Pulau Ubin

March 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Pulau Ubin

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So, it turns out that yesterday we weren’t actually done with work.  After checking out and switching hotels, Aaron and I went back to the office to listen in on some meetings and chat with our co-workers in the Singapore office.  For dinner last night we went out for Sushi with Benn who was the guy that coordinated our trip to Australia last year and it was good to hang out with him and catch up a bit.

With work now officially done, Aaron and I found a place to go:  a small island in the Strait of Johore (the waterway between Malaysia and Singapore).  We were looking to get out of the city and away from the shopping, tall buildings and streets and into something more off the beaten path.  We took a taxi to the eastern edge of Singapore and took a water ferry from there to Pulau Ubin.  After a quick 15 minute boat-ride, we were definitely someplace different from the big city.

Aaron (pictured above) and I rented mountain bikes to tour around on the island and explore.

We saw some wildlife along the way with a wild boar and some sort of giant tadpole thing, oh, and a spider that was simply enormous (Aaron’s hand is just behind the web.  We saw a few monkeys in the forest, but didn’t get any good pictures of them.

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The scenery was very nice and we were in the shade for most of the time, but I did manage to get myself a little sunburn along the way.  It’s a far easier adventure when you simply know that there is no air conditioning on the island and you’re just going to get hot and sweaty until you get back to the hotel.  We were definitely that and stopped for some more water and ice-cream bars for lunch.  Yes kids, I had ice-cream for lunch!  🙂

We walked on a boardwalk among the mangrove trees along the shore and we were at high-tide, so at low-tide the water would be about 10 feet lower than what we saw.  And don’t feed the animals…

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The view from an observation tower was really nice, you could see all around the forest out into the bay looking over Singapore:

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The observation deck said it held 20 people maximum, but that was a bit of a stretch, there were easily 30 people up there.  Apparently the majority of the Asians there were very scared of heights as they were huddled in the middle trying to take pictures quickly.  If only we could have done the math on the sign to figure out how many of us could have been up there.  And a quick selfie to prove I was there:

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We stopped for a drink on the way back to the water ferry, and I forgot to mention, the people running the bike rental place we stopped at were very impressed with my height and we took pictures when we first rented as well as when we returned them, with the 5 or so people running the store in various combinations.  For being nice about it, they gave Aaron and I a free drink on our way to the ferry.

When we got back to Singapore we strolled around an open-air market and I found what could have been the absolute best strawberry smoothie on the planet.  No seriously, it was really good, I wasn’t just really, hot, sweaty and sun-burned.  Last shot is looking up at the interior of my current hotel.  I’m pretty good with heights, but looking over the edge from my 13th floor is just a little creepy.  (The picture is looking up from the 13th floor to the top, the elevator is the round tube on the right and there were two crosswalks up around the 20th floor.

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Dinner tonight is planned for some Chinese.  Took a super long shower to get cleaned up after our time outside and that was really refreshing!

Tomorrow, Aaron heads back to Seattle and I have plans to go to the Zoo, Night Safari tour and go to a couple museums; the Art & Science museum has a display running right now on DaVinci which I think will be fun to check out.

Love you all and miss you!