Archive for May, 2010

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63914.7 (May 30th, 2010)

I came to find out about this location from a blogger whose interest is to visit parks, and many other interesting places islandwide. Something like what I did, basically. Hee..=) Eventually, I become intrigued into it and began to open up my research portal.

The 9 ha park was built in 1974, around an old reservoir that rested on top of the hill, tucked away at a corner of Chinatown. It carries a unique history, that dates back to the era of Sir Stamford Raffles. The hill was named after Captain James Pearl, who owned and helmed the ship, Indiana that ferried Sir Stamford Raffles to Singapore in January 1819. In May 1822, Captain Pearl bought the hill from the island’s Temenggong, and had his house been built on top of the hill. Is the same year where Raffles had his house built on the top of Fort Canning.

But before doing so, Captain Pearl had the peak shaved off, as he had discovered it been too high. He had hired Chinese and Malay workmen to clear the slopes, and grew pepper vines for him. He named the hill, as Mount Stamford Hill after Sir Stamford Raffles. Some say, as a compliment. But however, the name was changed later to reflect his ownership. True, in a sense. Like Mount Faber, which was named after Captain Charles Edward Faber =)

Throughout the years, the hill has seen many occupants come and go. Interestingly, the first Tan Tock Seng Hospital was built there in 1844. After it relocated to Jalan Besar in 1857, the colonial government erected army barracks on the hill. Tasked with maintaining Singapore’s security, these soldiers from British India later set up one of Singapore’s earliest Sikh temples on the hill which has since been demolished. This also includes the Seaman’s Hospital and Pearl’s Hill Prison a.k.a Outram Prisons. Such a place, if you asked me!

It was soon discovered that the hill was higher and stood in the trajectory of the guns mounted at Fort Canning. To correct this, a military engineer simply cut off the top of Pearl’s Hill. Looks like another clumps of grass and root had been shaved off, clean from the head. But wouldn’t that be, drawing enemy fire from another obstacle?

The reservoir itself, formally known as “High Service Reservoir”, was built in 1898 and completed in 1904. It comes with a water storage capacity of 6 million gallons, and its still the main source of fresh water supply to Chinatown today.

There’s also a lotus pond there, as been describe and had few photos of it been posted by the blogger.

So yesterday, dated May 29, I began to set for my next adventure. Its a five-minute walk from Outram MRT station, and you have to climb up the hill to reach its peak.

So there I was, breathing in nature before taking the leap. There’s few paths leading to the park, spiral in and out, that I don’t even know where to start. Haha! =D But anyway, I shall start off along this historical trail.

The occasional joggers, couples, owners with their dogs, and cyclists inhabited this quiet park. It held much solitude, calm and peaceful to the mind. And how cooling the environment here was. With the trees provided you the shades along the way, that helps to cool you down from the blazing heat that was been scorching for a month!

Rested at the top of the hill, perimeter fences were erected to secure the reservoir premises. I’m amazed by how the reservoir were built. Those walls, by the look of it appearances, reminds me of those built for castles. They were like fortress! Other than that, it also looks more like one of those maximum security federal prison center =D

I took a break at a schedule resting corner next to its perimeter. At the same time, I jot down about my current adventure on my notebook, as draft. Hee..=)

Moments later, I resume my exploration. Snapping more photos along the way.

I soon came sighted of the lotus pond. According to the blogger, she stated that there were turtles swimming here when she visit the place. But I didn’t seem to find any. Perhaps they were been……removed?

The way I see it, the pond also makes an ideal place for you to sit cross-legged next to it if you wish to perform meditation =)

I spend another half an hour before calling it a day. Indeed, truly a memorable place to be, especially if you are planning for a nice picnic. There’s some open areas, that makes an ideal place for one. Other than that, you can just simply laze around and let your mind drift into a state of relaxation.

