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On a sunny Friday, 4 friends decided to step on an adventure to the Southern Islands of Singapore. The islands are not totally unknown as they burst into popularity once articles were posted, marvelling at its clear and green waters.

St John Island, previously known to be an island to quarantine cholera and leprosy cases, has now been transformed into a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can even spot dolphins on the island if you are lucky!

Via a link bridge from St John Island, you will arrive to the island of gem, Lazarus Island, clean and untouched. Getting away from the crowd was not a success as the crowd had swarmed to Lazarus Island too. Singaporeans, expats, and even tourists are spotted that day. The weather was just nice with the sun shining bright in the sky. There were teenagers here for an outing, families and couples here for a picnic. The four friends too had packed food for the heaty afternoon, with a memorable uncooked sausage which was gobbled up by one of the friends who were slightly sick. Guess being sick really numb your senses.

The day was short but the view was awesome. It felt like stepping out of the concrete jungle in Singapore for a respite.

To head back to mainland Singapore, passing through Kusu Island is necessary. Even with a brief stopover, I managed to pay my respects at the temple. One of the breathtaking scene was seeing a turtle with a fish latched on it, swimming together like BFF.

The day ended shortly with a great lunch/dinner at a famous chicken rice store back on mainland.

More information on the island as of May 2015:

- Boat ride taken at dock near Marina South Pier MRT Station. Tickets are purchased at the orange counter. No reservations required or provided.

- Boat follows a schedule, check online for more information

- Per ticket to and fro is $18/pax

- There are no F&B outlets at both St John Island, Lazarus Island and Kusu Island. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks

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