Fun in the Sun at Pulau Ubin

Believe it or not, it’s a first time we visit Pulau Ubin and knowing it’s one of the nature picturesque places to be in Singapore. It was a perfect place for nature, trekking and photography lovers like us. Plus, it was our 69th month anniversary so everything fell into place.

We headed to Changi Jetty in bus no. 2 at 8am and we were so lucky everything went smoothly. You see, bumboats will only depart if there are 12 people ready to go. If not, you have to wait. So as soon as we entered the lobby, uncle called us in. Good hor?

We rode with a group of bike enthusiasts and their bikes looked gooood. I love the water although my swimming skills are low and it was so nice to be in that boat, salty cool air blowing, sun shining, rocking to the gentle waves with the sound of water crashing and soft engine rumbling. I could sleep at that moment from being calm.

In 10 minutes or so, we arrived at Pulau Ubin. It was the most rural part of Singapore and it was beautiful. Isn't nice to live so simply? It’s nice to get away from the city or even neighborhoods to just this. Brand is irrelevant; what is important is its necessity.

At first we wanted to be ‘gung ho’ about our trekking and wanted to go by foot. It’s nothing new about us trekking at long distances but the sun was merciless and piercing that day. At 150m mark, we decided to rent a bike like normal people do. haha

It was the best decision ever because it lighten our load on our backs (Jhon’s bag was filled with camera equipment and mine was fill with food haha) and the WIND! Oh the WIND! I love you.

We headed to Chek Jawa which is one of the spots to visit in Pulau Ubin because it is a part of the island that is at its natural state.

Everyone had to park their bicycle near a resting point and just at the entrance, we saw wild hogs! That was the first time I saw wild hogs and it was a complete family with its babies. Oink oink!

We checked out a Tudor style house with a firepalce which leads off to a jetty that over looked a tiny island called Pulau Sekudu.

After that, we headed to the Mangroves walk. It was SUPER WINDY and beautiful but HOT! It was because by this time, the sun is reaching its peak.

Fortunately, we found a perfect resting spot for shade and a quick lunch. It’s our standard tuna sandwich and salad. Yummy!

Every passerby couldn’t help but peeked at our food. =P

After resting and cooling down for 2 hours, we continued our walk. The tide was still low so we managed to appreciate the mangroves more.

And we got to see mud skippers and the tiniest cutest crabs we ever seen; perhaps as small as our nails.

As we exited the mangroves, we entered the forest and encountered a look out tower. Of course, we climbed up and of course, we didn't stay long as the wind gently swayed the tower. We always try to brave ourselves and pretend we are not afraid of heights but I think we lasted only 2 minutes? Haha

That was the final trail and we ended up to the rest stop where we left of our bicycle. We didn't realized how tired our legs were until we had to climb up a slope. Just a gentle slope! It was literally and metaphorically an up and down ride. There were steep and gentles slopes but both times, we would struggle up and always eventually dismount and push.I was clearly unfit and Jhon’s knee problems were acting up again. But the ride down was oh so fun!

When we finally reached the main entrance of Pulau Ubin, it was bitter sweet. We truly had a lot of fun but at the same time, so thankful for what seemed endless hills and knee burning cycling.

Yet again, we were lucky because bum boat driver needed 2 more people to depart and there we were! The other 10 people should thank us or they have to wait longer. Haha

Jhon and I were sticky, exhausted and red but was it worth it? YES!


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