=)

SPI: For A Corporate Event

Posted: May 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63892.5 (May 22nd, 2010)

Yesterday, dated May 21st, the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) were been invited by the Ministry of National Development (MND), as to propose a spooky walk to few areas in Singapore that were commonly “the talk of the town” when comes of being a paranormal issue. Hah! =D

So, two members, Desmond and Wesley, including myself, were to led 35 excited participants from relevant corporate departments that works closely with MND, such as the Housing Development Board (HDB), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), just to name a few, to three selected places: Pasir Ris Mangroove Swamp, Bukit Brown Cemetery and Chua Chu Kang Cemetery. A bus was been hired to take us to these places. From MND building, as our pick-up point, we shall first head off towards Pasir Ris Mangrove Swamp. The time we start moving off, was a quarter to 1900hrs.

And along the way, Desmond, who was in-charge of this event will share some haunting stories. As to keep us entertained and occupied, also with the stuff that was been hearsay, those rumours made, recent events, and some of the haunting areas that we have investigate in the past. Especially to those places that we managed to discover…interesting evidence…

First stop: Pasir Ris Mangrove Swamp

There are many stories circulating about this place. Especially when referring to the Bird-Eye look out tower located inside it, which many claimed it as haunted. One of them commonly heard, was a suicide case, and it was believed that the spirit still unrest, and haunt the tower. Some claimed, to have spotted a head flying. They believed, it belong to the person who had committed suicide. Down here, there are no lights to brighten the place. Its no surprise that there are still many who were brave enough to walk through alone in the dark. I ventured here before twice, together with a friend during our fansite chalet gathering. You know, thrill seekers =) I did wrote this down in my blog when writing about the chalets. I had to admit, first time coming here in total darkness with your flashlight as your guide does scares the living daylight out of me. Except that, it wasn’t in the daytime. Even in the daytime, it was sometimes dead silence as near I can tell….

The photos here will speak for you =)


When we were about to exit the swamp, Wesley who walked behind the group, reported through the radio set that the numbers were 34. This happens when we were doing a U turn, and he was doing a head count at the same time. I was like….oh shit! I double checked, doing a head count also. He might have missed out a participant.

Still 34. This is bad….. Then, Desmond suggested that we shall head back towards the tower, were its near to one of the entrances and that there are lights there for us to get a better viewed.

We count again. I say: 35. Both Desmond and Wesley confirmed: 35. Hmm…….probably due to the darkness, and that all seem to blend in so deeply into the shadows. Causing a participant left uncounted. It couldn’t be anything else than that, right?

Feeling relieved, we therefore proceed back to the waiting bus for our next location.

Second stop: Bukit Brown Cemetery

So here we are. Once again back to this ancient cemetery, that may soon probably be forgotten once this very piece of land become urbanized. At first, I didn’t really expect that we are coming here. Not until Desmond announced it, when we were heading towards our first location, to the participants about the three places we shall be visiting. Well, what can you expect, especially when leading corporate groups to places where SPI used to visit? =D

Since they are URA personal around, they might probably considered this as their one last looked, before urbanizing this heritage place into what they had plan for the future….

Third stop: Chua Chu Kang Cemetery

This will be our final location. Down here, its where the Chinese, Muslim and Indian cemetery were linked. But we only visit the Chinese cemetery, where the participants were first introduced to a field of baby tombs. Yes, they were babies, small children were buried.

Followed up next were special, dedicated tombs, where they were introduced to a snake and lion tomb, that this animals were constructed as part of the tomb. I had to admit, the lion tomb does appeared really majestic. It looked like its really guarding the tomb, posing in a ferocious manner. Like a guardian, as many would describe.

There are actually a few more special tombs. But we can only showed the participants this few, as these were the most commonly known. Besides, we wouldn’t want to waste any more time. So that many of us can still catch the train back home before it ceased operation for the night.

The event was a successful one, and the feedback from the corporate groups were positively high. Every moment of it was worth the visit, and to be remembered =)

P.S: I had trouble figuring out a title for this topic. Unless anyone of you who read this would be kind enough to suggest me one….

