Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
9Trip End Jan 07, 2013
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Chek Jawa Wetland Reserve
Pulau Ubin is the last of Singapore's traditional kampong fishing village, although the term "village" might even be too expansive for Ubin. After departing the bumboat I checked the information kiosk, which in fact provided little information. I walked down the short main strip of the village, dotted on either side primarily by bicycle rental shops. I procured a ladies cruiser from the only shop open at 9 am and set off for the Chek Jawa wetland preserve
I didn't have to wait quite as long for the bumboat back to the ferry terminal, and just as I began to give up faith on hailing a taxi, a yellow beacon pulled into the station. I hopped in and instructed the driver to take me to the nearest MRT station in an attempt to save the S$20 the morning trip cost. Within minutes I was at the Pasir Ris station, which happened to be the line I used two days prior to get to the Eastern Singapore district. Still dismayed I didn't get to see the "possibly best examples of Peranakan architecture in Singapore" and with some time to spare, I alighted again at Paya Lebar and headed in what this time I was certain was the right direction.
In a few minutes I was in the general vicinity of the row houses, although quickly discerned that the map on my guide app was slightly incorrect. Summoning what was left of my luck and wanderlust, I started off again not entirely sure where I was going. As it happened, I stumbled upon the row houses in no time at all. After I uttered an "oooh, prrreetttyy" to myself and walked along aimlessly for some time, I made my way back to the MRT for the trip back to Orchard. Another obscure Singaporean sight was checked off my list.
As reparation for having to spend the Christmas holiday alone in a foreign land, Rufio's boss granted him a special expense allowance for a dinner date with me upon my arrival