At first glance, the side of this road lacks the considered greenery of the rest of Bukit Batok Nature Park, and does seem somewhat disordered, a riot of grass & shrubs. At closer look, it is apparently a playground to about half a dozen White-crested Laughing Thrush. I’ve seen many of them before in this Park, but never in such great numbers together.
They were fearless and allowed me to come fairly close to them. They were busily eating, hopping about & generally, having a merry time. Amidst the chaos of the fallen leaves and overgrown shrubs, I found delight.
It is ironical that in less than 5 minutes from that moment, I would discover that I had dropped my Transitlink Card (stored value card for bus & train) probably right at this spot when I’d taken out my phone to take a shot of my happy, chirpy friends. My habit is to carry this card and a small amount of cash in my running pouch in case I require a cab or public transport back to home base.
Chaos erupted in my head! I detest misplacing or losing things! All the way back to this spot, I fussed and worried about whether the card & cash would still be at the bench. And when I got there and it wasn’t, it was such a letdown! It took me all the way back to the car (another 5 minutes) to rein it in & calm down.
After all, it is a replaceable card and only cash, and hey, I ran an extra mile in the process!