Mention Pulau Semakau, or Lorong Halus, and you might cover your nose.
These landfill sites used to be, and continue to be Singapore’s dumping grounds. But Semakau also house Knobbly starfish, which are bigger than our face !
Daddy has heard a lot about Semakau before, how National Environment Agency (NEA) manage to cultivate and sustain the island’s ecosystem. Semakau is proof that landfills are not always about Rubbish 🙂
There was a video campaign under Semakau and NSS end April, and Daddy has volunteered himself for Nature Society Singapore‘s (NSS) Semakau trip.
The early morning downpour at Pasir Panjang Ferry terminal nearly derail our trip.
We brought the glorious Sun to Pulau Semakau 🙂
After our briefing, we head out to one corner of the island for our Intertidal walk. Intertidal means we can walk far out to shore when tides are low, and explore the rich inhabitants.
Regulars to intertidal walk came prepared with stylish boots ! (SAF shoe is Daddy’s)
As we were delayed by the rain, we need to speed up and cut through jungle trail. Hello mosquitos 🙂
An amazing sight awaits us at the exit of the trail. Our eyes can scan the entire coastline. Start wading !
The water has risen (we lose an hour due to the rain), but still got pretty much to explore !
As Singapore is an island surrounded by busy straits and container ships. We can see heavy industries all around us. It is always amazing how our ecosystem continues to strive 🙂
No wonder this is intertidal walk. In low tide, all sorts of seafood sealife is exposed ! It is very therapeutic to walk ankle deep in the sea. We try to walk in a single file, so as not to disturb the ecosystem. Occasionally, our guide will shout “stingray” !
Knobbly starfish aplenty. This is the first time most of us have seen starfish so HUGH, and upclose ! Pardon our excitement, but we can spot a colony every ten steps.
Whenever we gather, we spot new interesting stuffs. NSS guides will help us to identify the shells, fishes, seaweeds and other organisms flourishing here at Semakau.
Daddy even spotted a hugh seabass (60cm) lingering around, it might be injured, and maybe it is from a nearby fishery farm?
Back on the bank, a lone mangrove. We can spot countless fiddler crabs hiding in the mangrove’s root. The morning’s exploration has been nothing short of eXcitement !
After our short rest at Semakau’s admin building, we went to checkout the island’s scenic spots.
Mangroves, fish-farms, and we can even spot Raffles Lighthouse (Daddy visited beacon in 2011Apr) from a corner.
Flag off at 0830… Whether you are here for some family leisure, or competition, we have the same start line.
Thanks to Jay for taking a snap of our rides in motion 🙂
It does not matter your bikes/blades got 2,3,4 or even 8 wheels. We are here for FUN.
Water parade at 3KM mark. Daddy’s pedal has dropped off along the way.
..otherwise Daddy’s camera only capture some tired faces, but the smile and cheerful grin is always evident. Ample runway for us to ride comfortably.
Look at our first photo, we can even U-turn right in the centre to pose :p
Video (Link) – Besides cycling, there are a whole suite of entertainment and challenges to cater to the family. The hangars have been converted into hugh “playgrounds”.
We dashed for the Segway section. Kids got some practice rounds at Sentosa before (too expensive and too short route !) RSAF provided free Segway orientation and 5 min ride Yeah !
What can you do if you kids are interested to sign up with Singapore Air Force?
Dress like a pilot, with helmet to go. It helps if the Daddy can dig out his vintage TopGun Vcd, featuring Tom Cruise to debrief the kids afterwards.
.. or get them hook on a fighter console. Dog fight is not easy.
In worse case, start with Paper aeroplanes, to get your kids interested in flying.
Some other activities include hockey, wrestling, and even a small bounching-castle obstacle course.
IPPT parent-child tag team should be interesting. We did shuttle run, chin-up and even situps. Daddy told us he could do >15 chinups last time, but we saw him struggle with 3 ??
On Father’s day, this is a personal achievement for Daddy. He has trained both Wei and Kang to survive a 6km ride. We can only have more fun from now onwards.
Can you hear Boon Yee shouting in exclamation “WoW!”. His hands is dirty, but he is super happy and proud of his artwork.
WowArt Learning Studio (WowArt) has a series of workshops during the June holidays, and we were invited to trial a few classes last Tuesday.
Look at their artistic hair-blower, let Daddy try to paint our WowArt adventures from the kids’ perspectives.
Lesson 01 – SHELLS – How do you draw and emboss a seashell?
Daddy thought it looks like a fossilized seashell from dinosaur era.
Choose your Seashell motif first.
Kids will draw the seashell outline, with help from Teacher.
Yi and Xin need to choose their own pastel colours.
A little touchup, and our seashell is ready. Tata !
During class activities, everyone is serious about their own masterpiece.
..but kids will be kids. Cheeky Yi and Xin could not resist playing some pranks :p
Lesson 02 – Yayoi Kusama Polka Dots – Kang and his butterfly canvas
The final stage requires Boon Kang to stamp different patterns. Daddy might not appreciate abstract arts, but Kang’s masterpiece looks very pleasing 🙂
Thank you Teacher Huda for her tips and guidance 🙂
Lesson 03 – PAT a COLOR
Yi is encouraged to choose his own shapes and colours. He gets to exercise his imagination to paint his own abstract background. In fact, WowArt will strongly encourage your child to express his or her own creativity.
Teacher Adilah would be on hand to provide some guidance and recommendation.
We would like to thanks WowArt for the invitation. Daddy is very impressed by the kids’ creativity and patience. It is not easy to keep a kid focus for two hours, but something at WowArt has sparked our kids’ interests.