Introducing Charlane, JFF’s Frogician!!!

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Greetings! I’m Charlane aka Frogician and I’m the newest addition to the Jurong Frog Farm (JFF).

You probably intrigued by the title of Frogician. As my aim as a tour guide would be to fascinate the participants who visit the farm like a magician would during performances. My hope is that it would delight the children to learn about the mesmerizing world of frogs.

Now, people are always curious to know why the decision to work at a farm.

Firstly, my job scope provides me a wide variety of opportunities to learn about entrepreneurial skills, operations and marketing strategies. These are valuable skills that can be hone only through on the job training.

At JFF, we run booked tours for children and it sparked an interest in me because of my love for young children. This will also allow me to use my training as an Early Childhood Educator to inspire children of all ages to have the love for continuous learning at our farm. As an educator, my wish for the children who come to visit will leave feeling that we have enriched their lives in a small way or another.

Last but not least, the farm attracts people from all walks of lives. I find it exciting to meet people and share interesting conversations. It is also a platform to communicate our knowledge about frogs and their beneficial uses.

I look forward to welcoming you to JFF with a magical tour!!

Magically,

Charlane

The Frogician

Inaugural Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market on 28th and 29th June.

Hi Everyone!!

Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is happening this coming weekend at D’Kranji Farm Resort. Continue reading for further details.

Families can spend this coming weekend farm hopping at Kranji Countryside and spend the evening at the relaxing D’kranji resort!

What is so interesting about the event?

There will be 31 stalls featuring local produce, craft, tea, chili, jam, roasted pork among other interesting local initiatives!!

JFF will be giving out FREE Hashima Samples and enjoy special promotions from us.

Things to take note:
-Come early so that produce and products are in stock!
-CASH will be preferred
-PLEASE bring your own recyclable grocery bags; we want to minimize the use of plastic bags at the market
-Please try to carpool or make use of the free shuttle service from Yew Tee MRT
– Bring your family and friends, and most importantly, your good cheer!

What are you waiting for? Make your plans now!
SEEYOU THERE! 🙂

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Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market Details:

Date: 28th and 29th June
Time: 4pm-10pm
Venue: D’Kranji Farm Resort

How to get there?
Car/cab: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
Public Transport: FREE Shuttle bus will be provided at Yew Tee Mrt station bus stop EVERY 45mins AFTER 4pm.

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Anna’s Initiative: Marinated Frog Meat

JFF had been quite busy for the past few weekends and we have a lot of customers ordering for our Deep Fried Frog Meat.

So How This Idea Came About?:

When I was preparing the customers dish, I realized that there was quite a number of people kept looking at the container of marinated frog meat, slowly the questions came in..
Questions Such as:
‘ What are the ingredients inside’
‘how long have it had been marinated’
‘what kind of flour we are using’

At that point of time, I still have not though of selling the uncooked marinated frog meat until one day when I was doing my report, I realized that there has been a lot of customer requesting for the marinated frog meat or even asking me to help them marinate. Not only that, when I brought up the products that we have for example our fresh frog legs, the answers I got was that they are either do not know how to cook or they do not know how to marinate. Hence I brought up this idea to my supervisors and so we make things work.

*Anything can happen, as long as I move one step forward. 🙂

Marinated Frog Meat is now available at JFF as requested by a lot of our customers.

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Marinated Frog Meat

Quickly Pop by JFF (S’pore 718864) to purchase our well Marinated Frog Meat @

-$7/Packet
-$12/ 2 Packets

* If there is any query, please call us at O:6791 7229.

See you there! 😉

Wedding Bells are ringing!!

Our Frogologist and her Frog Prince are getting married this Saturday! As she will be hosting her Solemnisation Party at JFF, we will be closed from 9-130pm. This will be a private event and only invited guests will be allowed through the gate!

This couple is very thankful for the support of this wedding celebration from the neighboring farms- Bollywood Veggies, Nyee pho Group, Blooms & Green. Thank you very much!!

Business will resume from 2 pm – 530pm this Sat ( Much thanks to our bevy of Frog Girls!!) and normal operating hours on Sunday. Thank you very much for your understanding! Feel free to call up 6791 7229 for assistance!

Have a great weekend ahead too, our Froggie friends!!

