Upper Seletar Reservoir Park

As a peaceful retreat away from the maddening crowds, the Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is a lovely place to hang out on a weekend.

Seeping with history and teeming with wildlife, the park was built in 1920 and has been marked a historic site.

The long long path along the dam is perfect for an evening stroll or a run to clear the head and inhale the fresh reservoir air.

But we have to be careful not to become target for the wild-flying golf balls.

As we run, we can occasionally hear strange howling and hooting sounds coming from the jungle across the reservoir. It is literally a zoo out there!

View of the Singapore Zoological Gardens

If we keep our eyes peeled, we might spot the family of Collared Kingfishers (Todiramphus chloris) hanging out in the trees.

For sure we will hear the cheeky cheeps of the Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) as he pokes his nose into every fruit tree like a busybody.

Sometimes we might catch the hunching Striated Heron (Butorides striata) loitering around the edge of the water.

If we see a large bird soaring in the sky, chances are it is the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) circling the area for his prey.

Sticking out like a sore thumb in the middle of the park is the landmark tower looking like a rocket had just landed on earth.

Entering the rocket and climbing the spiral staircase to the top is highly recommended.

Seletar Rocket Tower

We will surely be rewarded with awesome views of the dam to the left and to the right…

…stretching far beyond the eye’s reach.

If we do make it back down to earth, it might be a good idea to take a seat on one of the picnic benches, stretch out our legs and simply relax.

If the 2-km walk up and down the dam is not enough to burn away those excess calories, try making a round-trip to Springleaf Nature Park, which would guarantee a wholesome 8-km workout.