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To the soul who finds solace from the serenity of nature

reflection Published in Singapore in 2O17 by National Parks Board HQ 1 Cluny Road Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore 259569 Fax: 6472 3O33 Sponsored by Temasek Polytechnic Edited and produced by Temasek Polytechnic School of Design—Communication Design 16/17 TD03 Chief Editor: Ili Nur Asiyah Bte Mustafa Kamal ISBN 978-981-4394-90-1 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission in writing from the publisher. For information, contact Page One Publishing Pte Ltd. Printed and bound in Singapore

For all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest and the most creative people in the world

For you who has taught and inspired a soul remarkably that words could not describe


Punggol Point ............................... 08–27

Jurong Lake.................................. 28–47

Woodlands Waterfront......................... 48-67

Lower Seletar Reservoir...................... 68-87

About........................................ 91

Acknowledgements............................. 93

Punggol Point Park



HOW TO GET THERE From Punggol interchange,  take bus 84 to Punggol Point Park/ Punggol  Settlement. Walk about 500m east along the  Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island West Entrance. PARK SIZE 50 hectares PARK OPENING HOURS 7am to 7pm NEARBY PARKS/PARK CONNECTORS Punggol Prom enade Nature Walk, Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterways.




Sibling’s joy

Beyond the calm waters, a host of exciting activities and attractions are bubbling to surface at this coastal recreational destination. Punggol Point features a 300 sqm ship-inspired deck where visitors can admire the paranomic view of the coastline, Pulau Ubin and Straits of Johor. This waterfront jetty also has beautiful lily ponds, an event plaza and sandfilled playground. Those who love fishing can bring along your rods here to the fishing platforms. Visitors of all ages will definitely fit in here.



Punggol Point is one of the best places in Singapore for photography. People can take good sunrise shots due to its close proximity to the east and that is surrounded by few buildings and high-rise towers. The areas around it are panoramic. People can go for holiday camping at the Holiday camp at Track 19 (off Punggol 17th Avenue). There is also a park at Punggol 17th Avenue. Rustic, idyllic and olden day Singapore is what comes to mind after a little day out at Punggol Point Park. Drive all the way to the end of Punggol Road, past where poultry farms used to exist, and you will be rewarded with more than a vast view of the open sea.

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This tranquil island, even though just one hundred metres away from Singapore at its closest point, the island has had relatively few visitors. Those who paid a visit were weekend wakeboarders

Lost in nature



Coney Island, also known as Pulau Serangoon, is located off the coast of Punggol in the northeastern Singapore. Originally just 13 ha, the island now spans 100 ha after a series of reclamation projects. A 50-hectare park managed by the National Parks Board was opened on the island in October 2015. Coney island is meant to be undeveloped so it’s just trees and some wildlife here and there. The island changed hands in the 1950s when it was sold to Indian businessman Ghulam Mahmood who harboured intentions of transforming it into a resort in the style of the amusement park at Coney Island, New York. These plans fell through and it found its way back into the possession of the Singapore government in the 1970s.

coasting the island’s waters and weary Outward Bound School sea expedition kayakers in need of a rest stop. Promenades can be found at the western and eastern ends of the island. These paved areas provide a spot to enjoy the views of passing ships and Johor’s shoreline without having to venture too far into the island. At the West Promenade, the curious can venture down some steps for a closer look at the water’s edge.

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Park connectors



Perch yourself on top of the ship-inspired viewing deck above the jetty, and you will be gazing at Johor’s bustling Johor’s Pasir Gudang. On your right, you will catch a glimpse of Pulau Ubin and Coney Island. This very spot used to be a popular seafood haunt back in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, this re-developed jetty area is the gateway to the 5 km long Punggol Promenade North-eastern Park Connector network linking you all the way to Punggol Park in Hougang. At this pedestrian connector for the upcoming Punggol Waterfront Town, you can venture from Punggol Point Walk on to the tranquil Nature Walk with fishing points and rest stops, as well as Riverside Walk with its fitness stations and cycling tracks. On the west of the jetty is Punggol Beach. It was here that 400 Chinese civilians were massacred as part of the Sook Ching Massacre during World

