Experience · singapore · Travel

Forest Adventure – Grand Course Experience

This is it! My first time doing outdoor adventure. I’ve been wanting to try it out since I was in Indonesia but didn’t have the courage (and chance). So, when Pris asked me to do Forest Adventure, I was very interested (and scared on the other hand). I don’t like high places so I thought this would be challenging, but I REALLY wanna try it.

The place is in Bedok Reservoir Park. We made an appointment for 10am session on Friday and we had to be there 20 minutes before. I took MRT to Bedok Reservoir MRT Station, met Pris there then took exit B together. From there, we walked toward the park, did the safe entry and tried to get to Car Park A. It’s easy when you found the car park. Just follow the sign.

Forest Adventure Bedok

After done with the safe entry for the place (the previous one was for the park), we went to the counter and bought the ticket. 2 Grand Course tickets. Each S$50. I was hesitating for a bit before I paid for the ticket.. A lot of ‘what if’ were happening in my head. Then I thought ‘What is the worse thing can happen up there? I won’t fall cos the rope should be very strong. This is Singapore, where the safety is upheld. Maybe I could get injured. Or.. maybe I could faint.. (and embarrassing myself). Okay, I can do this!’ And with that I paid for the ticket. Kachink! Then the cashier gave me a paper armband with initials.

Armband with initials

We both brought a backpack and it’s better to leave it down, but we didn’t want to just leave it out there on the bench. There is a locker right at the entrance that we can use. It can be used by inserting a new S$1 coin. We didn’t have the coin so we tried exchange it on the cashier. To use the locker, insert the coin in the coin slot, put all the stuff inside the locker, close the door then lock it. There’s a rubber band on the key so you can bring it on your arm. We only took the water bottle out and put it on the empty table. All set, and we were ready to go.

After waiting for a while (not long though, just until the other group finished with the briefing), a lady asked us to come to her and put the rope on us. Wearing a comfortable shoes and clothes is a must. I wore a easy-to-dry t-shirt and a yoga pants so it would easy to move around. She, then, explained the do’s and dont’s stuff when we’re on the track. There was no other people who needs a briefing other than us, so it felt like a private tour 😀 She was kind and thorough in explaining everything. I asked her ‘what if I can’t finish the course?’. She smiled and said ‘don’t worry, you’ll be fine’. I wasn’t sure actually.. really lol. I couldn’t sleep well the night before, also a bit hoping that it’s gonna rain so it’s cancelled.. Yes, I was THAT scared. After she finished the safety briefing, we had a chance to try putting the pulley on the track and using it also how to use the carabiner on the Amazon bridge (crossing platform using only a piece of rope to stand and another one to hold onto) and mini zip line (which I turned around and landed on my bump).

Grand Course – Forest Adventure

The armband was marked on ‘I’, for completing the Introduction, and the next one was ‘G’. It stands for Green, which is the easy track. For this course, we have to follow the track all the way to the end. There’s no ‘easy’ way. On the next level, there’re some obstacles that has an easy alternative, so you can choose which way you wanna go. But not this one, since this is the easy course. Pris put her pulley on the track, followed by me. She has done something like this before so it’s good to see her go first and watch how she does the obstacles.

The obstacles that are steady, like stepping between blocks, are easier. The real challenge was everything hanging on a rope, because they were all very shaky. I had a hard time starting the obstacle with nets, where I had to move between nets that are hanging separately. It was scary because.. first, there is no surface to step on, only knots and rope. Second, whenever I tried to step on it, felt like…sinking! It took me a while until I finally manage to land on the first net. But after I got used to it, it was actually the same as the other hanging obstacles, just more shaky. One thing I realized was I needed to use a lot of core muscle to move around between obstacles, to keep the balance. Some of the obstacles also need upper body strength. Not too much though, as I don’t have much strength either. So if I managed to do it, I’m sure you can do it too.

It took us about 1 hour to finish the easy course. The last obstacle was ziplining through water to the end. I need to learn how to keep facing front when ziplining! It always made me turn around and landed on my bump. Although… I think it’s safer than landing on my legs..? (Based on the speed of my landing on the sand).

Grand Course – Forest Adventure

There is no time limit to finish all courses. I watched on Youtube, on average people finished them in 2.5 hours, but you definitely have all the time to do it. They didn’t rush you at all. You can take a break between each course, then continue taking the next level course. We sat down after finishing the easy course, drank our water and just resting. The next level is red line, medium level. I didn’t have any energy nor courage left lol. It was unexpected (by me) that I could clear it. And that already an achievement for me 😀 I decided to drop out, didn’t continue to the next level, especially after I heard about the jumping obstacle on red line. It’s on the start of red course, where you have to jump off the platform, swing to the big net across, grab the net on first try (if possible), then climb up to the next platform. But actually, you can opt for the ‘easier’ route which doesn’t include jumping. Still didn’t do it. I was already tired. Should exercise more to strengthened my upper body and core muscle!

My friend, Pris, did it. So I decided to take photos and videos of her doing the medium level. She finished it around 1 to 1.5 hours, I think. And we both were very hungry by that time, so she didn’t continue to the last level. Hmm at least she did 2 courses. Better than me..

