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St. John's and Lazarus Island

Enjoying the island life with two dogs

Story by Nicholas Lee October 4th, 2015

The dry bits

St. John’s Island and Lazarus island are part of what is collectively known as the southern islands located (you guessed it) south of mainland Singapore. The major attractions are the beaches and generally quiet atmosphere that its a great getaway form the urbnan din of the mainland. There is also an 800m long artificial beach on that acts as a causeway between Lazarus and Pulau Seringat. Fun fact: S$300m was spent on the islands, out of which S$120m was to build an underwater pipeline to get water, electricity and telecommunications into the island. (Source)

All Aboard!

Getting there is relatively simple – if you don’t have dogs. Just buy a ticket at the counter at Marina South Pier. It costs S$18 for a round-trip but they run very limited ferry services on weekdays. In our case, we had to do a private charter (S$180) with Flapper and Frodo, but we had the flexbilitiy of choosing our depature and return time (within reason).

Loading and unloading was an adventure in itself with a trolley of food and a large dog (Frodo) who suddenly decided to be afraid of boarding the boat. Still, it was his first encounter with such a large ferry! In the end, with both dogs on board, it was a relatively uneventful ride despite Frodo’s almost wanting to jump into the ocean while in transit.
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Welcome to Bungalow 53

Clean and comfortable is how I would describe the bungalow. There was more than enough room for 10 people, fully air-conditioned, with clean sheets and floors. There is even a separate kitchen do to food preparation and cooking. It was quite a bitch to push the trolly up the steep slope, though. Pro tip: Do NOT turn off the toilet lights at night unless you really love cockroaches.

All in, Flapper and Frodo seemed very happy with the place too.
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Cats

Plenty of those over there. Super friendly and well-managed and loved by the people working on St John’s! I also learnt that there are annual trips there by vets who conduct sterilization procedures to control the feline population.
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And yes, Chickens!

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Haze! What's over there?

If you read the first paragraph, you would have realized the two islands are linked by a causeway. It was a very pretty location to take sunrise shots from, when the skies were clear. Our luck ran out on the second day with the ridicously thick haze. :(

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What's up, Beaches!

With two male dogs, you’d know the only thing on their minds once we were there was the lovely beaches. The two water babies really had a blast.

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Someone needs glasses.
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Always fun seeing dogs be dogs.
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All fun must come to an end, however, and in this case, the end of our beach runs is always the terrible cleaning-up we have to do. Our boy Flapper is a sand-and-water sponge with his soft, fluffy coat and tends to bring back half the beach on every trip. Considering we did three beach swims in 24h…
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The big day

On Flapper’s birth day itself, friends and family came over with food and presents. His older ‘brother’ and younger ‘sister’ also arrived!


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As it was not too hazy, we brought them out for a short run in the grassy enclosure.
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Related?

Flapper is quite the pro at catching stuff with his mouth. His brother, on the other hand..
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Fro-Doh!

We still love you anyway, Frodo.
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Flapper has his Cake and eats it, too!

This was quite a massive cake and almost too pretty to eat. If you like what you see, consider ordering one from The Barkery!
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He almost could not wait.
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Movie time!

A short video, told from their perspective..
All good things need to come to and end, however, and we had to pack up and leave the island eventually.
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Still like pawprints in the sand, the experience has left fond memories in my heart.
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Footnote: Most common phrases: Frodo down! Frodo offf! Ah-Doh ahhh!
St. John Island