Kranji Express Shuttle Bus (NEW SCHEDULE)

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Announcement to all JFF Visitors on the new bus schedule. Please visit us on any weekends or public holidays as our weekdays are strictly reserved for group bookings and purchases of products only! Thank you!

New Wall for the coming March Holidays!

We have been fervently revamping our site during the CNY holiday when most of you were feasting and watching TV! We were touching up these artwork till late in Feb. Now we are ready to usher in you guys with our new look. Check out the pictures below!

Bare and plain orange wall. Time to manifest our creativity and painting skills!

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Work in progress…

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Special thanks to Michelle from Uni of Sydney for your contribution to this TADPOLE wall; & thanks to Mel, kaiting and a few other lovely youngsters for toiling in the heat to complete the touching up of these artwork!

Replica of our aptly named pet ducks, Tamago & Xiandan 😉

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After many days of hard work toiling under the sweltering sun, we are finally done!

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March holidays are coming! Instead of the usual beach or shopping outings, why not be different and come down to JFF? You can choose to take up our Family Tour package and seize this opportunity to bond with your family in a froggy and unique manner.

Call 67917229 now to book your tour with us now! See you soon!! 🙂

Contributed by Shirley.
Edited by Rebecca & Frogologist

FRESH/ FROZEN Frogs available for sale @ NTUC Fairprice & Hypermarts

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With the rise of Dengue cases recorded in Dec, we have been getting enqueries on where else can our freshly processed frog meat be purchased other than travelling to the farm. Below is a list of NTUC Outlets where you can get the fresh meat or frozen legs!

FRESH FROG MEAT

Jurong Point

Hypermart JEM

Hypermart Jurong

Thomson Plaze

Hougang Point

Hypermart NEX

TPY Hub

Hypermart Changi

Junction 8

Hypermart Ang Mo Kio

FROZEN FROG LEGS

Bt Ho Swee

Bt Merah

Bt Panjang Plaza

Bt Timah Plaza

Clementi

Coronation Plaza

Geylang East

Hougang Lifestyle

Lot 1

Marsiling MRT

Marine Parade

Tampines Mall

Tanjong Pagar

Thomson Plaza

TPY HUB

Orchard Grand (Along Killiney)

Junction 8

Compassvale Link

Yew Tee Point

ITE AMK

Kitchener Complex

Alternatively, please call 67917229 to organise for a FREE HOME/OFFICE DELIVERY! Only 1 day notice is necessary for our Delivery Fleet operating from Monday to Saturday. Please note that prevailing GST will be charged to item total. Check out our frogsite for more information!

Ending a Splendid 2013 with 3 teeth yanked out and a revelation!

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Got a revelation when I had my wisdom teeth extracted before X’mas this year. It wasn’t about the process of the extraction. It’s the trepidation that you will be getting 3 of your biggest teeth yanked out by a person whom you had only met briefly prior to the surgery. The last thing I was told before I entered the clinic was, ‘Dear, remember this. You are always scared but you always do it.’ The words of my fiancé.

He is right. Even in 2006, I decided to walk into JFF knowing full well that this is going to an extremely slimy business. And I have to admit. It’s ain’t easy. Many challenges I have faced then, I’m still trying to grapple with them now.

Even up till last week, I was telling my customers I’m not the boss la. I’m working for my father. Simply put, all I wanted to do when I decided to join this company was to help my father and make things better and perhaps easier for him!

I realized that my aspirations then have been clouded by the challenges in this second generation business. The short land leases, old school employees, working methods and processes, even the very location of this farm which made it hard for hiring. Day to day activities became fire fighting!

What are my aspirations?
I wanted JFF to be part of every child’s learning journey; not only to learn about the magical world of American bullfrogs but also to know of this part of Singapore’s agriculture history that JFF has grew in the name of progress and prosperity in Singapore. In another words, I wanted JFF to be well known. I wanted my father’s hard work into building Singapore’s only frog farm to be known to all Singaporeans through their children.

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Now growing up with frogs, it was generally assumed that I must be a good swimmer. But I’m not. I only know basic strokes and to stay afloat by lying on my back. Yet, I have rafted 40 km down Zambezi River, floated along with crocodiles basking in the sun. In this picture, the raft has turned turtle and i’ve already been thrown into the meciless choppy water.

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Plunged into the Devils Pool on top of Victoria Falls.