War 2 on 28 February 1942. National Heritage Board has marked the area as a national heritage site, with a plaque commemorating and explaining the moment in history. This is a significant place to share this part of our history with the kids. Punggol jetty should also familiar to those heading to Outward Bound Training at Pulau Ubin. On the east of the jetty area are two huge elevated brown-rimmed barriers. Upon closer inspection, we were delighted to discover that these were actually two large ponds filled with water lilies with big leaves, as well as dragonflies, a few tortoises and lots of freshwater fish. There are not many sand-filled playgrounds in Singapore and this one at Punggol Point Park is one of them! Not just that, there are also the good old swings besides the other fun

playground structures. Cycling is an easy way of exploring the promenade. Rent one from Jomando Adventure & Recreations just next to the playground area. Estimate how much stamina you have, as you have to return the bikes back at this same shack. However, if you start from Punggol Park, you can leave the bikes at this shack as the bike outlet at Punggol Park is bigger and allows you to do so.

a public tender was launched on 5 December 2012 for a 3,000 sq m food & beverage site to be located east of the Park. Punggol Point looks all set to be the new version East Coast Park, albeit on a smaller and more rustic scale. Little Day Out will certainly be there again soon to catch up on the new developments.

Children’s and adult bikes are available at $5 and $8 per hour respectively. The shack is closed on Mondays to Wednesdays and open on Thursdays and Fridays from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. An exciting cowboy town ranch is about to burst onto the scene. Once approvals have been obtained, Punggol Ranch, owned by Gallop Stables, will soon be the centre for a hive of activities. To complement and enhance this unique waterfront location,



“Ship-inspired viewing deck”

“a national heritage site, with a plaque commemorating and explaining the moment in history”





Loud silence This mouth can shout out love Through lofty words Until the day it will cease to speak. The day when voices will spill from our eyes, our ears, our limbs.

Sister’s conversations

Did our feet ever step inside spaces that echo Your name, or loved ones’ homes? Or did we bring ourselves to enter places that violate our souls? Did we take our time to witness and read His ubiquitous signs? by watching instead.



Or were we blinded That which corrupts the mind? Did we plug our ears to listen to recitations of His word? Or serenading voices that urge you ever so gently to forget Him? If our love is true then show it— through weathered hands and cracked feet, that we’ll bend our bodies, nourish our hearts

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and move our limbs Doing things that only You are pleased with. For this mouth can utter all the love it claims to hold (but not these flesh and bones).

3 January 2017 @thebookjacket



Away from the world

I’ve been quiet because there are a million other voices drowning in a world built on virtual prayers that got better at pretending that mere apologies will fix the grieving while people continue to fall apart in the quietest corners of the universe. Still our silence yearns to be louder than the noise our faith learns to grow stronger

I’ve been quiet because the world never learned to listen. Amidst the chaos these eyes could only watch in silence. I’ve been quiet from being told off by men that my wounds aren’t as deep as theirs. I’ve been quiet in caring, in carrying things too heavy for language.



than the fears our hopes yearn to be larger than the hurt for the day the world will listen closer to every breaking bone that whispers, “Here are my wounds. I’m hurting, too.”

I’ve been quiet in this search for proper words to string the hurt but how pathetic, there’s nothing poetic about the pain I’ve poured into people into pages into poetry into prayers into pillows spilled with tears mapping out a world where every continent is soaked with hurt.

15 January 2017 @thebookjacket



Isolated memories

Adolescent’s growth



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Health is gold

Long distance relationship



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Jurong Lake Park



HOW TO GET THERE Jurong Lake Gardens is accessible from Chinese Garden or Lakeside MRT stations, and also by bus services 49 and 154 from Jurong East or Boon Lay Interchanges. Car parks are accessible from Chinese Garden Road and Japanese Garden Road. PARK SIZE 90 hectares OPENING HOURS Chinese Garden 5:30am to 11:00pm Japanese Garden 5:30am to 7:00pm



Zen The Pagoda twin tower. The bridge connecting the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden islands; the pagoda is seen rising behind it In ancient times, the pagoda, originally a simple tower located beside a temple, was used for the keeping of human bones by Buddhists. Later, with improvements in architectural skills, incorporated with the traditional art of building, the pagoda was developed into a structure of striking architectural beauty.

