Monday, June 5, 2017

Having a blast at Balik Chek Jawa!

As part of Pesta Ubin, we are glad to celebrate Chek Jawa Open house on 3 Jun (Sat), where volunteers from many groups came together to share about the beauty of Chek Jawa to about 700 visitors in total!
Love Chek Jawa!
Photo by Ria Tan
The activity is by the Chek Jawa community, led by the Naked Hermit Crabs with friends of Chek Jawa like NParks Chek Jawa volunteers, TeamSeagrass, Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M) Initiative, NUS Toddycats. We even had some amazing volunteers from the public join us to help make Balik Chek Jawa a success!

Welcome to Balik Chek Jawa!
After a brief introduction about Balik Chek Jawa at the welcome station, visitors could make their way around the boardwalk where volunteer guides were stationed to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife.

One of the highlights of the trip is meeting Joe Lai, The Man who Saved Chek Jawa, along with his fiberglass baby dugong!
Joe Lai, his baby dugong, and a bunch of happy visitors and volunteers.
Photo by Han Yong Kwong
Here's a video of Joe giving an explanation about dugongs:
The youngest Chek Jawa volunteer is Halley with his octopus at the station on the coastal boardwalk! Mommy November did the heavy lifting sharing about Chek Jawa's awesome rocky shores, and other ecosystems nearby.
November and Halley.
Photo by Ria Tan
The Ubin Bird Lovers were also stationed at the top of Jejawi tower to point out the shorebirds of Chek Jawa, as well as the birds roosting in the nearby Jejawi tree!
Perfect weather for spotting birds!
The Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative volunteers had posters and mangrove plant specimens at house no.1, as well as a booth in front of the old aquaculture pond. Perfect for explaining how R.U.M. hopes to restore mangroves in Ubin's abandoned aquaculture ponds!
R.U.M. posters and specimens
Photo by Liz Lim

Let's restore Ubin's mangroves!
Photo by Ria Tan
At the Teamseagrass booth, the amazing volunteers shared fun stories about seagrass, and gave away some great seagrass-themed goodies!
The awesome TeamSeagrass volunteers!
Photo by Ria Tan

Let's learn about seagrass!
Photo by Ria Tan
Visitors also got to learn about the history of Chek Jawa, which includes the kampungs and the way of life of islanders in the past.
Learning about the old well!
The mangrove boardwalk is also rich in wildlife and plants. Our guides sure shared many interesting stories to the visitors!
What's that over there?

So many plants!
Kids (or the young-at-heart) could also get free 'passports' and collect a stamp from the volunteers at each station!
Collect them all!

Some expert collectors!
Photo by Ria Tan
Many kids also had fun with the colouring sheets at House No. 1!
Colouring at House No.1
Photo by Ria Tan
The self-service photo booth at House No. 1 was also a big hit!
Photo by Sumita Thiagarajan

Photo by Sumita Thiagarajan

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came down to help! We couldn't have done it without you!
The enthusiastic shift 1 volunteers!

The energetic shift 2 volunteers!
Thanks also to NParks for providing transport for all the volunteers and for giving a shoutout to NParks volunteers about the Open House.

More photos of Balik Chek Jawa:

Photos by Ria Tan on Facebook:

Photos by Chen Xi on Facebook:

Photos by Liz Lim on Facebook:

TeamSeagrass had an awesome booth!

The volunteers also stopped by Uncle Lim's shop with Pesta Ubin activities!

Mindy Neo shared her volunteer experience at Chek Jawa!

Danny CT shares his day at Pesta Ubin:

Marcus Ng shares photos of volunteering at Chek Jawa and attending Nicky Bay's night Pesta Ubin activity too:

Photos by OS Han uploaded by MJ Mohammad.

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