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63882.2 (May 18th, 2010)

This time, I be taking down a stroll to set my senses and sights towards this reservoir park. More than just a reservoir park, cause it carries such a unique history. Through studies I came across, it was been voted as one of the most memorable place of interest in Singapore and out of all the reservoirs on the island.

Well, I couldn’t agreed more into this, especially when one were to describe about the park’s rocket-shaped iconic look-out tower. That really intrigues me a lot! It looms into view as soon as you approaches. And when near, it looks like as though its about to launch into deep space!


“Euston, we are ready for launch.”
=)

History records show, that this 15 hectares park was built in 1920 as Singapore’s third impounding reservoir. It was built to meet the surge in water demand after WWI. It was completed in 1940, and officially opened on 10 August 1969 by Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra. The reservoir was formerly known as Seletar Reservoir, before the completion of the Lower Seletar Reservoir which is near Nee Soon, and formed by the damming up of the mouth of Seletar River in 1986.

During WWII, the reservoir suffered considerable damages from a night bombing raid on Nee Soon Village. However, repairs were swiftly carried out and water supply was restored. Imagine how critical the reservoir might have been does kind of shudders me….

In 1992, it was renamed as Upper Seletar Reservoir and became a marked conservation site in 1999. It was also one of the biggest reservoir in Singapore.

It was also been mentioned, that there are crocodiles roaming in the reservoir. However, there have been no actual evidence about these reptiles been sighted, as all past reports were based on eyewitnesses accounts. I like to think of this as been hearsay =) By the glimpse of it, they might mistaken for another animal. Nevertheless, highly concern when comes to safety and to exercise extreme caution, the authorities still put up signboards that read “Beware of Crocodile” along various locations at the sides of the reservoir.

So two days ago, Sunday the 17th, I set off for my next book of adventure to this reservoir. Because of been occupied after that, I decided to blog this down today.

Anyway, after alighting from Ang Mo Kio MRT station, I took bus no.138, as been stated in the info as it will take me there. Nearly ten minutes, I arrived at my destination.

And this is where I began to breathe in the nature, as I studied the lush greenery that surrounds me. Nothing beats the good old hugging excursion from these tropical trees that lush along the banks of the reservoir =)

The rocket-shape look-out tower looms at the distance. There’s people fishing here also, as the reservoir had designated fishing areas. It also makes an ideal place for a lovely picnic, even birthday gatherings and one of the many frequent venues for joggers. Nearby, was an executive golf club. So don’t be surprised if you happened to saw a golf ball floating on the reservoir within your reach =) Such as it is that signboards warning visitors of the possibility of incoming balls were display along the side of the path that mirrors between the club and the reservoir.

After getting the first taste upon my first look, I moved on. Towards where I was eager to explore. The rocket-shape look-out tower! =D

It was indeed, truly an eye-opener. While some of us will resemblances it as a rocket, some would preferred it as an upright space shuttle. No doubt about that, cause it still fits the same =D In other words, does appeared to have some uncanny look. But compare to any other towers in some parks, this is truly the most outstanding look-out by its features.

This photos were taken within the tower’s vicinity.

Next, I began to make my way up the tower spiral steps to get a view from up there. As many will pointed out, it will held a panoramic view that comes fold with a breathtaking scenery! =D

I spend several minutes up there viewing the surrounding before I make my move. Heading towards the east side of the park.

There appeared to be a Upper Seletar Training Center for the National Cadet Corps (NCC) situated close to the waters as I draw nearer. Wonder if there were boats kept in there…

Furthermore, this side of the park were seen to have monkeys roaming about. No doubt about it, as it was stated that the park was also home to some resident long-tailed macaques. And feeding them is NOT encouraged. Let alone exposing your food and drinks.

