Local Heart, Global Soul

December 30, 2016

Pulau Ubin: Himself’s Day Trip With Our Local Guide…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Pulau Ubin Island,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

Regular readers of my blog will know that for reasons of privacy (this IS the internet after all) I never blog about our travels in “real time”.

Nothing would be worse that revealing that we were in “(name) Hotel enjoying the sunshine“,  giving details whereby strangers could figure out who my children were etc, let alone advertising that our house was empty at home.

The secondary factor is of course that my medical levels are high and my concentration levels low, so I tend to do something  in the house for fifteen or twenty minutes and then sleep or rest for a few hours.

It’s difficult to accomplish much even on a good day, the bad days.. well …the less said about them the better.

Sorting photographs also takes time, but I tend to get there (eventually) which is why this post is approximately three years late.

The 2013-14 Christmas holidays saw us jet our way across the world to New Zealand, but of course I can’t manage back to back flights either, so we  break the trip by staying over in one of our favourite places: Singapore.

I have a good Singaporean friend, famous in the pages of this blog from our previous visits to Singapore, and the summer holiday that she spent travelling around Europe with us,  therefore you know her here as “Velvetine”.

When we first travelled to New Zealand and back, we generally spent a day, maybe two in Singapore, Velvetine was a friend made on the Internet and so we would touch base, eat dinner and do some sightseeing together.

(photograph © Velvetine)

It soon became apparent that we really “clicked” and even though we usually only saw each other every two years, the moment we met again it was like we picked up from yesterday.

Then came my accident and foot injury and our stops needed became a little longer, which turned out to be a very popular choice with the rest of the family, so on our last trip we had four days on the way to New Zealand and almost a week on the way back.

I of course spent the first few days sleeping off the effects of the flight with ice packs (my foot chooses to swell up like a balloon).

The kids decided that they wanted to spend time in the pool (we have gotten to know the lifeguards who keep a watchful eye on them even though both kids are confident swimmers and I joined them at the pool later).

After the first day Himself was feeling energetic and so Velvetine suggested a day trip to the nearby island of Pulau Ubin.

Himself was under strict instructions to please take lots of photographs so that the kids and I could enjoy a “virtual” version of their day upon his return and knowing that Velvetine and I share a click-a-holic addiction, he did the wisest thing possible: he handed the camera to Velvetine for the day.

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © with Thank You to Google Maps of course…)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

A photograph is as close as I want to get to this web inhabitant…

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

Velvetine even takes photographs of the ground… now you know she is a good friend of mine…

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

I edited the following two photographs for family privacy, but Himself was very much enjoying the sea views…

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

Velvetine also gets into the photo but it’s not really a selfie … or is it?

(photograph © Velvetine)

(photograph © Velvetine)

Wikipedia: Palau Ubin

3 Comments »

  1. Those are amazing shots. I never blog in real time either. I usually schedule posts months and weeks in advance.

    Comment by Alexis Chateau — December 30, 2016 @ 3:12 am | Reply

    • Alexis,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. How far ahead my blog posts are depends on how I’m doing, typically I have to be realistic and know that there are good days and bad days so I try to build up posts in the schedule.
      The general intention is that I could then have enough of them to take a “holiday” from blogging for a few weeks, but in reality it means that I blog more on good days (building up posts in parts) and then then when I have days where all I can do is sleep all day (especially when the Ketemine is wearing off and before my next treatment, and getting comfortable at night is impossible) then I eventually fall asleep because I am so tired that I sleep in spite of the discomfort. On those days I simply leave the schedule to ” do it’s thing”.

      I try to the very least have a few posts that are at least half done too, these make for easier posting when we are busy with kids, family events, days out etc. Blogging retrospectively also allows me time to do a little research for some of the posts, so it’s a win win situation I think.

      I find it very disconcerting that some people post all of the details of their movements on the internet in real time, when they are at work, home, out for coffee… sadly I have had a debate with one such friend who thinks that ” the government” knows far too much about her” and has no idea just how ironic that statement was. She literally tells the whole world everything anyway.

      I think that your thinking and mine is the better route, a little caution in these respects never goes astray.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 1, 2017 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

      • I’ve always wondered about people who volunteer so much personal information about their whereabouts online as well.

        As for blogging, I own a PR firm so it’s part of my job. I run my personal blog the same way I would a client’s. I have a content management schedule I stick to every month. I am always at least a week ahead on posts for everyone. That helps me keep track of what needs doing, as I run several websites.
        All the best, and I hope 2017 brings you all you want and more. 🙂

        Comment by Alexis Chateau — January 2, 2017 @ 2:14 am | Reply


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