Last week’s Labour Day (1st May Holiday) blessed us not only with a day off from work but also with beautiful weather. We profited to discover a new corner of Singapore and made our way by ferry to the Southern Islands. After a short boat ride we arrived on St. John’s Island, an excellent picnic place for those who do not wish to walk too far from the jetty. Part of the island is still fenced off and a look at the island’s history reveals some interesting facts. It was formerly used as a quarantine station for immigrants, a drug rehabilitation centre and as prison island. Not surprisingly, Singaporean believe that the island is haunted.
Although we did not care much, we left St. John’s quickly and made our way by foot to the more tranquil Lazarus Island. I was impressed by the beauty and serenity of this small island. The lagoon, large sandy beach and pristine waters are definitely not something I expected to find in Singapore. If it were not for the city’s skyline in the distance, you would believe to be stranded on a far-off island paradise.
On the way back the ferry stopped at Kusu Island. Although we were tired, it was the right decision to get off the boat. We would not have wanted to miss out on the (n)ice cold drink that we bought from the super-friendly Uncle at the prominent Chinese temple, the temple itself and the yellow coloured Malay shrine hidden in the thick bushes on top of a small hill.

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