Lessons from six years of loving MacRitchie

What a ride it has been. After a demonstration, a petition, countless walks, talks and roadshows, here we are. Not the best place to be, for no matter how we reason with ourselves, the feeling of defeat hangs heavy in the air. Yet, we know we cannot afford to linger. The CRL will not be …

Cross Island Line on Pale Blue Dot

Originally published in Flying Fish Friends Recall the number of minutes of travelling time we were told can be cut on the upcoming Cross Island (MRT) Line through our precious forest that we are willing to risk and then read Carl Sagan's reflection below. Would you not be laughing and crying at the same time? …

Summary: Q&A with LTA & ERM on EIA Phase II report

What’s with the one month of “critical” residual impacts? What are “qualitative night-time bird surveys”? Have the impacts of evacuation procedures been studied? LTA released its EIA Phase II report for the Cross Island Line early last month and have been accepting public feedback on the issue. LOMF took some time to read the report …

A Dynamic Equilibrium, But To What Extent? – Love MacRitchie Walk (8 September 2019)

Slender squirrel

It was well into the dry season as we hit the trail – July and August had been sizzling hot with rainy days few and far between. In other places, lawns have been yellowing and ponds receding. But in MacRitchie Forest? Things looked…largely the same. The trees were still green, the undergrowth still lush and …

MacRitchie Forest Through The Generations – Love MacRitchie Walk (10 August 2019)

Fig and fig wasps

The forest has seen it all – our humble beginnings, colonial awakening, rapid industrialization, today. Through thick and thin, peace and toil, that small swath of forest in the heart of Singapore has stood fast, unchanging in its reticent vitality. Against this backdrop, we paid a visit to the forest, a day after our 54th …

Three insights from the forest – Love MacRitchie x BFF walk (11 May 2019)

LoveMacRitchie walk participants

Sometimes, our tropical Lady Luck just isn’t on our side – what started off as a crisp morning walk turned into a hasty retreat from an oncoming thunderstorm in less than an hour. Nonetheless, the endless wonders that reside within the MacRitchie forest ensured that it was an hour well spent. From “lifers” to ominous …

The Insects That Keep Our Forest Healthy – Love MacRitchie Insect Walk (14 April 2019)

Agrionoptera insignis (Grenadier)

Insects have somewhat a bad reputation in Singapore: Dengue-loaded mosquitoes, pesky cockroaches, ant trails whenever food is left on the table. However, apart from these socially-defined urban troublemakers, many other insects exist only in forested areas and live out most of their secret lives away from the public gaze. Earlier in April, we invited some …

A tiny lifer for us all – HSS x Love MacRitchie Walk (23 March 2019)

Snake gazing

40-odd cm long, barely thicker than noodles and well hidden in the undergrowth – it takes a keen-eyed herpetologist to spot the tiny gem of a snake concealed right under our gazes. Luckily, we were in the company of not one, not two, but five guides from the Herpetological Society of Singapore (HSS). To inject …