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OUR PULAU UBIN

Welcome to the Friends of Ubin microsite!

What does Ubin mean to you? With its lush greenery, rich biodiversity and rustic landscape, Pulau Ubin is an idyllic island close to the hearts of Singaporeans. Amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, Ubin’s laid back charm provides a respite to many, allowing us to be close to nature and be immersed in the rustic charm of yesteryears.

Share with us your heartfelt memories, ideas and impressions of this alluring island. Tell us what we can do collectively to enhance this island’s natural environment, biodiversity and history.

Join us as we work together to crystallise some of these ideas as a commemoration to our future generations!

  • Folklore has it that Pulau Ubin was the result of a challenge between a frog, a pig and an elephant. The three animals had a race to see who could cross the Straits of Johor from Singapore, failing which they would be turned to stone. The frog did not succeed and became Pulau Sekudu (Frog Island), which currently bears a large frog-shaped boulder. Likewise, the pig and elephant also failed and each formed one half of Pulau Ubin.

  • Pulau Ubin was the first landing point of the Japanese army when they invaded Singapore during the Second World War. This was actually a decoy, leading the Allied forces into thinking that they would attack from Singapore's north-east rather than from the north-west. The main visitors' jetty, which we see today, was actually first built by the Japanese army between 1942 and 1943, and has since been rebuilt and upgraded several times.

  • Before a school was set up in Pulau Ubin, the Wayang stage at the centre of Ubin village was once a classroom for the children! Today, the stage is used for large dinners in Ubin village and is still used for performances during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

  • Pulau Ubin's mangroves are also home to the nipah palm (or attap palm). The fruit of this plant is popularly known as attap chee, which is commonly found in local desserts like ice kachang.

  • Over 10,000 trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers and creepers have been planted in Pulau Ubin in the past 15 years.


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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30 Nov 2014

Ubin Day

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Lee dropped in on Pulau Ubin for a morning of old-world, rustic fun! Launching Ubin Day, a community event organised by about 20 community groups and supported by MND, NParks, URA and NHB, PM also met with many members of the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) at various iconic spots of the island.

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31 Oct 2014

3rd Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) Meeting

Friday always calls for some FUN! This afternoon, MOS Desmond Lee and members of the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) gathered for another enthusiastic session of brainstorming and in-depth discussions on how we can bring The Ubin Project forward.

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18 Oct 2014

Pulau Ubin Symposium – Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

"Honouring the past, Treasuring the present, Shaping the future" - this was the theme for this morning's Pulau Ubin Symposium, which saw an encouraging turnout of about 150 enthusiastic participants. Hosted by Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, the symposium saw a lively exchange of insights and views about the rich biodiversity and heritage of Ubin, and its potential for recreational and environmental sustainability initiatives.

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18 Oct 2014

Pulau Ubin Symposium – Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future

Want to do something fun yet educational over the weekend? As part of the on-going The Ubin Project, URA is organising a Pulau Ubin Symposium – “Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future”. Learn more about the island through the symposium - from its rich biodiversity and heritage, to its recreational aspects and potential for environmental sustainability initiatives.

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16 Oct 2014

ITE Eco-Conference @ ITE West

The annual ITE Eco-Conference was held this morning at ITE College West. Themed “Protecting our Biodiversity, Preserving our Heritage”, the conference sought to foster collaborations across relevant government agencies, industry and community interest groups through the sharing and exchanging of eco knowledge and practices.

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25 Jul 2014

2nd Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) Meeting

Following our inaugural meeting in May, FUN members from various heritage and nature groups, volunteers, youths, and interested members of the public met up again to discuss and brainstorm for more ideas on how to enhance and preserve Pulau Ubin.

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20 Jul 2014

Pulau Ubin on film this Heritage Festival

This year’s Singapore Heritage Festival, saw the screening of a film on Pulau Ubin! The 45-minute feature film, Moving Gods (2005), was adapted from a play and explores the mystery around a German girl who is worshipped at a temple on the island today.

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18 Jul 2014

Pulau Ubin now on stamps

The National Heritage Board (NHB) and SingPost have launched a series of stamps highlighting Pulau Ubin’s rustic charm and precious heritage. Called the “Islands of Singapore - Pulau Ubin”, the series features some of Ubin’s most iconic landmarks, such as the main jetty, Check Jawa, the wayang stage and the quarry.

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12 Jul 2014

The Ubin Project exhibition @ Festival of Biodiversity 2014

The Festival of Biodiversity is back for the third year running! Organised by National Parks Board and the Biodiversity Roundtable, the Festival celebrates and raises awareness on Singapore’s diverse flora and fauna.

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08 Jul 2014

Reaching out to Ubin lovers

On 8 July 2014, nature and recreation lovers gathered at the URA Centre to explore ideas on nature-based recreation on Pulau Ubin. 24 individuals from more than 10 organisations attended the event, including nature groups, schools, cyclists, adventure groups and artists.

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26 Jun 2014

URA reaching out to Ubin lovers

Some 15 youth volunteers, environmentalists and nature lovers gathered over a simple dinner at URA to brainstorm ideas on Pulau Ubin.  Organised on 26 June as a follow up to an earlier “Imagine Ubin Workshop” by The Leafmonkey Workshop, the session explored ideas on biodiversity conservation, heritage & history, nature-based recreation, research & education, as well as sustainable design & practices.

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07 Jun 2014

Plant-A-Tree on Pulau Ubin

On 7 June, 90 employees (and their families) from Bureau Veritas Marine Singapore took part in a Plant-A-Tree (PAT) programme on Pulau Ubin and planted a total of 50 native trees.

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24 May 2014

Biodiversity Research Symposium

In celebration of International Day of Biodiversity, NParks organised its inaugural Biodiversity Research Symposium on 24th of May 2014 and sought views on Pulau Ubin, a sanctuary for wildlife. Check out the word cloud for the common buzzwords!

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09 May 2014

Inaugural Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) Meeting

On 9 May 2014, members of various heritage and nature groups, volunteers, youths, and interested members of the public gathered together for the inaugural Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) Meeting. As the name suggests, the group had much fun brainstorming for ideas on how we can further enhance the island and the ways to get more Singaporeans involved in the project.

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31 Mar 2014

Visit to Pulau Ubin

On 31 March 2014, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, together with Dr Maliki Bin Osman (Minister of State for National Development and Defence and Mayor of South East District) who is also the Member of Parliament for Ubin), visited Pulau Ubin with a group of heritage and nature advocates as well as experts in various fields such as architecture, education and design.

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