Twin pagoda

The ‘Ru Yun T’a) (7-storey pagoda) is situated on a small hill in the Chinese Garden. Its typical pagoda design follows the style of Ling Ku Temple Pagoda at Nanjing.

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden is a park in Jurong East, Singapore. Built in 1975 by the JTC Corporation and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, an architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modeled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping.It is located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and connected to the adjacent Japanese Garden by a bridge. Along with the aforementioned Japanese Garden, the two gardens are collectively known as the Jurong Gardens.




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Double Beauty Japanese Garden, is a park located in Jurong East, Singapore. Built in 1974 by JTC Corporation, it covers 13.5 hectares of land. It is built on an artificial island in Jurong Lake and is connected to the adjacent Chinese Garden island by bridge named the Bridge of Double Beauty. Along with the aforementioned Chinese Garden, the two gardens are collectively known as the Jurong Gardens. Where the Chinese Garden is designed to be visually exciting, the Japanese Gardens are designed with a calmness to evoke inner peace and a meditative state. The styles and methods used for designing the garden are taken from Japan’s Muromachi period of 1392 to 1568 and the Azuchi–Momoyama period of 1568 to 1615.

Rest house

Japanese Garden

The adjoining Japanese Garden is modelled on Japanese gardening aesthetics of the Muromachi and Momoyama period and features arched bridges, stone paths, rock waterfalls, stone lanterns and Japanese-styled pagodas. The best times to visit the gardens are during Chinese New Year (usually January or February) and the Mid-Autumn Festival (September or October), when cultural performances are held and the gardens are lit up at night like a fairyland by hundreds of beautiful and ornate paper lanterns. Otherwise, pop by for a quiet stroll or jog, a spot of photography or just to enjoy the scenery.




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One of two Gardens, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the Japanese Garden is the simpler of the two. Also known as Seiwaen, it is joined to the Chinese Garden by the Bridge of Double Beauty. The gardening techniques used are based on those used in Japan in the Muromachi period (1392 – 1568) to the Momoyama period (1568 – 1615). The stone lanterns, rocks and arched bridges give the same feel to the Garden as that of the traditional gardens in Japan. There are shelters and park benches around the Garden. A good spot to stop and rest at the shelter is near the pond where you can enjoy the migratory birds that stop by. Another good spot to stop is near the traditional house where the stone lanterns around the second pond with a small waterfall provide a tranquil and serene setting. Don’t miss the sundial on the other side of the

traditional house—it is one of ten sundial structures installed around Singapore in April 2007 in support of Singapore Science Centre’s initiative to increase interest in Science. Under this initiative “Our Solar System”, the sundial at the Japanese Garden represents Venus whilst the one at the Chinese Garden represents Earth. The relative distances between the sundials, including the one at the Science Centre which represents the sun, represent the distances of each planet from the Sun. At the entrance of Chinese Garden, you’ll find a pair of majestic stone lions guarding its gates. Statues of these proud creatures have traditionally stood in front of imperial palaces, tombs and temples in ancient China for their mythical ability to protect. Indeed the 13.5 hectare garden feels like a slice of ancient China transplanted to the west of Singapore,

complete with a series of stone bridges, pagodas and a tea house.

life during traditional Chinese festivals like Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Designed by Taiwanese architect Prof. Yuen-chen Yu and built in 1975, the space is modelled after the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping, particularly during the Sung dynasty period. The ‘Bai Hong Qiao’ bridge, for instance, follows the style of the 17-Arch Bridge at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Other highlights include a Bonsai Garden, which houses a collection of over a hundred beautifully-manicured bonsais imported from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

A stroll through the meandering footpaths is a nice change of pace from the bustling city. And if you can’t get enough of the serenity of the Chinese Garden, simply cross over to the nearby Japanese Garden, a model of Japanese gardens from the middle ages.



“Tranquil and serene setting”

Meanwhile, kids will delight at the Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum, which is home to more than 200 turtles and tortoises in over 60 different species. The usually tranquil grounds burst into

“The sundial at the Japanese Garden represents Venus whilst the one at the Chinese Garden represents Earth.”





The last breeze A mother’s tears. A baby’s last cry. The gentle weeping of violin. Drone of waron innocent lands. A victim’s plea for help.

