Singapore — Pulau Ubin

Also called Ubin Island, Pulau Ubin (“Granite Island”) is a small island situated in the north east of Singapore. 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. The best way to get about the island is by bicycle, though our tandem bike seems to not like off-roading or inclines, making the journey a bit more arduous than necessary.

Legend has it that Pulau Ubin was formed when three animals from Singapore¬† challenged each other to a race to reach the shores of Johor, Malaysia. The animals that failed would turn to stone. All three were unable to reach the shores of Johor, so in defeat the pig and elephant together became Pulau Ubin, while the third, a frog, became Pulau Sekud (“Frog Island.”)

Side-note: The fencing in the water seen in the last photo is the border with Malaysia, which doesn’t appear to be too secure. I seriously considered swimming over but will save Malaysia for another trip.

Photos taken April 2014 (Nikon D7000).

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