On Monday, a group of friends and I headed over to Pulau Ubin, which is a small island off Singapore that is only accessible via ferry. Despite the fact that Pulau Ubin is part of Singapore, it takes about 2.5 hours to get there, which is quite a long time considering how efficient Singapore’s public transportation is.
Essentially, a trip to Pulau Ubin is like taking a time machine back to the 1960’s. Many people go to Pulau Ubin to get a unique opportunity to see what parts of Singapore were like in the 1960’s, before it underwent the rapid development that has made it into the advanced metropolis it is today. Currently, Singapore has roughly 5.4 million people and ranks as the 3rd most dense country in the world. Pulau Ubin, on the other hand, has a population of only about 100 people (meaning there are probably more wild boars on the island than people).
Anyway, it was really refreshing to escape from the hustle and bustle of mainstream Singapore and enjoy the nature, scenery, and quietness of Pulau Ubin. We biked around the island, ate fresh Chili Crab, and successfully avoided encounters with venomous spiders.