I spend some spare time here taking a break. Enjoying the view by the waters. Upper Seletar Reservoir was relatively another tranquil place to be, especially when you really needed a quiet and spacious place to reflect the mind and some peace. It was so solitude that you might ended up telling yourself, are you the only soul left here… =)

In other words, it was also definitely a perfect place to enjoy the sunset if you stay here long enough to see the sky change. Best suit for a romantic couple on their romantic date =)

Claimed this as my best photo taken! =)



Words That Tagged

Posted: May 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63873.2 (May 15th, 2010)

Its been quite some time since I last blog in. Yeah, life has been busy nowadays. Not only work, but also school. Yes, I’m back to school, to pursue my studies further as I want to improve my understanding better in this modern world. To upgrade myself. I had enrolled few weeks back in a private institution, taking part-time class. So for the time being, I really need to balance the time between work, school and hobby. Now, I can spare this moment to settle down and write something new here.

Here’s more interesting stuff that I had capture due to the flavour of how we Singaporeans speak and write. In regards in our expressions, that we constantly draw from them. Our daily life in turns, and there’s no right or wrong values to be attached to these expressions =)

1) EYES SEE

I came to understand that the Chinese word for “see” is “kan.” Whether it is a person, a book or the TV, the Chinese use “kan.” But in terms of English, we see (or saw) a person, read a book and watch (a show) on TV.

Nobody says “see a book” when he means “read a book.” But I personally came across many people who are apt to say “see” (instead of watch) TV.

2) AGAK AGAK

A Malay word for “guess.” You can considered this as a very useful expression; particularly when you are dealing with numbers and had trouble to determine to how much something cost, its weight, size or the time it was delivered to your office. Or due to the reason you just whack at the last resort.

But please, don’t confuse this expression with that bubbling jelly, which makes excellent party food. That is agar agar.

3) BORROW?? LEND??

So which is which when comes to a point where you need to ask for an item from your friend. This probably explains why many of us here were confuse with the words borrow (to take from someone) and lend (to give). I admit, I was before had trouble comparing this two meanings. But it can be corrected if you put your mind into it and make it a habit of practicing it.

Another confusion, was the word owe. Somebody mentioned this: “some tongues wag it like own.” But if you owe someone money, it is very unlikely that you will own him.

4) THAT SHIOK FEELING

Typically Singaporean speaks, that shiok feeling, as near I can figured it out, its more than just a good feeling. Or some people here might say, damn good.

Randomly speaking, the range can be tremendous. From biting on the red-hot chillies, to riding a rollercoaster ride. Take the one at Universal Studio Singapore as an example. It escalates on the peaks of pleasure. And speaking of pleasure, it can also be that “best kind of pleasure” feeling that you get when the door is closed and the windows covered. I don’t have to tell you what kind.

5) FROM LAH TO LOR

The last time I had wrote about the most commonly usage of words that many of us Singaporeans are apt to use, and foreigners who have stayed in the country long enough are quick to adapt to it; which is the unEnglish “lah.” “Lor” was its word cousin, and of course typically Singaporean. If you asked me, it was like as though you had put a final stop to a sentence. More than just the “dot” itself. And if lah is okay, what’s wrong with lor?

Like lah, you hear lor almost everywhere. Here’s some examples:

“He wants to have a copy of my notes. So I gave it to him lor.

“If he doesn’t wants it, then don’t force him lor.

“If you are feeling sick, then don’t come to work lor.

“Why? Because the boss says so lor.

“If you prefer this game, then buy it lor.

I heard this recently, from two ladies seated behind me while traveling on a bus. One of them was asking, what would her friend’s daughter will intend to do after quitting her job whom her latter worked as a stewardess.

“Study lor,” The other lady replied. “She says she want to pursuit in her ‘A’ level.”

Like lah, some people does have the nick of making it sounds quite nice. Hmm……maybe the English equivalent is “so.” But then again, its not quite so……

Captain’s log                       Stardate: 63837.4 (May 2nd, 2010)

Yesterday dated May 1st, together with two friends whom I know from the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI), I finally got the chance to set foot on this two island, as I had never been on both before. I will first start off to describe about St John’s Island before moving off to Kusu. And cause since Kusu is just right next door, so why not explore it too at the same time. Besides, this is to prepared for a future event. So I had decided to dedicate this book of adventure of mine to set my studies for this two island on the same day.