Deep in thoughts

Muffled cries in a tight embrace. Your footsteps walking away. The flip of the last page of a book. Songs you used to sing. Spaces of silence in between. Half-hearted conversations. A lonely echo in distant mountains. Quiet ticking of the clock in your late grandmother’s room. Forgotten laughter. Missed calls.



Waves lapping against shore. A child’s scream witnessing murder through sinless eyes. Thunderous skies. Wistful sighs. Raindrops falling lightly on the window pane. Pin-drop stillness in your room at midday. Soft murmurs at a soul’s depart. A silently breaking heart.

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12 Jan 2017 @thebookjacket



Breathe in, breathe deep All of life is but an act of letting go. Series of detaching, fleeting moments that never hold. I was told, ‘Don’t despair, my dear, nothing real lasts here.’ Everything leaves babies out of womb, children leaving school, dads depart for work, adults leaving youth, someone you love leaves this life for the next, sometimes two souls drift for reasons unknown yet restless, we move, transient beings finding home

Sometimes we forget how to breathe when our lungs crave the taste of air Sometimes we forget how to feel when our hearts crave His warmth & care Sometimes we forget how to leave until we learn to love by leaving for the Love that never leaves.



(we can’t hold on to things that don’t). We hold these remnants of attachments that we think will last but are mere lessons passing like seasons, weighing us down like rocks tied to our feet only to grapple, fumble, fall, & grieve. All the while we were blind to see, life teaches all along that we were born to leave.

12 Jan 2017 @thebookjacket



Choices for her

Generation gap



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Decades of difference

Past and future



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Woodlands Waterfront Park



HOW TO GET THERE Bus Service 856 from Yishun Interchange or Woodlands Interchange PARK SIZE 11 hectares PARK LIGHTING HOURS 7:00pm to 7:00am NEARBY PARK CONNECTORS Admiralty West PC



Freedom If crowds are not your thing, avoid the jetty and escape to greener pastures. Jogging, cycling trails and rest shelters weave through the 11-hectare park. There are plenty of open fields at Picnic Green where you can have a cosy little picnic with the family. The grass is an unbelievable hue of bright green and forms a thick carpet beneath the feet.

Waterfront Promade

Away from the bustle of the promenade and playground, the walking and cycling trails and picnic areas are relatively uncrowded, welcomingly less stressful if you have very young kids. Also good to know – there are many rest pavilions with shelters dotted throughout the park.



Serene Officially opened in January 2011, Woodlands Waterfront is a coastal park whose main highlight is its 400-metre refurbished jetty — the longest recreational one in Singapore. It also offers a 1.5km waterfront promenade and views of the Causeway and the Straits of Johor. Lush greenery, gentle waves, and the calming sea breeze and the open sky (at least as open as it gets here in Singapore). You can take it all in at the Woodlands Waterfront park, located in the North of Singapore.

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Woodlands Waterfront woodlands


Thrilling Woodlands Waterfront Park is great for cycling. The cycling trail around the park offers an undulating track for cyclists, with a variety of gentle and steep slopes – whooosh! Kids will love these slopes – and interesting curves.

To the wind

Adventure Play equipment here caters to all from young tots to older kids (there are swings!). There are also fitness points for mum and dad, and even grandma and grandpa. he centrepiece of the playground is the two-storey-high Sky Walk – a series of six crows nets that are interlinked by mesh bridges which people can climb and cross. Suitable for older kids (and adults who dare), adventure seekers are sure to find it quite a treat, especially when it starts getting wobbly up there.



If you are more adventurous, you can take your tot beyond Woodlands Waterfront and venture along the Northern Explorer Park Connector Network (NEPCN). Woodlands Waterfront is a node on this trail which connects parks in the North such as Sembawang Park, Woodlands Town Gardens and as far east as Lower Seletar Reservoir Park. Head to the skies at the multi—generational adventure playground.

On the Sky Walk, kids can burn off excess energy as they play round after round of “Ahoy! I’m a mid-air pirate! I spy an island yonder!”

