There’s free admission to the Jurong Bird Park from Sep 6 to 15 for local residents. That includes Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, and Employment Pass holders. 8 sections within the park that will charge a nominal entry fee of S$2. [Read more…]
Labrador Nature Reserve Walking Trail ∞
- Be transported into Singapore’s historical maritime and war past
- Get up close and personal with diverse flora and fauna
- Walk through Singapore’s only coastal cliff vegetation (Guided tour only)
- Enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore’s offshore islands from lookout deck
- Appreciate the beauty of the sea from vantage points along the promenad
Labrador Nature Reserve is a gazetted reserve containing an indigenous ecosystem that houses Singapore’s rich biodiversity. This includes Singapore’s only protected coastal cliff vegetation and rocky shore.
Lying adjacent to the reserve is a 10-hectare park. Experience the fascinating connection between the landscape and historical themes by tracing the journey back to the 1870s. Follow the landmarks with interpretative signage that show how Labrador transformed from a thick coastal forest and mangroves to what it is today – a tranquil nature reserve with relics of Singapore’s World War II past. [Read more…]
Most of the land in the area belonged to the Little’s Family before 1917 and the road name changed after Chew Joo Chiat owned most of the land in Joo Chiat area. [Read more…]
Woodlands waterfront was launched on Sunday May 23 2010 a new leisure destination in the north and unveiled yesterday by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan. [Read more…]
Pulau Ubin is a small island in the northeast of Singapore, to the west of Pulau Tekong.
Pulau Ubin Resort / Chalet
Pulau Ubin UCC resort is the perfect local getaway, just 15 minutes boat ride away from mainland Singapore.
Previously called Ubin Lagoon Resort, or Marina Country Club (MCC), it is now known as Celestial Resort.
Celestial Resort started its operation in July 2009, & offers more comfortable overnight stays than outdoor campsites. It has cozy rooms with facilities equipped for your utmost comfort & convenience.
It has facilities aimed at team-building and corporate retreats. The facilities include abseiling, flying fox, rock climbing and other games. Guided trekking and canoeing outside the resort is also organised.
The standard room (2 guests) cost $98 on weekday and $118 on weekend. You need to add $90 extra if you want duplex room (4 guests).
Pulau Ubin Map
Pulau Ubin Ferry
How to go to Pulau Ubin? Easy!
Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal ($2.50 one-way). Boats will leave when there are 12 passengers but you can also opt to pay the difference for the boat to leave immediately. Guests of MCC Ubin Resort can access from the Club premises at Punggol.
Bumboats run from sunrise to sunset. Special arrangements will have to be made with the boatmen for trips after dark.
Admission to the island is free. There are no opening or closing hours, but regular services only run during daylight hours. The NParks Information Kiosk is open 8.30am-5pm. Bumboats to and from Pulau Ubin, and public transport on the island operate from sunrise to sunset.
How to get to Chek Jawa Wetlands Upon arrival at the Ubin jetty, visitors can hire a van or rent a bicycle from the main village. For the more adventurous, a walk to Chek Jawa would take about 40 minutes.Chek Jawa Wetlands was officially launched on the 7th July 2007 by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development. New amenities in Chek Jawa Wetlands include an information kiosk, boardwalk, viewing tower, viewing jetty and a visitor centre with seminar room and workroom. Impact of human traffic on the grounds of Chek Jawa Wetlands is greatly reduced with the visitors now enjoying the splendors of Chek Jawa from the boardwalk.
Pulau Ubin Cycling
One of the best and fastest way to explore the island is by bicycle. Many people had a good time cycling at Pulau Ubin. You can bring your own or rent it at the village next to the jetty (there are many rental shops for you to choose).
Pulau Ubin History
The name Pulau Ubin literally means “Granite Island” in Malay, which explains the many abandoned granite quarries there. The word ubin is said to be a Javanese term for “squared stone”. To the Malays, the island is also known as Pulau Batu Ubin, or “Granite Stone Island”. The rocks on the island were used to make floor tiles in the past and were called Jubin, which was then shortened to Ubin.
The island is known as chioh sua in Hokkien, which means “stone hill”.
