Thursday, 9 October 2008

Green Circle Organic Farm

Venue: Green Circle Organic Farm
Date: 11th October 2008 (Sat)
Meeting Place: NTU Chinese Heritage Centre
Time to meet: 8am

Cost of Farm Trip:
$3 (members)
$5 (non-members)

Description of Conducted Farm Tour Programme:
Introduction Talk (10 – 30minute)
Different farming methods
- Traditional
- Conventional
- Hydroponics
- Aeroponics
- Organic
- Natural
Organic Framing Methods
Why do we eat organic food.
Organic farming and the environment.

Walk around the Farm
(30 min-2hr)

Participants will be led around the farm to see how compost is made, how and why different vegetables are grown in different ways. Identify the rich variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees grown in the farm..

Refreshments: Herbal drink is provided.

Shopping for vegetables
We specialize in home deliveries and only excess will be sold to visitors or we can reserve but you must pre-order a week ahead.
The duration of the whole program depends on the participants’ interest. It normally last between 1 to 2 hrs, including questions, shopping and time to relax.

MAX No. of Participants: 40

If any queries, feel free to contact me.

Candice Tan
HP: 94379003

Friday, 5 September 2008

Earthlink 1st gathering - Water, tips and games!


Does water pollution exists in Singapore? Want to know more about what you can do for the environment? Or just want to join in the fun with a bunch of environmental enthusiastics? Come and join us for our first gathering of the academic year!

Date: 11 Sept 2008, Thursday
Venue: Executive Seminar Room-3South Spine, S3.1
Time: 7pm - 9pm

1900 – 1910 Easy Green Tips
1910 – 1925 Updates on Earthlink’s upcoming events
1925 – 2025 Waterways Watch Society Talk
2025 – 2055 Games
2055 _______Refreshments*
____________(End of gathering)
*Refreshments provided! We encourage you to bring along your own utensils for the gathering to reduce the use of disposables. Lets do our part for the environment! Thanks! :)

Highlights of Gathering

“Easy Green Tips” Presentation & Earthlink upcoming Events!
A presentation to bring out some simple and easy tips for people to know what they can do for the environment.

Talk by Waterways Watch Society
The Waterways Watch Society (WWS) is a Non-Governmental Organization tasked to bring people together to monitor, restore and protect the aesthetics of our waterways around the Marina Reservoir. It is an independent group of volunteers working towards the same objective as other green groups however concentrating more on our waterways with an identity of its own.

Get to have fun and interact with our fellow Earthlinkers and make more friends!

Interested to join us for Earthlink 1st members gathering?
RSVP with your name, contact number and membership number to by Tuesday, 9/09/08, 2359hr.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Partnership with Waterways Watch Society

Keen to do your part for the environment but don’t know where to start or what to do?

This year, Earthlink NTU will be collaborating with WaterWays Watch Society for joint boat and bicycle patrols along the Marina Reservoir. (Areas covered include Kallang Basin, Marina Bay and Singapore River.)

Waterways Watch Society (WWS) is a non-governmental organization that works closely and reports any pollution in the Marina Reservoir to the relevant authorities like PUB, NEA, Nparks, URA and LTA for necessary action.

With the completion of the marina barrage, the 15th reservoir - Marina Resevoir will have the largest and most urbanized catchment area at 10,000 hectares or one-sixth of size of Singapore. Major canals and waterways within the catchment area will eventually flow into the reservoir. This is unlike the other 14 reservoirs which are protected and not in an urban surrounding area. Hence, there is a strong need for us to play do our part to keep our environment clean.

Interested to be a Water Ranger? Sign up with us as a volunteer by sending us your name, email and contact number to

A pre-event briefing will be held for all volunteers on 17th September (Wed) at LT 15 1930hrs.

A compulsory orientation program will be conducted on 27th Sept at WaterWays Watch Society. (1 Way transport provided from NTU on 27th Sept.)

Venue: Kallang (Under Merdeka Bridge)
Patrols are conducted on weekends only:
Saturdays: 0930-1300hrs

1.Have the passion in protecting the environment!
2.Need to be able to cycle confidently.
3.Complete a minimum of 3 tours of duties (1 Boat and 2 Bicycle Patrols)

For any queries email to
Do visit for more information about Waterways Watch Society.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) 2008

The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is an annual event coordinated by Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore from 2001. The aim of this event is to remove and collect data on the debris from the shorelines, waterways and beaches and coastal regions in Singapore. The extent and scope of the ICCS has also grown over the years, starting from the beaches of East Coast Park, Pasir Ris Park and Changi Beach, to pioneering mangrove cleanups in Mandai, Lim Chu Kang, Chek Jawa, making ICCS as one of Singapore’s largest environmental conservation programmes. This information serves to educate the public on marine debris issues and to encourage positive change by submissions to governmental and international organisations that will reduce debris in waterways and enhance aquatic environments.

Earthlink NTU has been taking part in the ICCS ever since 2006. During the last two years, volunteers from NTU would gather and join this worldwide battle against marine trash. This year we will be going to Kallang Basin and other groups/organisations involved include German European School Singapor, Compassvale Secondary School Ministry of Environment and Water Resource, British Petroleum, and Waterways Watch Society.

