Second day of RICE 2008 – kakis blog

During tea time I saw Adrian playing host to one of the invited speakers and a bunch of others. He looked quite proper and all, seated where he was, so I sought out Thomas, Ivan and Cheng Puay instead.

CP and I were distracted by the surprisingly good chili but were soon summoned to the RCLF event to evaluate some proposals. Fong Keng of AVA was already there and we provided some fault-finding/devil’s advocate input on some proposals.

With Arian, there were four NUS Biology alumni in that room. Before we could roll up our sleeves, the session ended.

Once again we had our debrief until Ivan disappeared into some art room. While we left him to his leftright-brain shenanigans, CP and I batttled the rain and reluctant taxi drivers to head back to our woes.

Since then, some quick blog posts have appeared from

Waiting for Ivan’s next; he’ll probably have more than what the lot of us wrote, combined. You wait and see.

It was good spending time with the lads. Rejuvenating amidst the tide of things to do once I headed back to campus.

Ivan during the opening ceremony, when he was still paying attention.

Mandai mangroves and mudflats featured on Arts Central

Once Upon A Tree II featured Mandai mangroves and mudflats tonight. I learnt of this when budding naturalist Xiuli and later veteran Beng Chiak SMS-ed me. In the text accompanying the show, the identity and uncertain status of Mandai mangroves and mudflats is clearly spelt out.

Beng Chiak says it was a good depiction and did serve to give a shout out for Mandai. The ICCS Otters will also be pleased to learn that data from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore was cited in another section of the episode. Hope I get to see it, I missed the entire first season and seem likely to do so for the second! I know Debby of The Hantu Blog is up soon, so I’d better keep a lookout. *programs handphone*

It was director’s Yean Loon’s second foray into the Mandai ecosystems complete with camera equipment and a willing crew. Executive Producer Samantha Sng was also with the team that first ventured into the mud of Mandai in 2003 for “Nature at Our Doorstep.”

Kudos to all our homegrown film makers and their crews.