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The Shelter Pawject @ The Animal Lodge – join us on World Animal Day in October

TSP logoThe idea for The Shelter Pawject was seeded in 2017, with an aim to improve the physical and emotional well-being of animals living in shelters. It is led by four of us who are passionate about animal welfare, Joys & Grace Tan, Ong Say Lin and Amanda Tan, with N. Sivasothi aka Otterman.

Recognising a need from previous visits and a discussion with shelter managers, we pledged a commitment to cleaning and maintaining the shelter environment through quarterly visits. In 2017 and 2018, The Shelter Pawject worked with Uncle Khoe’s K9 and Paw Perfect Love shelters for basic cleaning, feeding and dog-walking. The cleaning was vigorous work and we called them scrub downs! It was good to see every corner gradually become spick and span!

 

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With the shift of local animal shelters to The Animal Lodge at Sungei Tengah in 2019, shelters such as UK9 and PPL shelters now come under the good care of Mutts and Mittens and scrubdowns were no longer needed.

After consultation and exploration, The Shelter Pawject identified the BFF shelter (@bffrescuedogs) as a priority to provide play time and company, and basic maintenance of cleanliness for the shelter animals who are deprived of social contact. We hoped to increase the awareness of animal shelters through bringing people to the shelters, as well as contribute to the shelters. 

 This year, The Shelter Pawject has conducted two trips with 33 volunteers. It’s always happy to meet like-minded individuals who are looking to contribute! We are also grateful to the regulars (James, Jeanette and others) who have been supporting the animals.

If you are also looking to contribute, please join us in October, in celebration of World Animal Day. Do refer to our Facebook page for updates on upcoming trips – https://www.facebook.com/theshelterpawject/.

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A celebration of Toddycats at the Festival of Biodiversity 2019

25 & 26 May 2019 – Festival of Biodiversity (FOB) is Toddycats’ main outreach event and this year was a return to action! NParks had secured the FOB2019 venue at Toa Payoh Hub, and we knew to expect a large crowd over the  two days. Indeed NParks would later report that an estimated of 25,000 people visited the Festival which featured 22 booths, 19 workshops and 46 partners over the two days. 

In addition to our usual booths on biodiversity, Toddycats included our International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) project this year. Collectively we showcased the rich terrestrial, coastal and marine biodiversity to be found Singapore. Toddycats’ volunteers had trained through walks and workshops prior to the festival, also shared with the public the threats faced by wildlife in Singapore, and the everyday action we can take to make our environment a more liveable place for all living organisms.

If you missed out on the action, view the  photos here.

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Over the course of the two days, you might have met some of our awesome 40+ volunteers who were at the two-day event – Amanda Lek, Beatriz Fernandez, Benjamin Chew, Catalina Tong, Cherry Goh Pei Shan, Chong Siew Men Choo Le Min, David Yeo, Elizabeth (Liz) Lim, Emily Ng Qi Ying, Erin Tan Hie, Ho Lijean, Jharyathri Thiagarajah, Julianne Thu Kwa Kee Lang, Liew Fui Lian, Ling Chyuan Liang Benedict, Magena Yeo, Miguel Loh Wai Tong, Nicole Lai Yun-Ki, Olivia Tay, Ong Yue Qi Quek Yew Hock, Samuel Chan, Spencer Yau, Tan Tee Kheng, Tang Li Hua, Toh Meng Hai Victor, Xu Rui Hua Jeff, Yee Zhi Wei Daniel Rebekah Susserott, Nafisah Md Ismail, Marcus Tay Guan Hock, Charlene Goh, Xinlei, Srishti Arora, Sherilyn Wong Jo-Yin, Olivia Lee, Kang Li Xin Sim Hong Jhun, Yu Chew Peng, Phoebe Lim Zhixuan, Joelle Lai, Fung Tze Kwan, Joleen Chan, Theresa Su and Xu Weiting

Special thanks to our volunteers and let’s do this again next year at FOB2020!

 

Call for Toddycats Volunteer Festival of Biodiversity 2019 – signups are still open!


