Bukit Batok Town Park

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that a short walk near water—the ocean, a lake, a reservoir—calms my anxious mind. The claiming, healing effects of water are well-documented. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist, says of the the “blue mind”: “[it is] a mildly meditative, relaxed state that we find ourselves in when we are in, on, or under water.” Here in Singapore, a tiny island nation, I am never more than a short ride from the sea.

Yesterday, in search of water, I explored Bukit Batok Town Park. The park was developed on an abandoned granite quarry site, which now forms forms a scenic—and deep—pond. The park has meandering footpaths leading to look-out points with breathtaking views.

The park is also known as Xiao Guilin, or Little Guilin, as it apparently looks similar to picturesque Guilin in China.

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Where do you go in search of peace in the big city?