Legend has it that Pulau Ubin was formed when three animals from Singapore (a frog, a pig and an elephant) challenged each other to a race to reach the shores of Johor. The animals that failed would turn to stone. All three came across many difficulties and were unable to reach the shores of Johor. Therefore, the elephant and pig together turned into Pulau Ubin whilst the frog became Pulau Sekudu or Frog Island.
Pulau Ubin first appeared on map in an 1828 sketch of the Island of Singapore as Pulo Obin and in Franklin and Jackson’s map as Po. Ubin.
Since the British founding of Singapore, the island has been known for its granite. The numerous granite quarries on the island supply the local construction industry. The granite outcrops are particularly spectacular from the sea because their grooves and fluted sides create furrows and ridges on each granite rock slab. These features are captured in John Turnbull Thomson’s 1850 painting — Grooved stones on Pulo Ubin near Singapore.
The granite from Pulau Ubin was used in the construction of Horsburgh Lighthouse. Tongkangs ferried the huge rock blocks (30 by 20 feet) from the island to Pedra Branca, the site of the lighthouse, in 1850 and 1851.
Later, the granite was also used to build the Singapore-Johor Causeway. Most of the quarries are not in operation today and are being slowly recolonised by vegetation or filled with water. Apart from quarrying, farming and fishing were the principal occupations of the inhabitants of the island in the past. It is also called Selat Tebrau (tebrau is a kind of large fish).
In the 1970s as the granite quarries closed down and jobs dwindled, residents began leaving.
In the 1880s, a number of Malays led by Endut Senin, from the Kallang River were said to have moved to the island that began the thriving Malay community on the island.
Many of the former kampongs on Pulau Ubin were either named after the first person who settled in the kampong or by some feature in the area. Kampong Leman was named by Leman; Kampong Cik Jawa by a Singaporean named Jawa; and Kampong Jelutong from people from Changi and from its jelutong trees.
Bin Kiang School was established in 1952 for the increasing number of children, from money donated by the resident Chinese. Lessons prior to this were conducted on the village wayang stage. With a student population that once numbered 400, enrolment fell as the Singapore mainland developed. The school closed in 1985, and was demolished on 2 April 2000. There was also a private Malay school around 1956 at Kampung Melayu, which closed in the late 1970s.
Pulau Ubin was found to be suitable for the construction of several campsites. Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) was established in 1967 at Pulau Ubin, by Dr Goh Keng Swee, while the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) opened its 30-hectare site located between Kamupung Bahru and Kampung Noordin.
On June 3, 2005, the Singapore Government ordered that all the farmers rearing poultry on the island were to ship them to mainland Singapore and rear them in government-approved farms by June 17, 2005, in the wake of the avian influenza. In exchange, the local inhabitants were offered HDB government housing packages, although they could choose to live on the island.
Granite quarrying supported a few thousand settlers on Pulau Ubin in the 1960s, but only about a hundred villagers live there today. It is one of the last rural areas to be found in Singapore, with an abundance of natural flora and fauna.
I saw Haw Par Villa for many times – on buses or taxi. Today I passed by this place again and my curiosity was killing me; so, I did a little research on Haw Par Villa and now share with you my findings.
Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore, located along Pasir Panjang Road. The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history, and illustrating various aspects of Confucianism. [Read more…]
Escape Theme Park is Singapore’s largest outdoor theme park and it is located in NTUC Downtown East, Pasir Ris. It was opened in May 2000 and a water park named Wild Wild Wet located adjacent to it was opened in June 2004. Its slogan is “360 degrees of fun” and it is now a non-smoking park.
The Escape Theme Park features an equal mix of thrill rides and family rides. Some thrill rides include a pirate ship, 2 go kart tracks, 1 of which is catered to younger riders, fairground style rides, a walk-through haunted house, as well as the highest log flume in Asia. [Read more…]
Universal Studios Singapore is a new theme park located within Resorts World on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It was a key component of Genting’s bid for the right to build Singapore’s second integrated resort. It will be opening in early 2010.
The park map was released on 20 October 2009.
Occupying 20 hectares, there will be a total of 24 attractions in the park and 18 of them will either be original or specially designed for the new park. The park is reported to be a “one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia” as Universal Studios Singapore has promised that this will be the only park it would have in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years. [Read more…]