We begin the day with Ubin-only Sunday-only Lontong! Yummy as ever but bitter-sweet today because its days are numbered. November (who first discovered it in 2007) does a much better write-up on this endemic and endangered dish on the Ubin Stories blog. We are glad to introduce Pei Yan to it for the first time. And thanks to Andy for reminding us to take a photo before we gobbled it up. Hopefully, more Singaporeans will get a chance to taste it before its gone forever.
|Lontong (right) with mee siam (left), also very nice.|
Tumu berau (Bruguiera sexangula) growing naturally here (arrowed in photo). This tree is so rare it was thought extinct in Singapore until some were rediscovered at Pulau Tekong in 2005. Although the tree has grown since I last saw it in Dec 2009, we noticed branches were broken, probably as people grabbed it to go down to the shore (see footprints on the mud in the photo).
Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata) which are also not common in Singapore. The tree seems to be overwhelmed by other plants. The trunk (pale) seems to be squeezed by a Derris climber (Derris trifoliata).
We had a quick look at the iconic 'blue' kampung house on the way to Chek Jawa. I read today from sgkopi.com that the durian tree next to the house fell and destroyed the house! Mr Tan the van driver told us they are rebuilding the house. That's good to know!
Pulau Ubin, the last place in Singapore to enjoy kampung life: slow, cheap and easy. Among the upcoming Ubin activities are the free monthly guided walks at the Chek Jawa boardwalk by the Naked Hermit Crabs.
You can make a difference for Pulau Ubin! Volunteer opportunities include:
- Ubin NParks (guide at Chek Jawa and other Ubin nature trails, help with surveys and other nature work)
- TeamSeagrass (Chek Jawa is one of the monitoring sites)
- International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (which includes Ubin and Chek Jawa).
The 7million population plan has brought up in stark outlines the wild shores that we may lose, and Pulau Ubin is one of them. Many people have been working quietly on various aspects of these wild places for a long time. For a few of us, this trip to Pulau Ubin has renewed our determination to keep on going.
Elsewhere, many others are also working on the issues. From Faizah Jamal (Environmental Nominated Member of Parliament) who is working on tomorrow's parliamentary session. To continuing outreach work, like the Toddycats announcement of another Changi cycling tour in March.
- About Pulau Ubin how to get there, what to see and do
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- Pei Yan shares her first Ubin Lontong experience and other sightings on our trip.
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