By 7.30am, I was already at a kopitiam, BB 289 Food House, having a glass of iced coffee while Benny was frantically trying to reach Washiyama.
“He must have played Dota and overslept!”
Benny set his phone to automatically redial Yama’s.
I asked Benny what’s nice to eat. I couldn’t decide if I should have laksa in the morning – remember I talked about my occasional intolerance to very spicy food with coconut milk? Well, laksa is one of those dishes
“The roast meat stall is very good but we shall have that for lunch after our excursion. Try the prawn mee, which is nice also.”
I was halfway through with the delicious noodles when Seow arrived. He would be joining us in the Sungei Buloh Birding trip this morning. It was now my turn to recommend him to have prawn mee dry for breakfast.
Benny got up abruptly and mumbled as he left the table, “He’s awake and will meet us at the Wetland Reserve, instead.”
I must have missed the tele-converstaion whilst speaking with Seow.
When Benny returned he had a bowl of dry Mee Tai Bak.
“I’ll dabao kopi for Yama after brekkie”.
I did not get to taste the silver pins but if Benny ordered them, they should be nice. As for the prawn noodles, Seow and I both agreed that it was a satisfying meal.
We bought the coffee and left for the Wetland located in Sungei Buloh.
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Chinese: 双溪布洛湿地保护区) is a nature reserve in the northwest area of Singapore. It is the first wetlands reserve to be gazetted in Singapore (2002), and its global importance as a stop-over point for migratory birds was recognised by the Wetlands International’s inclusion of the reserve into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. The reserve, with an area of 130 hectares, was listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. – Wikipedia
Yama arrived and we were about to explore the Wetland ahead when a kind hearted birder came to inform us that hornbills had been spotted round the corner. Yama dashed off excitedly and we followed suit!
Status and threats: The Oriental pied-hornbill is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ in the Red List of threatened animals of Singapore. The Oriental pied-hornbills on Pulau Ubin are considered visitors from Malaysia which later started breeding on the island. Two other hornbills were once recorded in Singapore but are now no longer found – The Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) and the Helmeted hornbill (Buceros vigil). – information credit: wildsingapore.com
28th July 2014 was the first time I visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It was more interesting than I had anticipated! We had a great time during the few hours in this unique environment – this excursion totally blew me away! I am so glad I came.
All these excitement was stimulating our appetite. Time to eat!
Back at Bukit Batok’s BB 289 Food House, we settled down to lunch. While waiting for the food to come, we went through the shots we had. Everyone was cooing “Wow!” And when the food finally arrived, we went wow again, not only for the taste but the price, too!
There’s a lot to offer in the (north) west region of Singapore.
Our adventure did not end here. Check out my next post on *Xiang Ji Roast and our dessert after lunch
It’s simply Wow Wow West!
BB 289 Food House (Prawn Noodles and *Xiang Ji Roast Meat)
Address: Block 289H, Bukit Batok Street 25.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (双溪布洛湿地保护)
Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent,
Tel:+65 6794 1401
Opening hours: Daily
Mon – Sat: 7.30am – 7pm
Sunday: 7am – 7pm
Admission is free (as of date of posting).
P.S. September and March is the best time to see migratory shorebirds or waders.
A big THANK YOU to Benny Ng for planning this day’s itinerary