The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk with the NUS Toddycats, volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore.
Sun 16 Feb 2020: 7.00am – 12.00pm from NUS
The heroic account of the Malay Regiment at the Battle of Pasir Panjang left a strong impression on us, and there few of us have come together to commemorate the Malay Regiment’s defense of the ridge every year since 2002.
Guides will share with the public stories about the battle, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area which drew us to explore the ridge decades ago which led us to gradually learn of its history.
Our commemorative route takes us from the battle front at the National University of Singapore to Kent Ridge Road and through the Gap to Kent Ridge Park and ends at Reflections of Bukit Chandu (note that this is closed in 2020).
Since 1997, NUS Toddycats (and our predecessor The Habitat Group) have celebrated the anniversary of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve by conducting a free guided for the public. We do this to express our appreciation for this precious place which was officially opened on 6th December 1993.
This year we have 60 places for the walk on Sunday, 8th December 2019. Register now at Eventbrite. We look forward to some fellowship in this lovely setting once again.
Toddycats went down to Hong Lim Park on 21 Sep 2019 Sat, 3.00 – 6.00pm to show support to Singapore’s First Climate Rally, organised by youths to call on the government and industries to take on more drastic climate action. The rally is also timed to be a part of the worldwide climate strikes, started by climate activist, Greta Thunberg.
Once emerging from the MRT station, I realised it wasn’t just a few people gathering. There were so many others who also shared the same sentiments that more could be done in Singapore and we have to take climate action now. It was really heartening to see that people of all ages (not only the youths) viewed the climate crisis seriously enough to come down to Hong Lim Park on a hazy Saturday afternoon to be a part of this rally.
There were six speeches given by Lad Komal Bhupendra, Karen Sim, Ellen Wu, N. Sivasothi, Oliver Chua and Ho Xiang Tian. All of them delivered speeches with fire and passion. Each of the speakers shared their sentiments, and also included systemic solutions which were pitched to various levels of society, industries and the government to adopt.
The climate rally might be the first, but it wouldn’t be the last time you hear people asking for action to be done. The chance to reverse climate crisis is getting smaller and smaller. Now is the time to make big changes for the climate. The climate actions need to happen at all levels of society and fast. We don’t want the climate crisis to become a climate disaster, do we?
As part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Singapore zone captains Joleen Chan & Joys Tan are organising a cleanup at Sungei Loyang mangrove, located at the eastern end of Pasir Ris Park, on Sat 12th Oct, 3.30pm – 6.00pm.
Trash has accumulated since the last cleanup in 2016 and we will need some rugged help to tackle the burden on this small but lovely mangrove. You must have covered, hard-soled shoes or booties to join us.
If you wish to join us, please register at Eventbrite.
In 2008, a 9-km series of trails, bridges and walkways were unveiled, which reconnected the Southern Ridges which had been carved through by several roads (see map). An almost continuous traffic-free walk from NUS to HarbourFront became possible which takes two hours at a brisk pace.
This is an excellent way to get in some exercise at the end of a tough week, amidst a unique landscape and greenery. Hard pressed to find the time? Join NUS Toddycats on five walks from YIH Plaza through to Hort Park and HarbourFront MRT on the following dates:
Fri 6 Sep 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)
Fri 27 Sep 2019 (we end at Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)
Fri 18 Oct 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)
Fri 8 Nov 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)
Fri 15 Nov 2019 (we end at Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)
Please register your participation at the Eventbrite webpage – pick the correct date and register for that individually.
You may leave the group at any time. Some of the typical stop points along the way include:
2.0km, 22 mins – Science Park 1 (Kent Ridge MRT Station)
4.0km, 51 mins – Reflections at Bukit Chandu (near Pasir Panjang MRT Station)
5.3km, 1h 12mins – Hort Park (near Labrador Park MRT Station)
Sat 29 June 2019 – Crowds flowed into Pulau Ubin for Ubin Day as volunteers and staff tirelessly put up booths to showcase the brilliant diversity of nature and heritage found on Pulau Ubin. Toddycats put up our booth on marine biodiversity, highlighting the key issue of marine debris affecting them.
This year Otterman intern Natalie Quah coordinated our lovely ICCS Otters, site captains Elizabeth Lim, Tan Chia Wu, Chong Siew Men, Olivia Lee and Elsa Lillford valiantly stepped up to volunteer at our booth, together with Toddycats volunteer Delia Quek. Special thanks also to Tina Liow who helped with transporting all the specimens to Ubin, which saw a traumatic break of our old dugong specimen jar (all fixed, no fear)!
Guests for Ubin Day this year included many families, visitors, participants of Pedal Ubin and of course our regular visitor and chair of the Friends of Ubin Network, Minister Desmond Lee.
Volunteers say the shark specimen was the conversation starter about marine life which still persists in our waters. That we have turtles surprises people, especially that they are still beaching on our shores to lay eggs. Then they are concerned. to learn about about the dangers of marine trash in our waters.
It was a great day of community fun and learning and we were happy to be there! Until next year!