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6 things to do in Singapore.

I have put together a small list of things to do in Singapore, a result of last year’s resolution to explore a bit more of the island. This list excludes tourist sites like the Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, and Gardens by the Bay – places which you would already know of if you are planning to visit the city. Instead, this is a compilation of lesser-known places and activities that contribute to the local experience. Needless to say, they present opportunities for one to indulge in photography.

The list is not exhaustive, and I might even do another one down the road. For now, here are 6 things you might want to try out.

Visit Kampong Buangkok

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We still talk fondly about the kampong spirit, a kind of camaraderie that existed between neighbours back in the old days. Singapore’s last kampong gives you a peek into the lives of the general population more than 30 years ago.  Today, less than 30 households occupy the village which sits on about 12,300m2 of land off Yio Chu Kang Road.

Explore old playgrounds in the housing estates

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Children of the 70s and 80s used to play in outdoor sandpit playgrounds that take the shape of fruits and animals. The collective memory of these old mosaic playgrounds is detailed in Mosiac Memories as part of the Singapore Memory Project.

Cycle in Punggol Point Park

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Cycling at the Punggol Point Park was surprisingly enjoyable. The park is relatively new and clean, and it isn’t crowded like East Coast Park, so you get to cycle more of the way without having to skirt through people who fall into your path. A pretty good way to take a break from city life I’ll say.

Take a trip to Pulau Ubin

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People flock to this island, north-east of Singapore, to cycle, but it is not for the faint-hearted as the roads are steep and designated cycling paths are non-existent.

There is plenty of room on this island for the non-cyclist though. Discover plant and animal varieties as you trek the – sometimes mud-trodden – paths, and explore Chek Jawa, a natural wetlands made up of 6 interdependent ecosystems. If you love being surrounded by nature, you’ll enjoy this island.

Have a picnic at the Botanic Gardens

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After its revamp, the Botanic Gardens became one of my favourite places to spend an idyllic afternoon. And there is Island Creamery around the corner, serving what I would say is one of the better ice-creams on the island.

Visit a cafe in Tanjong Pagar

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How can a list about Singapore be complete without food? Tanjong Pagar is one of the best places to go to if you want to experience cafe culture in Singapore, apart form Tiong Bahru. Head down to Flor for the best mille-feuille, Drury Lane and Nylon Coffee Roasters for coffee, and The Plain for brunch and ambience.

Kampong Buangkok – Part 4

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Fourth, and last, post on Kampong Buangkok. There are so many details to capture, and I didn’t realise that I had taken a roll and a half. You can view more pictures in xy’s blog. On a side note, I am hoping that the recent calls to preserve this village will materialise.

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View all posts on Kampong Buangkok here.

Kampong Buangkok – Part 3

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We are having an extended weekend, thanks to a public holiday on Friday. It was a nice break which allowed me to catch up on things that I’ve put off doing.

Here is the third set of pictures from our visit to Kampong Buangkok in Feb. As we walked further into the kampong, greenery replaced the landscape and the number of huts reduced significantly in number. By chance, we spotted a giant spider chomping on a grasshopper and observed the episode with a mix of horror and interest. That was entertaining, for a while at least.

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View all posts on Kampong Buangkok here.

Kampong Buangkok – Part 2

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The compound of Kampong Buangkok was a mishmash of delightful colours, although everything appeared a little whitewashed under the influence of the midday sun. Over the years, there must have been many visitors who found their way to its gates, for the uncle who greeted us was anything but surprised to see us. He even offered to take a photo of us! I felt like a tourist in my own city. See more photos from xy here.

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Kampong Buangkok – Part 1

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Kampong Buangkok is the last kampong in Singapore. People lived in villages like that prior to the public housing programme in the 1960s which saw the majority of the population rehoused in flats. (There are awesome virtual tours of the kampong at this website: singaporevr)

This kampong has been on my to-go list for a very long time (in terms of years, actually), so when xy expressed interest in it, I literally jumped at the chance to turn my plan into something concrete. These are some shots taken just outside the kampong. The developing went a little wonky for this roll – if you’d noticed the yellow line across the pictures.  

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xy and her shot of the starfruit tree here.

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