Tue 23 Aug 2005
Joseph waxes lyrical about Durians
Category : articles
"Durian seasons come and go. Whenever it knocks on our door, it comes like the proverbial Call of the Wild. Many amongst us answer it with unerring spontaneity. We go trooping off to the forested areas of Mandai, Upper Thomson and Rifle Range Road just to hunt for that prized local durian.
Never mind the early hours of dawn, the bees and the snakes, etc. No undergrowth is too thick either. There is so much fun and energy involved, and of course, there is the Law of the Jungle to boot. "
"All too often, you get to hear stories of squabbles and scuffles between two contentious parties. Imagine having the ill-luck to stumble upon each other and that darling Desiree on the ground at the same time? The prospect of a love-triangle becoming messy is almost certain. As one man found out the painful way, it is quite a 'thorny' affair to have durians hurled at you..."
"Alfred Russel Wallace, the great naturalist, professed in 1869 that 'to eat Durians is a new sensation, worth a voyage to the East to experience'."
Read "A Durian named Desiree." By Joseph Lai, 23 August 2005.
Tue 23 Aug 2005
26 Aug 2005 - Ho Choon Hiong's "Moving Gods" screening at NUS
Category : events
About the film - A mysterious Taoist Shrine dedicated to a German Girl exists on Pulau Ubin. Once tendered to by the Boyanese, it now attracts gamblers and fortune seekers from all over Asia.
Legend has it that British soldiers arrived to intern a German plantation-owner and his family after war broke out in Europe (WWI). The unfortunate German girl fled her home and fell to her death in the dark. Her remains were interred by locals and a Taoist shrine dedicated to the girl can still be found on Pulau Ubin today.
Director Ho Choon Hiong was drawn to this story during a personal journey through Ubin. He tried to trace the origin of the myth and later directed "MOVING GODS", a feature TV Drama adapted from Lim Jen Erh's play of the same name,
Raffles Museum volunteers watched a recent screening of "Moving Gods" by Mediacorp Arts Central. We loved the story, the mystery, the missing pieces of the puzzle, the typical and interesting images of Ubin, references to heritage conservation, souless beauracratic mentality, and elements of the netherworld. Thus we decided to seek permission to screen it in NUS.
The movie poses intriguing questions - discuss this with the director!
Toddycats! are volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore. They manage Pulau Ubin Stories, a blog project to report and archive heritage information about Pulau Ubin and Pedal Ubin!, and outreach project that introduces visitors to the geography, natural history and legends of Pulau Ubin on bicycle!
Tue 23 Aug 2005
Johor - "Galloping to seahorse rescue"
Category : malaysia
"Galloping to seahorse rescue." The New Straits Times, 22 Aug 2005.
Johor Baru, Sun - The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is willing to work with a group of conservationists to save a seagrass bed at Tanjung Kupang which is a habitat of seahorses.
See related news articles at the Save our Seahorses webpage.