Nostalgia at Chek Jawa and Cyrene

I went to Chek Jawa (24 May) and Cyrene Reef (25 May) the days before the Festival of Biodiversity, and while I was there, I was feeling very nostalgic and sentimental.

Sunrise at Chek Jawa

I’ve been to both places often enough (though of course, one can never get enough of these places) to feel a sense of attachment and familiarity. These places never fail to put a smile on my face, and they are simply wonderful places to go.

Sunrise at Cyrene Reef with Pasir Panjang Container Terminal in the distance

But in light of the fact that for the next few years or so, I will hardly be visiting them, I wonder, when I come back, will they still largely be the same, for better or for worse? Or will there no longer be such a place in existence?

Land reclamation in the process…

Yeah, I guess economic growth is vital for singapore, else everyone will start migrating. But although PM Lee says it’s a means to an end and not an end in itself, and that it’s not growth at all cost, it doesn’t seem so to me. And anyway globally, I think we all need to start shifting to a more sustainable way of development, and with Singapore’s growth being still one of the most impressive in the world, i think amongst all the countries out there, we can probably be the first few to afford this shift.

But of course, there will be people who say this will make us less competitive and we will lose out to other countries if we do so. I don’t know, your call I guess. Perhaps when we eventually run so dangerously low on natural resources that prices start shooting up wayyy higher than what we can ever imagine or expect now, and people start fighting for clean water, clean air and food, then we’ll realise that having a more sustainable rate of growth with more concern towards the environment (biodiversity conservation and not just pollution/energy consumption) would have been a better plan.

Sights at Chek Jawa

Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis)

Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa) amongst Spoon seagrasses

Sea pen (Order Pennatulacea)

Swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi )

Peacock anemone (Order Ceriantharia)

Haddon’s carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)

White sea urchin (Salmacis sp.)

Biscuit sea star (Goniodiscaster scaber)

Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)! My first time seeing this at Chek Jawa

Mangroves in the background, seagrass in the foreground

Facing the sea

I thought it really cool how the clouds reflected the same pattern as the sand

Patterns on the sand

Sights at Cyrene Reef

Ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea sp.)

Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum)

Flowery soft coral (Family Nephtheidae)

Swimming anemone of a different kind

Some peacock anemone?

Peacock anemone (Order Ceriantharia)

Live white sea urchin (Salmacis sp.) with things stuck on it for camouflage

Sea urchin test (dead skeleton)

Heart urchin (Order Spatangoida)

6-armed Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus)

Many Knobblies (Protoreaster nodosus)

Baby knobbly!

Sea stars burrowed in the sand

Sand dollar (Order Clypeasteroida)


About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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One Response to Nostalgia at Chek Jawa and Cyrene

  1. pee says:

    It is a beautiful, should be conserved to maintain the balance of nature.

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