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Woodlands Waterfront woodlands


Conceptualised along the theme of ‘active and healthy community lifestyle’, Woodlands Waterfront is consist of a 1.5km long waterfront promenade, a 9-hectare park and a refurbished jetty that supports a variety of recreational activities and community events. In the park, there is Picnic Green, Central Spine Event Plaza, Multi-Generational Playground, undulating track for cyclists and runners and a Scenic Trail. Whereas along the 400m long jetty, which was a stretch of old warehouses, is now opened to public and fishing is allowed. The park is also linked to Admiralty Park and 25km Northern Explorer Park Connector Network. Woodlands Waterfront is great for little explorations; a chance to enjoy the breeze, soak in the views and slow down with the family. With the jetty to stroll along and its multi-generational playground, head North to this park for a little sea, land and sky

escape. If you have worked up an appetite, Rasa Istimewa Woodlands Waterfront Restaurant (63669339; Sundays – Thursdays: 2 pm – midnight, Fridays and Saturdays: 3 pm – 1 am), located at the beginning of the jetty, offers homely fare at the park. Popular seafood dishes include ikan bakar – a platter of barbecued stingray and cuttlefish ($12.50), and black pepper and chilli crab (about $50 a kg). There are plenty of high chairs for the little ones, and lots of space within the airy eatery. It is considerably spacious with an area of approximately 10-hectares. featuring a 1.5KM long waterfront promenade, 400 meters jetty (along with a seafood restaurant at the midsection of the jetty) and a multi-generation playground. The 6-hactares of undulating terrain within the coastal park also appeals to jogging and rollerskating enthusiasts. Behind the carpark area and West

of the entrance is Picnic Green, which is an open field kept shady by the surrounding trees. This is the spot specifically designed for you to set up your picnic as it is not as hilly compared to other areas of the park. You won’t find many people on this side of the park as most of the crowd would divert to either the jetty or the playground.

specially for runners, cyclists and the likes. There is a small football field not far from the playground if you follow the path towards the Scenic Trail.

To the East of the entrance, you will find the MultiGenerational playground. The playground caters to people of all ages—older children/tweens will love the thrill of the Sky Walk, which is a series of nets interlinked by mesh bridges, for them to bounce all their energy away. There is a fitness corner for the older folks. For the younger children, there is a mini-playground with its own slides and rocking horses. The Scenic Trail can also be found on the East side of the park where the trail is the longest and straightest, made



“Active and healthy community lifestyle”

“Great for little explorations; a chance to enjoy the breeze, soak in the views and slow down with the family”





The other side I know there will be days when you just don’t understand. I know there will be times when it hurts to love me. I know you have never

felt anything but love from

your parents, and that’s wonderful, and I love your parents for that,

No one but yourself

for loving you and raising you to be the man that I love now. But you have to know that I didn’t always feel loved and cherished as a child. But I didn’t know any different for a long time. And I hated the likely possibility that I, little ones of my own someday,



too would grow up and have hated that they might possibly feel about me how I felt about my own mother. And I hated myself for that. Sometimes I still do. You should know that I long to be a mother one day, especially if they’re ours. But I’d just as soon not ever have children if there is a possibility that I will make them feel

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unwanted. Please know that if we do become parents, there will be days when I feel like I have failed them, and you, and myself. I couldn’t bear the thought of them not feeling it.

30 January 2017 @Delaney B



Lessons from the sea how the Milky Way and Cassiopeia are dancing within our brains, we would take a magnifying glass to the cracks within our bodies,and we would see how whole we are in spite of them, just how artistic our own wounds can be, like framed Renaissance mosaics, like chipped one hundred year old painting. No,they don’t teach you what it takes to be human, what it takes to be real. For the reality of life thrives in our experiences of it. The marrow within our bones is made up of practices; it is made up of the memories that defined us, the moment that surprised us, that hurts us,that challenged us. We are walking, breathing lessons, our cities are our instituition, our peers are our professors, our mistakes are our tutors. Make sure you are constantly educating yourself;make sure you are constantly learning.

They don’t teach you how to cry with your bestfriend, how to compassionately be there for another human being because you were once there as well. No, they don’t teach you how to love. How to truly love, how to selflessly commit to someone else, how to give your heart to another human being and trust that their palms won’t crush your gift.



They don’t teach you how to hurt.How to truly hurt, to truly feel every inch of your body on fire and be at peace with it. To see your grandfather or your brother grieving in front of you, to see your mother throw herself into the plot and beg for the world to take her too. They don’t teach you how to hold someone who is delicate and lost, cells against their aching skin.

