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Outward Bound Singapore SGFuture at Coney Island

On a bright Sunday 14th February Valentine’s Day morning, I was out early in the morning, with two of my friends, Joe and DK, to join a group of young and youthful people on a trek to Coney Island (located on the North East corner of Singapore) organised by Outward Bound Singapore (OBS). I went to Coney Island not too long ago, explored the little island and I wanted to go back again soon after that. For this morning trek, NParks volunteers conducted a guided tour of Coney Island and they brought this group of youths along for a morning trek to Coney Island, sharing with them knowledge about nature, environment, conservation, wildlife, protection. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parlimentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, graced the morning trek together with the group of young nature lovers for the 4km trek to Coney Island!

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It was fun to follow along this group of youth during the Sunday morning trek, all these activities resonate with me a lot, with my roots from my Boy Scout days when I was with the Gan Eng Seng School Dragon Scout Group (I am still a part of the Dragon Scout Group family) Outdoors, nature, trekking were some of my favourite outdoor recreational activities and I am still enjoying them as much as I can. Although I didn’t engage this group of young people that went for the morning trek, it was great to see their enthusiasm and fun loving nature! They were taken care of by the NParks volunteers and OBS instructors. During the trek, I was brought back into my own memories where I continued to help out at my alma mater, the Gan Eng Seng School Dragon Scout Group, mentoring and chatting to my juniors.

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During the trek, I took the chance to observe the flora and fauna, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the lush greenery and tranquility on Coney Island. I did manage to spot some birds and wildlife and I would plan another trip to go back again for another round of wildlife/nature photography walkabout. For those who would like to see more of Coney Island, do drop by my Flickr collection and take a look! If you have not visited Coney Island, do plan a day to visit Coney Island and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life!

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At the end of the morning trek to Area C, near the mangrove swamp and beach area, this group of young nature lovers sat down in their respective groups with their OBS instructors and have an interactive discussion on how they feel about SGFuture, the natural environment, how to make and encourage more youths to appreciate the rich biodiversity in Singapore. Mr Baey was very enthusiastic, joining the various groups during their discussion, listening to them and encouraged them to contribute more ideas to expand OBS’ existing environmental education efforts to reach out to more youths on their outdoor education and recreation programs.

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“I’m pleased to see many young nature-lovers spending the morning of Valentine’s Day here at Coney Island. Youths are always looking for something fresh to interest them and today’s activity is one of such engagements. As youths are the future leaders who would see Singapore through SG100, it is important for them to be aware and proactive in conserving the environment,” said Mr. Baey.

Source: National Youth Council press release

Personally, it is very comforting to see this group of young people passionate and loving the natural environment in Singapore, even though Singapore is a very small country that is largely urbanised! I sincerely hope that this group of young people can go back, to their family and friends, to pass-it-on and spread the awareness on nature, conservation, preservation and protection of the small precious natural environment in Singapore.

At the end of the event, walking out of Coney Island, back towards the main land, I had a fun morning trek to the outdoors and be close to nature again. While Singapore is indeed a small country that is largely urbanised, we still have our gorgeous natural environment for us to visit and get away from the city life that we lead. It is up to each and everyone of us, the youth of today, our SGFuture, to continue loving and protecting the natural environment of Singapore.

Celebrate Earth Hour 2012 on 31st March !

On 31st March 2012, at 830pm local time in Singapore, there will be a great event and gathering, the world uniting together, to support the movement of saving and protecting our Earth, our precious environment, the home that we live in together. In Singapore, we will celebrate Earth Hour 2012 @ Orchard, with a host of interesting activities and events.

Here’s some of the details happening on Earth Hour Singapore 31st March 2012 !

Date: Saturday, 31 March 2012
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00 pm
Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Orchard Road (Nearest MRT: Orchard and Somerset)
Guest of Honour: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister, Environment and Water Resources

You can all play a part, no matter how big or small, to save and protect our planet Earth. At 830pm on 31st March 2012, do switch off the lights for 1 hour, spread the word, the awareness and the Earth Hour movement, not just for that 1 hour, continue to spread the message in your daily life.

How is Earth Hour Singapore like in previous years ? Take a look at some of my photos taken during Earth Hour 2011 in Singapore and Earth Hour 2009 in Singapore !

Earth Hour 2011 Singapore


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Earth Hour 2009 Singapore


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Dear all, No matter where you are in Singapore, you can participate and be part of Earth Hour 2012 in Singapore!

Panasonic Asia – You Are Under Arrest Launch !

