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6 November, 2013.

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“Get there before its too late…This is a very special place – peaceful, beautiful, historic, and a natural wildlife haven”

Visit Bukit Brown cemetery while you still can – before the bulldozers move in to create yet another expressway. This is a very special place – peaceful, beautiful, historic, and a natural wildlife haven. Intricately carved statues guard many of the old gravestones, which are often adorned with gorgeous antique tiles painted with flowers and peacocks. There are several pathways to explore and so the cemetery also makes a lovely place just to visit for a ‘country’ walk. Kingfishers, monitor lizards, monkeys and nightjars are common sights, and some of the huge banyan trees are staggering. In recent months the ‘Friends of Bukit Brown’ have painstakingly signed and cleared pathways to the gravestones of many notable names from Singapore’s history, making this an even more interesting place to visit.
Visited October 2013
HilarySingapore

Beauty shots 2 (photo public domain)

Bukit Brown(photo public domain)

Singapore is a concrete jungle and if there is a garden, it is man-made, like Gardens by the Bay…..(except for) a historical site called Bukit Brown. 

Today, I had the privilege of touring a historical site called Bukit Brown. Bukit Brown is a cemetery, where many of Singapore’s pioneer are buried and may soon be “awakened” from their peaceful slumber to make way for 8 lanes highway.
I toured with volunteers of Bukit Brown, and learn about the tombs of Tan Kheam Hock and his family. History is being collected as I write this review. The tour is made even more interesting with the descendants of Tan Kheam Hock in our midst. A definitely worthy visit for any tourist to Singapore, to see a side of Singapore which money cannot buy.
As Bukit Brown tour is manned by volunteers with a passion to preserve the heritage and culture of this little city state, one will need to visit Bukit Brown FB page to make enquiries of any tours.
Visited October 2013
IreneLim63

Beauty shots (photo public domain)

Bukit Brown, Tombs (photo public domain)

It was like stepping back into another place and time. You can see rays of sunshine illuminating the misty verdant hills, rich smell of the forest and hear sounds of delightful birds. It was somewhat surreal in heavily urbanised city but the oasis of tranquility calms the soul and the mind is clarified. What a wonderful place to go for a walk!

I joined a friend to witness the Cheng Beng festivity and was overwhelmed by the throngs of people with their prayer paraphernalia and the heavy traffic winds patiently through the hills. It was BUSY!

Then some 3 months later, I took a trip with the Brownies who gave free guided walks through Bukit Brown practically every weekends! It was like stepping back into another place and time. You can see rays of sunshine illuminating the misty verdant hills, rich smell of the forest and hear sounds of delightful birds. It was somewhat surreal in heavily urbanised city but the oasis of tranquility calms the soul and the mind is clarified. What a wonderful place to go for a walk!
Yes, we have the crowded Botanic Gardens, the monotonous MacRitchie & Pierce reservoirs, the hot Sungei Buloh Reserve and Chek Jawa Park is a little too far to reach but Bt Brown is way too cool! If you dare venture off the main track, you will encounter unusual structure, designs, engravings, statutes, reflecting the various cultures, beliefs & eras. You might encounter a monitor lizard, horse riders and almost always expats walking their dogs. Join the Sats & Suns groups of 10-20 people on the guided walks like the one I’ve taken, listening to the passionate guides who are bursting to share with you the stories of the hills.
Visited September 2013
Ally A

Beauty shots trees  3  (photo public domain)

Bukit Brown the birds nest ferns on the raintrees (photo public domain)

“The most beautiful place on earth”

Jo Prudence, descendant of George Henry Brown, after whom the cemetery is named.

A spectacular time-lapse aerial  video of Bukit Brown

More beauty shots of Bukit Brown here

 

31 October 2013

Bukit Brown is home to some 90 species of resident and migrant birds. These photos by Goh Yew Lin, capture  some of the birds feeding in the early morning. The “wild fruits” are the ripe figs of Ficus benjamina (Waringin, Weeping Fig). This strangling Ficus species is one of keystone tree species in Bukit Brown. Whenever these trees are figging, the birds go gaga over the fruit feast.

