One thing I find puzzling about our government is that they tear down forests and natural places like nobody business and then spend loads and loads of money to build beautiful artificial parks. Like Punggol Park.
Punggol Park is a very small little park in the heartland of Hougang and bordering Sengkang. On the morning that I was there, it was bustling with activities. There was a race going on. Many cyclists and runners and walkers. There were people doing all sort of exercises and even this guy killing 2 birds with one stone by meditating and sun tanning at the same time!
Though Punggol Park is a very small place – a complete round is only less that 1.5 km, it is very beautiful. Filled with thick vegetation and trees and a very natural looking pond unlike the concrete lined ponds at Pasir Ris Town or Toa Payoh. And precisely because the place is so filled with greenery, I was able to spot and took photos of 2 birds that I had never seen before.
A Brown Shrike
And also for the first time, I managed to photograph both the male and female Koel, the noisiest bird in this part of the world!
A Male Koel
And one of the best part of Punggol Park? There is a great makan place, the Wild Oats, a really nice place selling really great food.