On the 3rd of September, I was “ordered to attend a court session” to face “my charges” for not being eco-friendly and responsible enough to the environment, at 1100 hours was our hearing …

Before I proceed further, I will like to assure all that I am not attending court, this was part of Panasonic Asia awareness program and campaign towards protecting and be friendly/concerned towards the society and environment. A group of bloggers were invited down to the You Are Under Arrest Launch, for an awareness campaign on being environmentally friendly and what we can do to save electricity, water, carbon dioxide emission and do our part to help save our precious Mother Earth. This new campaign by Panasonic Asia showcases that consumers should lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle and it can be done!

The You Are Under Arrest campaign is engaging and having more fans to their fans and supporters on the social media channels, do follow Panasonic Asia on Facebook , on Twitter and their Channel e website! Tell your friends, share and spread the noble cause, pay it forward, we all can do our part to save and protect our Mother Earth! You can also play “You Are Under Arrest” too, just follow the link here and “file charges” against your friends for not protecting the environment!

Overall, it was a great time to network with blogging and social media community friends, catch up and concurrently, to learn about how to lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle as shown by Panasonic Asia, from saving water to reducing electricity usage. Do check out some of the photos taken at the event! More photos on Facebook too!

These serve as a good reminder to us here and I will continue to spread the word, to be more environmentally friendly. Today, everyone of us here can take the first step to make a difference to the future of our home, Mother Earth!

 

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Railway Tracks Exploration Part 3 – Bukit Timah to Ten Mile Junction

In the continuation of my old and active railway tracks exploration, completing Part 1 and Part 2 that forms the Old Abandoned Railway Tracks, it was now Part 3 and I joined an organised outing by Ivan, hiking from Bukit Timah Railway Station to Ten Mile Junction Railway Track road crossing. Meeting at King Albert Park McDonald with Daphne, Jingwen, Wilfred and Ivan, we had our breakfast before starting off on the Bukit Timah Railway Track Bridge and starting our wonderful “science class” trek up North.

The weather was great, hot and sunny, however, it’s the best for trekking and taking photographs. This is part of the Green Corridor, a long stretch of wildlife, flora and fauna and rainforest, that has been recently getting more attention with the “relocation” and eventual of the active railway tracks and train stations. This is part of our adventure, to document, share and spread the awareness of the importance, relevance and significance of preserving (instead of demolishing) and protecting our greenery, wildlife, forests, history and heritage. It’s like our own mini Red Dragonflies movie too!

Trekking up the railway track, passing through the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve segment, even though it cuts through private housing estate and main arterial roads at their sides, the forests and surroundings are still very well preserved and along the railway tracks, we saw a foot path leading into some parts of the rainforest, found bits and pieces of history of Bukit Timah, we found an old well, with lots of algae, this shows the history and heritage of the early days in Bukit Timah area.

Hiking past the foot of Bukit Timah Hill and Nature Reserve, we spotted monkeys (A Word of Caution : Do Not Feed the Monkeys!*) , dead animals and reptiles in the form of bones and semi-decomposed. This shows the natural processes, natural selection and natural laws of our environment, therefore, we shouldn’t be interfering too much into them, destroying Nature is the same as destroying our Home. We had a great time taking photographs, CSI style, with Ivan leading the “class” in Science and Nature field lessons to Daphne, Jingwen and Wilfred.

Continuing up North, reaching another Railway Bridge along Upper Bukit Timah Road, just beside Rail Mall, we all made a pit stop and refuel before continuing up North along the railway tracks. During our hiking journey, we encountered train services traveling North and South on the railway tracks, Word of Caution : Please be very careful and watch out for the trains! The segment from the Rail Mall onwards, is closer to the urban environment and there were less signs of wildlife and we spotted rubbish and dumping, something that is very disappointing.

Finally reaching our Part 3 end point, near to Ten Mile Junction, near to cross junction of Choa Chu Kang Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road, it’s the railway road crossing. Do check out Daphne’s post on her take of Railway Tracks Part 3!

This is an integral part of our history, let’s all spread the awareness and messages across, to preserve the heritage and history, to protect and preserve our Green Corridor.


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Channel e – Beauty & Beast Photojournalist

In a recent brunch event organised by Panasonic Asia and I was introduced to the world of Channel e, it’s not a tv channel by the way. Channel e is also not just about electronics products by Panasonic, it’s about caring for the Environment, focusing on eco-friendly products for the environment, a channel that can unite everybody and a voice for all to hear, feel and care for the environment. How dedicated and committed is Panasonic is, towards the Environment? Look no further, it’s here! My thoughts of the brunch event here and do check out Panasonic Asia Facebook Page and Channel e website for more information!