St John’s Island

Before all those accommodation takes place, this previously named Pulau Sakijang Bendera was said to carry a significant history tied with Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles, sailing on the Indiana actually anchored off this island to meet with the locals there, before taking a small ketch where he set sailed towards Singapore the next day. And what soon follows were hordes of immigrants making their way to Singapore. The shocking news is, not only they bring wealth, but sickness as well….

This is where, St John’s Island was transform into a quarantine island where it houses a quarantine station for cholera cases detected among the immigrants in the late 1800s. And starting from 1901, victims of beri-beri were also brought to the island. This also includes, victims suffered from leprosy diseases. A dedicated hospital for those, as I would have pointed out.

Such was the fame been built, that in 1930, the island were marked as Singapore’s No.1 in world records to gain world recognition as a quarantine center screening Asian immigrants and pilgrims returning from Mecca. Hmm….I wonder if my great-grandmother and great-grandfather was among those….

The island was soon earned another title after opening another door. When the mass immigration was closed in mid 1900s, the island was then used to house a penal settlement and a drug rehabilitation center. You could say, that the island was once a former settlement. That, actually reminds me of Alcatraz Island, or referred as “The Rock”, where there’s a federal prison been constructed there. Now, the island was been gazetted as an historical site.

And when the calender reaches 1975, the penal settlement and drug rehabilitation center was transform into a paradise getaway that comes complete with swimming pools, beaches, picnic grounds, trekking routs and soccer fields. Looks like the island had gone a lot of major changes during those years.

Also located there is the Tropical Marine Science Institute, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore’s Marine Aquaculture Center. There’s also, a detention center for illegal immigrants which still remains. Looks like what’s left from the past, is still worth been rooted there.

Those of you planning to stay on the island can book the Holiday Bungalow, which can accommodate up to 10 persons and also comes furnished with a kitchen. There are also dormitories at the Holiday Camps, which can take up to 60 persons. They were also equipped with basic cooking facilities.

This is where many of you will arch an eyebrow, that the island was known to be reputedly haunted as according to some local traditions. There are many of these stories about the island being haunted circulating inside the local internet. Most of them heard, came from the holiday chalets there. Skeptics pointed out as hearsay. But if I were to be asked, I would simply stated that its all based on how individuals will react to it. But if one were to saw it, why not share it? I always find this truly fascinating.

I also came to understand that SPI had conducted a Spooky Walk on this island back in 2007, where participants was introduced to those areas where were known to be supposedly haunted. Besides that, giving you the opportunity to feel and be accommodate by the tranquility of the sun, sand and sea. That’s the reason why this 39-hectare island makes an idyllic getaway for you to get a glorious tan, a picnic on the sandy beach, or just simple exploring this off-beaten tracks. The island is also a haven for a host of flora and fauna.

Time: 10 mins to 1100hrs

And so, we set a course, from Marina Pier Ferry Terminal to St John’s Island. Ticket was $15 per person, and its a two-way trip. The ferry will stop at St John’s, before heading towards Kusu. There is timing schedule for the departures.

Our main aim when we are at St John’s, was to revisit those few areas where it was reportedly haunted, and to mark out those areas as a reminder for our future event. At the same time, to explore the island before boarded the ferry to Kusu.

We came across where the holiday chalets were. From there, we managed to seek inquires to a staff from an office there, to gather info if we want to stay overnight on the island, and how much is the cost and who to contact, etc.

After nearly an half-hour discussion, we proceed our trek. And not far from where the office were, was a large chessboard. Or in other words, a big human chessboard.

This is one of those few known haunted areas that happened to intrigued us the most. It was been said, that this human chessboard was been used by the Japanese during WWII. They will used the prisoners-of-war as their “chess sets” to play the game. And which ever side lose the game or been “eaten”, will be brutally beheaded on the spot! A sight of massacre, in ending the game. So you can imagine how terrifying it must have been, for those prisoners-of-war to be used as “chess sets.” Imagine the desperati0n from either side…….to win the game just to escape from the massacre!