They don’t teach you how to love yourself, how to build a temple within your ribcage that doesn’t wax and wane with validation, that doesn’t turn to ruins in the midst of your confusion. They don’t teach you to stand alone, in pure confidence, in ruthless certainty of your matchless heart. See, if math were a life lesson we would learn how to count the number of times we’ve been let down. We would learn to subtract all of our pride, leaving us to understanding, leaving us with a will to persist.If geography were that of existence, we would take fieldtrips to the redwoods and breathe in their beauty, we would learn about how the universe is mapped out within our veins,

Biana Sparacino seeds planted in concrete



In the moment

Chaos in nature



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The other side

Hobby turns to habits



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Lower Seletar Reservoir Park


Park Information

HOW TO GET THERE Nearest Bus Stop (Bus 1N, 39, 85, 85, 851, 852, 853, 853, 854, 855, 857, 858, 965), Nearest MRT station (Khatib MRT) PARK SIZE 3.3 hectares PARK LIGHTING HOURS 7:00PM TO 7:00AM



Peace Calm and peaceful with turquoise waters and balmy breezes, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is a pleasant place for leisure activities, both on land and in water. Featuring a Family Bay with a new performance stage, a water play area, a bioswale rain garden, as well as a Heritage Bridge, there’s something for everyone.

Away from cities

The park is also a popular venue for kayaking and dragon-boating with a Rower’s Bay and a PA WaterVenture outlet providing leisure kayak rentals. Spend a day leisurely paddling down the beautiful waters of the reservoir while admiring the beauty of the surroundings. Alternatively, visit the Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters Learning Trail to learn more about Lower Seletar Reservoir Park.



Fitness enthusiasts regularly gather at the park for long, leisurely strolls or jogs. A fishing jetty, maintained by PUB, extends from the park into the reservoir, catering to avid anglers who cast their rods in hopes of hooking large snakeheads and tilapias swimming in the waters. Benches along the edge of the reservoir provide a great view of the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings.

Lower Seletar seletar Lower

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Treasure Lower Seletar Reservoir is an ever beautiful and peaceful amenity that all Singaporeans should enjoy and treasure. Tranquil both in the day and serene during the night, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is a pleasant place for recreation and leisure. Jetties along the edge of the water offer great spots to enjoy the turquoise water and cooling breeze. Many park-goers often enjoy coming to the park due to it beautiful scenery and facilities offered.

A chance to reminisce

Joyous 74


A fishing jetty extends out from the park to the reservoir’s water body, providing fishermen an ideal spot to cast their line. The park is also a water sports hub. Many kayaks and dragon boats line the water surface as joyous cheers and shouts erupt from there. The Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters project is also present in this park too, and includes a Family Bay with a new performance stage, a water play area, a bioswale rain garden, as well as a Heritage Bridge.

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“This ABC learning trail was indeed an enriching and enjoyable experience.”

The dam now provides a link between what is today the Yishun (the public housing estate named after Nee Soon) area of Singapore with the Seletar area and has created a reservoir with a surface area of some 352 hectares. The reservoir was originally named as the Sungei Seletar Reservoir, and was renamed in May 1992. ABC learning trail was indeed an enriching and enjoyable experience. This trail is carried out in an “amazing race”

format, combined with both work and play. Through this trail, learn more about leadership and the water resources in Singapore. This trail consists of 5 different stations which introduces us to the Lower Seletar Reservoir, how water is collected there, the quality of water there and the history of it. In which, one of the 5 stations that really made me felt intrigued and excited was the heritage gallery. The heritage gallery displays some panels that describes the activities, transportation and environment of the lower seletar reservoir. It shows us the distinct difference between the past and present lower seletar reservoir, which in turn allows us to have a clear and concise comparison on the changes the reservoir it has over the years. Also, we get to learn about how Singapore have gradually

developed itself to cater the needs of the growing population of the country in terms of its physical environment where it used to be rural and that there used to be more forested areas in singapore.

We cannot keep depending on the government that they will always provide our needs.

Now, singapore is a urbanised settlement, with more recreational grounds such as country clubs. The activities and transportation also differed greatly from the past with them being more developed. Here, we can also notice and learn the purpose of building the Lower Seletar Reservoir, which acts as a water catchment area and the developments of the reservoir over time. Being here will further enhance my knowledge more about the water resources in singapore.



