punggol Park
Hougang Ave 8
Sunday- Thursday 5pm-12pm
Friday - Sat- 5pm- 1am
Place with really awesome view and ambience! Perfect for romantic night outs with your partner or great for a dinner with your girlfriends!
The menu of items from awesome starters like Luncheon meat fries, cheese fries and other many unique items, main courses like burgers, pangrilled salmon, pasta and etc. It also has a long list of drinks menu, from many different ciders and beer, cocktails to hard liquors like my favourite whiskey.
We didnt order any main courses cause we were really full from our picnic. I couldnt resist the temptations and i ordered a Luncheon meat fries. :P I love processed meat. HAHAHA
The food prices here are really very reasonable for such a nice environment! We are quite lucky to get seats cause we arrived early & most of the tables are already reserved! Really nice place and we already made plans to come back again to eat their main courses! Hehe
Everything is perfect at Wild Oats @ Punggol Park but there is something i really dont get it and finds it a little ridiculous. They dont serve iced water to their customers and you have to pay for mineral water if you want. BUTTTTT they set up a little booth outside their shop to give out free iced water to runners and park users. So potential customers > Current customers. LOL Weird concept right!
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