Picturesque, Placid and Peaceful Peirce

September 14th, 2008   •   5 comments   

Every once in a while, you need to take a break from the frenzied pace of urban life and to slow down a little. A great place for this is the Lower Peirce Reservoir.

One of the oldest reservoirs in Singapore, the Lower Peirce Reservoir is about six hectares in size, and is the home to many primary and secondary rainforest species. Originally known as the Kallang River Reservoir, the water catchment area was first started in 1901, which makes it more than a century old. The scenic body of water was named in honour of Robert Peirce, who was one of Singapore’s municipal engineers.

Here’s a short photographic tour of a recent visit by Ethan and I.
These long-tailed macques greeted us on the route to the reservoir. While some of these monkeys are cute and cheeky…

…you are reminded not to feed them, lest you encourage undesired behaviours from these forest denizens.

Managed by the Public Utilities Board, Lower Peirce Reservoir is a scenic getaway located along Upper Thomson Road.

Here’s Water Wally, PUB’s hydrophilic brand ambassador, reminding you not to waste our planet’s most precious resource.

A site map shows you where the major picnic and lookout spots are.

One of the many well paved paths leading to different parts of the park, with educational messages on markers.

Ethan admiring tiny beautiful blue blossoms on a bush.

Another path, this time winding up on the grassy picnic grounds surrounding the water.

These boulders and rocks were a favourite with reservoir visitors, who fished for prawns, fishes and even lobsters hiding amongst the craggy crevices.

Of course, our little boy preferred to do a little rock hopping of his own.

A shot of the little pavilion which extends out into the reservoir area.

A historic marker which gives a little background information on the reservoir.

Finally, here’s Ethan looking pensive and philosophical amidst the serene surroundings. If only life was this blissful every day of the week!

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  1. Pat Law™
    posted on Sep 14, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    We could all use some greenery sometimes. How do you think technology can enable one to be more “green”?

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. keeyit
    posted on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Malaysia has a place that similar to this. The place is Kuala Selangor. Beside you can see the monkey around, you can also see the fire flies at night. Worth place to visit.

  3. posted on Sep 14, 2008 at 3:43 AM

    oh thing I love about reservoirs is its peacefulness…Good to take Ethan out of the hustle and bustle of urban life eh?

  4. posted on Sep 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Another scenic reservoir near to this one is the Upper Peirce Reservoir. You really ought to bring Ethan there one of these days too. I am sure he will enjoy it just as much.

  5. posted on Sep 14, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Hiya, great to have meet you in person too!

    I live just a stone throw (more like 5km) from that reservoir you featured 🙂 Yes, it is lovely. And for part 2, I would suggest you take one of the trails with your little one and take some great photos deep inside of the reservoir.

    Catch up again with you later.

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