Staycation – Ubin Day 2016

After my climb to Mt Kinabalu in May, we’ve no plans to travel. Don’t feel sorry for me because I’m enjoying Singapore!
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On Saturday, I went to Pulau Ubin for Ubin Day which is a month long celebration with activities and ends next week. Catch a ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal. Each boat ride costs $3 for one way. No tickets, just pay the boat owner.

It was drizzling but nice and cool. I’d a raincoat and an umbrella. Do bring insect repellant, a bottle of water and some snacks if you’re with kids. Otherwise just buy at the Changi Village hawker centre next to the Ferry Terminal.

I enjoyed very much the kampong trail guided walk which I understand will be free every 3rd Saturday even after Ubin Day.
Check out:
https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/pulau-ubin-and-chek-jawa

I’ve been to the chek jawa conservation biodiversity tour 6 years ago. Do sign up for the limited spaces.

On the Kampung tour, you see fruit trees close up. Like this assam tamarind tree.
Belimbling
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Have you seen such huge blue pea flowers – natural blue dye for staining rice.

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Did you know banana flowers can be eaten? Like a salad.
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Ginger flower for rojak. Smells so fragrant.

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Even durian tree – golden leaves.
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And golden papaya.

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Our guide Evelyn telling us how she used to pump up the kerosene lamps before we had electricity. Nostalgia as many of us shared the same experience of a childhood in Singapore village life.
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Bed before mattress. A family huddled on this hard thing.
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We all had this refrigerator – where food is stored and little bowls filled with kerosene to prevent unwanted little intruders from getting to our food.
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See you next weekend.
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A day of sun, sea and fresh air. And memories.
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