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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Island Getaway, Pulau Ubin - WS #30

Our family stepped back in time as we went on an excursion to the last village in Singapore, Pulau Ubin (Ubin Island) with Mountbatten Constituency Sports Club. As there were almost 150 members, we could only do a quick tour of the island.

We took a 10-min bumboat ride (S$2.50 each) and then a van to the Chek Jawa Wetlands where one can find Singapore's richest ecosystem. There are 6 different types of habitats in Chek Jawa.

The best and most popular way to see the island is on a bicycle. Near the jetty are shops renting bikes. It costs S$3 to S$12 for an hour.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore..... we spent time walking on rustic roads under swaying coconut trees, explore trails in rubber plantations half expecting a wild boar called 'Lucy' to come surprise us. hehehe...... We saw the flourishing mangroves.... need to return to check out privy info about nudist camp on secluded beaches. :P The air here is fresher and the sights and sounds are so soothing to one's soul!

Besides the plantations and mangrove swamps, there are granite quarries, fish and prawn farms, and traditional fishing "kelongs".

Seagrass Lagoon - One can see lots of seagrasses and seaweeds. Find marine creatures during low tide in this shallow lagoon. Try to look for secretive crabs, snails, colourful sea cucumbers (seasonal), sea hare, squids and mantis shrimps.

Coastal Boardwalk and natural Rocky Shore - It looks barren but many living creatures are hidden beneath the rocks or wedged in the crevices. I was told to look for barnacles, crabs and shell-boring snails called drills.

Scale 20m high Jejawi Tower to get a panoramic view of Chek Jawa. I raced my son to the top. My lungs were almost bursting when I reached it! Oh dear! Got to hit the gym.

Bird-watching will be fun, I forgot to bring my binoculars. The view was not that fantastic. I'm scared when the tower sways in the wind!

My hubby was left behind at Pulau Ubin Jetty because there were only places for two more in our bumboat! ta-ta....

I have to go back to the island again .... No, not to get my hubby. There is the info to be verified ....... hehehe.......

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