Monkeys (and a Spider, and a Cat)

On Saturday, I took a diversion from my bus trip to Toa Payoh to go see MacRitchie Reservoir.  Prescott and I had been to MacRitchie once before, but we’d been on a hiking trail further north and had never actually seen the water.  So it was a surprise to come up over a short rise and see this:

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There were boathouses and people out rowing and kayaking in marked lanes (you can see them on the right in the photo below if you squint).

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Because it’s Singapore, the park area around the southern end of the reservoir was perfectly manicured.

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But the biggest surprise was having a whole troop of monkeys run right across my path just as I finished crossing a bridge.

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Once they reached the shade, they mostly just hung out on the wall and in the trees.  I like how contemplative they started to look.

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For the next outdoor adventure, Prescott and I hiked up Bukit Timah Hill on Sunday morning.

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But instead of finding the monkeys that are usually there (and about which the government has placed abundant warnings) …

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… the only animals we found were a very large golden silk orb-weaver …

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Prescott and I also played on the playground equipment and the rope bridge at Hindhede Nature Park (until we were chased off of the mini-zip line for being too old — sigh).

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