As I mentioned in my previous post, last week we went to Kranji Countryside and made a stop at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. However, we stayed there for less than one hour and only managed to explore a very small part of the park.
We decided to go back a few days later. We were joined by Carla and Renan’s aunt, Tia Sita.
We took a taxi to Kranji Countryside, getting off at Jurong Frog Farm. We didn’t do much there, just walked around the farm a bit. They do offer farm tours, and you can feed the frogs or try your hand at catching frogs and tadpoles, but we didn’t do any of those activities. We’ll do it next time! We did try their deep fried frog legs and crocodile nuggets (from nearby crocodile farm, I guess?) and they were delicious. Didn’t try the snow jelly dessert, though. Do you know what snow jelly is? Dried fatty tissue found near the fallopian tubes of frogs. Yep.
We hopped on the shuttle bus and went to have lunch at Poison Ivy Bistro in Bollywood Veggies farm. This time we had rendang chicken, curry chicken, and of course, vanilla ice cream with banana bread. Very delicious food. Highly recommended!
Finally, we were ready to go to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is very large. It spans 130 hectares. So, although this time we stayed for around three hours, we only managed to cover just slightly more areas than when we went there a few days earlier.
Mangrove Boardwalk was the first place we explored. When we went there the other day, it was quite dry. We could see crabs and mudskippers or “walking fish” as the kids called them moving around on the ground. This time, there was water everywhere. We couldn’t see the mudskippers but we could still see the crabs.
How many crabs can you see on this tree stump?
After exploring Mangrove Boardwalk, we went to another part of the park. We crossed the main bridge and went to the main hide. The main hide is a wooden building with two-storey seating that is used for bird-watching.
Tia Sita and Renan were trying to spot some birds. A pair of binoculars would have been handy!
There were a lot of birds right in front of us.
We then walked around the area to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful, relaxing view. It was cloudy, and we had slight drizzle too at times, but it wasn’t a problem. Actually, here in Singapore it’s better to enjoy the outdoors when it’s wet and cloudy, since the heat and humidity could be quite unbearable when it’s sunny.
Next, we went to explore the mudflats. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go too far since the walking trail was flooded that day.
Carla still managed to have fun there…. She couldn’t stop running and jumping on the wobbly bridge. She also enjoyed walking in the slightly flooded part of the bridge.
Renan was not too keen on getting his feet wet. He preferred to play nearby and learned about animals that live in the mud.
There is a coastal boardwalk too, and pods where you can sit and relax a bit. You can see Johor Bahru, Malaysia, very clearly from the coastal boardwalk.
We then went to the Wetland Centre to wait for the bus. While waiting, we had a look at the exhibits featured in the Nature Gallery nearby. We learned a bit more about the wetland reserve there.
We really enjoyed exploring Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, we’ll be back soon to explore other parts of the park!