I’d apologize for being an absent poop! I have no excuses aside from the long weekend where I found myself in Singapore visiting my very good friend, Sammie S!
Before I say anything about hiking or traveling or the like, lemme just say that Google Maps is your friend. Your very very good friend especially if you don’t want to get lost.
While Sam was at work on Monday, I had the whole day to explore until we met up for dinner. I’d seen the usual Singapore sights but I have never taken a hike or anything strenuous because my city girl ass can’t take that.
I think I found out about the Henderson Waves Bridge on Wikitravel some time before last year’s visit. It looked like a good photo op, was open after dark (when it was all pretty and lit), and oh, of course, exercise.
After eating lots of stuff and drinking lots of coffee, I had about 3 hours to spare before dinner time and decided to squeeze in my hike. I took a bus from Bugis which dropped me off right at Henderson Rd and I made my way up to Telok Blangah Hill Park. The trail was paved which is amazing because I don’t like getting my shoes dusty/muddy. After an uphill battle with the… err… hill, I took a quick seat at the edge of the bridge to catch my breath.
The full trail is about 9km long but I wanted to focus on the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. By the way, the Henderson Waves connects Telok Blangah Hill Park to Mount Faber where you can go up to Faber Point to catch a view or take the cable car to HarbourFront and towards Sentosa.
At less than 300m long, it’s a pretty short bridge so I tried to take in a lot on my hike. Even though it was a Monday afternoon, lots of people were out and about just enjoying the sun and heat (OMG it was so hot…) The cloud cover was very very welcome.
I ended up on the Mt Faber Rd side and made my way to the cable car station. I didn’t go up Faber point because I’d probably get the same photos as everyone else that went up there and oops got a photo on my way to the station!
I got a cable car all to myself and quietly enjoyed the ride back down. I also took photos of course and made sure that I didn’t rock the car too much that the cable would snap. I really think of worst case scenarios 😮
In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the big city, it was nice to take some time for myself and slow down. Traveling alone is really quite an adventure even if I’ve been to a place multiple times. Personally, I find it to be the most enjoyable.
A place, whether new or old, is only as exciting as you make it to be for yourself. There’s always something new that pops up, it’s just having to find it is difficult but definitely worth the trouble. I’d say that the Henderson Waves is a must-see in Singapore!
The Southern Ridges
Henderson Rd, Bukit Merah