It’s a Village Life on the Tiny Island of Ubin

by Rosemarie John on February 3, 2012

Just some ten kilometres north east of Singapore, lies the country’s last rural corner. Called Pulau Ubin that translates to “Granite Island”, this boomerang shaped land mass portrays a nostalgic 1960s feel when modern and public utilities were non-existent. There are about a hundred villages who still make the island their home. Depending on wells for water and noisy diesel generators for electricity, life here is as simple as it can be.

Travelling there by bumboat, this photo represents the first thing you would see when you approach the island’s jetty. Apart from the simple folk who go about their daily lives, there are many activities that a nature lover can take on – cycling, camping, trekking, nature walks, fishing, bird watching and even having some scrumptious seafood at the island’s provincial restaurants.

With such rapid and extensive developments in Singapore, it is unclear how long a rustic place like this will be left alone. For more information about what you can do there, read: Trekking the Sensory Trail at Pulau Ubin

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The Pinay Wanderer February 3, 2012 at 5:16 am

Glad to have stumbled upon your blog, we’re planning to go to Singapore by May this year, hopefully, we could have time to visit this island. 🙂

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Rosemarie John February 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

Oh you’ll have lots to see and do! Try to make time just for a day trip to the island if your days are short 🙂

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DR March 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

Ubin: definitely one of my personal favs!

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Rosemarie John March 13, 2012 at 1:51 am

Oh I agree! Its a real diamond in the rough!

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