Eco Music Challenge 2010


Wanna showcase your singing/songwriting talent and inspire others to go green? Submit a green song at the NEA Eco Music Challenge today!

eco music challenge 2010

eco music challenge 2010


A Clean & Green World begins with your song!

Presented by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Eco Music Challenge 2010 is a platform for talented and passionate individuals to express their appreciation and support for our beautiful environment through music.

Start writing your song now and stand to win attractive cash prizes!

1st prize: $5000

2nd Prize: $3000

3rd Prize: $2000

7 Consolation Prizes worth $300 each and a Prize for the "Most Popular Song"

You can also show our support by voting for your favourite Green song and stand to win a one-night stay for 2 at a luxurious hotel!

To submit your entries and for more information, visit

987FM is the Official Radio Station for The Eco Music Challenge 2010.

Marjorie Doggett, RIP



SPCA founder fiercely protective of animals up till her last days

By Amresh Gunasingham

After arriving from England in 1947 with her husband, Victor, Mrs Doggett co-founded a voluntary service which rescued stray cats from Singapore's streets. That initiative later morphed into the SPCA. — ST FILE PHOTO

SHE was born thousands of kilometres away, in Britain.

But once she arrived here, Mrs Marjorie Doggett took up a cause that was closest to her heart – preventing human acts of cruelty against animals – and left a legacy for Singaporeans in the form of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

On Sunday night, Mrs Doggett died at her Toh Heights home of 33 years, after years of ill health.

She was 89.

Her key achievements after arriving here from England in 1947 include co-founding a voluntary service which rescued stray cats from Singapore's streets, which later morphed into the SPCA.

Thanks in large part to her efforts, the organisation has grown significantly, a far cry from its early days, when funding was scarce and supporters fluctuated due to a predominantly expatriate membership.

Mrs Doggett was so keen on protecting animals that in those days, she did much of the work herself. For example, qualified veterinarians were a rarity here, so she often resorted to rescuing cats from the streets and whisking them by car to the government's sole Animal Infirmary in Kampong Java.

'She started the ball rolling – and was still at it 60 years later,' said Ms Deidre Moss, SPCA's current executive officer, paying tribute to Mrs Doggett's passion, knowledge on animal issues and willingness to mentor younger volunteers.

'She was a walking encyclopedia, keeping so much literature on animal welfare,' added Ms Moss.

Policymakers also had the benefit of tapping into her knowledge on issues ranging from the wildlife trade to the use of animals in science laboratories, noted Mr Madhavan Kannan, former head of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, who first worked with Mrs Doggett in the 1970s.

'She was one of the early pioneers among people who championed the cause of animals,' he said.

She also raised awareness of the issue by writing frequently to The Straits Times' Forum pages about the cruelty dealt to some animals here.

Mrs Doggett's relationship with animals started early. She grew up surrounded by them at her home in Sussex, England. By the time she was in secondary school, she was taking up the cause that would define her life, fighting for the rights of animals.

Mrs Doggett moved to Singapore with her husband, Victor, who was posted here by the Royal Air Force. They subsequently decided to settle here permanently, becoming Singapore citizens in 1960.

Mr Doggett died five years ago after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Besides animals, Mrs Doggett also had a passion for photography, and particularly liked capturing historical buildings, many of which have since been demolished. In 1957, a book entitled Characters Of Light was published, showing some of her collection.

But animals were far and away her first love. The couple's only son, Nicholas, 52, told The Straits Times that even as the end drew near, his mother maintained her fondness for critters, often surrounding herself with the family's seven pet cats.

He said that she had remained fiercely protective of them, even when her capacity to walk was hampered.

'We had a cat who would bully the other cats. She took me aside one night and said, 'you'd better stop that cat from terrorising the others. Otherwise, I will do it, even if I have to crawl out of my bed on all fours'.'

He added: 'She was strong willed in the things she believed in.'

'We had a cat who would bully the other cats. She took me aside one night and said, 'you'd better stop that cat from terrorising the others. Otherwise, I will do it, even if I have to crawl out of my bed on all fours'.'

Mrs Doggett's only son, Nicholas, on his mother's fondness for animals up till her last days

Thanks to Singapore Heritage Mailing LIst members Chua Ai LIn and Lai Chee Kien for the alert.

Ah Ma’s dog

I think this dog belongs to the lady who sells coconut water next to the Jelutong Bridge in Pulau Ubin. He nuzzled me in the midst of an explanation about mangrove plants. I trailed off and remembered the dogs who would appear in the middle of nowhere on solo field trips here and overseas and companionably accompany me during my trek.

I remembered too the black dog who appeared out of the night during my platoon’s first overnight field camp in Pulau Tekong. I had heard the stories and curiously volunteered to stand guard in the most unearthly hours. The dog kept me company until he ran off into the dawn.

The joy of company.

Well, this handsome chap walked with us around central Ubin before parting ways at the village. At one point, when we stopped to examined a cocoa fruit, he frolicked in the sunny grass. 

It was such a wistful sight.

The western park connector on a cloudy Sunday morning

A cloudy Sunday morning
I woke late this morning and did chores. When it was still really cloudy at 9.30am and the NEA forecast did not suggest rain, I activated Kevin and we agreed not to let the lovely Sunday morning go to waste.

NEA Weather@SG


We cycled down Ulu Pandan and after a muddy link to the opposite side of the river, we began the Western PCN – without the benefit of Zendogs like Chi or Ladybug, I was going to rely on my memory of the last ride ( see Wetstward Ho! on the Cycling in Singapore blog).

