9. St. John Island
St. John’s Island isn’t just a place for secondary schools to stick their students when they’ve run out of ideas. It was also where Sir Stamford Raffles anchored, before reaching the shores of our mainland. But since those long ago days, it’s certainly had quite a checkered history: quarantine centre, lepers colony, prisoner camp and drug rehabilitation centre are but some of the phases that the island has gone through.
Now it might be an idyllic little nature-filled getaway, complete with quaint holiday bungalows and camps, but the sorrow and pain of its past residents linger on. Many a school excursion has been joined by uninvited “guests”, with students often reporting spectral sightings of men in military garb.