After experienced it myself, I can share with you on what to wear or bring (also for my own note for my next trip). Here they are!

  1. Wear a comfortable clothes, pants and shoes. Next time should add half gloves and arm cover. We hold on the rope so much that it’s good to wear gloves, but half-gloves is good enough just to cover our palm. The arm cover is to protect our upper arm from rubbing the rope too much. There are some obstacles that can be easier if we hold ourselves on upper arm / armpit. And it can be hurtful after a while. Or.. you can also wear a long sleeve / half sleeve t-shirt instead.
  2. If you want to bring your phone up there, it’s better to use a small crossbody bag. A belt bag would be too bulky and make you harder to move on tight spaces.
  3. We can take off our mask when we are on the course, but need to put it on right away when we’re done. It’s good to have an extra mask on your bag that you put in the locker. Because the one that we wear before the course will be dirty and wet by the time we finished the course.
  4. It’s okay to wear watch if it’s securely locked and not easily detach (like mine..). My smartwatch was almost fell when the band suddenly detached while I was moving between ropes. That was scary! So maybe next time better don’t wear it.
  5. Wear contact lens, if you can. I usually lazy to change my glasses and wear contact lens, but for this activity I did it. Wearing glasses is okay actually, but when you’re sweating sometime the glasses also dropping on your nose, and it can be annoying when that happen.
  6. Mosquito repellent. Always a good idea to keep away from mosquitos so I might get it next time.
  7. Sunblock. It’s an outdoor activity, so better put some sunblock before, even when it’s not sunny.

That’s all! I had fun and will do it again next time. But first, I need to exercise my upper body and core muscle 😀

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Food · singapore

Bijinmen Miso Butter @ Tsukada Nojo

Bijinmen is ramen with collagen soup. Tsukada Nojo specialize in collagen soup and especially hotpot. But if you go there in the afternoon, they will have the ramen menu. It’s been a while since I ate their ramen so this time I tried Bijinmen Miso Butter. For the noodle, I picked the thick mochi-mochi noodle. Last time I tried the thin one (tsururu noodle). I gotta say I prefer the think one because of the chewy and springy texture.

The noodle came in a very hot stone bowl. On top of it is the meat and condiments. The waitress helped me open the lid and reminded me for not touching the bowl because it’s very hot. I tried the soup and I liked it! Then for photo purposes, I put almost all of them to the soup (except for the beansprout). When I started eating it, the soup was turned bland.. I’m guessing maybe because I put many things in (?)..

The condiments
Bijinmen Miso Butter

Overall it was a great lunch. I would probably come again when I want a healthy ramen 😆 Too bad they don’t have ramen with spinach collagen broth. I love their spinach soup. Very tasty!

Food · singapore

Baked Salmon Mentaiko and Soba by Haakon

Baked salmon fillet with mentaiko mayo, soba noodles, broccoli, purple cabbage slaw, charred corn, ginger ponzu sauce

This could be a nice combination if only the soba noodle was not too soggy. I don’t know if it is the way they cooked it or just a one-time overcooked noodle. Other than that, everything else was tasty. A nice option of healthy food to be delivered to our home by @grabfoodsg.

Price : $$

Taste : 3 / 5

Haakon Superfoods & Juice

Dessert · Drinks · singapore · Snacks

Baileys Boboshake Heytea

When I first saw their ads for this drink, I was so excited to try it. It’s Baileys and Boba, and made by one of my favorites tea shops. I thought it was just a limited event so I didn’t expect to see it still on the menu when I was at Heytea. Without thinking, I ordered it. It’s quite expensive though. S$9.9 for this drink. Pricey indeed. But hey, it’s Baileys!

After waiting for about 10 minutes, I finally received my drink. It was when social distancing started to be implemented in stores so they didn’t have enough people to cater the orders that were coming. So, long queue for making the drinks was expected.

Unfortunately, the taste didn’t live up to the long wait and the price. I barely tasted the Baileys and the I didn’t like the boba (it was kind of hard, not chewy). It tasted like a slush ice with a little bit of Baileys in it. At least, that’s what it tasted like for me. But, I saw many reviews saying it was nice, so it all comes back to personal preferences.

Have you tried it yourself? Please share your experience in the comment 🙂

heytea boboshake baileys
Baileys Boboshake Heytea

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Food · singapore

Soi 19 Thai Wonton Noodle – my favorite noodle

I’ve seen this noodle place at Upper Thomson shophouses area and been wanting to try it out but was not sure if they’re good (I didn’t check any review as well lol). But looking at their pic, the noodle seems very appealing to me. After I heard it from my friends, I decided to try it.. And WOW! I Love it!

The texture is springy, the original sauce is great AND every single topping is yummy.The wontons, chasiu, fish sausages, even the fried lard are also yummy (too bad they are very little though..). 

This noodle has become my favorite noodle in Singapore now! If you haven’t tried it, you should!

Signature wonton noodle soi 19 thai wonton mee
Signature Wonton Noodle

Price : $

Taste : 5 / 5

Soi 19 Thai Wonton Mee

Upper Thomson