Are you interested to share stories of biodiversity in Singapore with members of the public? Join us at Festival of Biodiversity on the last weekend of May 2019 at HDB Toa Payoh Hub and experience a meaningful engagement!

The Festival of Biodiversity is an annual biodiversity outreach event, organised by National Parks Board in collaboration with the Biodiversity Roundtable since 2012. This two-day event allows us to reach out to many heartlanders unfamiliar with Singapore’s biodiversity. If you are keen to join us, register here – https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2019.

Here are the details of the festival:
Date: 25 and 26 May 2019 (Sat and Sun)
Venue: HDB Hub Mall at Toa Payoh
Time: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm

Like the past FOBs, we hope to recruit enough volunteers so that every guide who interacts with the public is fresh and ready! Just signing up and preparing for a single shift makes a massive difference! And we will prepare all volunteers with training.

Compulsory training dates:
15 May 2019 (Wed): 7 pm – 10 pm OR
18 May 2019 (Sat): 9 am – 12 pm

We will need all the volunteer help that we can get, so grab a friend and volunteer with us for FOB2019 – https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2019.

We do look forward to your participation in the Festival of Biodiversity; if the previous six years were anything to go by, it will be a blast!

Cheers,
Theresa & Weiting
Toddycats FOB Organising Committee 2019


Showing our love for the environment @ NUS PEACE Animal Day 2019

The NUS Toddycats roadshow team was back at NUS UTown SRC again on Wed 20 Feb 2019, at the invitation of NUS PEACE which includes the various projects, NUS Cat Cafe, NUS Paw Friends (feat Mutts & Mittens), NUS Therapy Dogs and VEGE team.

The NUS Toddycats booth, all ready to welcome guests with our museum specimens, photo props and friendly guides, Lixin and Wan Wen.

The museum specimens, together with the stories allowed the audience to better understand how plastics that we use in our daily lives can be such a big threat to our marine wildlife. After listening to the plight of our marine environment and marine life, many were game to do take a pledge, a small step to making a difference to the environment.

This awesome exchange student already attended a Sembawang Beach coastal cleanup and asked how to contribute MORE!
We love reading all the pledges penned down by the public, including these, by the NUS Pawfriends and Mutts& Mittens team!
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the pledge items, just like this role model!

We had a blast talking to everyone who stopped by, and were glad for the many who penned a pledge to demonstrate their love for nature and the environment in Singapore.

Thanks to NUS PEACE for the great experience amidst many passionate and active volunteers who were busy raising awareness for animal welfare, animal shelters and promoting a cruelty-free diet. And our furry friends who visited with us. Well done NUS PEACE!

The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk 2019

Sat 9th Feb 2019 – some 70 members of the public with a special passion for heritage gathered before dawn to commemorate the Battle of Pasir Panjang. Fought through the ridge 77 years ago, it would be the last two days before Singapore fell on 15th Feb 2019.

We traced the steps of the Malay Regiment as they held off the Imperial Japanese Army, and then were forced into a desperate and retreating battle. We began, as they did, at the junction of Ayer Rajah Road and Reformatory Road – what is today Ayer Rajah Expressway and Clementi Road.

We remembered the observations of Penrod Dean before we set off:

The Malays started to fight the Japanese on Reformatory Road,” said Lt. Penrod V. Dean of the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion. “They had dug slit trenches but they didn’t have a lot of weapons. They started fighting the Japanese just with rifles virtually. And when the Japanese broke through them, the Malays took to them with bayonets, they put bayonets on the rifles and with a bayonet charge they drove the Japanese back across Reformatory Road.”

“They were very brave people. They fought very hard, but for every Malay soldier there was about 10 or 12 Japanese soldiers. So it was inevitable what was going to happen.” [link]

After the 7.00am briefing amidst a grove of Gelam trees next to the NUS University Cultural Centre, we made our way up the ridge, onto Kent Ridge Road, past The Gap into Kent Ridge Park and finally Bukit Chandu.

Along the way, we shared stories of the battle, interweaved with the history, geography and biology of the ridge. This year – also the 200th anniversary of modern Singapore’s founding – the recurring theme was a biologist view of human behaviour: from expanding civilisations to colonialism, World War 2 and beyond: the exploitation and manipulation of humanity by a minority of their own kind.