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For land adventures, I have also trekked up fox glacier in New Zealand,

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climbed up Table Mountain (3563 ft) through the Skeleton Gorge (a amazing albeit gruelling 5.5 hrs of trotting, rock climbing, hiking, trudging!)

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I have also trekked up Mount Ophir this year; Walk barefooted in rivers to hunt for caves and dive down sand dunes in Vietnam. Who would say no to a good adventure!!

Each of these activities, i have walked in with trepidation, yet walking out feeling victorious. In short, now with 3 teeth lesser, I’m going to face 2014 with even greater courage and now taking more ownership to reach out to more people about the existence of this farm and its heritage.

The next time you see me in JFF, I’m going to tell you I’m heading the department of Frogologists. (:

Enjoy the remaining hours of 2013 and lets’ all face 2014 with grit and make next year truly an adventure of a lifetime!!

p.s. obviously there is a hint of Mitty in this post! Watch the movie and be as inspired!;)

Best,
Chelsea Wan
Frogologist of JFF ( Head)

JFF celebrates 32nd birthday with special-needs kids from Lighthouse School

JFF celebrates 32nd birthday with special-needs kids from Lighthouse School

JFF turned 32-years old yesterday and celebrated its birthday together with about 30 special-needs children on a sponsored tour. These first-time visitors are from Lighthouse School – a school providing special education to children with visual impairment, hearing impairment or autism.

These children, aged between 7 to 17 years old, were accompanied by their teachers on their learning journey to JFF. Teachers used various means, such as sign language for the hearing-impaired children, and guiding the visually-impaired children by hand to touch the frogs at the farm.

The children were given a short introduction to the life-cycle of frogs, and told about physical differences between male and female frogs. Some courageous children even held the American bull-frogs in their hands, while some shied away. They then got to feed the frogs in the pens, and toured the farm together with their teachers.

JFF sponsored a two-way transport and guided tour for these special kids to mark their anniversary, as part of our ongoing efforts towards building an inclusive society.

Conducting a tour for children with mixed abilities is not without challenges, but the farm guides learnt more about accommodating differences.

Having seen how excited the children were and having received the positive feedback on the experience from the teachers, JFF aims to repeat a sponsorship like this next year. In general, it is important to give more opportunities to people with special needs to integrate into the working world and community at large. With that purpose in mind, JFF has hired a staff who is visually-impaired to work at their farm, and he will be starting work next week.

“This is a refreshing break away from the routines at our school. The children need more outdoors hands-on experiences like this to bring to life what they’ve studied in books. Going out to public places also gives them opportunities to practice social skills such as exhibiting appropriate behaviour, being thankful to hosts, sharing food among friends, etc. We hope to make more tours like this possible with the support of our corporate partners like JFF.,” commented Mr Danesh Kandasamy, teacher for ICT (Info-Comms Technology) at Lighthouse School.

JFF @ World Food Festival 2013!

Hey there, JFF Friends!

Over a period of 4 days at Singapore Expo for the World Food Festival 2013, the JFF Team has concluded that it was a resounding success, in many ways more than one. It is also the start of new friendships made with neighboring booths and that it was an incredible learning journey for us!

Thus we would like to take this opportunity to express our greatest gratitude to each and every one of you for the overwhelming response and support. The huge support we received is the reason why we pushed on and we were all smiles even till the last hour of operation on the last day!!

We also would like to also thank our full timers, part timers and visitors who were roped in to be part of our JFF Team Froggie at the booth and also, Richard who was tasked to hold the fort back home at our Royal Frog Shop.

In case you’ve missed out and wondering what we’d done during the event, scroll down for a glimpse of our exhilarating 4 days event!

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Gearing up for the event!
Dried Hashima 10g offer!
Dried Hashima 10g offer!
supporters like him is why we pushed on!
supporters like him is why we pushed on!
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Offer offer offer!
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is it a shrek? no, it is frog master with a cute frog headband!
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some candid pose
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promoting royal hashima dessert samples with a smile
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samples going out fast!
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fresh farm products
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hows this for a t-shirt?
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with a loudspeaker to draw crowd’s attention
kangaroo anyone?
kangaroo anyone?

That’s a wrap for the JFF Team @ World Food Festival 2013. As for now, please keep supporting us either by liking our Facebook page and follow our WordPress. We can’t emphasise how much your support means to us. Deeply appreciate it!

Stay tune for more exciting events coming up!