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“EARLY to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” With this motto echoing in my mind, I was motivated to wake up at 5.30am to slot some exercise into my daily schedule. I do not mean carrying shopping bags in a mall or exercising my jaw in a restaurant but an actual exercise.
What better place to start than one of the oldest nature reserves in the capital, the Tasek Lama Recreational Park, a ‘tamed jungle’ that features one of the earliest water reservoirs.
The park has two main areas – the man-made walkways and the hilly jungle trails – which combine to give Tasek Lama its ‘tamed jungle’ tag.
As many prepare to go to work or school, many retirees and health-conscious individuals are already in the park for their morning exercise.
The man-made section, which maintains natural features such as a picturesque waterfall and lake, features a specially-designed jogging track and a reflexology walking course where pebbles are arranged in a way that they massage the soles of one’s feet.
After entering the park, you reach a junction. The road to the right leads to the water reservoir and track on a hilltop, while the route to the left leads to the waterfall.
If you turn right, you will get to enjoy a panoramic view of the park and the capital below once you ascend the Tasek Lama Recreational Park Tower at the end of the road. On some mornings, fog can be seen hovering over parts of the area below.
Those who turn left at the junction will see a playground and areas designated for group activities such as dancing and Tai Chi. One can also enjoy the refreshing mist from the waterfall to relax your tired muscles. There are also numerous resting huts, which provide shelter when you take a break from your walk.
Standing as tall as a four-storey building, the rock-climbing wall is one of the under-utilised facilities of the park. Sadly, it is in a dilapidated state due to the unforgiving weather.
Another attraction is the network of trails which take you through a hilly jungle surrounding the park. Some sections are so steep that ropes have been put in place to help you maintain your balance. You will hear the chirps of birds and see curious monkeys in trees along the trail.
At the end of your walk, you can head to the stalls located outside the park’s entrance to buy snacks and drinks to satisfy your hunger and thirst.
Those, who seek an escape from the busy city, will find tranquility at Tasek Lama Recreational Park.