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The Sentry

One of the few places in Singapore that permit dogs not on leash, a variety of high octane canines can be seen sprinting all over this stretch. If not running, they can challenge their olfactory senses on unfamiliar whiffs. Their human companions are glad to take off the leash(es) and step back, I reckon. On weekends, there are several people jogging and cycling up and down the Green Corridor. There are several jogging tracks, of course, all over Singapore, that pass through manicured parks and are situated away from the traffic of expresseways. However, they tend to be somewhat sterile in the sense that they lack the original plant and animal inhabitants. On the other hand, The Green Corridor is really green with vegetation, brightly coloured birds, insects, dragonflies and butterflies. Schools nearby often organize a field trip here. Annually a quarter marathon is also held along one of the more interesting and beautiful stretches of The Green Corridor. The 10.5km course starts at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station and winds its way to finish at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.

The Sentry

One of the few places in Singapore that permit dogs not on leash, a variety of high octane canines can be seen sprinting all over this stretch. If not running, they can challenge their olfactory senses on unfamiliar whiffs. Their human companions are glad to take off the leash(es) and step back, I reckon. On weekends, there are several people jogging and cycling up and down the Green Corridor. There are several jogging tracks, of course, all over Singapore, that pass through manicured parks and are situated away from the traffic of expresseways. However, they tend to be somewhat sterile in the sense that they lack the original plant and animal inhabitants. On the other hand, The Green Corridor is really green with vegetation, brightly coloured birds, insects, dragonflies and butterflies. Schools nearby often organize a field trip here. Annually a quarter marathon is also held along one of the more interesting and beautiful stretches of The Green Corridor. The 10.5km course starts at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station and winds its way to finish at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.

comments (20)

"High octane canines"... Love that phrase! Thanks for the description of The Green Corridor - sounds great!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment Elizabeth, you just need to see some dogs tearing around once the leashes are off, being really silly and then wagging their tails, rather proudly I should add.
That is a very nice description.
Ayush Basu: It is a very nice place Michael. I would not hesitate to recommend this to visitors.
Sounds like a great place to check out. Happy Holidays!
Ayush Basu: Thank you Michael, happy holidays to you too... yes, this is a great place indeed.
I love the little sentry, keeping an out out on the surroundings. How delightful.
Ayush Basu: As you can see in the background, there are residences and expressways. However in the corridor, it is fairly quiet and you can hear other birds once in a while.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Dec 2014, 06:27
Interesting to hear about how strict this area is about dogs on leads, Ayush. Here we are much more lax, which can cause all sorts of problems
Ayush Basu: The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones. Apart from the Green Corridor, dogs can be free in dedicated dog parks.
To be honest, Lisl, I would love to see dogs off the leashes and just being..... dogs.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Dec 2014, 06:43
Love the Kingfisher, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Ray
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Dec 2014, 07:00
How nice to know the dogs are not entirely enslaved by state laws Ayush
Ayush Basu: The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones. Apart from the Green Corridor, dogs can be free in dedicated dog parks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 24 Dec 2014, 08:10
my husband can't take our dog to the off leash park, the stupid dog gets in fights with other dogs, even tho he's small, he's snappy and growly lol
Ayush Basu: He has spunk, that little fella of yours grin
Good that dogs can run free. Properly trained they are not a problem
Ayush Basu: You're right, Bill. Proper training can be arranged for dogs. Sadly that cannot be said for all people. The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones.
Quite interesting Ayush! Here people just don't care about what their dogs are doing...
Ayush Basu: The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones. Apart from the Green Corridor, dogs can be free in dedicated dog parks.
You had a nice companion on this walk there.
Ayush Basu: I sure did, Mary. Thank you.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Dec 2014, 10:08
He looks just like he might be a state employee, so watch out and have a good Christmas.
Ayush Basu: He has the license to dive bomb trespassers! Thank you and you too...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Dec 2014, 11:22
I have a high octane, high testosterone canine. I did not raise him to be fierce. He is 55kg mild mannered canine. Except when other canines want to best him. That is when you see the octane and stuff.

Nice kingfisher on the sign.
Ayush Basu: Haha, I liked your description of 55kg mild mannered canine.
My bro-sis in law have perhaps the most patient Labrador in the world and I recall how my niece, when she was 1 year old, would giggle and throw herself at the Lab.
I like the sentry's long beak. Dog's and people must love it here
Ayush Basu: They certainly do. I have lost count of how many times I have been up and down. Having said that there is still one section up north that I have yet to cover.
It does sound as though the corridor would be good for nature photography.
Ayush Basu: Quite right Brian, there are some magnificent trees along the way. Closer to the grown a variety of insects can be seen for the macro lovers. And then there are the damsels and dragonflies.
We had parks in Ottawa where dogs were allowed to run off leash Ayush... it brought animal lovers together exchanging stories while their dogs enjoyed the freedom...
there were very few dog fights there... they just set the pecking order and the alpha dogs would keep the peace....petersmile
Ayush Basu: The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones. Apart from the Green Corridor, dogs can be free in dedicated dog parks.
You know Peter, I hear about the pecking order but in my observations I have more often seen them give each other something like a sniff and a wag, and suddenly off they go tearing into the bushes and emerging with sticks in their mouths.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Dec 2014, 08:54
I like the idea of this Green Corridor; such spaces provide a welcome respite from the rush and tear of city life. Interesting to hear that dogs must be on a leash elsewhere in the city; I wish that was true in the UK.
Ayush Basu: The civic administration tends to take a safer view in the sense that not all citizens are trusting of dogs, even the really friendly, approachable ones. Apart from the Green Corridor, dogs can be free in dedicated dog parks. And you're completely right about the respite from the hustle bustle of workdays.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Dec 2014, 11:19
I think that is the guard, he will chase you....
Great shot.
Ayush Basu: He and his friends are expert in dive bombing trespassers, Astrid smile Thank you.
Have long have you been living in Singapore, Ayush?

I used to study there. I used to love it so much there. Everything was so clean and organised. But after a while, I got bored of this "perfect" lifestyle. Ha ha... I'm not saying Singapore is not good, but it lacks some sort of "real" essence, if you know what I mean...

Anyway, have a good Christmas!
Ayush Basu: Yeah I think I've heard that said before, LC. Everything tends to be manicured, isn't it?
Enjoy your holidays wherever you are.
Great pic!
Merry Christmas!
Photographer Gil Zetbase
http://www.gilzetbase.com/
Ayush Basu: Thank you Gil and merry Xmas to you too smile

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