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Kampong Noordin

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  • Day5

    Palau Ubin by boat and bike

    February 19, 2020 in Singapore ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We headed north today to Changi Village, about 1 hour by bus. After lunch in the hawker centre, we caught a bumboat to Palau Ubin, an island off the north coast of Singapore (10 min boat ride, $3 each - there's no timetable, just wait at the ferry terminal until a full boatload is ready, 12 people).

    During World War Two, Palau Ubin was a landing point for Japanese troops, which drew a huge influx of Allied troops to defend Singapore. This was a decoy move by the Japanese who then invaded the west of Singapore with ease.
    Previously home to a granite mine employing 2000 people, Palau Ubin is now one of the few undeveloped areas of Singapore, and home to just 38 residents.

    On arrival in Palau Ubin there are bike hire places lining the main street, so competition is keen. All day bike hire is $8 each. We got our bikes and spent a very pleasant 4 hours riding and walking the hills and dirt tracks of the island, collecting a number of caches on the way. We saw wild boars and monkeys close up, but only spotted otters and hornbill from a distance (much to Oliver's disappointment).

    We caught the bus and MRT back to the city and had dinner on the riverfront at Clarke Quay, followed by a walk around the area, and our first ice cream wafer from a street vendor.
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  • Day32

    Pulau Ubin

    January 27, 2020 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Raus aus der Stadt, rein in die Natur nach Pulau Ubin, eine Insel bei Singapur.
    Das gängige Fortbewegungsmittel hier sind rostige Mountainbikes. Davon haben wir uns gleich Mal zwei gemietet und haben die Insel erkundet.
    Die Affen, die auf der Insel leben, haben sich an Menschen gewöhnt und wissen anscheinend auch, wie man Chips isst: alle auf ein Mal! Wir wollten dem Affen die Tüte wegnehmen, doch da waren gleich zehn seiner schützenden Kumpels um ihn herum und haben uns angefaucht. Na gut, wir haben es probiert. Soll er sich morgen aber nicht über Bauchschmerzen beschweren! :-)
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    Einen wunderschönen Tag euch Oma 😘

    1/27/20Reply
    Luisa R.

    Das hat bestimmt irre Spaß gemacht!

    1/29/20Reply
     
  • Day5

    Bummin' around

    March 12, 2015 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    This morning we decided it was time to test out Singapore's famous public transport system. To date we had tickets on a system of tourist buses that drove set loops and gave a commentary but they expired so we had to find our own way about.

    A couple of comments about public transport in Singapore. To date we had just grabbed a taxi when we needed to get anywhere the buses didn't take us, taxis are cheap and plentiful. Our highest cab fare was just under $20 from Changi airport to the hotel in the City, you could get from one end of the island to the other for under $30. The Mass Rapid Transport (or MRT) is the subway system. It is fast, reliable, and very clean. The MRT doesn't have a time table it just runs every 10 mins in peak hours or 20 mins outside peak hours. And if the MRT can't get you where you are going there are lots of buses, many of them double deckers. Tourists can buy unlimited travel for 2 days for $16 so that's how we got around.

    We hopped on the MRT at City Hall and headed to Tanah Merah station which was about 15 mins away. We wanted to go to an island off Singapore's east coast called Pulau Ubin, we had seen it on TV and wanted to get out of the City so we decided to head for there. Once at Tanah Merah we had to catch the No. 2 bus to Changi ferry wharf. The bus wound around the suburb of Changi and went past the infamous Changi Gaol. The Gaol is still in use and very, very big. Some sections of it were obviously very old but others were quite new. Also over the east side of the island is Changi airport and lots of military bases - we saw army and air force bases but I bet the navy was out there as well.

    Once at the elaborately named Changi Ferry Terminus we had to wait until there were 12 of us and then we could board a bum boat and pay the outrageous $2.50 each for the 10 min trip across the Straits of Johor to Pulau Ubin. Lots of shipping around as well as big barges loaded with sand presumably for land reclamation.

    The bum boat was a very basic affair but it did come complete with flower pots - see photos.

    Pulau Ubin has been described as Singapore 50 years ago, it was more like Singapore 100 years ago. There was a wharf, a seafood restaurant, a police station and about 10 places with 100s of bikes for hire. Luckily it was very quiet when we were there so we hired a couple of bikes for the massive fee of $8 each and went for a ride. There are lots of mountain bike tracks but we stuck to the sealed roads and made our way to the other side of the island to look at Malaysia. After an hour or two we made it back to the wharf and sailed back to Singapore island. We actually had to go through border security as lots of people must come from Malaysia this way.

    We made it back to the MRT and came back to Bugis station. T had heard about a lane in the Malay quarter she wanted to visit - Haji Lane - and it was really cute. Loads of trendy shops and boutiques. I offered to buy T a burka but that was met with an eye roll. We wandered around for a bit and then hopped on a bus to the National Design Centre. It is Singapore Design Week and the NDC is just around the corner from the hotel so we dropped in for a look. Really interesting with some clever designs of everything from eye glasses to buses to bridges.

    It was Singapore Sling-o'clock so we headed down for our nightly slurp, wandered around Raffles Centre for a bit and then headed back to the Hotel
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  • Day90

    Pulau Ubin

    July 9, 2017 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    In einer Stunde vom Stadtzentrum auf eine kleine, völlig grüne Insel - das geht auch nicht überall!
    Nach MRT und Bus steigt man auf ein sogenanntes Bumboat, welches einen in knapp 10 Minuten auf Pulau Ubin bringt. Das Boot legt nur ab, wenn die Kapazität von 12 Personen erreicht ist! Wer nicht warten will hat allerdings gerne die Möglichkeit, für die fehlende Anzahl an Personen mitzubezahlen. An einem Sonntag ist zum Glück recht viel los, sodass es nicht lange dauert, bis die erforderlichen 12 Personen auf dem Boot sind ;-) (China regelt das schon)
    Auf Pulau Ubin ist es üblich, sich ein Fahrrad auszuleihen, um damit die kleine Insel zu umrunden. So haben wir das dann auch gemacht - und schnell festgestellt, dass die Insel wirklich klein ist.

    Pulau Ubin ist noch völlig ursprünglich und zeigt somit, wie große Teile der Hauptinsel bis vor 60 Jahren noch ausgesehen haben. Kaum vorstellbar! Pulau ist malaiisch und bedeutet Insel. Daher beginnen sämtliche kleine Inseln rund um Singapur sowie Malaysia mit der Bezeichnung Pulau.
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