Though Singapore is very much an urban jungle, it does have pockets of nature that we can explore. One of the bears’ favourite places to go for a day hike is the Lim Chu Kang area, where we can take a slow leisurely hike around Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, have a sumptuous lunch at Bollywood Veggies, and then end our adventure with a trip to Hay Dairies.
For this day adventure, the bears got up early and were out of the house by 630am. We wanted to explore Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve early in the morning, to avoid the afternoon sun and crowd. It was drizzling when we arrived, but that made the surroundings even more beautiful.
The tide was low, which revealed the mudflats (pic below). When we looked hard enough from the board walk, we spotted some mudskippers, fish, crabs and even a sea snake!
Can you spot the sea snake and mudskipper in the picture above? 😀 These were just some of the few wildlife we managed to spot that day. We even managed to spot some marsh birds during our trek.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve was officially gazetted as a Nature Reserve in 2002. The reserve is of significance as it is home to a large variety of mangrove plants and wildlife. At certain times of the year, it is also a stopover point for migratory birds en route to their destination. Hence, if you visit the park between September to March, you may be treated to a visual feast of migratory shorebirds.
After about close to 5 hours at the reserve, we started feeling a tad hungry. So, we headed down to Bollywood Veggies for a farm visit. We also intended to have a good lunch there as we’d heard rave reviews of the place. True enough, the place didn’t disappoint.
Bollywood Veggies is open for public visits, and they have guided walks as well. They sell farm produce that they grow themselves. If you are looking to educate yourself or your children on some farming basics or plants, it is a really great place to visit. You can then end your farm visit with a meal at Poison Ivy Bistro, which is the farm’s restaurant, like we did:
We ordered the Warrior’s Platter for lunch as we were famished. The platter was a delightful mix of Indian and Chinese cuisine, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We even got to meet Ivy Singh-Lim, the owner of the restaurant. She was full of energy and a joy to speak to!
100 Neo Tiew Road,
T: (65) 6898 5001
Opens 930am – 630pm (Wed to Fri)
8am – 630pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
After filling a hungry tummies, we came to our last pitstop of the day – Hay Dairies! Hay Dairies is a goat farm that has been in Singapore since 1988, and is the only farm here that specialises in producing Goat’s Milk. It is open to the public for visits, and you even get to see the goats and kids up close!
This playful kid kept hanging around us, clamouring for our attention. He/she was mighty adorable! More goats for your viewing pleasure:
After taking a tour around the farm, we also purchased our very first bottle of goat’s milk to try.
Hmm… we’d say that goat’s milk has a very unique and acquired taste. It also smells more than cow’s milk. However, it does grow on you and once you are able to get used to the smell, you’d appreciate the thick and creamy consistency of the milk. It’s also said that goat’s milk provides humans with more nutrition than the normal cow’s fresh milk we buy off supermarket shelves. So, why not give it a try? 😉
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