Kayak Camping with Nick – Updated

Shawn/ August 7, 2016/ Kayaking, Pulau Ubin, Wild Outdoors & Camping/ 0 comments

Edit: Post has been updated because I found a few more pictures.

Having seen the potential in the adventure that Hendrik and I had had previously, Nick was keen to experience one himself.

So he and I hatched a plan for another kayak camping trip. Hendrik, unfortunately, was unable to join.

Like my previous camping trip, this one did not involve fishing just yet as it was an experimental trip. Nick did bring his fishing rods and crab traps though.

When we reached the spot, Nick wasted no time in cooking up his dinner.

Those prawns were from his previous netcasting sessions.

That’s still his meal, and his beer. He offered me one though and it was surprisingly nice to have a beer in the wild outdoors.

So one of the reasons I wanted to do this was to test out building a bushcraft chair.

I made this!

Using some old planks I found lying about and some branches that were on the ground, I made the chair. It was fairly stable. It only wobble slightly from left to right because I couldn’t drive the stakes into the ground far enough as it was very rocky. I could have made it perfect by adding a cross brace across the 2 stakes but alas it was very late by the time I got this done.

Somewhere around 8pm-ish, Nick set off again to set up his crab traps.

He only brought 2 along.

He caught nothing that night.

As Nick didn’t bring his hammock and his tarp was way too small, I set up my spare hammock for him and rearranged my tarp.

Another reason for me to launch was to test the usability of more mods I made on my hammock.

I made these hammock pockets. It was good except for the fact that it was too tight to be comfortable, it would occasionally tear at the seams, and tended to collect water. So I later replaced the material with a pair of old jeans.

Nick was having trouble with my spare hammock so he eventually opted to just sleep on the floor.

Morning eventually broke and we had a slow breakfast.

There were many many sandflies that night so when morning came we went straight home.

 


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

Portaging & Pathfinding Expedition to Mamam Beach, Pulau Ubin | Part 3

Shawn/ June 17, 2016/ Bottom Fishing, brackish water, Kayaking, Luring, Netcasting, Pulau Ubin, saltwater, Wild Outdoors & Camping/ 1 comments

Now, watch part 3 of the video or… read on…

Watch the video. I don’t have much photos of this day but boy was it fun.

The rain started just before 3am. So… Just after we went to sleep.

From the lessons learnt the day before I had set my tarp pegs way more securely. The better ground helped too. The tarp tautness still needed some work but it was alright I suppose.

The hammock though, was using the original suspension system and this was a $20 hammock from the old Army Market @ Beach Road. The hammock was lovely save for the fact that when it rained, as I found out, the water wicked down the suspension and somehow got on the inside of the hammock and thus pooled directly under my butt.

Somewhat annoyed at the bad sleeping conditions though greatly excited at this new experience (though you wouldn’t know it), I stayed awake for a bit to just enjoy the other bits of the situation that night rain brings include that cozy feeling you get when under shelter in the rain.

Fendy didn’t bring a tarp. I supposed he ran to the toilets (the only sheltered area nearby) when it first started to pour though he eventually joined me under my tarp. I gave him my chair and after a bit of chit chat then quiet, he fell asleep on that chair. So I eventually fell back to sleep in my wet-in-some-areas hammock.

I awoke the next morning to find Fendy gone from the chair. I found him sleeping in his completely drenched hammock instead.

When he finally awoke from his slumber, we had breakfast and then dilly dallied till it was time for lunch, which we delayed as well.

Eventually, we were ready to launch.

This time, the waters weren’t as peaceful as they were yesterday but they were still somewhat pretty.

When we arrived at the portage point the tide was not yet at it’s highest so we noticed that it could be possible to peddle or paddle underneath it if the tide was low enough. This time though, it wasn’t. So we lumbered and strained to carry Fendy’s heavy ass kayak over the railings. *cough. To be fair, my kayak was not ultra light with a lot of the gear still inside but it was light enough but we were already exhausted.

We eventually made it out of the river system into the sea.

Many lessons were learnt on this trip and with the great company, I will find it hard to forget this trip.

The End.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

Portaging & Pathfinding Expedition to Mamam Beach, Pulau Ubin | Part 2

Shawn/ June 10, 2016/ Bottom Fishing, brackish water, Kayaking, Luring, Netcasting, Pulau Ubin, saltwater, Wild Outdoors & Camping/ 1 comments

Now, watch part 2 of the video or… read on…

If you’ve read Part 1 or saw the video of Part 1 then you know that we set off really late. By the time we reached the first portage point, it was around 4.30pm.

The Slayer 10 has a really shallow draft.

For this trip I was using the Native Slayer 10 precisely because it was so light. There were a few issues such as it being quite slow and I was annoyed that it didn’t have a track for mounting things at the front but it made up for it by being so light.

We eventually carried our kayaks over the bridge (yes over the bridge) and made it to the other side.

Within this part of the river system, we were greeted by some of the most beautiful sights we had yet to see. Still and calm and mirrorlike waters, cool air, vibrant colours. It was almost like being overseas.

We got a little bit lost when we were about to cross into the main Nordin river, the river that would bring us out into the sea North of Ubin. Nevertheless, through looking at Google’s satellite imagery, I found us an alternate, though longer, path. On our way back, we found out that the original crossing was not very obvious when the tide was high and the tide was indeed very high.

Eventually, we made it out into the sea.

Sweet Freedom!

Our adventure had begun.

Fendy proceeded to give me a guided tour of the place, pointing out where he used to play as a kid and where all the little nooks and crannies were.

We eventually made it to the Mamam Campsite and the Mamam River where through former experiences, I knew exactly where I could probably get a fish. Note that I said “a” fish. You can only get 1 fish there. So down my line went and within a minute, I striked and got this guy.

We fished around a little more but got nothing. Both of us had a few more hits but nothing came up.

Fendy very skillfully gutted and prepared the fish and I had one of the best fish dinners of my life. Of course he couldn’t have done it without my skillfully prepared then ignited and stoked campfire too. *cough*

And my onions. Without the onions I brought it could not have been done too. Fendy brought the sambal though…

But… Onions.

Read Part 3 Here!


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.