School holiday had officially started since mid November, and our boy will be in Primary 2 in January. Most of the time he will be stuck with me, so we must find things to do together. I was thinking of going to Pasir Ris Park, especially to see the mangrove swamp that he’d been talking about. And so one morning when I asked him where he wanted to go that day, with no hesitation he said: “Pasir Ris Park! I want to see the mangrove swamp again.” He went to the mangrove swamp with his school months ago, and he said he wanted to explore more. This kid is absolutely likes nature, and likes to explore nature things and see animals, park, trees, etc.
So I prepared everything including a cap, an umbrella, and a raincoat. The weather is quite confusing these days…..it could be very hot in the morning and suddenly heavy rain comes down without notification. Such as today, few minutes after I hung the laundry outside (because I saw Mr.Sun was shining so bright), big rain poured down from the sky. I also brought water bottle and cheese sandwich. I thought it would be nice to have a picnic in the park.
As I’ve posted before, Pasir Ris Park is a huuuuuuu…..geeee…..park. I still think it is one of the biggest park in Singapore. We’ve been to the beach and to the playground before, so this time we would go to another direction of the park. The playground is located at the different area from the mangrove swamp and the bird watching hut………….so the easiest way to go to the playground from the mangrove swamp is actually………………by bus! We’ve tried walking of course but I won’t suggest that.
We took the bus to the bus station, and crossed the street (just right in front of the bus station) to Pasir Ris Park.
It can be quite creepy inside if we walk alone without seeing anybody because of the trees, the swamp, and a very quiet environment……..but thankfully we saw maintenance staff (many of them) and some people with their big cameras and equipment for bird watching. We also met some children playing in the park, on the beach, or just cycling around the park. Still, it felt really quiet inside.
Mangrove swamp is the home for many animals and plays an important part in our ecosystem. There are many signs inside the park explaining about this, and by reading this information carefully we can broaden our knowledge about the mangrove swamp habitat.
From the mangrove swamp, we followed the path and saw this bird watching hut.
It was a great way to spend our quality time together by going to the park, doing outdoor activity, and doing some nature exploration. Too bad we forgot to bring a notebook that day, so the boy wrote down all the animals he saw that day on my iPhone:
- Monitor lizard
- Spot-tailed needle fish
- African giant snail
- Asian squirrel
- Black ants
- Army ants
- Mangrove crab
- Mangrove lobster
- Red-dot snail
- Olive bark
It will be hard to find food stalls inside the park so we crossed the street (our exit was not the same as the entrance), and went straight to Pasir Ris Sport Complex where we can find many restaurants inside. We decided to have lunch in PastaMania.
And not to forget, before going home we played in the sandy playground in front of the sport complex. Luckily it was cloudy that day (no rain and no hot sun), so it was a very nice weather for our outdoor exploration.
The boy says he wants to come back again to see more animals…..!