Pulau Ubin and Mid-Autumn Festival

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 20, 2010

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

We took a short 45 minute bumboat over to the island of Pulau Ubin.  It's a great escape to pre-urban jungle days.  The weather was cloudy so much cooler then having the sun beat down on us.  As soon as you walk on the dock, it's a short minute walk over to a variety of shops offering bikes for rent.  We chose the $7 bikes and our first pit stop was at a seafood restaurant for lunch.  No seafood for us but we managed to find some other eatable grindz.  

The bikes were not in the best of shape but would do.  In fact the chain popped off Steve's bike and every time he tried to change gears the bike opposed.  It was faster then walking so we made them work.  We strolled around the back streets and through the woods.  There was a former home with a pier that we could walk out on.  Then we noticed the clouds were looking more and more ominous so we rushed back to the bikes to head back to the dock.  As we were peddling away, thunder roared and in less then two seconds, we were riding in a downpour.  It was actually fun!

We returned our bikes and got back on the boat to go home.  Then I had a flashback of having ridden boats like this around Hiroshima when I was five-ish.  I think it must have rained a lot when we were on the boat then as that's what helped trigger the memory.  Huh...

Once we were back at home, we turned right around, into Chinatown for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The area was lit up with whimsical decorations and mooncakes galore.  Steve bought a mini mooncake to taste.  I knew I wouldn't like the bean paste, which they have a lot of in Japan as well.  Steve doesn't care for it either but was living in the moment.  We walked to the town square to see performers singing and dancing, spectators gathering and old men playing Chinese chess.  

While walking back home, we stopped through Clarke Quay and saw a more interesting performance of kids and adults dressed in Chinese costumes.  They danced and had a fairly large crowd watching them.  Then towards the end, some people got on stage lighting up lanterns and letting them drift into the night sky.  Our attention was adverted to platforms set up in the narrow stretch of the Singapore River.  In true Chinese style they shot fireworks to light up the night sky
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