Work on the reservoir, formed by the damming of the Sungei Seletar estuary, was completed in the late 1985. The construction of the 975 metre long dam at a cost of some S$60.8 million, cut off a river around which the Nee Soon area developed and with which is an association with the indigenous community of sea dwellers known as the Orang Seletar.

As singapore is a small and tiny country with little land and natural resources, we as citizens should know how to protect the resources.

“We cannot keep depending on the government that they will always provide our needs.”

lower seletar




Home in my bones It happened again

Dear future self

and I’m not sure where to place

my hands this time how do I put this

it’s trying to make a home,

out of my bones

it’s been a while I was running

in a midst of chasing will drag long with you away



predicting that time

but this time

something’s not the same and I refuse to be defeated again.

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22 December 2016 @oh.rili

lower seletar


Beautiful Tragedy

ever thought you weren’t whole to begin with. Promise me that you will rise with this new Spring, that you will thaw your winter wounds with summers air and pack the gaps of your heart with its soil—for what a gift it is to be new again, what a gift it is to grow.

Nature never asks for permission, it simply just exists, as it is. A cloud will never refrain from crying, a mountain will always stand confident, a tree will grow where it is planted, and it will grow strong, because nature never denies itself. Nature never doubts or withholds, it never plays small, it never submits.

Survival takes courage, it takes guts to pick up the pieces of the wreckage and move on, to dust off your limbs and bandage your hurts. Survival is more than burying damage, it is about befriending it­ —it is about being thankful for how, at a point of time in



The greatest tragedy of the human condition is that we often favour nurture rather than nature. We favour the heartbreaks, the dishonesties, the ghosts that haunt our spines, and forget the fact that nature naver lies.

your life, it created graveyards within you. For when you look back, you will understand that it is nothing short of incredible, how you managed to emerge like wildflowers, from the cemeteries you held within your souls.

Be more like nature. Do not let your mind taint the beauty in which your heart has felt. Rather, stay wild within your love, within your curiousities. Let your passion run raw like indigo currents, until you have unapologetically, and ruthlessly set yourself free. Promise me that you will nevver allow yourself to be loved in halves again, that you will fall in love with someone who makes you question why you

Biana Sparacino seeds planted in concrete

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A child’s imagination

Recollecting moments



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Uneven journey ahead

You did it



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I’ll rather walk away than saying goodbye


About the book This book is curated and produced with an aim to connect with the reader emotionally. With the chosen title ‘reflection’. It’s supposedly makes the reader feel nostalgic and having their own self-relfection time. All of the parks chosen are the ones with sea breeze as the author aims to bring the reader back to the state of tranquility. With hopes in portraying how nature brings back oneself into a state of ponder and giving one the sense of gratefulness. The use of recypal paper creates the texture of a recycled paper which succeeded with it’s given theme. Reflection is a book for everyone. It is a book of growth.


About the author Ili Nur Asiyah or known as Ili is a student currently studying in Temasek Polytechnic, pursuing her diploma in communication design. She loves to read philosphical and poetry books. Her passion in photography is growing as she is currently majoring in photography for her diploma. Being the only child, Ili spends most of her free times going to bookshops and library to read. Her favourite typeface is typewriter which comes about how she really love vintage styling. She sometimes believed she has been born in the wrong era.


Bibliography Websites https://thelongnwindingroad.


Bibliography Books

Seeds planted in concrete by Bianca Sparacino I Wrote This For You. by Pleasefindthis


I would like to acknowledge Zuhaira, Zikry, Qays, Tihani and Naura for their generous contributions of images. Also, Humairah the woman behind @thebookjacket for her ever inspiring poems along with Syazwan the man behind @wantostories for inspiring me with this concept through his everinspiring stories. I am very grateful to many other people whose names do not appear on the credits but who provided assistance and support. Without you all, the creation and on going development of this book would not have been possible and thank you or sharing your innovation and creativity with all our readers.

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Reflection is produced for a publication module. I want to explore poetry of reflection, poetries are credited at the bottom of every piece....


Reflection is produced for a publication module. I want to explore poetry of reflection, poetries are credited at the bottom of every piece....