The Beautiful Bridge - Courtesy of Philips
The View from the top - Courtesy of Philips
The Green View from the top - Courtesy of Philips
Resort House for Visitors - Courtesy of Philips
The Beautiful Bridge Again - Courtesy of Philips
The Mysterious Tree by Night - Courtesy of Philips
Tour Map of Chek Jawa - Courtesy of Philips and Wild Singapore
Chek Jawa by Google Map - Courtesy of Wild Singapore
Chek Jawa Sketch Map - Courtesy of Wild Singapore
The hottest new cause here is the environment, and various activities to save Mother Earth have spread like wildfire online.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF HAZEL CONSUNJI
'Otterman' spreads the eco-message
In the last decade, the ecology lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has trained hundreds of NUS students to be nature guides, as part of a commitment to share Singapore's natural heritage with its people.
He set up webpages in 1999, and went on to upload digital shots in 2001 on his website, www.habitatnews.nus.edu.sg. Each step kept pace with the milestones of the Internet's evolution, he said.
His dedication proved useful to galvanising support for Ubin's Chek Jawa.
'One e-mail to NUS staff and another post on habitatnews and we saw several hundreds of people responding and turning up at Chek Jawa over two weekends.'
Today, besides giving talks, conducting guided tours and leading the Toddy Cats in their annual coordination of the International Coastal Clean-up Singapore (ICCS), he encourages students to blog about their discoveries in green, blue and brown - flora, marine life and trash-collecting, calling the few who do 'modern-day naturalists, putting out the news of tomorrow'.
The latest way to get started, he suggested, is 'mini-blogs' at posterous.com, where each e-mail is turned into a posting.