Sunday, January 02, 2011

Pulau Ubin Trip 2010

One of the things I would like to do more in 2011 is to explore Singapore and her surrounding islands in greater detail. Yup, that would be one of my new year resolutions.

Its rather ironic that for someone who spends so much time travelling and touring foreign lands, I'm not one who can profess to know my own country well. A recent trip down to some heartland malls really blew my mind. What have I been missing?!? To put the icing on the cake or salt to my wounds, I recently went on a cycling trip to Pulau Ubin and totally enjoyed myself IMMENSELY. Yes,  you heard it....I loved it!!

Words cannot justify the great time I had. Neither can the photos taken from my Iphone 3GS. But here they are anyway:

 Changi Point Ferry Terminal - where you can take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin

Our ride - Cost 2.50SGD per person (and another 2 SGD for your bicycle). 12 to go!

Kampung house on stilts - You just don't see houses like that anymore
 Monkeys, on a shed, basking in the sunlight
Wild Pig!! It came right up to us (cuz there was someone feeding it!) I was totally thrilled!

Charming Tudo-style cottage built in 1930s by Chief Surveyor, Langdon Williams

We climbed the 22 meter high Jejawi Tower and took a nice stroll along the broadwalk around Chek Jawa where we saw mangroves, nipah palm (aka attah-chee), the seagrass lagoon and so on.  As many things as I saw, I'm pretty certain there were just as many things I missed! (Just one more reason to brave the sun and visit Pulau Ubin again!)

Fact: Did you know?

Pulau Ubin aka Granite Island is shaped like a boomerang and situated just off the northeastern corner of mainland Singapore. The 1020 hectare island was once a cluster of 5 smaller ones separated by tidal rivers, but the building of the bunds for prawn farming has since united these into a single island. To other islets, Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) and Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island), lie to its south.

Betcha didn't know that....I know I didn't!!!

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