There are humans that do not like us going to the reservoir and I do not understand why these people are so selfish. After all, the reservoir is a shared community space.
Well, on 22 Oct, a Mr. Kee-Thour Chin wrote to the Straits Tmes about banning pets from reservoirs.
On page 43 of yesterday’s newspaper, under ‘Don’t let pets pollute water’, a nice Uncle Nguan-Sen Tan (Director of Catchment and Waterways – Public Utilities Board) responded by saying ‘the public should refrain from activities that will dirty our water catchment’. He is right about the public (which means human).
I strongly think, the public must change their behaviour. Saturday, I saw a middle age man fishing in the reservoir and he spat into the water. My question is “Spitting into the water is more hygienic than we pooing on the grass?” (Mind you, we always go out with our owners. who takes poo bags with them). I have never ever seen any dogs near the water so, how do we pollute the water? My feeling is; this Mr. Chin does not like animals, which means he is not compassionate and kind (mom’s favourite phrase. She always say, people who don’t like animals are not compassionate and kind)
Our visit to Peirce Reservoir
Anyway, it was a humid day on Saturday, so mom, Uncle C and Auntie R decided to take Rafv and me to a place with open space and let us have some fun so we headed for Peirce Reservoir.
Pierce Reservoir, which is only about a 7mins walk from my house, was originally named the Kalang River Reservoir because it was impounded across the lower reaches of the Kalang River in 1910. In 1922, the reservoir was renamed to Pierce Reservoir, after Mr. Robert Peirce who was the municipal engineer of Singapore from 1901-1916.
It is Singapore's second reservoir. The forest surrounding the reservoir is protected as a water catchments’ reserve.
Pierce Reservoir is Rafv’s favourite place because it is here where he can talk to the monkeys.
I have seen many people feeding the monkeys but mom said it is an offence. Feeding the monkeys can change their dietary habits and make them aggressive.
She said the monkeys have sufficient food in the nature reserves i.e. fruits and nuts. She continues by saying that if the human do not stop feeding them, culling the monkeys may become necessary and I certainly hope not.
Back to us; we had a great walk. People were enjoying themselves – having picnic, fishing and playing football.
'Can I join you guys kicking the ball? '
I was tired and thirsty from the walk and sights.
'Can I have a drink please?'
Response: “Of course you can. You are at the reservoir – plenty of water out there”
'But I don’t want to jump in. I prefer to drink it from a bowl'
Of course we did have our own water from the bowl.
Finally, we can take a break and the look of contentment