Holiday Hackathon, Day 5: The Bukit Timah Christmas Hike

This past Christmas, I was again away from family. Holidays have lost their, well, holiday spirit over the years, but I suppose that’s just me getting old. In more recent years, Christmas has been more about introspection. And what could induce this more than a hike at Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve? It was another check mark off of my Lion CIty to-do list, which has nothing to do with luxury shopping and eating.


I think my favorite part about Singapore trees is that they can go quite high. And the variety can be quite spectacular.


Okay, the summit itself was not very high.


I stopped for a bit to see the monkeys who lived there.


Along the way, I saw that someone was putting on a face on this fallen tree trunk. Can you see it?


This curved branch seems to be an omen.


After I doubled back, I went on another trail and found the reservoir. I love Singapore’s reservoirs because they are so clear, it’s sometimes hard to tell the real thing from the reflection.


I watched a little turtle swim peacefully near the shore.


In lieu of family, I think the holidays should be spent as close to nature as possible. The earth, after all, is our family, no?

The Holiday Hackathon is an exploration/discovery project of me spending my last couple of weeks in Singapore. I just finished an art/science residency, and I’m hoping that asking questions and going to new places will help me figure out that next step/project. 


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