Photo Journal

Photo Journal – the Pulau Ubin Experience

For months now, Iphigene, Fats, and myself have been thinking of ways to spice up and enliven our site. I am truly fortunate to be working with such hardworking, committed ladies who constantly indulge me and my creative bursts of ideas. Inspired by TBM’s Travel Photoswe decided to give this Photo Journal feature a go.

Widget courtesy of none other than the talented Iphigene

I also think that it is kind of unique that the three of us are coming from three different countries: Fats is presently staying in San Diego, USA; Iphigene is based in Manila; while I have been living here in Singapore for over three years now. It would be great to also share a few photos from our respective cities/countries.

I have likewise been fortunate to be given a chance to travel a little bit (not as often as I would wish, though) – primarily because of my attendance in conferences in different countries/cities. My husband also happens to have a great eye when it comes to taking photos (while I do the post-processing edits). This would be a lovely way to share a few photos from those travels. Great prompts as well in writing poetry, short stories, picture books, or what not. What can I say, our aesthetic sensibilities simply gravitate towards the beautiful, the strange, the odd, and the plain awesome.

To kick off this feature, I will be sharing a few photos from Pulau Ubin, also known as Old Singapore, or the last kampung village in Singapore. Most photos and travelogues showcase Singapore’s high-rise buildings, the casinos, Sentosa Island – essentially the citified structure of the country, I thought that it would be nice to share the other side of Singapore. As a teaser, here are a few photos I would like to share with you. I would be sharing more as the weeks progress. 🙂 In addition to the photos, I am also sharing a few quotes/poem fragments that I feel would enhance the photo beautifully. 🙂 If the photo inspired you to think of a particular quote, lines from a book, a song verse, please share this with us in the Comments section.

Photo taken by my husband. Post-processed by me.

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”~ Maya Angelou

Photo taken by my husband. Post-processed by me.

Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest, which co-mingle their roots in the darkness underground.” – William James

Photo taken by my husband. Post-processed by moi. This is the primary means of transportation around Pulau Ubin. If you don't bike (like myself), there are also vans or taxis that can be rented out.

After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow. ~ H.G. Wells The Wheels of Chance

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

9 comments on “Photo Journal – the Pulau Ubin Experience

  1. I love it! And I love the poems with the photos. That really does enhance the mood. The Angelou quote is spot on. And thanks so much for mentioning my blog. That is very kind of you. I wish you much success with this addition to your blog.


  2. I like that widget, Iphigene! This is the start of something good, I think. Love the photos and the quotes to go with. No matter what we ‘see’, there is no place like home. Thanks for creating something new to enjoy!


    • Hi Linda, I thought of a way to make the photos quite distinct – and since it’s essentially a photo journal, and it IS poetry month, might as well enjoy the beauty of the photographs with a thoughtful line or verse.


    • Hi Linda,
      Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks. Glad you like the widget. 🙂


  3. Great idea Myra!
    I especially love the first pic. Reminds me a bit of the cover of Iain Buchanan’s book Fatimah’s Kampung (which much to my dismay I still haven’t been able to track down and purchase yet!)


    • Hi Corinne, we have that book in our community library, but wasn’t able to find it in the local bookstores. 😦 Will try to borrow it for our next bimonthly theme this May/June and feature here. 🙂


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