I really only meant to show Kevin the bridge over the PIE but we kept going further until I lost the PCN somewhere in Choa Chu Kang. We stopped over at a 7-11 shop in a Shell station, I bought a$68 Samsung GT E1390 phone to replace mine which is the third this year (1 lost, 2 destroyed).

Teething blues

By this time we had adjusted Kevin’s seat pole, changed my rear-light batteries, figured out my chain issues and realised my tyres were bald – they had caused my accident in off-road terrain earlier in the year. I later found the new tyres from KMY behind the door and will change them finally. Anyway dealing with these loose ends are good prep for a longer ride in future.

Then we swallowed a can of Milo each and continued.


Wandering the west

I did a dead reckoning along some pleasant roads and suddenly we were back on the best part of the Western PCN. And soon as it got better, Kevin’s camera ran out of batteries or memory. In Zhengua Park, a bunch of hard core mountain bikers well encrusted with mud dovetailed with us and we were such a contrast! At that point Kevin and his foldie on slicks were treated to some off-terrain roads and thankfully he cleared the route without a flat, phew!

By this time, Kevin said he had not been to some of these neighbourhoods and the ride was a touring experience for him. It certainly has a sight-seeing value and the experience up close allows you to recognise the characteristics of each neighbouhood. It is a good way to explore Singapore.


Pavement Cycling

I had kept to the pavement as far as possible for this ride since Kevin has newly resumed cycling. However, in some areas, riding the PCN was essentially cycling the pavement.

I found pavement cycling tough – the many intersections in some portions of the path had us looking out for and giving way to vehicular traffic, certainly a counter-intuitive situation. Pavement cycling may even be less safe than cycling on the road as vehicular traffic is actually more predictable than human traffic.

This is solved largely by slowing to a crawl – you never know when a pedestrian will appear in conflict with your position and speed will reduce reaction time. I always slow down for pedestrians well in advance and never ask them to move aside, so it would not be a fast ride.

Construction sites threw up many obstacles and extremely narrow paths but Kevin’s BMX past surfaced and he easily handled everything we encountered. We did go off the pavement on occasion and traffic in neighbourhood roads on a weekend is not unpleasant. Many areas did have reasonably wide pavements. So riding back with a stopover at Albert Park’s Mc’s was straightforward.

What’s in your neighbourhood?

All of this means the offroad paths in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, along with Chia Chu Kang and Jurong are all part of Kevin’s “backyard”. Weekend explorations of a Singapore is certainly fun and as we rode about, we saw some kids out with their parents exploring these areas on foldies and scooters. Finally a sense of space in the heartland!


cats and bicycle
Now for some bike maintenance.
Photos and Tweets by Kevin Lim.

Youth Olympic Games begin in Singapore!

Lovely photos from the singapore2010 @ flickr (Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games’ photostream) via their twitter account. The official site is at

Click each image to get to the relevant Flickr page with the photo description and credit.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said in this opening speech, “Tonight we open a new chapter in the history of the Olympic movement.”

“From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global forum that combines sport, education and culture.”

The Games, which feature athletes aged 14 to 18, are a project Rogge has championed since becoming IOC chief in 2001, with the event designed as a stepping stone for youngsters striving to compete at an Olympics proper. – CNA

Jacques Rogge had also said that Singaporeans will warm up to the games with boys soccer win and the opening ceremony. And Ivan Chew was moved by photos and ceremony enough to blog – “Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG): History, today.”

“It’s easy for some of us to forget that Singapore is really a tiny country, relative to the geographical giants out there.

Whenever I’m in a foreign airport, clearing immigration, I’m reminded of one stark cold fact: outside of my country, the name ‘Singapore’ means little to many.

The next time I’m in a foreign land, faced with puzzled looks when I tell them I’m from Singapore, I’ll add that I’m from that country that hosted the world’s first Youth Olympic Games.”

Wikipedia featured article on 9th August 2010 – “The flag of Singapore”

Wikipedia’s featured article for today was the “Flag of Singapore“:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - featured page in WIkipedai, 09 Aug 2010
Thanks to Alvin Wong for the alert.

A useful link to go along with this article – a pdf of the Singapore Arms And Flag And National Anthem Act (Chapter 296, Section 2), 2004 Edn.

Meanwhile, the Google search page (Singapore domain) featured James Rotanson’s illustration, the competition winner of Doodle for Google 2010, whose theme was “Our Singapore”. I hear via spoonrabbit’s retweet of uniquefrequency’s note.

Google - NDP2010

Now when will they disappear, 0000 hrs on 10 Aug 2010?

Rag & Flag honours for Faculty of Science 2010

From Brenda Chai on the Faculty of Science Facebook page:

“At National University of Singapore’s Rag and Flag 2010, the Faculty of Science walked away with the following awards for Faculty Clubs:

  • NUSSU Challenge Shield for Best Total Coin Collection
  • NUSSU Challenge Shield for Best Per Capita Collection
  • NUS President’s Challenge Shield for Best Total Collection
  • NUSSU Challenge Shield for Most Environmentally Friendly Float
  • NUSSU Challenge Shield for Best Presentation
  • NUS President’s Shield for Best Rag Performance
  • The NUS Chancellor Shield – for being the Overall Champions from the Faculty Clubs.”

Wow, we used to feel happy with the best coin collection for faculties in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I was involved in the detailed planning which deployed wiling volunteers to all corners of Singapore but we were hard-pressed to beat the collection by the halls and their very active alumni. The current FoS students have outdone all of that, well done!