But importantly, we took heart by remembering these men who had been banded together, who faced impossible odds, fought on these grounds beyond the call of king or country, neither for creed nor ethnicity but simply for each other.

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We begin the walk amidst the grove of gem trees, at NUS’ University
Cultural Centre, where the Battle of Pasir Panjang began.
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A series of markers for the Kent Ridge Heritage Trail pepper the route
and provide highlights about historical points along the way.
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Veteran guide, Oi Yee, who walked the ridge in the 1950’s, shares tales about the botany and uses of Simpoh Air and Resam from kampung days.
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Following the guides up to point 270 on the maintenance trail.
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Sivasothi aka Otterman explain the events leading to the renaming
of the ridge after the Duchess of Kent in 1954, during the Emergency.
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Just before Bukit Chandu, the group listens to a heartfelt account about
the last stand of Lt Adnan bin Saidi and his men of The Malay Regiment.
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Ever changing landscape: The point blocks at Normanton Park, where the Normanton Oil Depot was located. This will be lost to redevelopment soon.

For more about the heritage of Pasir Panjang, see the webpage and blog.

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HOWL 23 (14 Dec 2018) – And happy birthday Otterman!

HOWL23 was hosted by: Theresa Su, Tang Yong Jen, Lesley Chng on 14 Dec 2018.

HOWL 23 was full of fun and games as we celebrated our dear Otterman’s birthday! This session, hosted by the one and only TTYL (Toddycats Theresa, Lesley and Yong Jen), was packed with food, laughter and games of all sorts, as we relaxed (for once) and enjoyed the fellowship.

Starting off with a game called “5 Second Rule”, the Toddycats were split into the Toddycats Lions (the older Toddycats who roared!) and the younger group of mostly undergrads. Each player had to come up with three items in a given category – all within 5 seconds! Pitting experience with fast wits, just imagine how stressful it was!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Time’s up! Yong Jen leads “5 Second Rule” [photo by Lesley Chng]

Next was “Don’t Say It!”. We talked to each other enthusiastically, and had to be tricked by our companions into uttering the unknown word stuck to our foreheads – the room exploded in conversation with people with post-its on their heads, trying to trick each other into uttering their forbidden words!

Yong Jen prepping his stash of post-its [photo by Otterman]
Don’t Say It! [photo by Lesley Chng]

After the mass games, Toddycats broke up into small groups to play card games brought by our volunteers – some we had never heard of before! It was delightful to hear the room fill with laughter as decks of Monopoly Deal, Limpeh Says and Organ Attack were drawn.

Happy faces of Toddycats playing card games [ohoto by Theresa Su]

Then came the most important part of the session. How could we forget our dear Otterman’s birthday? Since everyone loves ice cream so much, we just put the candle into a tub of ice cream and that was our ice cream ‘cake’.

Ice Cream! [Photo by Xu Weiting]
Siva makes his birthday wish [photo by Xu Weiting]

With that, we concluded HOWL 23. It was great fun to relax with a lovely bonding session of smiles and joy!

Join us for an exhilarating experience – plant a tree (or three) at Chestnut Nature Park, Sat 19 May 2018

The Friends of Chestnut Nature Park (FoC) are happy to invite you to wield a changkul and plant trees at Chestnut Nature Park!

Chestnut Nature Park is a green buffer to our precious green lung and biodiversity core, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. With active contribution by members of the wider community, Friends of Chestnut Nature Park hopes that Chestnut Nature Park will fulfil its potential both as nature reserve buffer and a vibrant and sustainable recreational space enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers, heritage and nature lovers alike.

Besides, who doesn’t love to plant trees! The forest at Chestnut Nature Park is recovering from a history of use and this can take centuries. We hope to offer a boost to restoration and thanks to NParks, we have this wonderful opportunity to enhance the habitat!

We are happy to invite you to join us on this wonderful privilege!

Anyone can join us including members of the public, just sign up at Eventbrite.

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