The Pigeons

Green pigeon with fruit Goh Yew Lin

Green pigeon feeding (photot Goh Yew Lin)

pigeon amidst a feast of wild fruit Goh Yew Lin

Green pigeon amidst a feast of wild fruit (photo Goh Yew Lin)

pigeon in flight Goh Yew Lin

Pigeon in flight (photo Goh Yew Lin)

pigeons a Hiding amidst a feast of wild fruit Goh Yew Lin

Pigeon hiding amidst the fruits (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon (female)  Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon (female) (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon (male)  Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon (male) (photo Goh Yew Lin)

Pink-necked green pigeon feeding Goh Yew Lin

Pink-necked green pigeon feeding (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Kingfisher

This kingfisher was not perturbed by my presence, striking poses for a good five minutes. Goh Yew Lin

“This kingfisher was not perturbed by my presence, striking poses for a good five minutes” Goh Yew Lin

White-throated kingfisher, partly camouflaged Goh Yew Lin

White-throated kingfisher, partly camouflaged (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Oriole

Golden Oriole Goh Yew Lin

Golden Oriole (photo Goh Yew Lin)

The Starling

Asian glossy starling  feedling Goh Yew Lin

Morning Vistas

Morning in Bukit Brown Goh Yew Lin

Canopy Goh Yew Lin

 

“It started off as a dream. A dream to create a video where one or more musicians play beautiful music as they explore the ‘invisible’ gem of Bukit Brown “

Environmentalist  Cuifen wanted to make Bukit Brown more “visible” to share its beauty and tranquility.

The result ” Ukelady meets Ukebaba  in Bukit Brown Conversations”

Please share, and share and share this video and let it go viral, so others can enjoy Bukit Brown too!

More on Cuifen’s  thoughts on Bukit Brown in her blog Conscious Steps

Cuifen would like to thank :

Ukelady – Yen Lin

Ukebaba – Su Min

Video editor – Jasmine

Video & mic equipment – Ee Hoon

On site, music & transcript support – Pei Yun

Story boarding was a team effort -off and on location, -with Mok and Cuifen.

(photo A.J.Leow)

(photo A.J.Leow)

 

By Lishan Chan

Bukit Brown is the burial place of many of Singapore’s pioneers, as well as home to a diversity of flora and fauna. What stands out to me, however, is the sense of enchantment that I feel whenever I go walking at Bukit Brown. Walking, for me, is a meandering immersive intuitively guided impressionistic wandering through paths or trails. Time stands still for an hour, a couple of hours.

Dawn - the best time to bird watch (photo: Goh Si Gium)

Dawn – the best time to bird watch (photo: Goh Si Gium)

Whether day or night, Bukit Brown is highly picturesque.

By day, I see a magical landscape made up of a large variety of luxurious vegetation. Scanning my eye over the scenery, I feel a sense of oneness with nature. The humidity casts a blanket of luminous mist across what feels like a warm and windless seaweed forest. To my untrained eye, I can only make out the fern-covered rain trees and the banyan trees with their straggling roots. Otherwise, it is a green blur of cascading foliage, rich and gorgeous, pulsing with life. Overhead, the cumulus clouds hang, and swifts circle the air.

 A Visual Delight - Sky Tapestry . (photo: Rosalind Tan)

A Visual Delight – Sky Tapestry . (photo: Rosalind Tan)

At night, I see moonlight filtering through the vivid black and thick branches of the trees. The silhouettes of trees, ferns, creepers and canopy mark out a spectacular yet somewhat desolate landscape. A bat majestically flits past as though in slow motion. I note the gravestones surrounded and taken over by an undulating expanse of cool forest and long grasses that dance to a breeze running as a wave through the cemetery. Sound and vision merge into a wholeness of experience, and I can almost see the deafening calls of insects and creatures of the night.

It is a real pity that this enchanting spot will be destroyed, as work for the eight-lane expressway through the cemetery begins.

the hospitable rain tree

The hospitable rain tree hosting ferns which in turn is home for the fruit bats

 

About Lishan Chan: Lishan blogs at lishanchan.wordpress.com. Her book, A Philosopher’s Madness, was published in 2012.

