This was one of the two extraordinary adventures in Singapore. I may just be a woodland creature at heart, which is why trekking through a jungle, forest or nature preserve feels like home to me. Most of these were taken at the Central Catchment Nature Preserve and McRitchie Reservoir.
I like how the sign says, ‘when’ not ‘if’ you encounter a wild boar.
And then there were the monkeys….long tailed macaques, specifically. These were quite friendly, even the mother came close. People are not supposed to feed them, but I suspect they do anyway.
As I was leaving the boardwalk, a Chinese lady came up to me and said beware of the monkeys, one had just tried to grab her bag. I thanked her and headed deeper into the trail. About three kilometers into the forest, no boardwalk, I found myself surrounded and one very aggressive adolescent macaque approached. He was trying to get behind me, but I kept him in front of me, slowly turning. Finally he took a leap at my side and I used a little GoJu Ryu block to send him into the bushes. Needless to say, he and the other macaques were not happy with me and began baring teeth. I backed up slowly and extended my selfie stick and looked them in the eye. They growled but backed off…a Chinese couple were following about 30 feet behind and looked scared. I stood there holding my ground and had them pass safely, then I walked through. It was kind of amazing how the training kicked in without thought, or fear.
I encountered a local man later on and asked if there were any boars around. He said it was too early in the day, but to be careful. A lady had brought her dog and they attacked, she needed 54 stitches to close the wound. I said, she is not following the rules, no dogs allowed. He smiled and said, this is why we follow the rules! How Singaporean of him…