Because of this, it was been mentioned that those who stay at the chalet could sometimes hear the sounds of marching boots, and the cries of slaughter. And as well as apparitions that was believed to be the victims who were massacred on the chessboard. Other paranormal encounters includes, sounds of basketball game going on was heard on chalet’s basketball court. But when you looked, there’s no one there. Overall, you could say that the chalet ground was reputably haunted.

Then I was like…….hmmm…….. In other words, the entire vicinity was indeed a ghost town.


We spend our time explore within the chalet compound, and had a break before we proceed towards the other end of the island where we came across the Tropical Marine Science Institute, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore’s Marine Aquaculture Center, a small mosque, and a pond, which turns out to be like a swamp. But most concerning of all, was where one of my two friends who have been before, mentioned about an hostel that rested on top of a hill that overlooks the sea. The hill where it was on, was right next to where the mosque is. We had to used this staircase, which appeared kinda creepy when viewed from the distance and been paved at the side of the hill, where it will leads us to the hostel.


According to him, where the team who was with him were there investigating the place at night, they happened to capture an apparition of a lady, floating down the steps of the lobby! =O Err……did I heard him say that they captured in on tape?

I noticed that there some clothes been hang on the second floor, through a glass window of a room located at the end of that floor on the right. So I believe that the place was still in used, probably served as a dormitory for foreign workers who are working on the island. In other words, seeing how the hostel rested on the hill, its angle in how it was been position, does reminds me of the late Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller movie: Psycho!

Then, we walked down the steps that was opposite the hostel where it lead us towards the beach. Nearby, was Lazarus Island, and had one of us to take a look there. The island is now accessible on foot, where a path was linked from St John’s. Previously, visitors have to get to Lazarus by boat. Now with the causeway, it was much more easier. But also, there’s some construction currently taking place on the island, so we can only stop to catch the moment of a breathtaking view and tranquility, peaceful atmosphere along the path. There’s also a few people fishing there as well.

We head back to St John’s Island, where we came across some few kampongs still remains on the island. Surprisingly, much of them were still in used by the folks staying here. I was told, that they used the boats they owned, to get them to mainland Singapore, where they will purchase the groceries and other stuff needed. Life here is still indeed, nostalgia. Still yearning from the past, and that they have adapted to it as their life and times on St John’s Island.

The next ferry to Kusu, as in accordance to the departure list, was at 1550hrs. We have one hour, so we spend that time period taking a break which is near to the jetty.

Moments later, we are on board, traveling towards our next destination: Turtle Island =D

Kusu Island

The name means ‘Tortoise Island” or “Kusu Island” in Chinese. Also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakal in Malay. Interestingly, from 2 tiny outcrops on a reef, the island was enlarged and transformed into an 8.5-hectare island holiday resort.

Down here, were the location of two landmark of races known. There’s the popular Chinese temple – Da Bo Gong or Tua Pek Kong (Merchant God or God of Prosperity). History record shows, that it was built in 1923 by a wealthy businessman. The temple houses two main deities – Da Ba Gong and Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy). The former is highly regarded as having the power to confer prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger, while Guan Yin is known as the “giver of sons.”

Right at the top of the rugged hillock of the island stands three kramats (Holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man: Syed Abdul Rahman, his mother: Nenek Ghalib and sister: Puteri Fatimah who lived in the 19th century. Many devotees will climb the 152 steps leading to the kramats to pray for wealth, good marriage, good health and harmony. The shrines are also popular with childless couples who would pray for children. There is also a Wishing Well, by which you throw coins into it for your wishes to come true.

Best of all, the island is also well loved for its blue lagoons, especially by those who love sun-tanning, pristine beaches and tranquil settings, that carries the same attention to that of St John’s Island. But unlike St John’s, overnight stay is not allowed on this turtle island.

