Ubin Day 2014: A day dedicated to one of Singapore’s last kampungs

SINGAPORE - After more than a decade, Ubin Day makes a comeback this year with a myriad of activities aimed at showcasing the island's natural flora and fauna.

It was first started by Grant Pereira, currently of The Green Volunteers, in conjunction with the Singapore Environment Council in 2002. Ubin Day was last held in 2003.

In this 2014 revival, nature lovers are banding together to organise activities that are mostly free to attend or participate in, with some also requiring pre-registration.

Highlights include guided nature walks conducted by The Green Volunteers, a heritage cycling tour conducted by Pedal Ubin, a mangrove kayaking adventure with Asian Detours, and a stargazing session guided by the NUS astronomical society.

We bring you stories about the island from The Straits Times archives, before the event day on November 30.

More than half of 500 people say they want more modern facilities for Ubin in survey

First published on Nov 3, 2014

By Melody Zaccheus

At least half of 500 people surveyed say they want the rustic island of Pulau Ubin to take on some features of modern, mainland Singapore.

They said they would like to see more public facilities, including shelters, footpaths and toilets; attractions such as cycling trails and boardwalks; and the restoration of the island's kampung houses for overnight stays.

Full story here.

Navigating Pulau Ubin without GPS: A first-hand account

First published on Oct 31, 2014

By Nabilah Said

It is a warm Friday morning in Pulau Ubin and Mr Sebastian Wong is giving me a crash course on orienteering. My eyes widen as he brandishes a compass - the last time I used one was probably for a science class in primary school.

Mr Wong, 33, the director of outdoor sports company Osportz that is behind the Ubin Wayfinder navigational race taking place in Pulau Ubin tomorrow, has devised a simple race with four checkpoints to test my skills.

Full story here.

Turn Pulau Ubin into ecotourism spot?

First published on Mar 15, 2014

By Melody Zaccheus

Pulau Ubin could be promoted as an ecotourism destination, a biodiversity hub or a village where Singapore residents weary of the city can go to relax.

Such were the suggestions in response to the Government's call on Monday for views on how to "sensitively" protect and enhance the isle's rustic character and natural environment.

Full story here.

Pulau Ubin residents can now tap electricity grid

First published on Oct 11, 2013

By Grace Chua

Electricity generation on part of Singapore's rustic Pulau Ubin island has just been upgraded to a more environmentally friendly system.

Thirty businesses and residents there have signed up to tap solar and bio-diesel energy from a micro-grid, in place of the diesel generators they used before. It will supply power to sites near the Ubin jetty and is a test project carried out by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and a consortium of companies.

Full story here.

Pulau Ubin: Rustic or just rusting away?

First published on Oct 6, 2013

By Melody Zaccheus and David Ee

Life seems to be ebbing away from the island of Pulau Ubin. Its population has dwindled from 2,000 between the 1950s and early 1970s to just 38 today.

Its once-thriving town centre is a shadow of its former self, with several provision shops and a restaurant closing over the past few years. Several villagers call it a ghost town on weekdays.

Full story here.

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