Exploring with kids the Old Kampung, Pulau Ubin

Exploring with kids the Old Kampung, Pulau Ubin

    What used to be a settlement full of life, children playing, and busy working individuals busy working at a granite quarry has now become a sanctuary for nature lovers. Just a 15-minute bumboat from mainland Singapore, you’ll get to experience the tranquility of life away from the bustling city.

    We surely can’t miss letting our girls see and experience this adventure. We all geared up by fixing our stuff the night before and making sure everyone got a good night’s sleep. Then very early the next morning, we set off. It was still dark when we left home but since we live a bit far from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, we needed to adjust. The girls (and us) were able to have about an hour more of snooze during our bus ride. haha..

    note: these trips are during post-pandemic times which explains the masks

    It was a great decision to leave early as we were able to catch the sunrise as we boarded the bumboat to Pulau Ubin. The boat fee is $4 per person and is paid directly (in cash) to the captain of the boat before leaving the mainland. You’ll need to pay an extra $2 if you’re bringing your bicycle. The boat runs from 7 am to 7 pm daily. Each boat can only take a maximum of 12 passengers.

    We opted to skip renting a bike and decided to explore the island on foot as the girls just started learning to ride their bikes during that time. Our first time on the island was about a decade ago when hubby and I just gotten married. We rented a bike so we knew that some tracks would be too dangerous for the girls to bike on. So off we went!

    We planned to walk east and reach Chek Jawa Wetlands after lunch and get back to the main jetty around 3 pm. We’re so glad that the weather was in our favor that day. Not too hot and not raining either.

    We only have a few objectives on this adventure:

    1. Use our energy wisely (there’s only one way in and one way out, so we need to make sure the girls still have the energy to walk back to the jetty).
    2. To have fun during this nature walk. We made the girls decide which way to go whenever we encountered a fork road. They’d take turns deciding which way to go. It was fun watching the enthusiasm of each one to see where their decision could lead us.
    3. To find as many animals as the girls can see in the wild. Let’s be honest, having raised the girls in this little red dot, it’s an amusement for them to see a roaming chicken around which is a bit bizarre to us as parents.

    There was one time that Audrey chose a path that led us to an uphill walk. She was so bummed by it as she saw how everyone got tired but we tried telling her (them, lil sis included) a life lesson. There’s no certain thing in life. You just need to make a decision and find the good things in it. True enough, after a few hundred more steps, we saw this Hornbill.

    We were able to reach different campsites and were on the way to Chek Jawa Wetlands already when it started to rain. Yeah, I talked too soon when I said earlier that the weather was in our favor. If you lived in Singapore, you’d know what I mean.

    So, yes it rained, and boy it was a heavy pour. Good thing we were able to reach this shed before it went really heavy. It was just time for a quick snack anyway so we grabbed that opportunity to let the girls rest and do our recount of the animals we’ve seen so far.

    screenshot from video (will edit soon!)

    It was also only when it rained that we realized that there were a lot of people on the island as well. It was glad to see that we weren’t alone on the island as we’d been walking that morning for quite some time and never seen anyone.

    We left ahead of the bunch when we saw the sky clearing up. It was still drizzling but the girls had their raincoats and an umbrella, so we were good to go. People must have been thinking we were crazy for walking towards Chek Jawa Wetlands while all of them ran for their lives in different directions thinking it would rain more. Luckily our predictions are right. The sun started to show up again when we reached Chek Jawa Wetlands and we had the place to ourselves!!!

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    We started to head back after taking tons of photos..haha… And it started to rain again. Glad the girls are such troopers that they simply marched their way back to the jetty in their raincoats while singing “Rain, Rain Go Away”. Well, it didn’t work but we had fun!

    well recommended to bring raincoats instead of umbrellas, especially for kids for a fuzz-free “rainy” adventure!

    Have you been to Pulau Ubin too? How was your experience bringing your kiddos? Let me know in the comments below!

    Take it easy guys!♥️

    What used to be a settlement full of life, children playing, and busy working individuals busy working at a granite quarry has now become a sanctuary for nature lovers. Just a 15-minute bumboat from mainland Singapore, you’ll get to experience the tranquility of life away from the bustling city. We surely can’t miss letting our…

    7 Comments

    1. Wow there’s a lot of greenery than expected. Loved how you travel with your kids and explore new places with them at this age. Makes kids independent in early ages.

    2. Congratulations on your new blog post, “Exploring with Kids the Old Kampung, Pulau Ubin”! Your vivid descriptions and practical tips make it a must-read for anyone planning a family adventure. I can’t wait to explore Pulau Ubin with my kids after reading your post. Great job!

    3. Great adventure! Your trip to the Old Kampung in Pulau Ubin with kids sounds both fun and educational. Hope I’ll get a chance to go there. Inspiring read!

    4. Pulau Ubin seems to be a wonderful place to experience nature and so near Singapore. We did not know about it when we were in Singapore, and we also had a packed schedule. Reading your post and looking at the lovely pictures, we have made up our minds to head to Pulau Ubin the next time we are in Singapore.

    5. What a lovely trip. I like the way you let your girls make decisions and ended up seeing the awesome hornbill. It sounds like a must-visit place and rich in natural beauty. I really hope that I do get to see it one day.

    6. I’m dying to visit Singapore and immerse myself in its stunning skyline, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine. The blend of modern innovation and rich tradition that I read and see in your blogs makes it a dream destination that’s hard to resist.

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