This long weekend 4 days-holiday Thomas and I decided to spend the days at outdoor getaways. Visit the Mother Nature.
Pulau Ubin, the last “kampung” directly translated as village, in Singapore. People are living here with generator supplied electricity. For someone who loves the sanctuary of nature this is the place you want to try.
The trip begins at Changi Point Ferry terminal for a 10 minute ride on bumboat for only $SG2.50. It is wonderful with the beautiful scenery of the coastline.
As soon as I stepped out off the bumboat I felt so relaxed. It is like I’m back in childhood, still living in the countryside in Philippines. In the village you arrive at, there a lot of stray dogs roaming around, but clearly they are used to a lot of people around them.
We rented a couple of bicycles in one of the many rental shops for $10 per bike for the whole day. The shop offer $2 to $10 per bike depends on the age, tear and wear estate of the bike, so better have a test ride before you start the trip.
When we came to the junction of a fork road, we choose the way going west. The nature here is really stunningly beautiful. On our way, we saw traditional kampong houses, the Pekan Quarry- a beautiful deep pool surrounded by trees but forbidden for swimming.
We continued and we passed by the beautifully colored chalets of the islands resort until we reached the beach. The beach itself was not the nicest, but here a lot of locals here, fishing and chatting. Just after the beach we followed a dirt track which ended up overlooking this beautiful and magnificent blue water Ubin Quarry. It says on the sign “No Climbing” but Christian, our friend from Denmark apparently forgot his glasses at home:)
On our way back, we stopped by the lone resort in the village called Celestial Resort for a quick lunch at the restaurant. The resort offers a lot of activities like kayaking by the lagoon, beach volleyball, rock climbing and many others. Fish body and feet cleansing are also available.
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Overall experience about Pulau Ubin: Excellent. We loved the quiet and nature aura. This was my 3rd visit here and I definitely would love to come back, given the chance.
Afternoon of Sunday we went for a long walk together with our friend Pearl. We started our journey at the Henderson waves, a structure not to be missed that connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. The bridge is breathtaking architecture standing at 36m above Henderson Road. It’s artistic, distinctive wave-like structure is really well made and amazing. The curves are not only used as a design but it serves as a shelter as well. Some people used it as a picnic ground.
We continued our walk until Mount Faber and up the hill to Mount Faber park where the Restaurant “Jewel Box” is located and overlooking the southern part and shore of Singapore. After a few minutes of rest, we walked downhill again and continued down to the Danish Seaman’s Church, a black and white house used for gathering and for Sunday mass.
Then all the way to Kent Ridge Park where we saw monkeys steal food from an bypassing Indian family. They took the whole bag of food and started eating it in the middle of the path way (the monkeys, not the Indian family).
On Monday afternoon, me and Thomas went for a stroll along Chinatown, Bugis and Bencoleen St. We passed by the La Salle School of Arts Singapore, which I found really amazing. We walked around Chinatown but quickly got tired of the crowd and went home to cook instead.
Thomas the hulk at HSBC tree top walk
On Tuesday afternoon, we finally decided to go and experience the HSBC tree top walk. The free-standing suspension bridge that connects the two highest point of Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang in MacRitchie. It took us more than 2 hours to finish 7km trail from Venus Drive parking space through the jungle to the bridge and back. We followed the dirt track of Terentang trails wherein we were amazed with how Singapore managed to keep a place like this as it is. Huge trees, different kind of plants, tiny and huge mushrooms growing on dead trunks of trees. Listening to the sound of nature is the best way to relax. True jungle in the middle of a city. It is really amazing.
mushroom growing on dead tree trunk
The 7km map trail from Venus drive car park
Its me fascinated with the beautiful view
To end a trip like this, Thomas had a beer while Pearl and I had soft drinks after the 2 hour walk. We are tired but happy!
Have a break! Lets have a beer!