- image: Leone Fabre)
- "Off the beaten track" experience across Pulau Ubin
- Close look at interesting flora on Pulau Ubin
- House of the late Village Head
- House No. 1 (Tudor-style cottage with fireplace)
- Glimpse of Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island) and views of the sea from the jetty
Shaped like a boomerang, Pulau Ubin (Granite Island) is situated just off the north-eastern corner of mainland Singapore. The 1020-hectare island was once a cluster of five smaller ones separated by tidal rivers, but the building of bunds for prawn farming has since united these into a single island. Two other islets, Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) and Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island), lie to its south. Ubin is largely a series of undulating, granite hills. In the early days, granite mining supported a few thousand settlers.
Much of the original vegetation was cleared for the cultivation of rubber and crops like coffee, pineapple, coconut and jasmine. Today, abandoned granite quarries remain as picturesque relics of Ubin's history, while forests and grasslands have regenerated to cover up the ravages of the past.
Bumboat operate from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (near Changi Village) from as early as 6am until at least 8pm. The ride takes ten minutes and costs $2.50 per person ($2 extra if you are bringing your bicycle) each way. There are no scheduled departure times to and from Ubin, as bumboats set off only when there are 12 passengers.
Sembewang Park is a tranquil park, situated in the north of Singapore facing Johor Straits and where we have been Kayaking:
(Sembewang Park and Kayaking - images: Leone Fabre)
- Bedok Reservoir Park
- Bishan Park
- Kallang Riverside Park
- Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
- Upper Peirce Reservoir Park
- MacRitchie Reservoir Park
- Sengkang Riverside Park
- Kranji Reservoir Park
The park was later redeveloped in 2000 to reflect a theme of 'Old Frame, New Images'. The upgraded park features many new facilities to meet the recreational needs of different groups of park users and provides a livelier ambiance to the park. An example is the tilting train in the adventure playground that is loved by children. More trees and palms were planted to provide better shade, more greenery and a cool environment for visitors