Singapore is a small country. And what can we do to have fun in an island so small that can only be seen as a red dot on the map? (Yeah. That’s the words of “Little Red Dot” - means Singapore was coined) Some may say that there are places like Orchard, Marina Bay, The Merlion and Universal Studios. However, these places will lose their charms after a while, especially to those who come to Singapore often or those who live here, like me.
A little fun fact about this small country that’s usually mistaken to be a part of China is that it’s one of three independent city-states. It’s also home to one of the most beautiful skyline.
Interestingly, thanks to the internet, I found a few hidden places around Singapore that's worth checking out. First on the list is Kampong Lorong Buangkok.
To those of you who don't know what the word "Kampong" is, it basically translates to "Village". This village is the last one remaining in Singapore. In contrast to the modern, fast paced Singapore we all know, I was surprised to meet with people who still choose to live simply in this village.
When I was there, what intrigued me the most was how the village still kept its traditional roots with the rustic wooden walls and zinc roofs on every house and once you take a moment to look around, you’ll realise that there’s still a strong sense of the “kampong spirit”. Where one can respect each others differences and beliefs.
The trip to Kampong Buangkok did give a nostalgic feel of how some parts of Indonesia is. A country that is the largest archipelago in the world that is populated by approximately 260 million as of 2016. Despite Indonesia being known by the metropolitan city, Jakarta or the island of paradise, Bali, some parts of Indonesia is still very simple and untouched.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok is definitely not like the typical air conditioned places we’re used to. You can still find chickens clucking and roaming around freely. This definitely makes you feel like you're closer to nature. However, one of the lessons I learned through visiting this village is that we should never take the things we have for granted as there still so many people out there who are not as lucky as we are. Yet, they are still grateful for all the things they have.