Jun
19
0

Python Sighting

Spotted  on the 16th June Sunday Heritage Tour by brownie Steven Toong, in Hill 4, a beautiful  python.

(photo by Steven Toong)

 

 

 

Jun
12
0

Save the Dogs!

Puppy at Bukit Brown (Photo: Rosalind Tan)

 

(Photo: Save Our Street Dogs SOSD)

 

On behalf of these sentient creatures, we reproduce this eye-witness account and plea for the lives of the wild dogs of Bukit Brown:

 

“I cannot believe what just happened. We are here at Bukit Brown, assessing the situation before we start sterilization ops.As I followed the sound of barking into the woods, I suddenly hear weak whining. There, between my feet, is a trembling puppy, painfully skinny, covered in ants and dirt. Her teeth shows she is abt 4-6wks old, but she is the size of a peanut.

She had left her pack, maybe in search of food, maybe in search of a better life.. Or maybe she was just lost.

The poor dogs in bukit brown are all painfully thin. This girl ate up all the kibbles we gave her. Maybe it was good karma in her previous life, but she will never have to suffer the daily pain and agony which her pack has suffered; the painful hunger of never having enough to eat, or the terrible life of being witch hunted everyday of her existence.”

~ Dr Siew Tuck Wah

A complaint by a cyclist (http://goo.gl/WMFg5) who was chased by a pack of stray dogs means that the dogs there are the next on the chopping board. Singapore’s insatiable appetite for culling animals will claim these lives next. “I would like to see the authorities round up the dogs. You can’t just let wild dogs run around terrorising people, so the AVA should try to catch them.” Again, these are innocent dogs who made the mistake of trying to protect what they think is their territory by chasing a cyclist. And by doing that, slapped a death warrant over their heads. Is it fair? We do not think so.
Editor’s note:
All Things Bukit Brown volunteers have this to say: We have guided at Bukit Brown, through the kampung where there are a pack of dogs. Show them respect by giving them a wide berth and not threaten their habitat, and they leave you alone. They bark loudly to defend their turf. We also move in groups, our pack in their eyes, and they give us a wide berth. We have not had any incident guiding there even among the dogs. There was once 14 of us were lost in Lau Sua due to a fallen tree diverting our descend. It was then that the dogs nearby sensed our distress and starting barking to guide us out. As we followed their barking to climb out of the thick undergrowth, we saw them lined up in a row down the hill to show us the path. We believe they knew we needed help and helped us out. They kept their distance once we were safely out.
No doubt the cyclist had a nasty experience by his account but others have had pleasant ones. This is our account, and a plea to try to respect their way of life, and keep them and us safe too.
Conservation is not done in bits and pieces. We must take the whole. The dogs have been there a long time, and their parents before them. They are part of the whole. Spaying them may be a good solution. Culling isn’t.
Mar
30
0

Natural Beauty

Nature’s way at Bukit Brown. Photos by Shawn Chia, a student at Anglo Chinese (Independent), who says:

“The beauty of nature is something man cannot replicate through his creations. So I think the reason why nature interests me is to enjoy that beauty and wonder. Growing up in an urban setting full of buildings and other artificiality gets really boring after a while, so I like to escape to nature. Its really disappointing how the government thinks that nature has no place in society, but really I feel that man is incomplete without nature. In fact, we are a part of nature and have no right to destroy it.”

 

 

Mar
30
0

Lightning Storm

Album of the lightning storm that struck Bukit Brown on March 30.

A good reminder for all to be cautious during and even days after a storm, as trees are weakened, ferns can be loosened, and branches can fall.

 

Struck by Lightning (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Mar
3
2

Sighted!

Clouded monitor lizard (possibly Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) on tembusu tree, Bukit Brown. Spotted by Lai Chee Kien with the help of Angie Ng.

Monitor lizard (Photo: Lai Chee Kien)

 

Strike a pose!

 

Close-up: Clouded monitor lizard (Photo: Lisa Ridings)

Nov
10
1

Reptile Sightings

 

cobra? (Photo- Raymond Goh)

 

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Claire Leow)

 

Can City Cemeteries be Nature Reserves? BBC reports.

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