Deciding what to wear can be a daunting task, even more so when you don't actually have an occasion to dress for. You just want to doll up, maybe to feel better after a rough day, or maybe because you're itching to take your latest shopping haul for a spin, or maybe because that's just how you want to portray yourself to the world (I'm looking at you, Lady Gaga). At the end of the day, who really needs a reason to dress up? Right? If it makes sense to you, forget about justifying your sartorial choices to others.* Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate. Something like that.
Back to what I was saying. When I think of the word "explore", two people come to mind - Indiana Jones and Dora The Explorer. Don't worry, it's safe to say that I won't be getting any fashion inspiration from the latter any time soon (or ever). While exploring Singapore isn't nearly as treacherous as venturing into the Temple of Doom, it felt somewhat appropriate to channel the former since I was going to be trailing through a micro jungle. Fun fact, Lower Peirce Reservoir is Singapore's second oldest reservoir, commissioned back in 1912.
Just seconds after getting on the boardwalk trail, you're transported out of reality. Even the air feels cooler. Vehicular clamour from the roads nearby were drowned out and replaced by a strange sound one doesn't hear very often in this urban jungle - silence. It took me a while to notice that we weren't actually trailing through silence though, we were shrouded in nature's gentle orchestra. The incessant chirping of cicadas and crickets and the occasional birdsong accompanied us throughout. The best part of this trail comes towards the end when the boardwalk stretches along the surface of the reservoir.
Being surrounded by nature is indescribable. Streams of sunlight filtering through the foliage, dragonflies and damselflies crossing your path in an instinctive dance, ferns twisting this way and that, sea snails scattered and lumbering beneath the water's surface, a wild boar and her young kicking up a fuss in the undergrowth, long-tailed macaques foraging and eating in picture-perfect compositions, exploding pods dispersing seeds like rain. I could go on and on rambling about the little delights of life we tend to overlook, but I think I'll just stop now and say that you should go and experience it yourself.
Wearing: H&M - Aviator shirt // Acne Studios - Trousers // Givenchy - Patent Oxford shoes // Bottega Veneta - Weave bracelet // Thrifted - Leather bracelet
*However, if you actually have an occasion to attend and it happens to have a dress code, please stick to it.