Secret gardens, mini lodge and shrine hidden in Singapore's forests

(Clockwise from top left) A secret garden in Bukit Gombak and another in Bukit Batok, a shrine in Tampines Eco Green park and a mini lodge in Mandai.
(Clockwise from top left) A secret garden in Bukit Gombak and another in Bukit Batok, a shrine in Tampines Eco Green park and a mini lodge in Mandai.ST PHOTOS: ANG QING, NG SOR LUAN, ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

SINGAPORE - It is a hill that is about 100m high, cratered with hidden potholes that would pose a challenge to anyone looking to conquer it.

Yet, for one skinny 85-year-old retiree, who gave his name only as Mr Xi, the obstacles, which include two waist-high walls, do not discourage him.

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