There is a legend to the name of this island. It was known that there was a giant turtle that transformed itself into a rock to save two shipwrecked sailors, a Malay and a Chinese. It is said that the grateful sailors returned to the island to give thanks and others continued the tradition. Up till today, many Chinese and Malays visit the island to pray. For Chinese, mostly Taoist make their pilgrimage to the Toa Pekong Temple, which was located near to the ferry jetty, during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. For Malays, whom were mostly childless couples, visited the Kramat Kusu, which rest on top of the hill, hoping to have children. They will then tie white cloth containing their prayers which they will tie on branches of trees sincerely.

It was also mentioned, that before Kusu was reclaimed, some people say it looked like a turtle. Made up of two ridges on a reef, one ridge the head, and the other, where the hilltop is now, is the back of the turtle. Perhaps this can be best viewed from above via satellite or aboard a plane.

From its former named, Pulau Tembakul in the past, the island was also known to be a burial site of immigrants who died in quarantine on St. John’s and Lazarus Islands.

As been nicknamed Turtle or Tortoise Island; that explains why you can see many of this creatures around. Likewise, there is a Tortoise Sanctuary, which is the home of many tortoises.

And no, there’s no such info stated that the island is haunted. But do share if you happened to encounter one, for real.From there, its up to the readers to judge.

We first visited the popular Chinese temple, where we brought some drinks there. The hot and humid whether does turned out throats dry. There’s also a small pond there, filled with turtles.

Much later, we climb up the 152 steps of the rugged hillock where stood the three kramats. Up there, there’s this large rock that were filled with writings. In first glimpse, I thought it was some vandalism. But it turns out, as what my two friends had mentioned, they were actually writings of good wishes. People came up here will grabbed the marker available and to write down anything resemblances or symbolize good will or wishes. Best example describe, as what I had spotted some: “All the best in life”, “Wish for success in life”, “Good health and prosperity”, “Hope my dreams will come true.” So, me and one of my friend decided to write ours. Mine will be “Live Long and Prosper.” Yeah, I take that from Star Trek. Hee..=D My friend had written down: “I wish success in life!”

Next, we check out the kramats. There’s many Muslims up there making their prayers. The pious man, named Syed Abdul Rahman was rested on one side, while his mother, Nenek Ghalib and sister, Puteri Fatimah had their resting places in one room – side by side, which was located on an upper deck of the kramat inside a dimly-lit room. There’s many people crowded at Syed Abdul Rahman’s place. So I decided to offer some prayers to his mother and sister.

Believe it. While muttering some prayers, I suddenly felt a strong energy from in there. I’m unable to describe it, but it was like as though there’s a sudden wind bursting through me, and that I suddenly feel light. Then, something tells me, that I was been watched…but unable to react to the call. Was it a message? I’m not “gifted” in a sense, but somehow or rather I do feel this strange wind coming towards me. A touch. I had to admit, it scares me for a moment. However, I continued finished my praying, and left the kramat. Puzzled by the unraveling thoughts….


We moved on. Nearby was a tortoise shelter. As the name stated, it was filled with the shell reptiles big and small. I remember keeping one of this when I was very young. Years later, it had grown much bigger that I had to set it free to the sea. Guess it will be much happier, that it now lives  in a much more bigger water environment.


We spend the rest of the time exploring this small island. Yes, its quite small, knowing the fact that we are actually going around in circles. Indeed, it was a tropical paradise here. Much love for its blue lagoons and peaceful atmosphere. With the wind passes through, and that it comes with a picture of a breathtaking scenery, it just feels hard to leave this place behind. Too relaxing and the comfort is just too irresistible! =D

The ferry heading back to mainland was schedule at 1815hrs. And that was the last ferry.

To conclude, much as I had learn about their interesting history, I’m glad that I had explore this two Southern Island of Singapore that I have been waiting for ages to set foot on. And better still, with two friends that decided to tag along. As stated earlier, Kusu Island will be marked as a future event to tally with St John’s Island. So it would be much better rather than just visit one island, and also, the whole day would not be wasted.

A day’s worth end with a group photo. Many thanks for our selected photographer =)