Take A Hike

Happy Friday! As I leave you for the weekend, it got me thinking of the one conundrum we face on Friday’s which is making plans for the weekend. So I decided to take a hike.

There is nothing worse than hearing someone whine and complain. I guess what I am doing right now is not so off? Well call it “venting” since you cannot hear the tone of my voice nor the emotions behind it, so technically, it does not qualify as whining or complaining.

I have been in Singapore for what now? a little shy from 9 months and have met quite a few interesting people; be it foreigners and locals alike. And one of the things I like to ask is what they have explored thus far in their journey. This question does not make a difference in either of their situations right? Whether you are a foreigner or a local, regardless of the number of times you have been there and done that, you are still in a quest to find something new to do and see.

There is nothing worse than meeting someone and they complain in their whiney voice “Once you have done all the main attractions, there is only so much of dining and shopping one can do. This place is like one giant theme park.” even when you google ‘things to do in Singapore’ there are blogs that voice those exact words. And I think to myself, what a crappy attitude. The attitude goes beyond Singapore; it is about having the right approach when deciding to do things in your life. So if you cannot TRY to change that about yourself, then sorry mate, you are shit out of luck.

I will give you the purpose of this post as an example. For those of you that know me personally, or just from the years through my blog, you will know that I am the polar opposite of someone you see as “outdoorsy” I am a City girl, period. The words camping, outdoors and insects just make me cringe at the mere thought of myself being associated to it.

And yet, here I am in Singapore, changing my Louboutins for Nike’s and hiking into the woods! Shocking right? You can congratulate me on the comments section.

We did a little bit of research beforehand and voila, TreeTop Walk in MacRitchie Trails one of Singapore’s National Parks. Just a 20 minute bus ride from Somerset (my neighbourhood); and I swear, you feel like you are in another place. There are Clouded Monitor Lizards, Crimson Subird, Long-Tailed Macaque Monkeys hanging by the tree, Monkeys that you and I would have to pay to see at the zoo just roaming about minding their own business.

And once you are up on the TreeTop Walk there is no turning back, but it really makes you feel like you are standing on top of the world. A different feeling than standing on top of the highest building or mountain.  The walkway is a 250m long free-standing suspension bridge spanning from Bukit Peirce to Bukit Kalang, the two highest points in MacRitchie. 25m above ground level, the walkway gives you a closer look at the canopy, and when the wind catches the bridge sways side to side.

It is a mere 7km hike to and from the Tree Top, but the experience, the exercise and being surrounded by nothing but nature is a priceless experience.

For exact hours of operations for the TreeTop Walk itself, click here.

I recommend going early in the morning, or later in the afternoon, as the weather can get really hot mid-day. Dress comfortably because the trail is moderately difficult. Bring water to keep yourself hydrated and just relax and enjoy what’s around you!

So there you have it whether you are a foreigner or a local, this is one to cross off your list as ‘things-to-try in Singapore’ and stop complaining about how there is nothing to do but eat and shop.

Since I knew there would be some trekking involved I wanted to pack as light as possible, so I opted out from lugging my camera bag.

Everything in life is what you make of it, it is all part of the experience. And your attitude is everything, and starts from within, so stop making excuses and blaming external factors.

I dare you to try something new this weekend, and once every week, you would be delightfully surprised at how little you know and just how much more there is to learn.

For more information on TreeTop Walk and MacRitchie Trail click here, or visit: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=attractions&id=64&Itemid=73

Yvette xo