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Bukit Batok nature park

Set close to the centre of Singapore Island, I hiked towards an abandoned quarry site in Bukit Batok Nature Park. Not only the sound of birds hovered in the air, but a distant wooden flute breezed a relaxing melody through the park that was established in 1988. When I reached the old quarry, now filled with water, a man faced the lake, his flute notes echoing off the cliff face opposite. His melodies rang through most of the park which was in the process of eliminating all plants that weren’t native to Singapore so that it would truly be a nature park.

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changi parks

Returning on the bumboat from Pulau Ubin Island, Changi Village and the nearby parks beckoned. At the ferry terminal I headed to Changi Point Coastal Walk first. A trail wrapped its way over the shoreline where I was one of only a handful of other hikers. 

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Taitung’s wetlands

Complementary bicycles were available at the place I stayed at in Taitung, so I took full advantage and cycled towards Taitung’s Forest Park. I passed the fifth person in Taiwan I’d seen peeing at the side of the road — two had been women!

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Gardens by the Bay’s Super tree grove

I arrived at the most photographed place in Singapore and lucked out on two counts — it was nine in the morning before tourist buses arrived and a weekday. Continue reading Gardens by the Bay’s Super tree grove

Busan’s Dongbaek Park

I climbed to the highest point in Dongbaek Park expecting a view of the East Sea from this southern part of Busan, but dense forest gave this section an enclosed feeling. Descending the steps on the southern end of the peninsula, the sea stretched out with a 180 degree view. Continue reading Busan’s Dongbaek Park

Yeouido Park

Amidst shimmering highrise buildings and the constant hum of traffic sat a rectangular oasis of calm — Yeouido Park. I planned to avoid Seoul’s tourist meccas that fine morning and picked the perfect location. Continue reading Yeouido Park

Fellmonger Park

Once this was the location of wool washers who used Hilliards Creek to scour wool after it was shorn from sheep. Fenced in were the remains of the buildings where scouring took place, but I wasn’t here for a history lesson, but a hike. Continue reading Fellmonger Park

A park with a view

I reached the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park, which happened to be the highest point in Vancouver at over 150 metres above sea level. Like everyone else, I was drawn to the stone wall with the view of the city spread out below. Continue reading A park with a view