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Where did Sir Stamford Raffles land when he first came to Singapore in 1819? Hint: It is not anywhere near the Sir Stamford Raffles statue. It is on a tiny island, about half the size of Botanical Gardens, St John's Island.

This tiny island since then has witnessed many significant historical events and we would like to invite all of you to join us to celebrate National Day and discover this tiny island significant's past in a fun and experiential way.

In a glimpse, this is what we will be sharing:
1) It was the world's largest quarantine centre by 1920s and it could screen 400,000 people every year on this tiny island. By comparison, mainland Singapore in 1923 had only 458,000 people. We will attempt to show you some of the quarantine facilities.

2) A race called Kolek race that is well loved by the Islanders and S5 Islanders.  A 1938 newspaper report even compared that to the prestigious Sydney Harbour regattas. Find out who the S5 is and how the S5 festival is celebrated. We might play their games too.

3) You might know Lim Bo Seng, the resistance fighter. During the Japanese occupation, his family fled to St John Island. However, the Japanese Imperial Army routinely killed people on St John's. Amazingly this family survived. We will learn how the Japanese Imperial Army decides whom to kill.

4) By 1950s St John island had become known as St John's University among political dissidents. Famous political dissidents like Francis Seow and our 3rd President Devan Nair were once detained in the island. And our late ex-PM Lee Kuan Yew acted as their lawyer, and would visit them regularly along with PM Lee Hsien Loong! Find out how the political dissidents feel about the island.

5) Along with housing the political dissidents, the island was also the centre for drug treatment and was subsequently phased out in the 1970s.

6) Find out why in 1968 Singapore Tourism Board renamed Lazarus Island as Treasure Island. And learn about a little island that no longer exists called Palau Ringgit ($1 Island), which now is part of Lazarus Island.

7) Due to Asia financial crisis, by 1998, 7600 illegal immigrants have flocked to Singapore. The islands were used as a holding place for illegal immigrants.

...and so much more!

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island SingaporeHow did Japanese Imperial Army use this big chessboard? 


Come join us for a Sunday fun day outing and rediscover some little-knowns secrets of our Southern Islands in a fun way.  It will be a fun day of exploring and experiential learning about St John's Island and Lazarus Island. We have also engaged a Kin-ball instructor in teaching us how to play this latest game in town.  

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore
That is not all, we will be having BBQ lunch too.  

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore

If that is not enough, I believe Lazarus and St John Island have one of those best-kept secrets beaches of Singapore.  After which you can island hop to Kusu Island before returning to the mainland. 

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore

For BBQ lunch we are having cup otah, chicken satay, buffalo wing, fishball, hot dog, crab stick, garlic bread, crispy cuttlefish, mushroom, butter corn, fried rice, fried beehoon, and honey sea coconut.

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island SingaporeBBQ time

Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore

The itinerary for the day is as follows:

8:30 am:  Meet at Marina South Pier
10 am:  Reach St John Island and start fun discovery 
1 pm: BBQ lunch
3 pm: Take the ferry back to Kusu Island or mainland Singapore or free and easy.

Pricing is all-inclusive, i.e. including:
- Return ferry ticket
- BBQ lunch

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Let's BBQ and rediscover our Southern Islands in a fun way starting at St. John Island Singapore
This adventure is: #on-the-weekend, #tastebud-tickling, #breathtakingly-scenic
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28/07/2017


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