The Alexander Arch , Forest Walk and Henderson Waves
have just been opened to public on 10 May 2008. It is promoted as Singapore natural attraction.
The official site is http://www.nparks.gov.sg/southernridges.html.
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To watch the map of the journey and interesting history of the sites, continue to read ….
Map of the Journey
My journey started from Kent Ridge Park and all the way to Henderson Waves as depicted from the map. Note that the map is just approximated location because the map from Google Earth is captured prior to completion of the premises.
From Kent Ridge Park to Alexander Arch (Approximately line lenght 2.1km, will walk be longer as the path is not linear )
Note that you have to take the alternative path located beside entry of Canopy Walk to reach Alexander Arch.
From Alexander Arch to Forest Walk to Henderson Waves (Approximately line lenght 1.4km, will walk be longer as the path is not linear )
The following are the main highlights that day journey. For higher resolution and more pictures captured during the day journey, watch the slideshow above or simply go directly to the picture here at
Journey at Kent Ridge Park in the hot sunny day around 10am.
Proceed to Canopy Walk. A wooden pavement that allows one to take a overview look at the surrounding plantation and colonial site.
|Exiting from Canopy Walk is the Reflection of Bukit Chandu. A reminiscent of the Battle of Bukit Panjang where the Malay Regiment put up a brave fighters against the invading enormous forces of Japanese soldiers and died a heroic death.|
||Returning to the place where I started so that I can proceed to Alexander Arch.
There are two routes adjacent to each other. One is Canopy Walk and another is a downward ‘staircase’. Taking the staircase will lead to Alexandra Arch. Do take note that there are no pictorial picture of Alexander Arch to tell you so.
It is very easy to dismiss the staircase if you don’t read the map. The official in charge of this reserve should have place a pictorial sign to indicate this route leads to Alexandra Arch. Don’t bother asking the people there because not much people know about this route (as I have tried). This is the only route to Alexandra Arch. You miss it, you can kiss your day goodbye.
Whoever official in charge here should take note that only a few read bother to digest the textual map. Do take the effort to place visual photo of attraction pinpointed at the map. After all, who will believe that walking in this isolated and narrow pavement is the only way towards Alexandra Arch.
||After 20mins of walk leads to Alexandra Arch. Although white in colour during daylight, at night, it will illuminated with colours. Didn’t want to wait till night to capture those scene.
Looking at the bridge itself shows very wide pavement.
||The end of Alexandra Arch is the start of Forest Walk, a steel pavement that one walk viewing the forest surrounding it.
Forest Walk can only be done in the daylight as there is no lamp-post. Oh yeah, there is no toilet too but there is few stairs that bring one down to the forest to answer your nature’s call.
|Exiting the Forest Walk comes to Telok Blangah Hill Park that leads to Henderson Waves.|
||Henderson Waves. You be walking along the wooden pavement. It is very windy and cool, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding. The information board says that it is 36 metres tall from the road though I find it hard to believe if you really been there. It looks much taller.
The shelter allows one to sit but not protect from the rain (bird dropping haha)
This also marks the end of the tour. Not proceeding to Faber Park as been there before. Nothing new it seems.
||By this time, it is already 5:30 pm and time for a ‘sumptuous’ dinner !
So next proceed to my favourite Char Kuay Teow outlet of all time in hawker centre. (Commonwealth Ave Cooked Food Centre, try remembering that !)
What do you expect from someone who has been perfecting the art of frying Char Kuay Teow for over 4 decades ? It is a heavenly food for people like me. No burn pocket and still happy face at end of meal. Oh, you also can visit the Queenstown Library just nearby.
It’s so delicious that one normally wait queuing time of around 30 mins. The patience is worth it though, and yes, call at least two plates because you will definitely ask for more. Costing $3 only with large plating full of hum . The food is so tempting so what are you waiting for ?
History of Bukit Chandu
The battle of Bukit Chandu is one of the bloodiest battles in Singapore during world war 2. The Malay regiments despite outnumbered by the Japanese force put up a brave and final futile stand against the invader and died a honourable demise.
One of the great war heroes was Adnan Bin Saidi , (1915 – February 14, 1942), was a Malayan soldier of the 1st Infantry Brigade which fought the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore. He is regarded by Malaysians and Singaporeans today as a hero for his actions on Bukit Chandu. Read more at Wiki
Adnan died a gluesome death by having his bloody body ransacked up a tree and then repeated been stabbed by bayonet that attached to rifle by the Japanese force. His body was then placed in the bungalow (it becomes a carpark now as show in slideshow) along with many mutilated body of his regiment. Read more here.
Battle of Bukit Chandu
Someone did a excellent animation that depicted the battle of Bukit Chandu !
Exploring Reflection of Bukit Chandu by
Watch this trailer and visit the real place !
Ghostly encounter ?
I am always fascinated by supernatural and ghostly activity. Some people are probably sensitive to the environment and express discomfort when visit museum. Some believe the relics of World War 2 entrap the spirit of those who used and died fighting in the war. Still, having visit the place before, I yet to experience any abnormal activity (maybe because I’m in bright daylight ). However if you are game enough to read on account of the investigation, check out the SPI account.