As a regular hiker through the McRitchie Reservoir, I must say that the dense forests and uneven terrain was by no means a surprise. But people like the Glass Ark members and I are but a tiny fraction of the student population in RI who have physically felt the vastness of the reservoir, not only limited to the open grassy patches and wooden boardwalks at the entrance near our school. This, however, will be the topic for another day.
The walk was a really enjoyable one. It gave us a chance to not only take a breather from the rapid and bustling urban lifestyle, but also take a look at what exactly the reservoir, just meters away from our school, has to offer.
We were definitely not disappointed, but instead, really surprised by the amount of life at the reservoir. Contrary to popular belief, Singapore’s biodiversity is actually really unique in relation to its geographical location, with numerous local flora and fauna even holding certain world records! In our tiny McRitchie Park lives the Giant Forest Ants (Camponotus Gigas), the largest ants in the world, the rare and elusive Green Leafbird, and many others.
The walk, albeit short, has taught me a lesson. It taught me the value of slowing down my pace in the things that I do, and not be so focused on the goal to the extent that the process cannot be enjoyed. In my countless occasions of hiking in McRitchie, never did I take note of the vast flora and fauna, nor did I know about the delicate food web and the astonishing history of the forests. Instead, it has always been about pace, timing, terrain and destination. True, the end product is undeniably important, but taking slower steps and enjoying the process to enhance the overall experience is definitely not a bad deal either!
All in all, the trail has been an eye opening experience for me. It has also allowed me to understand and appreciate the fragility of the rainforest and how the current forest’s existence is contributed by the delicate equilibrium of the various natural and man-made factors. All this eventually draws conclusion to the ill effects of building of the downtown line through the reservoir. So let us all play a part in protecting this national heritage of ours and see that not only McRitchie Park, but all other parks are values and passed on through the ages! 🙂
Lets all work together!