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Monday, September 14, 2009

Changi Village

My walk on the boardwalk (see previous two posts) is ending. The boardwalk hugs the coastline of Changi..I started the walk at the section of the boardwalk next to the Changi Beach Club and the walk leads me to Changi Village...
These are the bumboats docked near the Changi Ferry Terminal. They ferry passengers to Pulau Ubin. You can see a video of the ferries at the end of today's post.

The old iconic bridge that links Changi Village to the sandy stretch of Changi Beach.


While walking along the boardwalk, I took a shot of this old bungalow which is part of the Civil Service Club today. The bungalow was built by Manasseh Meyer, a Jew who also built the Chesed-El Synagogue. When the British established a military base in Changi, the bungalow was bought over to be used as a school. After WWII, it became the Royal Air Force Transit Hotel for RAF officers.

To be honest, I've not eaten at Charlie's Corner, an eatery at the Changi Food Centre which has become an institution. In the late 70s, it evolved from Changi Milk Bar, which was in Changi from the 1940s. It has a totally laid back vibe and well, it's decorated with an eccentric collection of fake fauna. What's on the menu? Charlie's Famous Fish & Chips, Burgers, Spicy Hot Wings, Chilli Dogs, Sausages, Beers...
Changi Village is a sleepy hollow. You see two rows of low-rise residential blocks with commercial outlets on the ground floor. Beyond the low-rise block you see is the food centre which has an assortment of food stalls to satisfy the palate of locals. You'll notice the International Nasi Lemak stall which has perpetual queues.

The stretch that I've taken this picture from is now lined with eateries and restaurants, from chicken rice to Thai to Spanish to Indian to seafood to dim sum..My favourite in the row is Jacob's cafe which sells Western cuisine in a homely setting.

The bumboats to-ing and fro-ing Pulau Ubin, the last bastion of rural life in Singapore.

That's my World

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12 comments:

  1. Beautiful place to visit...someday.

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  2. next time i go to singapore (hope to get another chance), i'll keep this in mind.

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  3. sounds like a great part of the world

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  4. The boardwalk is quiet deserted even on a weekend! It's so quiet and serene, I love that place but must always have someone with you, since it's so ulu!

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  5. What a wonderful place to spend a holiday. Your photos are terrific. I hope you are having a great day.

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  6. Thanks for giving me a look at a place around the world. Really lovely.

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  7. That was a very nice walk, indeed, with you as special tour guide. Very personal and engaging!

    Have a good weekend, Irene.

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  8. Pulau Ibin, is it still the two dollar island?

    I went many years ago,and the bum boat was $2.

    Did you shapen your thighs after all your walking?

    Cheers,
    Ann

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  9. Hi Ann
    Not sure how much is the boat ride..I'm sure it's cheap but doubt it's $2 today. Havent been to Ubin for a while.

    It wasn't much exercise to be honest. It's quite a short walk, lol.

    Irene

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Great to see you ~Irene