Pulau Ubin Village

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    • Day 10

      Pulau Ubin Village & Surrounding Areas

      September 26, 2022 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      After visiting the shrine, we made our way back to the main village. A friendly dog followed us for a while. Along the way, we stopped for fresh coconuts at a very friendly drink stand located next to a mangrove swamp. The proprietor revealed that the coconuts were imported from Thailand. Interestingly, at the stand, we saw a photo of another classmate among a bunch of photos displayed on a wall.

      As we neared the main village, we encountered a strange sight - there were several dozen people from Mainland China dressed in all white. They would take three steps, clasp their hands together, and get onto their knees, and bow. We couldn't figure out what they were doing. The islanders we asked said they hadn't encountered this before.

      At the main village, we ate a good seafood meal at a very friendly restaurant. Two friendly village dogs came by to hang out with us. I was struck by the kampung (village) spirit of everyone in the area. The main island of Singapore is far less friendly and laid back.…
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    • Day 56

      Ghostrider adventure at Pulau Ubin

      September 15, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      While some Ghostriders are currently cruising down the Loire valley in France, some more exotic locations are sometimes sought.

      Pulau Ubin is a Singaporean island wedged in the Johore Strait between Singapore's main island and Malaysia. The island is more like 1960s Singapore. The island is used mostly for walking and cycling. Access is by small bumboats and bikes are usually hired on the island, just don't have high expectations on the quality. Gear changing is not as smooth as I am used to but it works more often than not. Whilst the seat rattles a bit, it's nothing to be concerned about, the raffia and wire do a reasonably good job of holding the seat in place most of the time.

      Cyclists are treated to a mix of sealed and gravel roads and off road adventures in the Ketam Mountain Bike Park. Nature lovers can explore mangrove swamps and bushland with an exotic assortment of flora and fauna.

      Monkeys great you along the road much like a Pyrenees mountain top finish in the Tour de France, though they are sometimes more interested in intimate dancing with their partner in the middle of the road rather than showing any interest in approaching cyclists.

      Wild boar sometimes hog the road. You may have to duck as hornbills fly across the path. Whilst they are carnivorous, the monitor lizards are unlikely to harm you as long as you don't run over them.

      A day on Pulau Ubin has plenty to offer, just no air conditioning to escape Singapore's relentless heat and humidity.
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    • Day 11

      Palau Ubin

      November 30, 2016 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      A train journey to the east then a short 10 minute bumboat ride to this island. A perfect day-trip get away on shonky mountain bikes to see unkempt expanses of jungle and tin-roofed shacks that echo a long lost era. Lovely evening having a picnic by the waterside at Bayfront followed by a 'tree' light and music show at Gardens by the Bay. Was more impressed by the surprise light and music show outside the shopping centre at Bayfront that we caught the end of and the water feature.Read more

    • Day 2,239

      Pulau Ubin and Singapore slings

      January 14, 2022 in Singapore ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      I have promised the guys I will give tge a hand moving this morning and after an early breakfast we head downtown to drop off Daryls stuff. He has to head into school and Geraldine and I are going to make the most of our day together. Pulau ubin has been on my list of things to do here, but it's such a long way out of town ( it's actually on another island) that I haven't made tge effort. Its so much easier with company and the hour bus ride to the jetty flys by as we chat away. Once on the jetty we have to wait for 12 people to board before the boat leaves but within 10 minutes the boat is ready and off we set. As we arrive there are multiple bicycle stands offering there wares but we decide to eat before setting off on our adventure. Its a seafood restaurant and with being close to the water decide its going to be pretty fresh. The scallops are the thing that catch my eye and even though Singapore is generally expensive the scallops are cheap in comparison to the UK. Bellys full we sit off on our adventure. The ride is relatively easy with only a couple of inclines along the way and apart from heading in the wrong direction for the first hour soon find our way back to where we need to be. There is an area on route which has is a temple/ shrine with buddas and the 10 courts of hell. that depicts in detail the punishments in the afterlife that would await the souls of sinners. As we cycle along the path we are greeted by monitor lizards and a family of wild boars with a little baby in tow. I stop in my tracks as the baby comes real close and from previous experience know how protective mummy boars can be. We ride further along the path to be greeted by an apache helicopter flying so low it gives me goosebumps and definitely takes the tranquility away from the island. The air base and prison are both located at Changi this end of the country so they obviously use this area for flying practice. Our last point of call is tge mangroves where they have a viewing platform where you can actually see Malaysia in the distance. Its a short ride back on the ferry but a long assed haul back to town and as a reward I also tick off another box and we go to the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. As beautiful as the building is I'm very disappointed with the service and for the price you pay will not be going back. Across the road is Chymes and on the lower ground floor we share tapas and a bottle of red , a perfect end to a perfect day.Read more

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