Tree, Mandai Reservoir
I personally think it’s a misspelling of mandi which means to bathe. So the Malays would refer to it as Sungei Mandi (bathing river) and some guy or lady misspelled it on the map.I can hear the conversation between a husband and wife:
Wife: Saya pergi mandi (I’m going to bath)
Husband: Di-mana? (Where?)
Wife: Sungei Mandi lah, bodoh! (The bathing river, stupid!)
And the guy who worked on the first map couldn’t spell it very well. But I tend to have an overactive imagination (and it sounds better than being named after an unidentified tree species).
Mandai Road (from where I took this picture) was laid in 1855.
And so, to bathe.