The Pulau Ubin Invasion Force

by David Wallace April. 03, 2020 455 views

CHANGI VILLAGE, SINGAPORE: Renowned for its quieter pace of life, I've always enjoyed my stays in Changi Village. It is a part of Singapore that seems to be literally and figuratively removed from the normality of Singapore, a place where lunch can naturally last hours, or a photo walk take all day.

I've always enjoyed watching the antique 'bum boats' servicing Pulau Ubin and beyond to Pengerang, Malaysia that use the small coastal inlet.

The Pulau Ubin Invasion Force. Six or seven 'bumboats' head to Pulau Ubin shattering a tranquil Saturday morning in Changi Village. Olympus OM-4 | Zuiko 2/50 | Fuji Velvia-100F

The Pulau Ubin Invasion Force. Six or seven 'bumboats' head to Pulau Ubin shattering a tranquil Saturday morning in Changi Village. Olympus OM-4 | Zuiko 2/50 | Fuji Velvia-100F

Normally the boats wait at the jetty until they fill up with the requisite 12 passengers before heading off. On a slow weekday this can take hours, any time delay naturally being inversely proportional to the urgency of the journey. One Saturday morning I was surprised by what seemed to be a major invasion force heading off to Pulau Ubin. Not one, not two, but seven boats taking off in a noisy line across the water, taking a big group of kids on some sort of excursion.

Saturday morning congestion in Changi Village. Olympus OM-4 | Zuiko 2/50 | Fuji Velvia-100F

Saturday morning congestion in Changi Village. Olympus OM-4 | Zuiko 2/50 | Fuji Velvia-100F

I was lucky to have the last two frames of a roll of Fuji Velvia-F in my OM-4. Never quite my favourite film, nonetheless it turns out I've shot quite a lot of it over the years. Point of fact, this was my last roll, a nice way to finish indeed.

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