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Published April 15th 2013
Fun for the family
Kampung Temasek is the brainchild of a group of outdoor leaders, blessed with a 10-acre site in Johore, Malaysia by a Singaporean philanthropist. As a not-for-profit organisation, it aims to bring back the kampung (village) spirit as the region hurls towards urbanity.
Family Day is on May 1st 2013, with aplenty of kampung activities.
At their last Family Day, my friend's 2 year old made prata (Indian flatbread). Tastiness is not guaranteed, but at least fun sure is! Curry and dhal is provided.
There is also fishing using coconut fronts instead of a regular rod. You get to cook your catch on hot coals after as well, just like in the old days.
Many folks love eating satay and ketupat is a traditional rice pack cooked in woven palm fronds. Participants can eat their handmade ketupats with peanut sauce.
If you are interested in gaining a skill to go home with, there are opportunities to learn either square foot gardening or bottle gardening from Kampung Temasek facilitators. The plants can be grown using recycled materials.
If you have children, they will get excited by the kite-making and flying activity. The kids can get hands on with local kite making experts, learning to make and decorate their own.
In reliving the kampung days, there is an interactive play area set up for good ole games like marbles, five stones, chatek, zero point and hop scotch.
All workshops are ongoing at all times. So while the kids are busy chasing the duck and the geese around the pond, kick back and relax at the local warung (coffee shop) and have a coffee or tea.
There is an optional detour to the Aeon Mall at the end of the day for those who need to pick up their groceries for the week.
The schedule as follows:
7:45am Meet at Kranji MRT Station
8:00am Leave Singapore
9:00am Arrive at Kampung Temasek, Breakfast, Briefing
5:00pm Free & easy
5:30pm Bus to shopping mall (Aeon Tebrau) leaves Kampung Temasek
6:00pm Bus for Singapore leaves Kampung Temasek
8:00pm Leave Aeon Tebrau for Singapore
Early bird (book by 19th of April):
S$49 per adult
S$29 per child between 3-16
S$129 per family of 2 adults & 2 children
S$60 per adult
S$35 per child between 3-16
S$160 per family of 2 adults & 2 children
Transport from Kranji MRT and back
Lunch and 2 tea breaks provided*
All food is halal, with vegetarian options - made up of delectable Malay dishes, satay, snacks and kueh
Transport for shopping trip (if required) is chargeable at an extra $5/pax
There is a S$15/adult and S$10/child discount if your party is driving to Kampung Temasek. Maps & directions will be provided.