The last frontier of Singapore 🇸🇬 - Pulau Ubin.
Pulau Ubin is an island located off the Northeast coast of Singapore. It is known as the last forntier due to the magnitude of development that has taken place around Singapore. Over the course of the last 52 years Singapore has change so much however Pulau Ubin is the only place that has manage to stay stuck in time. Pulau Ubin has been earmarked for development on several occasions but numerous campaigns and petitions have managed to hault the development, but who knows how long it will last.
In the 1960s the population of Pulau Ubin was in the thousands but in recent time the population has dwindled to the hundreds. I guess the biggest driving force behind the sharp decline in Pulau Ubin's population is the lack of jobs on the island resulting in people moving to mainland Singapore to seek better careers and have access to better life chances and options.
The last time I went to Pulau Ubin was more then twenty years ago. It's not that difficult to get to Pulau Ubin; all you need to do is get a bus to Changi Village Bus Terminal. The buses that will get you there are bus number 2, 29, 59 and 109 and from Changi Village Bus Terminal it is just a short walk to the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. At Changi Point Ferry Terminal you will be able to get a bum boat at the cost of $3SGD (roughly £1.70) for a single journey to Pulau Ubin. The are no fixed times for the bum boats. As regulations allow them to take a maximum of 12 passengers, the boat captains tend to wait 'till they have full capacity before they depart, this is the same for the return journey. One thing to take note is that there are no ATM machines on Ubin and all the shops on island only accepts cash payment therefore to remember to withdraw cash before heading over to Ubin.
Once you arrive on Pulau Ubin, you will soon realise although it is part of Singapore, it is nothing like the mainland of Singapore. On Pulau Ubin, time has somehow stood still and you will get to enjoy the Singapore of old surrounded by plenty of flora and fauna. You can either roam around on foot or you can rent a bicycle. There are plenty of bicycle rental shops at the main village so do walk around and find out the difference in price and the types of bicycles they offer. The main village is tiny but this is the only place where you are able to get food and refreshments. One thing to take note is that tap water is not drinkable on Pulau Ubin so do remember to bring your own bottled water or you can purchase them at the village.
Pulau Ubin may not have white sandy beaches but there are still plenty of things to do. For those of you who are nature lovers there is lush greenery to explore, the butterfly hill where you'll get to observe different species of butterflies, its also a good place for bird watching. Heading to the east side of the island, you will be able to visit Chek Jewa wetlands where, during low tide, it is possible to explore the marine wildlife within the coral reef. For those of you who are thrill seekers, you will be able to enjoy the tricky mountain bike trails, kayak round the island or hike up Puaka hill. Camping is another activity that one could enjoy however if you are planning to do this, you are required to register you stay with the police on the island.
One can only hope that Pulau Ubin continues to remain the same for many years to come to allow Individuals a chance to get away from the frantic and fast paced lifestyle of Singapore and enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility.