|Image from Pulau Ubin Stories|
The lontong is cooked by Pak Ali's wife only on Sundays. I am not sure if she still does the cooking herself now since she is aged and walking pose a challenge for her. The lontong is truly worth every bite and lives up to its fame on Pulau Ubin. Pak Ali is no longer around as he passed away in late 2010 due to cancer. More about the story of Pak Ali on Pulau Ubin Stories.
After the yummy lontong, we headed to Nordin Beach for a check on the rarest mangrove tree in the world - Bruguiera hainesii. The tree is flowering furiously.
|Leaves of B. hainesii, with many flowers.|
|Many fallen calyx|
|Another view of the calyx|
|Propagule of various sizes|
The trip to Nordin Beach was shorten with the approaching rain. We had to seek shelter while waiting for the van to pick us up. While making our way back to the town centre, we decided that we shall take a walk at the sensory trail since it was still early for lunch.
Right in front of the visitors' hut next to the jetty sits a small fig tree. This could possibly the only fig tree of this species left.
|Fig tree, growing before the beach.|
|Golden orb web spider|
|Water lily flower|
|Caterpillar on water lily leave|
As the government had just revealed the population plan for a possible 7 million population by 2030, I wonder how many of this kampong feelings will remain then?
|2030 population plan|
Will there still be such cosy, old style dinning places with yummy food to visit?
Do we have to remove the old to make way for the new so that we can keep up with the society?