Going on the Lighthouse Trail!


Tomorrow morning, I’ll be going on the Lighthouse Trail, which is part of HeritageFest 2014.

We will be swinging by Sultan Shoal Lighthouse. The lighthouse is between Tuas Extension and Jurong Island. Both are products of reclamation.

We will then visit Raffles Lighthouse, located on the southern-most island of Singapore. I am looking forward to this in particular as my one and only visit to the island was on 22 November 1986.

I remember the date because on 20 Nov, the late Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at the old National Stadium. My family was fortunate to get seats just on the edge of the covered part of the grandstand. It rained, and most people got wet.

21 Nov is my birthday. The meat in this date sandwich.

The next day, my family took a bumboat to Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu.

I am not sure how we got to go. I think one of my uncles is related to someone who worked there. Security was definitely not so tight back then.

In the 80s, film was precious, so I don’t have much evidence of being on the island.

There are a couple of photos (below), but they don’t prove anything. One shows my relatives and me on the bumboat. The other shows my mum and sis on the porch of the lighthouse. The background doesn’t show the lighthouse though! You’ll have to take my word for it.

Tomorrow, we’re not allowed to take photos on approaching and while on the island. So, even though I have the ability to take as many photos as I want, I can’t.

Still, I’m looking forward to this!