It's time for my Ubin fix! A dose of tranquility and gentle exploration.
As usual, the main reason why we are on Ubin on a Sunday is to eat the Sunday-only Ubin-only to-die-for lontong. The nasi lemak is also delicious. Plus the kopi. Aiyah, the Best Breakfast in Singapore lah.
Sensory Trail which starts near Ubin Town. We encountered a small troop of Long-tailed macaques who were quietly and slowly foraging in the trees. It's good to see that the macaques on Ubin have not been 'spoilt' by human feeding. Andy also spotted a flying lizard.
Saga tree full of the bright red seeds! The word 'Saga' has been traced to the Arabic for goldsmith. In India and Sri Lanka, the seeds of this tree have been used as units of weight for fine measures, of gold for instance.
Sensory Trail was developed in 1995 to allow the visually handicapped a chance to experience Ubin using their senses of touch and smell. The Trail includes many panels with Braille which can be read by touch. Sadly, I noticed some of the Braille panels have been ripped off. Sigh. I cannot understand vandalism.
Tumu berau is no longer where it used to be (yellow arrow).This tree is so rare it was thought extinct in Singapore until some were rediscovered at Pulau Tekong in 2005. I first saw it in Dec 2009 and last saw it in Feb 2013 when I noticed its branches were snapped off, probably by people who were clambering up and down to the water. The small Gedabu nearby is still there.
NEA does this even at Chek Jawa in the mangroves and intertidal even though mosquitoes don't breed in salty water. Sigh.
Giant shield bugs. The adult is on the left in the photo, while the rectangular one is an immature nymph.
DIY Trail guide from the NParks website.
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.