You don’t have to travel all the way to Bali to reclaim your wellness and well-being. For those longing for some peace and tranquility, Yishun is the perfect oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Let’s face it. Living in Singapore can sometimes be very stressful.
Although lacking in natural resources, Singapore has defied all odds to become one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
According to a newly released ranking by New-York based Global Finance magazine in February this year, Singapore is the fourth richest country in the world and the top in South East Asia in 2016.
Strategically located in the heart of Asia, the city-state boasts the world’s busiest port and has been named “world's best airport” for the fifth consecutive year in a row at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Singapore has also emerged as one of the world’s leading wealth management centre with assets under management growing by some 9 per cent to S$2.6 trillion in 2015, figures from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed.
The city-state is now home to Eduardo Saverin, Gina Rinehart and Jim Rodgers, among others.
However, Singapore’s success comes at a price as stress and long working hours have become the norm.
Instead of signing up for expensive spa retreats and resorts, there are other options that can be found within our Garden City.
Best of all, they do not cost you an arm and a leg.
Reclaim your sanity and seek refuge within the hidden gems of Yishun. We list three reasons why:
Yishun is blessed with a natural habitat and surrounded by water bodies such as the Lower and Upper Seletar Reservoir.
The many green pockets and reservoirs have naturally made Yishun rich in biodiversity.
Recognising the need to preserve its delicate environment, the National Parks Board’s (NParks) in 2008, launched a Species Conservation and Recovery Programme by establishing the Yishun Arboretum.
This involves the off-site conservation of rare dipterocarp trees as well as the other tree conservation projects in different Yishun parks.
The programme has so far reaped its rewards.
A recent finding by the NParks concluded that various bird species have now called Yishun home.
NParks findings in March 2017 showed that 110 species were spotted in urban parks that include Yishun Park, Punggol Park and Choa Chu Kang Park.
They include rare species of birds such as the blue-crowned hanging parrot, spotted wood owl and the critically endangered white-rumped shama.
1. Rich in biodiversity (including rare bird species)
Yishun’s relatively pristine environment has made it a haven for nature-lovers and the perfect place to launch environmental awareness programmes.
Once such initiative is NParks Community in Nature (CIN) Biodiversity Watch programmes which was launched in April 2015.
Aimed at encouraging Singaporeans to take care of their environment, this programme will help facilitate NParks’ conservation efforts which include monitoring biodiversity populations and habitats and developing site management strategies to conserve biodiversity.
NParks event in March this year attracted a record number of nature lovers comprising over 1,000 volunteers.
Yishun Park was among the site chosen for its bird-watching activity.
To find out more you can email NParks at CIN@nparks.gov.sg
The Nature Society (Singapore) also conducts regular activities in Yishun that are open to the public.
In May, for instance, it organised a Butterfly Walk at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Home to up to 80 butterfly species, the hospital is considered to have one of the best landscaped gardens in Singapore.
It is also home to endangered species such as the common birdwing and common rose.
To find out more you can email Nature Society (Singapore) at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. A haven for nature-lovers
3. Various park connectors where you can explore the great outdoors
The Yishun Park Connector is an initiative by NParks that forms part of the island’s Park Connector Network. This enables you to travel from Yishun to the rest of the Singapore via a continuous 150 km park connector called the Round Island Route (RIR).
The Yishun Park Connector links the Khatib Bongsu Park Connector to the Canberra Park Connector, passing through the Simpang Kiri Park Connector and Canberra-Sembawang Park Connector, and running by Yishun Swimming Complex.
Whether you are a jogging enthusiast, cyclist or prefer to put on your roller blades, the Yishun Park Connector enables you to explore the great outdoors while staying in the pink of health.
If you prefer something on a much smaller scale, you might want to consider exploring the Yishun Green Link. This link comprises a number of linear parks that are connected via linkways while forming a green lungs for Yishun’s residents. Situated just opposite Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, the link starts near to Block 651 before ending at a childrens’ playground near to Block 666.
Yishun has a charm of its own that makes it a great place to live. Here are our 5 picks