One evening, after having dinner at Thomson with my in-laws, my father-in-law made a random request to visit Upper Seletar Reservoir. Visiting reservoirs is not my usual cup of tea (visiting playgrounds is), but since it was nearby and we could all do with some exercise after our heavy dinner, we decided to pop by.
“When was Upper Seletar Reservoir opened?”
Answer: 10 August 1969
Wow… I never realized this place has been around for so long! Learning something new everyday!
The obvious thing that my super energetic kids wanted to do was to climb the rocket tower.
Seriously.. I think my kids should go join a vertical marathon. They were still bouncing with energy after the climb to the top, while I was panting and sweating away! Do they realize how HOT Singapore is these days???
But the climb up to the top was pretty rewarding. I would not have spotted that cool tree if we had not climbed up to the top!
It reminded me of the Party Tree in Hobbiton… No?
Okay, imagine the Party Tree with its leaves fallen off. Convinced? Yes? No? Never mind.. Party Tree or not, that tree was pretty striking!
Besides the funny tree, the kids were super excited to see helicopters flying around in the sky. At one point, there were 5 helicopters in the sky at the same time! That certainly got the kids screaming, “HELICOPTER! HELICOPTER!”
The rest of the reservoir was not particularly exciting for the kids and it was getting dark soon, so we bid farewell to the reservoir.
As we were driving out, we decided to turn into a road with many wild monkeys lazing around to check out some monkeys. (Because my cynical 4 year old didn’t believe me when I told him there were wild monkeys in Singapore.)
The kids were particularly intrigued by the baby monkey clinging on to the mother. The mother didn’t look too happy with the oversized baby clinging on to her. Mother monkey, I FEEL YOU.
Somehow, I wasn’t sure if it was us watching the monkeys, or the monkeys watching us.
The experience reminded me of our trip to Fuji Safari Park. The kids were amused enough, and we didn’t have to take a plane!
Information on Upper Seletar Reservoir
Location: Along Old Upper Thomson Road
Official Website: NParks Singapore