Through Waves and Arch

May 19, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Posted in itchy backside | 2 Comments
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Question: What do you do when you realised you had made a blunder?

Itchyfingers: HAHAHAHAHA! (Laughing out LOUD in embarrassment….) 

Ya lor, si bay pai say lehItchyfingers made a mistake in taking the HENDERSON WAVES for Alexandra Arch on last night’s post…:p It was Itchyfingers’ first visit there and was a bit dark to notice that the arrow sign was pointing towards Henderson Waves. Itchyfingers have since corrected the mistake, so please spend a few minutes reading through again…sorry for the inconvenience…er…and HAHAHAHAH….(laughing out loud in embarrassment again….) 8)

The Henderson Waves stands proudly amist the greenery

So as promised, Itchyfingers set out this morning to visit the HENDERSON WAVES again to view its full glory under the sun. As today is a public holiday, many people came for a visit with families and friends.

Attracting a steady stream of visitors

A no-this-no-that sign stood at each end of the bridge. So no
scooter allowed! Arrgh…if only Itchyfingers noticed this last night,
then no blunder would be made… HAHAHAHAH…(laughing out loud
loud in embarrassment again…)

The highest point of Henderson Bridge

A concrete jungle out there…

It only said no climbing into the maintenance area…

So many assumed it was okay to perform gravity defying acts…er…
hello…any parents around?

Parents were busy popping out for a better view too

Details of rib-like structures that made up the waves

Dragon flying in the sky…

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo from the waves

A cute Jack Russell with pinky shoes. Apparently she wasn’t very
comfortable wearing them

We finished our walk on Henderson Waves and proceeded to check out the real McCoy. To get to the Alexandra Arch, we had to back track to where we started at the Henderson Waves and walk pass carpark 2 of Telok Blangah Hill Park. A leisurely five mintues walk brought us to the bridge along the Forest Walk.

To get to the Alexandra Arch from Henderson Waves, one had to walk
through the 1.3km Forest Walk

It was close to 10am and the weather was getting hotter though there were occasional breezes. The steel bridge ran in a zig-zag manner and provided a chance for a bird’s eye view of the forest, which otherwise would not be accessible to most people.

Choose to immerse yourself in layers after layers of steel structured bridge ahead…

Or choose to escape via short cuts at certain point of the bridge

Zig-zagging throughout the forest

Humans, so insignificantly tiny, among nature

Half an hour later after our many photographic stops, we finally had our first glimpse of the Alexandra Arch! So this was how an “opened leaf bridge” looked like! HAHAHAHA….(laughing out in embarrassment again!)

Yeah! The Alexandra Arch just ahead! HAHAHAHA….(laughing in
excitement now…) 😀

At 80m, Alexandra Arch was a bit too short considering the fact that one had to trek through 1.3km of the Forest Walk to get there.

Har? I just reached the Arch and the next moment I was already at the end…

A bit anti-climax leh…:(  I think it would be a better experience if we were to start from here and then pass through the Forest Walk and reach Henderson Waves as a grand finale, cos the latter is a much nicer bridge in Itchyfingers’ humble opinion.

Plaque marking the history of the greenery linkage to make it more
accessible for all to enjoy!

The end of the bridge at Hyderabad Road side is connected to HortPark,
a gardening hub.

We were getting hungry so didn’t pop by for a look. Well, save it for the next visit then. 😀

The bridge will also be lit up at night daily

Turning back, we took the Earth Trail, a more rugged cycling track, but not before taking some ‘upskirt’ pictures of visitors under the Forest Walk bridge…:p

Hahahah…can’t see anything….:D

The Earth Trail

Earlier while walking towards the Alexandra Arch, we met a young man who unfortunately had lost one leg from the hip upwards. He was wearing a sports shorts and walked on his own with just clutches. It was only then I realised that all the bridges had no stairs, which was good news to the wheelchair bound or families with prams. When we just stepped down onto the Earth Trail, this same young man passed by us again. In my heart I was really impressed by his strong will, which contrasted so strongly against the many young able-bodied kids we heard complaining about the long walk and asking for air-conditioned places. Sigh…pampered kids… :O

View of the bridge from Earth Trail

We ended our bridging experience at half past one in the afternoon, tired from lugging the heavy equipment under the hot sun. We would definitely visit again to explore other parts of the Southern Ridges! For those interested to check out the trails, check out here for information on how to get there!

Also see related post:
> Bridging Ridges



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  1. Our family started from Alexandra Arch and proceeded to Henderson Waves becos we parked at Hort Park. Looking back, I think this was more arduous than the other direction you took because most of the way was uphill to Mt Faber. We also didn’t notice any signs about kick scooters at the Alexandra side, so our kids actually scootered there all the way. :oP My daughter is six, so scootering enabled her to travel faster as it could be quite tiring for her to walk all the way.

  2. singapore has a lot of awesome bridges. cool!!!

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