Toddycats at Ubin Day 2015 (13-14 Jun 2015)
Preparations for Ubin Day had begun weeks before the event and finally on 12 Jun 2015, Sankar A & Lynn Ng (Toddycats SG50 Interns), Becky Lee (ICCS Intern) and Toddycats Joys Tan and Joleen Chan got together to pack logistics for Ubin Day.
The next day, Toddycats began arriving on Ubin as early as 7.00am! To beat the dawn awakening, some Toddycats like Law Ing Sind and Becky Lee had stayed over the previous night!
The first day a huge crowd overran the booths! Many had come in celebration of Siglap Day as well.
Iris Ng and Lee Juin Bin informed people about the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium IV – BoSS IV will be held on the 01 Aug 2015 and you can find out more here!
The Toddycats booth had a very special visitor: Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State with the Ministry of National Development.
Becky Lee and Sankar A chatted with another special visitor, the Minister of National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan, who was fascinated by the Hawksbill turtle and dugong specimens we had on display.
Civet Intern Claudia Ang, was actively sharing stories about the Common Palm Civet and the cruelty behind Kopi Luwak. You can find out more here.
As the sun rose over Ubin, rainclouds appeared over the island – uh-oh!
And sure enough, it started to pour!
Toddycats offered Pedal Ubin once again, which had been revived for the first Ubin Day last year. Pedal Ubin guides Alvin Wong, JoelleLai, Marcus Ng, Chloe Tan, Travis Ho, Sankar A, Ng Xinyao, Ng Chao Xiang and Yeo Wei were ready in time and greeted by a very high attendance rate which saw enthusiastic participants turn up early!
We visited nature and heritage sites on Pulau Ubin including the German Girl Shrine and the “Y U So Like That!” drink stall.
In response to the launch of the Ubin Way based on the positive highlights of kampong life, we had everyone engage in light-hearted conversations with one another. This relaxing element was injected specifically this year as guides can be quite focused on guiding and forget to have a conversation!
Alvin’s group was even joined by none other than MoS Desmond Lee who was active that day on the island in many events, despite struggling with jet lag.
Some lucky participants were treated to a durian feast at Jelutong Bridge – shiok! It’s the start of bountiful durian harvest in the region.
On the way back, we stopped at Pekan Quarry, where Andy Dinesh, David Tan and other enthusiastic birders had set up a birding tentage. Participants and guides were introduced to the very rare Oriental Darter.
Meanwhile, the Toddycats booth at Ubin Village was still going strong.
At last, Ubin Day came to and end and it was time to clear up. Becky Lee and several Toddycats saw to the safe transport of all the specimens back to LKCNHM.
NUS Toddycats thank the hardworking volunteers who made this event possible, as well as National Parks Board, Ria Tan & Min Lin Lim (WildSingapore), the Ministry of National Development and all the contributing groups of this year’s Ubin Day.
See you at the next Ubin Day!