Friday, 3 July 2015

Pulau Ubin - Singapore's Cycling Heaven


Scenic right? You are actually looking at an abandoned quarry in Pulau Ubin. 

Pulau Ubin literally means "Granite Island". Pulau is a Malay word for "island" and Ubin is a Javanese term for "squared stone". The granite stones on the island were used to make floor tiles in the past and were called "Jubin", which was then shortened to Ubin.

Granite quarrying used to be a major industry on the island which was started in the 1800's. Quarrying was stopped when the granite was mined below sea level. To date, Pulau Ubin is one of the last rural areas to be found in Singapore. It is a home to Singapore's last villages or kampongs, add up the rich and preserved wildlife, an untouched nature, abandoned quarries and plantations, what you have is one of Singapore's best tourist attractions.

Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Pulau Ubin can only be reached via 10 to 15 minutes bumboat ride from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The terminal is served by bus numbers 2, 29, 59 or 109 and 3 minutes walk from the Bus Terminal. 

Fare is S$2.50 per person, you can bring your own bike for an extra cost. 

To enjoy the island you can walk, hike,  rent or bring your own bicycle, or hire a taxi. Bicycle rental will cost you $8 to $12 which you can use the whole day.

Let me share some of our photos:

Cycling is the best way to explore Ubin. There are so many trails and routes to suit every preference. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can take an off-road bike ride across the rugged terrain. Off-road routes range from easy to challenging trails.  If not so adventurous, just follow the asphalt road, there are maps everywhere to guide you.

When visiting the island, it a must to bring the following:
  • Comfortable shoes, no flip flops please..
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks (you won't find any shops when you decide to take off-road trails
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Rain gear (it rains every now and then, better be prepared than be stuck in the middle of the jungle)
  • Sun protection
  • Plastic bags or ziplock to waterproof your extra clothes and electronic gadgets
  • Camera and fresh batteries (if you'll have time to stop and snap photos)
  • Phone so you can call emergency numbers if needed

so tired but Happy!!! 

I love nature so for me, this part of Singapore suited me more than the urban jungle it is best known for.  I can't wait to share some of the trails we tried. Till my next post!

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Street Art in Haji Lane, Singapore

Haji Lane is one of the coolest shopping destinations in Singapore, but it is also famous for something else - its street art.  

Street art is not that "in" in Singapore considering how strict their government is regarding vandalism. In Singapore, it is illegal to do it anywhere without proper permission, but I've seen quite a lot in some MRT stations and underground walk paths so that's a good thing and hopefully more areas soon! The cool art will surely add more character to Singapore.  It is a good thing also that a lot of building owners are now starting to embrace urban art  on their buildings.

Let me share some of my photos:
art work by Slacsatu , MyowAsno (ZincNiteCrew ZNC) located at lane connecting Arab Street and Haji Lane (Kampong Glam)
located at Merdandy Bar & Cafe created by By Didier Jaba Mathieu

located at Merdandy Bar & Cafe created by Didier Jaba Mathieu

amazing mural covering the entire wall of Piedra Negra, created by Didier Jaba Mathieu (the largest mural in Singapore)
A closer look: 

Piedra Negra by Didier Jaba Mathieu 

Piedra Negra by Didier Jaba Mathieu 

in between Arab St and Haji Lane

at Piedra Negra by Didier Jaba Mathieu 

at Piedra Negra by Didier Jaba Mathieu 

mural located at Blue Jaz Cafe By Didier Jaba Mathieu (JabaOne)

Singapore is offering a lot of tourist attractions, unfortunately this place is not well advertised, but it doesn't mean it is not worth your time, there is so much about Kampong Glam that is worth exploring.  For me the street art is enough to enjoy the place add up the selections of shops and restaurants offering a delightful historical ambiance.
Even beyond Haji Lane you can still see a few street art like this one above on the wall of Stuttgart Blackforest Express located at Jalan Sultan which reminds me of my mom's wall decal at home.

If you are up for a lazy walk, a casual drink with friends or to just to hang out with family, consider this place, it is definitely worth the trip.

Haji Lane is located in the Arab Street neighbourhood, walking distance from the Bugis MRT station or from the city centre or you can take the bus.

here's hubby saying he had a pleasant time exploring Haji Lane!

I hope you enjoyed the photos! Till next time! Ciao! 

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