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Friday, July 4, 2008
Ubin 1999 (Part 1) | 5:25 PM

This is my journey back in time to a place very special to me.

Pulau Ubin

My pictoral sorjourn began in the late 1990s when I was allowed to use my dad's camera for field trips. The following pictures were actually taken as part of a project for a photography elective during my university days. They were also the outcome of the black-and-white darkroom techniques I had learnt then and which I had forgotten completely now. :)


At Changi Jetty, located at the tip of Changi Beach, a lone skipper waits aside for his turn to dock at the jetty to pick up passengers.

Back in 1999, a one-way bum-boat trip costs only S$1. Today, it has more than doubled, not surprisingly, due to rising fuel prices, to $2.50.

Like the men in the picture, I like to hang out at the stern of the boat to feel the rush of sea breeze on my face. However, a public safety decree by the authorities has banned passengers from doing so now.

To quote the Wild Singapore site : the island of Pulau Ubin is situated in the northeastern coast of Singapore". The "rustic village" setting is "a reflection of days gone by, when life was simpler".

To enjoy the natural vegetation and laidback kampong ambience of this quaint island, go rent a bike or take a leisurely stroll. If you are more adventurous and equipped with your hiking boots and attire, try trekking to Jek Jawa or the highest point on the island.

On a windy day, you can hear the wind and the fronds carrassing each other overhead and I simply love the calming effect the sounds bring.

The building of the only school for the locals no longer stands there today.

How often do you see an abandoned car in a state of total disarray and disrepair on Singapore shores? This monumental junk speaks volume about how change sometimes leaves behind the obsolete and the unwanted.

On the day I was there, I came across a few artists painting near the kampong house just a stone's throw away from the police post. I add myself to the layers to the picture on art versus reality.

The ropes ringed around the kettle added that "cattle ranch" feel to the photograph.

How to get chickens to pose for your photograph? Stay still so as not to scare away the birds, take multiple shots using the burst mode and pray that 1 of them will turn out wonderful.

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