We’ve plenty of days off to clear, since we are still stuck in Singapore, so last Friday, we took it off to explore the Southern Islands of Singapore by kayak.
The Southern Islands, comprising St John’s, Kusu, Lazarus, and Deringer, are just a short hop away from Sentosa. We used to row to them weekly when we trained with the Singapore Paddle Club, in 6-seater outriggers. I wouldn’t feel comfortable attempting the crossing in our little foldable Oru kayaks though, because the waters around the islands can be insanely choppy, with ferocious washing-machine currents.
In KayakAsia’s sturdy double inflatable kayaks though, punching through the waves was a thrilling experience.
And what a beautiful day to be out! We had cloud cover most of the morning, so we were spared the heat from the sun. And the waters this time of the year were gloriously clear, such that we could pretend that we were away in the remote islands of the Philippines instead of just mere kms away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Singapore.
I’ve been enjoying life in London and its surrounds, with mini excursions during the week and explorations further afield on the weekends. For most of trips, I’ve been content to leave my bulky DSLR behind, trusting instead in my much less conspicuous phone camera to capture the memories.
The delightful thing about the UK, however, isn’t so much the photo opportunities, but the ability to immerse in whatever period of history catches my fancy for the day, and to explore in-situ the architecture and read about events of the past centuries that have so shaped current affairs today.
One of my favorite day trip was to Hampton Court Palace, where Henry VIII consorted with (and then disposed of) his many wives. It’s beautifully kept through the centuries, and expanded upon during the Stuart, and Georgian periods.