Matsimitsu

Day Two

MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore


I shouldn't have taken that power nap yesterday, as it made sleeping last night very difficult. I was wide awake at 05:00 in the morning.

To fix this problem, I did a full lap of the "MacRitchie Reservoir." One of the oldest reservoirs in Singapore holds water for the city's consumption.

Boardwalk at MacRitchie Reservoir View of MacRitchie Reservoir

The land surrounding the reservoir is a protected catchment area, and there are a couple of trails leading through the dense forest.

MacRitchie Reservoir

In total, I walked about 15 Kilometers around the reservoir, taking detours on boardwalks near the water and the Treetop walk.

Many animals live around the reservoir, such as chickens and monkeys. You can usually hear them from afar from the commotion in the trees.

Monkey at MacRitchie Reservoir Monkey at MacRitchie Reservoir

Besides the more common animals, I found a few more... Such as this snake, a beautiful Blue Coral Snake, which I learned after I met it, is highly venomous. Though it usually feeds on other snakes, not people.

Blue Coral Snake at MacRitchie Reservoir Blue Coral Snake at MacRitchie Reservoir

Another reptile I stumbled upon was this Malayan water monitor, just chilling next to the pathway.

Water monitor at MacRitchie Reservoir Thingy at MacRitchie Reservoir

Treetop Walk

The treetop walk is halfway around the reservoir and deeper in the forest, away from the water. It gives nice views of the surrounding area, though it's pretty hot and humid.

Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir
Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Canopy at MacRitchie Reservoir

The trail continued past the reservoir, where I encountered a watch tower, tons of butterflies and more water monitors.

Canopy at MacRitchie Reservoir
Boardwalk at MacRitchie Reservoir Canopy at MacRitchie Reservoir
Water Monitor at MacRitchie Reservoir
Tree at MacRitchie Reservoir MacRitchie Reservoir
Squirrel at MacRitchie Reservoir
A Water Monitor at MacRitchie Reservoir MacRitchie Reservoir

The lack of sleep and hot weather started to take their toll. At a covered bench, I took a break when I noticed movement from the corner of my eye. And lo and behold, this fella made its way through the shrubs.

Oriental Whip Snake Oriental Whip Snake
Oriental Whip Snake

It's an Oriental Whip Snake, only mildly venomous and pretty docile, though I didn't test it out and kept my distance.