I was recently introduced to a new concept called “Microadventure.” The idea is to make adventures accessible to everyone because they are shorter in length, are more affordable, yet will still provide 110% fun. As blogger Sarah Wilson aptly describes, “It’s simple. When they’re simple, they happen. You don’t procrastinate.”
It’s the simple idea of a weekend getaway without leaving the country that resonates with so many people here and around the world that I couldn’t help but try out the concept for myself. The available slots for this event, organized by meetup group Singapore Adventurous Nature Lovers, was filled within days. Out of the 18 participants who signed up, 16 of them were ladies.
I couldn’t help but wonder with a smile: maybe the guys had enough of outdoor camping when serving their national service… or maybe the ladies were just a little more adventurous.
Pulau Ubin is a boomerang-shaped island situated in the northeastern part of Singapore, and it is fair to say that it has a special place in the hearts of all Singaporeans. With its rusticity, an abundance of nature spaces and remnants of kampong houses, visitors to the island are transported back to how it was like living in a Singapore during the 60s.
Pulau Ubin makes for the perfect microadventure thanks to its bicycle trails and natural beauty spots like the Chek Jawa wetlands, its beaches, and its quarries. There is enough variety for everyone in the family, yet it provides a certain harmony that only Mother Nature can give. This place really does strengthen the pulse of life.
It’s been said that 7 days of camping can reset a person’s biological clock so that the effects of technology no longer disrupt sleep cycles. Microadventures might not last for 7 days, but they provide a wonderful opportunity to escape from the rigors of modern life for a while. At Mamam Beach, the only cellular signals originated from Malaysia. We still had life luxuries, but it took getting back to the basics to enjoy them. It is good sometimes to disconnect ourselves and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.
Whether you go on microadventures every weekend or you’ve never taken one before, Pulau Ubin must be on your list of locations to visit this year. You will feel new life surge through you if you happen to keep your feet on the island long enough.
Cover pic by participant, François GEZE