when i first moved to singapore, the park was defined by a bland functional canal, which used to be a river. after a few decades of growth and the rollout of singapore's green urban development plan, it's now back to being a river. the redevelopment resulted in a beautiful space everyone can enjoy.
it's where roo discovered touch-me-nots, and where we plan on inline skating and skateboarding together (or at least give it a few solid tries). it's where red has developed her walking endurance; a space for her to assert her toddling independence to walk wherever she wants, knowing that i'll be toddling along somewhere behind her.and because it's a safe place for my little ones to explore, it is also a place for me to get a breather -- from home-office work and from a hawkish claustrophobic type of parent i morph into when we're at home for too long.
a place to soak up inspiration, from the way the light rises and falls in between the trees and reflected off the waters, to the way roo and red play and engage with each other when left alone -- just the two of them.
it's just a park, really. but it's a haven for us. it's one of the things we love about singapore -- and unfortunately, we do tend to take it for granted because it's oh-so-easily-accessible. the faraway places always seem more interesting. but every time we step away from the little red dot, this is among the creature comforts we miss most.
bishan park play: