A fat monitor lizard trying to catch some sun

We are feeling a little Shopping Malled-out after visits to Vivo City, Takashimaya, Kunikuniya, and Ion Central seeking those last minute gifts before Christmas. Shopping Malls are what makes Singapore what it is, but I find them quite soul destroying, so today we headed away from the city to the most rural part of Singapore, the Kranji countryside.

Our first stop was the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, where we strolled the boardwalk through the mangrove looking for huge tree climbing crabs and mudskippers. You can see Malaysia across the strait and there was a lovely breeze across the water with gathering clouds threatening a storm. We saw a few huge monitor lizards and some distant birds and we felt a million miles from Orchard.

Papaya almost ready to pick

We then headed to Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies for lunch, only a short drive away. This 10 ha farm is such a refreshing spot to visit, with the lush gardens full of fruit trees, vegetable patches and herb gardens that you can wander around. It has become quite a tourist attraction, and a Malaysian tourist bus was visiting for lunch while we were there today.

Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies

The cafe is rustic and has a simple, no-nonsense charm. We ordered banana curry (the banana tasted more like potato than banana), warrior chicken curry, aloo ghobi, stir fried mixed veges, vegetarian spring rolls and all dishes were delicious, fresh and fragrant...and only SG$5 each.

We felt truly refreshed after our rural Singapore visit, and I would recommend a visit to Kranji for anyone feeling a bit jaded by the commerciality of Christmas in Singapore. There are other farms to visit in the area, including the goat farm at Hay Dairies and some fish farms and garden centres. To read about all the attractions in Kranji, go to the Wild Singapore site.

Maya checking out the view at Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies
100 Neo Tiew Road
Tel: 65 6898 5001
Open 9am-6pm (Wed- Sun and public holidays)


Anonymous said... @ December 23, 2009 at 2:56 AM

I agree that Bollywood Veggies is a nice place to visit with children. But, if you don't have your own car, transport can be very difficult. We went by taxi from Kranji MRT, but couldn't book a taxi to return (it was mid-afternoon and no taxi driver seemed to want to come out)

So, we took the Kranji Countryside shuttle when it finally arrived. But, the downside to that is that the journey is very long.

I'd also suggest that people should not go during peak sunlight hours, as it is very draining.

Milly said... @ December 23, 2009 at 5:21 AM

Thank, you are so right. I think that the transport problem is why it took us 3 years to get there..finally with a car it is no problem.

I also agree that is was terribly hot in the middle of the day, with no shade in the gardens. We enjoyed it all the same, thanks to a breeze, but it was too hot for the grandparents from UK :)

Priscilla said... @ December 27, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's wishing you a great year ahead!!

Cheers!!!! :)

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