We can all make a difference to the world today and start sharing with people, how beautiful and wonderful how Mother Earth is and not forgetting how much damage we have inflicted on our Mother Earth. On Channel e, there are 2 interesting sections that you can contribute, show the world and make a difference, by being a Beauty or Beast or Beauty and Beast Photojournalist.

Beauty Photojournalist – Show the world what a Beautiful World our planet Earth is

Beast Photojournalist – Show the world what damages have been inflicted to our plant Earth

Go out, walk around, explore the beautiful greenery around you, the freshness and peacefulness. Be a Beauty and Beast Photojournalist of Channel e ! Share with your loved ones, friends and people around the world ! This is what Keropokman and myself feel about spreading the message to save the environment.

 

A Picture speaks a Thousand Words, bringing and spreading across powerful messages across and around the world. Today you can make a difference and influence others to do the same and make a difference. Take your camera out, start capturing your surroundings and together we all can make a difference to the world we are living in, our beautiful Mother Earth, it’s not just for us, it’s for our future generations too!


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Earth Hour 2011 – Singapore

On 26th March 2011, from 830pm to 930pm, Earth Hour 2011 Singapore, my thoughts here

Let the photos below convey Earth Hour 2011 message …….


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The Time has come …..

Do you feel that Earth is getting hotter than before ? Changes in the weather is more erratic and unpredictable ? Have the recent natural disasters in the past few years giving us human beings an ever growing alarm to stand up and take action to protect our fragile Mother Earth ?

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Look no further

“People around the world are dying today as a result of climate change and without our collective action, this will continue. We have a collective opportunity to stop the clock.”

By Kofi Annan – Join the fight for Climate Justice

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Join the Fight for Climate Justice, their cause and movement, help spread the word around the world ! Unite together, in a global alliance with people from all over the world, tcktcktck, the clock is ticking.

Please Continue the Movement of Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2009 had just finished, how has it impacted you ? 

Are we back to our usual lifestyle and forgotten about the cause and objectives of Earth Hour ?

How can we ensure the messages, the cause that Earth Hour is spreading and teaching, will still be continued everyday till another Earth Hour event next year and the years after ?

Let’s all continue the movement of Earth Hour, with the Bloggers Earth Hour Link Love Chain, inspired, founded and led by RennyBA.

Norway: RennyBA’s Terella, with the Bloggers Earth Hour Link Love Chain 

Singapore: eastcoastlife, with her reportage on Earth Hour 2009 (Singapore) – WS

Philippines: Heart of Rachel: Vote Earth! and Fun Heart Hour 2009.

Norway: CultureSchock – Vote Earth!

France: A. at A Changing Life – Earth Hour 2009.

USA: Scarty at My Daily Life Experience – Earth Hour 2009 in Chicago.

Sweden: Lifecruiser – Earth Hour Stockholm City 2009.

Malaysia: Life Ramblings – Earth Hour 2009.

Philippines: FiliPina Jade – Do you think our planet is worth saving?

Philippines: MArites at Me, the islands and the world – Yes For Earth Hour.

Philippines: teacherjulie.com, with Earth Hour in Our Home

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Continue spreading the movement …… and drop me a message when you spread this Bloggers Earth Hour Love Link Chain !!

Earth Hour 2009 in Singapore – Esplanade Park

On 28th March 2009 at 2030 hrs , Singapore played her part in Earth Hour 2009 by switching off its lights for 1 hour and highlighting the cause and importance of saving and protecting our beloved Earth. 

Before that, the Esplanade Park was alive with activities and concerts prior to switching off of the lights around the event ground and the buildings around nearby to Esplanade Park. There were different activities happening around the marquees, with Earth Hour 2009 sponsors giving it a strong presence and the Singapore Scouts were very active in making Earth Hour 2009 Singapore colourful with their activities and artwork and passing down the message to the future generation of Singaporeans in our cub scouts. 

There were also great crowds around the Esplaande Park, with participants sitting around the grass patch, with their picnic mats and goodies, lighting up candles and a electric lamp by Phillips. When the lights go off at 2030hrs, it was an awesome sight to see the brightly lit candles. The buildings around the Raffles Place and City Hall area switched off their external facade lights, as I did not bring my tripod, I couldn’t really capture the lovely night sceneries. On the stage, the participants were given a great unplugged performance under the beautiful moonlight and candles lighting up the area. 

I was glad to be part of Earth Hour 2009 Singapore, with everybody taking a part in it, we all combine our strengths to make a difference to Earth Hour and spreading the message across to everybody around the world that, we can, we need and we must take care of our Planet Earth

More photos can be viewed here

How was your Earth Hour 2009 event like in your home country ?