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Tampines Eco Green

We first visited this park last week, and we went again today! It is a very quiet place, not like a regular park at all. For one thing, there is NO plasticky playground, yay! The plants all look very natural, not the manicured type. But it’s not as challenging as say, Venus Loop. The walking trails are very spacious and the grass very short. No idea whether it is cut regularly or the species of grass just doesn’t grow tall? Haha, oops. When you look into the park from outside, it really looks very wild. But when you are inside and look out, you can see flats, houses, main roads right next to you : )

Image source: NParks

Image source: NParks

OK, I read quite a few blogs before I went, yet I was not prepared for what I actually experienced. Nothing special la, just.. peace.. and quiet… and SAFE nature.. no way to get lost πŸ˜› So…. here are the photos!

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The entrance, just underneath the MRT tracks. We walked over from Tampines Bus Interchange, cutting across Sun Plaza Park. It’s about 20 minutes walk.

 

See the house? (can't recall what Didi was pointing at)

See the house? (can’t recall what Didi was pointing at)

The entire Forest Trail runs parallel to Sungei Tampines and many HDB flats. The Forest Trail starts at the main entrance (opposite Sun Plaza Park) and ends at BLK 495F.

See the HDB flats? Just one big canal separating us from them, but I am sure someone will be able to hear us if we shout for help (IF!!)

See the HDB flats? Just one big canal separating us from them, but I am sure someone will be able to hear us if we shout for help (IF!!)

The first trip, we did Forest Trail (orange) followed by Diversity Trail (yellow).

We did the Marsh Trail on our second trip. But to tell the truth, the scenery looked pretty much the same to me… largely due to our inexperienced eyes… no idea what to look out for!

This time round, we managed to get a photo at the entrance!

This time round, we managed to get a photo at the entrance!

 

Don't jump!

Don’t jump!

 

The boys say they are trains.. going through the tunnel...

The boys say they are trains.. going through the tunnel…

... now they are birds...

… now they are birds…

.... then Kor Kor sees a giraffee!

…. then Kor Kor sees a giraffe!

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Brought their dinner again : ) Not many mozzies by the way!

The tough cookie walked all the way! :D

The tough cookie walked all the way! πŸ˜€

The first and second experiences were quite different. I think when we first went there, the boys did not know what to expect, and were probably feeling worried that it was going to be like Venus Loop. I was also more stressed as it was difficult to gauge how long our walk would take, or even whether the kids could finish the trail at all.

Today, I could sense that they were much more relaxed. The boys took their time to enjoy their surroundings, and Meimei was happy to walk on her own (I carried her the entire walk during the first trip). A very relaxed stroll took us about 45 minutes (Marsh Trail). We are definitely going back regularly!

Directions: From Tampines Bus Interchange, follow the MRT tracks. For more details, check out NParks’ comprehensive guide.

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A Week Of Fun!

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Monday we went to Labrador Nature Reserve

Tuesday Kor Kor had gym class, so the younger ones waited at the beach

Tuesday Kor Kor had gym class, so the younger ones waited at the beach

After class we went long kang fishing together

After class we went long kang fishing together

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Thursday gym class again – time for Didi to practise his pedaling!

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Beach again after that!

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Friday water playground!

We were at the library on Wednesday, where we just read and read. A fun-filled week with sun, sand, sea, exercise, fresh air, and books – all our favorite things!

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Our First Visit to Labrador Park

We visited Labrador Park, or more accurately, Labrador Nature Reserve recently, and as it was my first visit too, I was pleasantly surprised by the tranquility of the park. I was having a flu and headache on the way there, but miraculously recovered when I saw the beautiful view of the sea and heard the soothing sounds of the waves. I happened to come across another blog which described Labrador Park very aptly, exactly what I felt and wanted to write, so I shall share it with you here –> Singapore Playground.

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we did nothing much.. sat on the bench to admire the scenery..

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.. took a stroll along the coast..

... danced as we walked!

… danced as we walked!

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Playground seems quite new. Clean and well-maintained. And look at the lush greenness right behind!

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Three slides in all, and they are all excitingly steep! Weeee..!

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Climb climb climb : )

The sand at the playground is really soft and clean. I am definitely going to bring the kids’ sand toys along next time!

Didn’t manage to see any of the war relics today though. I didn’t plan properly and had no idea where they were. I think Labrador Nature Reserve has two main sides – the sea and the hill. Shall visit the hill side soon and update in a new post.

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Big head shot!

 

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Hindhede Nature Park

Our first visit to this place and it was a pleasant surprise. Quiet and scenic. Away from the crazy crowds charging up Bt Timah Hill. The kids had a great time amidst the greenery : )

The entrance to the park, next to the Bt Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre

The entrance to the park, next to the Bt Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre

 

The playground

The playground

 

The kids' favorite!

The kids’ favorite!

 

Hi, Meimei!

Hi, Meimei!

 

I got a scare when he stood up. You go, boy!

I got a scare when he stood up. You go, boy!

 

Swings next to the playground

Swings next to the playground

 

Happy baby : )

Happy baby : )

 

There, mummy, that way to the quarry

There, mummy, that way to the quarry

 

Triple happiness : )

Triple happiness : )

Might be useful to know:

  1. Mosquitoes. But not too bad, we only got a couple of bites each after applying insect repellent.
  2. Shady. Not too hot even at 11am+.
  3. The sand playground has a lot of small fallen leaves. Great for sensory play!
  4. It’s a short walk from the Visitor Centre to the playground then to the quarry.
  5. There’s a hut between the playground and the swings, and another one at the quarry.