Sungei Buloh

While walking toward Sungei Buloh if you took the bus 963 that doesn't stop right outside Sungei Buloh

While walking toward Sungei Buloh if you took the bus 963 that doesn’t stop right outside Sungei Buloh

Going there:

Firstly, going to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is not as simple simply because its located right out of civilization. You first have to take a the MRT to Kranji, then hop onto bus 925. 925 turns in and stop right outside Sungei Buloh on Sundays and public holidays, but it does not on weekdays and Saturdays. However, if you take 925 on a Sunday or public holiday, you will not be able to pass by gardens like the above by foot. Here is the “how to go” from the official website. Oh, the wait time/interval of the bus 925 is quite long, so don’t give up!

It was a Saturday when a friend and I went, so we the bus stopped a distance away from Sungei Buloh, and we walked in. It was a quiet morning walk at around 8am, so it was still considerably cooling. Trust me, its an enjoyable walk, and everyone should try it, unless it is between 10am – 4pm, then it might be too warm hot to be walking without shades.

The stretch of road to walk if going on weekdays or Saturdays.

The stretch of road to walk if going on weekdays or Saturdays.

Finally~

Finally~

Inside Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve

Once we entered the gates, there seemed to not be anybody else except for us, and another malay family, in the park. But there were already quite a number of cars parked in the carpark, so it was a little weird. Further in, at the first observatory, was where we first met an elderly couple, who greeted my friend and I heartily, to which we replied “good morning!” in earnest. The camera lens they had were hugeeeeee, compared to our starter kit lens. There was also another middle aged guy in the observatory with a similarly huge, if not larger, lens, staring into the distance with his hands always ready on his camera. All of a sudden, a huge bird cried, and flapped her wings and flew out of the canopy, coming into full sight of everyone in the observatory. Almost everybody who was in the observatory was all ready, who began to snap pictures of the bird. By the time I whipped up my camera, the bird was far out already. So…. all I took was the surrounding beautiful greens.20140119-DSC_0013

We came across a few other smaller observatories, and there were a crowd at each of them, all with lenses as big as bazookas. I asked a friendly, approachable looking guy what they were all doing there, with their cameras all aimed and pointed at a distance. He explained that they were waiting for a particular bird to appear, which I presume they have seen it fly into the thicket. He saw our measly gear, and encouraged us, saying although photography is an expensive hobby, its a really fulfilling one. I realised most of the visitors at the reserves seem either really glad to help, or are really friendly and will almost always smile to you when you pass by each other.

If Lost

There will be a lot of information boards with a map all around the reserve, so there’s no worry about getting lost in there. If you’re lost, just keep walking straight, sooner or later, a wild information board will appear and let you know where you currently are. If looking at the map on the board doesn’t help, just ask a passer by for help, and they are sure to help~

Nature Shots

From one of the observatory post.

From one of the observatory post.

From one of the observatory post.

From one of the observatory post.

From one of the observatory post.

From one of the observatory post.

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The Jungle observatory at the other end of the reserve, where they said its most probable to see monitor lizards.

The Jungle observatory at the other end of the reserve, where they said its most probable to see monitor lizards.

Some kind of a  plant that looks like grapes or cherries being caged in.

Some kind of a plant that looks like grapes or cherries being caged in.

A Sneak Peak into our Neighbouring Country

A little hazy.

A little hazy.

Of Animals..

Mudfish

Mudfish

Dragonfly perched atop a plant.

Dragonfly perched atop a plant.

A gigantic spider. There were a lot others in the reserve, so be careful where you put your head. They could be just above you!

A gigantic spider. There were a lot others in the reserve, so be careful where you put your head. They could be just above you!

A squirrel who almost escaped me.

A squirrel who almost escaped me.

A bird, not sure of which species.

A bird, not sure of which species.

A tortoise, or turtle(?), at a pond or lake near a junction. You can see it on the map, beside a small building called something like Educational Hut or something like that.

A tortoise, or turtle(?), at a pond or lake near a junction. You can see it on the map, beside a small building called something like Educational Hut or something like that.

And finally of Monitor Lizards, for they are awesome enough to get this much mention.

We saw this sign in the morning, and wondered why they even bothered with it since we didn't see any. In the morning.

We saw this sign in the morning, and wondered why they even bothered with it since we didn’t see any. In the morning.

By early afternoon, these guys suddenly appeared all over the reserve, basking in the sun wherever they feel like.

By early afternoon, these guys suddenly appeared all over the reserve, basking in the sun wherever they feel like.

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A family of monitor lizards, basking in the sun.

A family of monitor lizards, basking in the sun.

Is the stare intense enough for this to be featured on National Geographic? :D

Is the stare intense enough for this to be featured on National Geographic? 😀

In the morning, it was just a raft floating in the pong. In the early afternoon, a monitor lizard lay upon it, chilling.

In the morning, it was just a raft floating in the pong. In the early afternoon, a monitor lizard lay upon it, chilling.

If anybody wishes to make a trip down to Sungei Buloh and has any questions, feel free to leave them below or send me an email 🙂

 

Side Story

When we were leaving, Friend and I decided to be adventurous and tried to do a hitchhike in Singapore. Much to our surprise, we succeeded on our 2nd try putting our thumbs up gesture. The driver turns out to be a Chinese from China. Initially, all we wanted was to have a ride to the nearest bus stop. But when we mentioned we were going to Kranji Station, he said he would bring us there since he was on the way to Woodlands. On the journey, he chatted with us a lot, about things like his nature of work, his hometown and his language, about how Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) had different variations just in Fujian itself. We were still chatting happily when we arrived at Kranji station, but like all random meetings, it has to end. So we said our goodbyes and hopped off his little blue grey truck.

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2 thoughts on “Sungei Buloh

    • Hi Geri~
      My friend and I took a total of about 3 hours, including stopping by at most of the observatories and random spots along the walk whenever we saw something interest to shoot.
      As for the mozzies.. there were quite a number of them, and they were quite huge. While I was fine with a pair of jeans and short sleeved, the official site recommends wearing long pants and light coloured long sleeves.
      Anyways, it also seems there are many interesting places around the area, like Bollywood veggies for eating, or Neo Tiew Village if one is feeling adventurous. Not too sure if the latter is still opened to public though.
      Enjoy the trip to the nature reserve!

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