Do you still remember those carefree days where you would head to Pulau Ubin to rent a bicycle and cycle with your family and your friends?
Just enjoying the breeze and racing one another to get to the endpoint?
This tiny island is all we have left of the kampung lifestyle that our ancestors used to have.
Unfortunately, after so many years of operation, one of the bicycle shops there has regrettably “shut its doors for the final time”.
House 31 Bicycle Rental Shop Closes
According to a Facebook post by Wan’s Ubin Journal, it appears that the owner of House 31 Bicycle Rental Shop, Mr Sum, has decided that it’s time for the shop to close its shutters and cease operations.
Sadly, there was no reason provided as to why he decided to do so.
So what’s going to happen to the kampung house now?
Well, it will be taken over by the relevant government agency in charge of Pulau Ubin.
As of now, there aren’t any announcements of plans for the kampung house, but let’s just hope that the government would preserve it for the sake of our history.
FYI, Pulau Ubin is under East Coast GRC, so there should be a (together) East Coast Plan for it.
After all, we don’t see any kampung houses around in most parts of Singapore anymore.
Wait, so if that’s the case, does that mean that I can’t rent a bicycle to cycle when I’m there anymore?
The answer is no, it doesn’t mean that.
There Are Still Other Bicycle Rental Shops Around
If you’re intending to head there any time soon and would like to cycle, don’t worry. There are still other bicycle rental shops around.
According to Wan’s Ubin Journal, you can still rent a bicycle from Houses 18, 24, 25, and 45C.
He also encouraged everyone to head there during the long weekend just to take a break from the busy city lifestyle that we’re used to. Take in nature and also take a walk down the memory lane there, the remnants of our kampung lifestyle.
But of course, please do wear a mask and continue to practise social distancing when you’re there so as to ensure that neither yourself nor the elderly Ubin residents will get affected by the deadly virus.