Sunday-only Ubin-only lontong is the highlight of the weekend! We all greatly appreciate this delicious and highly threatened dish, as Mama Crab Ley Kun shows. Even going twice, back-to-back, I only barely scratch the surface of all the fun and awesome things we can see and do at Pulau Ubin.
I'm with an enthusiastic team of facilitators for the Leafmonkey Imagine Ubin Workshop. It is organised by November and Kai who are so busy preparing for the Workshop that they have yet to snarfle down their lontong.
Daily Life Renewable Energy (DLRE) give us a personal briefing about the awesome microgrid set up at Ubin which since Oct 2013 has been providing electricity to all homes and businesses at Ubin Town.
our online open notes of the discussions that I didn't take any photos. All too soon, it was time to go home, and November takes a selfie of all of us!
monthly free guided Chek Jawa boardwalk tour. Since I'm still not able to walk well, I didn't actually guide but managed to hobble around to disturb the other guides.
brown 'teh-o' colour that often accompanies plankton blooms that lead to mass fish deaths.
Ubin Project which was announced by Minister of State Desmond Lee, 10 Mar 2014:
“We will initiate a conversation soon with Singaporeans, including the islanders, interest groups and experts, on how we can sensitively enhance the natural environment of Ubin and protect its heritage and its rustic charm. We will seek ideas about nature and heritage conservation, and about education and nature-based recreation. Minister Khaw has asked me to lead this project, and I am humbled and privileged to do so. We will consult and engage widely. And we will not rush, because the process is as important as the outcome and we want to hear from as many Singaporeans as possible. Our collective ideas, when implemented, can be a gift for many generations of Singaporeans. Some of these ideas, if ready, will also be meaningful in our commemoration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary next year. We will share more details about “The Ubin Project” later this year.”In response to Minister Desmond's announcement, the Leafmonkey Imagine Ubin workshop is an effort to gather dreams and ideas for Pulau Ubin from a wide range of stakeholders. Some of the key discussion points are highlighted in this online open notes of the workshop. Look out for more workshops on Ubin as well as other issues.
On 14-16 May, November, Kai and I are excited to launch a three-day workshop on nature guiding with the School of the Arts! This workshop is for those new to nature guiding, as well as existing guides looking for new tips to engage visitors. Expand the tools in your nature guiding tool box! Through fun filled activities, you will learn from and share with other guides; reflect on the deeper principles of guiding; design your own nature walk; and learn about guiding in various social contexts. Each evening will cover a different topic and begins with a brief introduction to provide the framework for two workshop activities that follow.
14 May (Wed): Mangroves and marine by Ria; and dealing with 'difficult' visitors
15 May (Thu): Forests by Vilma; and dealing with 'difficult' visitors
16 May (Fri): Design your own nature walk; and exploring other ways to reach out for nature
More details and online registration.
Links to more about Pulau Ubin (thanks to the Leafmonkey Workshop)
- Pulau Ubin, National Parks Board (NParks)
- Factsheet on Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa, National Parks Board (NParks)
- Brief History of Pulau Ubin, by National Heritage Board (NHB)
- Pulau Ubin Micro-grid Test-Bed, by Energy Market Authority (EMA)
- Pulau Ubin Stories, archive of stories about Ubin by November Tan
- Brief overview of biodiversity on Pulau Ubin, from The DNA of Singapore by RMBR
- Media and news articles about Pulau Ubin on wildsingapore news
- Ongoing nature events on Pulau Ubin on wildsingapore happenings