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!
Our Toddycats booth at Pesta Ubin (aka Ubin Day) will be back on 29 June 2019, 9am to 4pm! Come and join us to learn about Marine Life, Marine Trash and explore all the other booths and activities around!
Ubin Day is the grand finale of Pesta Ubin, organised by the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN), a festival running from 18 May to 30 June 2019 with various fun and exciting activities such as cycling, kayaking and exploring to take part in. Look forward to activities and booths set up by many community and ground up initiatives to celebrate the wonders in Ubin!
Sun 9th June 2019 – before the actual event on Sat 29 Jun 2018, is the all-important recce! Airani, Joelle, Kevin and Otterman (all also from the cycling group Zendogs) dragged themselves away from their weekend recovery of lying comatose in bed to revisit Pulau Ubin. They had fun and are all ready for the big day now!
18 Mar 2019 – On this series of monthly nature explorations to increase Toddycats’ experience for nature guiding , we decided to have a change in scenery – a night walk! After a sumptuous dinner of prata, Joys, Weiting and Tze Kwan led a group of 20 Toddycats for a night time walk along Old Upper Thomson Road. They were greeted by many of the little critters that were active when the sun goes down.
Here’s the night’s tally done by Toddycat Spencer!
Hosted by, Theresa Su, Lesley Chng, Cherry Goh and Otterman.
Hi everyone! This is Natalie Quah, Otterman’s intern from Jan to Jun 2019. One of the perks is I get to attend Toddycats HOWL, which I did for the first time last Friday!
It was with a mixture of excitement and nervousness as I was waiting to meet various members of the Toddycats, many for the first time. But before long, my nerves were put to rest, because it was dinner time and there’s nothing food can’t fix! It was a delight to reconnect with many familiar faces in the nature community and to make new friends over yummy slices of pizza.
Toddycats’ HOWL always begins with icebreakers to warm us up, with a VERY late Chinese New Year theme, haha! Just as we were done, Weiting arrived late after her Changi practical, having kept everyone waiting (geddit? XD), and wrestled through her task as everyone watched. She rose to the occasion and amused all of us!
Various Toddycats then brought us through news and various upcoming events.
The final part of HOWL was a long-awaited fireside chat! It was an honour to interact with Stephen Beng, chair of NSS’s Marine Conservation Group and Friends of Marine Park. The Resident Blue, as he calls himself, recalled his ocean experience from the time he was a kid to present day engagements,
Stephen’s strong affinity with the ocean and his passion for resolving issues through Friends of Marine Park came through clearly during this session and I was personally inspired to work harder for our local biodiversity!
So my impression of my first HOWL? We had a mix of both sillyness and solemness, leaving everyone feeling full, just like the moon!