I took the train bound for Tanah Merah Station followed by a bus ride aboard Bus No. 2 terminating at Changi Village where the Changi Point Ferry Terminal is located. I never been to this part of Singapore, so the bus ride was like a tour around an area of mostly landed houses, a sight different from the usual rows of HDB and condominiums that I became accustomed too.
Few meters walk from the busy Changi Village Hawker Center is the Changi jetty with boats departing for Pulau Pengerang and Pulau Ubin, a small island deem to be one of the remaining rural area of Singapore and that is where I was heading too.
The bumboat to Pulau Ubin cost around 3 SGD per person, to be paid to the captain on board and requires at least 6 passengers before it departs.
The ferry ride was short but enjoyable, that exhilarating feeling of moving away from the main island, temporarily leaving my troubles and stress behind, away from all the reminder of modern living and heading to a place where nature and adventure awaits, exactly what must have been the the boy at the boat must be feeling.
After less than 10 minutes, together with other weekend visitors, I arrived at Pulau Ubin jetty and headed to the bicycle shop to rent one for 8 SGD whole day and asked for free map to see the best possible route to maximize my island exploration.
Pulau Ubin is popularly dubbed as the last standing “kampung” (village) in Singapore where it’s less than hundred residents rely on wells for water and sometimes generator for electricity.
For most parents, a trip to Pulau Ubin is more than just a weekend cycling activity, it is a time as well to re-introduce their kids to nature and maybe teach them about life’s simple pleasures, the modesty of rural living, something different from the very convenient life they grew up to.
The island is free for everyone to visit and there is no opening or closing time, however the island small eateries, bike rental shops and transportation services operates during daylight hours only so it will be wise to visit within that period.
There were some hilly and rough parts on the cycling trail which can test one’s endurance, oftentimes everyone was too focus and eager to conquer these trails that they often fail to notice some of the best view in the island, while many only stop to photograph wild boar roaming around freely.
Coming from Chek Jawa and cycling back to the jetty area, another site to visit in the island is the Blue Lake, one of the several abandoned granite quarries in the island.