"GOOD morning!" shouts the sunny Sunflower growing in its very own
little pot outside my neighbour's home. What joy even the smallest
bit of nature can give :-)
13:16 Pearl's Hill Park #1:
Today I thought of squeezing a visit to this hillside park that sounds
intriguing. It certainly was very hilly, with lots of snaking staircases
up and down the sides.
13:18 Pearl's Hill Park #2:
The sign which warns of steep slopes (duh! it was obviously very steep),
was gaily decorated with National Day flags.
13:19 Pearl's Hill Park #3:
At the top of the hill, there was a little exercise area...
13:22 Pearl's Hill Park #4:
And a very manicured garden with concrete pond and "stream" under
tall trees. Very the 1970's style of garden :-)
13:24 Pearl's Hill Park #5:
The Park surrounds a hilltop reservoir which looked more interesting
than the Park itself. But it was well ringed with fencing, polite
warning signs and a very well manned police post.
13:25 Pearl's Hill Park #6:
The reservoir looks quite old with interesting granite block structures.
13:26 Pearl's Hill Park #7:
The Park is right behind a block of flats, which must have been a
welcome respite for the residents. But the flats are now all empty...
13:28 Pearl's Hill Park #8:
Another view of the central area of this tiny park. Unlike the other
hill parks, there wasn't a great view from this one. There wasn't
anything wildly exciting about it, but it IS still a little haven
of green in the centre of the city.
yman Posted on 27/07/04 21:49 Is the Pearl's Hill Park
the same as the Pearl's Hill City Park? A few months back I
went to looking for a huge Bodhi tree that was designated as
one of Singapore Heritage tree in Pearl's Hill City Park. The
"last-then-enlightened and blur-like-sotong" me was unable to
locate the tree even when it is supposed to be H-U-G-E! Perhaps
someone can take a phone cam photo of it and post it here.
The Bodhi tree has a very interesting story as a Buddhist symbol
of enlightenment. Legend has it that King Ashoka the Great who
was once very hostile to Buddhism, had ordered the cutting down
and burning of the Bodhi tree in his palace. Not only did the
tree not perish, it sprang back anew from the flames. King Ashoka
was very touched by its resilience and decided to lavish his
personal attention to the tree. The Queen feeling neglected,
secretly ordered it to be cut down. It did not deter Ashoka
who set about bringing the tree back to life. He even built
a huge wall around it to protect it. Throughout history, many
similar stories of the resilience of the Bodhi tree were passed
Back in Singapore on Pulau Ubin, a temple built next to a Bodhi
tree exists. It was reported that an enlightened Thai monk walked
all the way from Thailand to Pulau Ubin. He brought along with
him a seed of the Bodhi tree, which he planted in Pulau Ubin.
A temple was then built next to it.
So if you are dis-enlightened with life for some reason or another,
try walking from one Bodhi tree to another between Pearl’s Hill
City Park and Pulau Ubin. If not for anything else, the walk
may help to burn some calories and lighten your physical being.
Ria Posted on 28/07/04 08:54 Yes yman, it's the same
place. Wow, you are right. I just did a search on the internet
and there is a write up on this tree http://www.nparks.gov.sg/nat_conv/pdfs/her_tre-bohd.pdf
Supposed to be huge and next to the entrance gate to the PUB
reservoir. I should go back and try to take a picture of it.
I oso blur and didn't see anything humungous and I know what
Ficus religiosa looks like :-) Your suggestion on a meditational
walk is wonderful! In fact, our whole life should be a meditational
walk between two trees :-)
13:49 Pearl's Hill Park #9 (last):
The signs in a park usually tells us what the major issues are in
the park. In Pearl's Hill it appears to be doggies and their poo.
Well, at least it must be well used (or abused?) by dog owners :-)