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Sun 17 Jul 2005

Bus 925 now plies Kranji farm area

Category : news

"Bus 925 now plies Kranji farm area." By Lim Wei Chean. The Straits Times, 18 Jul 2005. SMRT service has been extended to make countryside more accessible to visitors.

The Kranji countryside is now accessible by bus, thanks to the extension of SMRT's 925 service. The service - which runs from Woodlands to Kranji and the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on Sundays and public holidays - has been extended to cover Neo Tiew Crescent, Neo Tiew Road and Lim Chu Kang Road, making a loop at Lim Chu Kang Lane 3.

There are 114 fruit, vegetable, decorative plant, dairy and fish farms in the Kranji area and, until now, they were accessible only by car or taxi. Visitors can tour the farms and buy produce. There are also restaurants on some of the farms that serve their own fresh produce.

The 925 service runs at 45-minute intervals, with the first bus departing from Woodlands Regional Interchange at 6.30am and the last bus leaving Lim Chu Kang Road at 7.10pm.

Mrs Ivy Singh-Lim, president of the Kranji Countryside Association, said: 'I'm delighted with the new service and hope it will bring more life to the farms here.'

The association, formed by 10 farmers to promote the Kranji area as a recreational and educational venue, began discussions with SMRT on buses for the area after 18,000 visitors attended its five-day spring carnival in January.

The farmers had arranged for private shuttle buses to pick passengers from Boon Lay and Kranji MRT stations. Response had been overwhelming.

SMRT director of buses Morris Piper said: 'This is a trial service and we will monitor the response over the next three months. If the demand is high, we will consider running the extended service on Saturdays too.'

Southwest Community Development Council Mayor Amy Khor, who launched the service yesterday, said: 'Singapore's landscape is highly urbanised, so few realise that we, too, have a countryside and farms.

'It is always a nice and rare treat to visit Kranji, and I hope that the new service will bring greater awareness to the public of our gem of a countryside.'

weichean@sph.com.sg

Copyright 2005 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.

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Sun 17 Jul 2005

"Tiny Singapore Is Big On Greening."

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"Tiny Singapore is big on greening." By Jackson Sawatan. Bernama.com, 17 Jul 2005.

"According to the board, it is now managing 1,763 hectares of parks, connectors and open spaces, including some 300 parks and playgrounds, 3,326ha of nature reserves, plus 4,278ha of roadside greenery and vacant stateland.

It is no exaggeration to say that almost all of the trees in Singapore are there for a reason: they were purposely cultivated and maintained over the years.

Singapore is now reaping the fruit from the decades of greening but things are not about to come to a standstill. NParks chief executive officer Dr Leong Chee Chiew said much more needed to be done.

"It is time, however, for us to enjoy our garden city, not just by admiring it visually but to also give everyone who is interested the opportunity to garden as a hobby. If we can grow this hobby to all communities island-wide, and sprinkle communal gardens all over our island, it will truly make Singapore our home within a garden," he said."

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Sun 17 Jul 2005

Mon 18 Jul - Moving Gods, movie on Ubin's German Girl

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XTREME Production presents "MOVING GODS" - a feature TV Drama by Director Ho Choon Hiong about a mysterious temple in Pulau Ubin that worships a German girl. The cast: Paerin Choa, Teo Kiat Sing, Johnny Ng.

This drama is adapted from a play by Lim Jen Erh for The Theatre Practice. The story revolves around a filmmaker's (Jen) search for the German Girl mystery. Who is this German Girl, and why do people pray to her? More importantly, why does she always appear in Jen's dream?

Arts Central blurb - Preserving memories but at what expense? What happens when a temple is forced to move when the land it is sitting on is earmarked for urban renewal?

The film will be screened this Monday 18th July 2005: 9.30pm
Venue: Cathay Cineleisure's Panasonic Hall 8
Admission: Free, (tickets at the door, first-come-first-served).

This is part of Arts Central's drama series, Stage to Screen.

For background on the German Girl Temple, see Pulau Ubin Stories Archives: "Mystery Girl of Ubin." By Tan Shzr Ee. The Straits Times, 09 Mar 2003.

See also Find the German Girl. Webpage by Frische-Medien (Germany) to gather information about the girl and the shrine. A project headed by Ho Choon Hiong (Singapore), who is backed by Amie S. Williams (Balmaidenfilm Productions, USA).

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