How did this all start?
We were at a friend’s birthday party, when Grace Ho suddenly told me about an email the RMBR^ sent out regarding Project Semakau* – and the moment we realised that the deadline was that day itself, we scrambled to get a laptop and secured internet long enough to send out the reply email with my particulars to get me signed up – because she already was.
Yes, that was the beginning.
And so we attended the first briefing, the second, the subsequent workshops, and as I got to know Luan Keng, Ron Yeo and so many others that I now associate fondly with the RMBR and Semakau, I got to learn to be a nature guide. (:
Meanwhile, some activity by the sidelines of my world caught my eye – and before I knew it, Anne Devan and several others had set up this Facebook group – and Backyard Biology was born. Together with several others, field trips were organised and knowledge shared, ideas conceptualised and I daresay we have ourselves something very exciting right here and now.
Besides having great classes at NUS (Kim Ng knows what I’m talking about :D) taking modules like Marine Biology, Forest Ecology etc – I think this is, it really is, the most exciting time of my life.
There is no point in science if we do not communicate, or share this wonder. Those who have knowledge also have something more – an imperative to take action; and the onus is on us to save, secure and create a better world.
And I have met like-minded people here, whose focus is on the natural world. Let’s all do our part. (:
Tap dance in the rain,
Mindy Tuan (:
^RMBR: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
* a three year long project aimed to secure Pulau Semakau as Singapore’s first marine reserve or marine education centre