If you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, come join us in our battle against marine trash.
Place: Kallang Basin, Marina Reservoir
Date: 20th September, Saturday (morning)
Duration: 0715-1130hrs
Two-way transportation will be provided from NTU.

To sign up, simply email your name, email and contact number to

Please take note that there will be a compulsory pre-event briefing on 16th September at LT 15 at 1800hrs.

To find out more about ICCS, do visit the websites below for more information.
- The Ocean Conservancy
- International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
- Waterways Watch Society

Monday, 11 August 2008

Welcome Trip to Kranji Countryside!


1)Educational Tour to Hay Dairies Goat farm

Milking demonstrations included!

2) Spring Orchard

Indulge in the vibrant hues of the Dragonfruit farm and the Adenium

3) Guided Tour for Aero – Green Technology

Learn how aeroponics growing system differs from soil cultivation

See and learn more about the different uses of plants!

For just SGD$6!

Lunch Provided!

1 bottle of Goat Milk (250ml)

1 souvenir with Hay Dairies logo

1 bottle of lettuce juice 1 serving of salad

Programme for the welcome trip

0845hrs Meet at NTU Chinese Heritage centre

1000hrs Reach Hay Dairies Goat Farm

1000-1100hrs Milking demonstrations and guided tour for participants.

1100-1130hrs Free and easy walk in Spring Orchard (Dragonfruit Farm)

1200hrs Reach Aero-Green Technology (Vegetable Farm)

1230-1300hrs Lunch

1300-1400hrs Guided tour in Aero-Green Technology (Vegetable Farm)

1400-1600hrs Games and bonding/interaction section

1615hrs End of Welcome Trip/Return to NTU

To register, email or contact:

Activity Manager, Yong Xiang 96207434

Logistics Officer, Edwin Shi 94386234

with your Name, Contact Number, Membership Number and any food requests (halal, vegetarian, allergies, etc.)

Upcoming Earthlink events on August 2008

1. ECA fair
Venue : Bridge between N4 and LT5
Date : 12 August (Tuesday) - 14 August (Thursday)
Time : 10am - 5pm

2. Welcome Tea
Venue: Lt 4
Date : 14 August (Thursday)
Time : 7.30 pm – 10 pm

3. Wecome Trip
Venue: Kranji Farms
Date : 16 August (Saturday)
Time : 8.45am – 4.15 pm

4. Annual General Meeting
Venue: LT 4
Date: 25th August (Monday)
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

5. Subcommittee Recruitment
Venue: TR 9/10
Date: 28th – 29th August (Thursday & Friday)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

3rd nature walk with NTU staff

It was our last nature walk for this academic year. We had 5 NTU staff attending that morning. One of them was Mr. Chan Seng Fatt from SAO, who is a plants lover. He woke up early and drove to NTU to catch the morning walk. Another was Mr. Chan Kok Tiong from OFPM, who have been in this school ever since NTI and was in charge of Yunnan Garden before. Therefore, he himself also knows a lot about the flora in this garden. Others were researcher Liu Shudong from MAE, A/P Ng Yin Kwee from MAE with her two children and Dr. Rajendra Kumar Sullerey also from MAE with his wife.

We set off for the walk a bit late than 8:30am, because most of them were late (Hmm, are professors and officers also used to being late? ). Knowing that there would be children attending the walk, we had prepared a game for them. It was suggested by Kang Hua, one of our nature guides, that we can make a good drawing by putting a leaf under the paper and outlining it out by pensile. I did it before A/P Ng's two children and asked them to try, but they seemed not interested in it.

Showing the drawing process before the children

Leaves of Sea Almond

However, the nature walk was very successful. Mr. Chan Kok Tiong was a very outgoing and energetic person. He always spoke out when we just started to point at some plant:

Our nature guide, "Hello everyone, this is..."
Mr. Chan, "Oh, that is Song of India and it has another branch which grows green leaves!"
Our nature guide, "On our left is..."
"Saga tree!"said Mr. Chan immediately.(big sweat)

It reminded me of what some experienced guides shared with us that sometimes participants can know more about the plants. Mr. Chan is just of this kind, so we let him talk most of the time and just inserted when necessary. As a result, we all picked up some new knowledge and other participants seemed to be entertained as well.

Under saga trees

During the walk, we were also surprised by the new finding in the Garden. For example, we found the fruits of Tee tree, pods and flowers of saga tree which we had never seen before. It is just as what I shared with the participants that, "This is a garden with ever changing landscape. Therefore, it is worth our visit again and again."

Seeds of the Tee Tree

Saga seed pods on tree

Saga flower

After the nature walk, there was, the same as before, a short tour to Chinese Heritage Centre. We shared with our participants the history of Nanyang University (the Old Nantah) and stories of Mr. Tan Lark Sye. I ended the tour by sharing about Mr. Tan Lark Sye's attitude toward money. He once said, "Money comes and goes like tide; If used to irrigate the crops when rising tide, the crops can grow even better. Otherwise, what is the meaning of the tiding of money to me?"

To me, this can mean: if we have the ability to influence others, we ought to lead others to be more social responsible; we ought to encourage a green life style among more people.

Group shot!