Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market 12th Edition

KCFM 12 PROMO 2018 EDM

Treat your taste buds to our hot sellers at the upcoming Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market! While stock lasts!

KCFM 12th Edition Promo
31st March
, 12-6pm & 1st April 10am-4pm

1. Spend $20 on any items at JFF booth at KCFM 12th
2. ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ our Facebook post
3. Receive a free skewer of frog meat or crocodile nuggets worth $5! T&Cs Apply*

*Limited to one free skewer per purchase and ‘like & share’ of FB post.
*Redemption must be done at the time of purchase

For more information on other activities/happenings in the Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market,please refer to https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

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Plano App

Managing kids screen time is becoming a real concern for many parents. We want to share a great mobile app with you: plano helps make sure kid’s smart device use is safe, healthy and balanced. The plano app also monitors myopia risk factors in young children, and was created with the support of two of the world’s leading eye institutions, the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).

You can find our offerings in the plano shop too 😊

https://www.instagram.com/planoapp/

https://www.facebook.com/Plano-app-629054400634969/

National Day Weekend!

National Day Weekend

Unsure of what to do on this National Day Weekend? Jurong Frog Farm is hosting a FREE Hands-On Frogs Show & Tell session on 6 & 13 Aug 2017 from 2.30pm to 3pm.

Learn about their anatomy and functions of different body parts. Differentiate between male & female frogs and get your hands slimy when you interact with these amphibians! Slots limited to 50 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis! Majulah Singapura!

Dates: 6 & 13 Aug 2017 (Sun)

Time: 2.30pm to 3pm

How to get to Jurong Frog Farm?

By driving: Take PIE from city, EXIT 36 Jalan Bahar and Turn right. You will pass SCDF and the cemetery on your left. Travel another 8 km and turn right into Lim Chu Kang Lane 6. We are at Lamp Post 42. Travel time from Jalan Bahar: 10 minutes

By Kranji Countryside Express: Depart from Kranji MRT Station Berth 3, every day of the week. It will stop inside our farm. Bus travel time: 30 minutes. Click here for Kranji Countryside Express Bus Schedule By 975 from CCK, Opposite Lot 1 Shopping Mall, Bus stop. Bus will stop after Lim Chu Kang Lane 5. Walk about 1km (~12minutes) into the Lane 6. Travel Time: 30 minutes

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Join us for a morning of (Froggy) ARTventure on 25th March 2017!

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Register Now!

Kids love art & craft. Parents love educational materials. Nothing can beat the fun of creating your very own educational set through art & craft as a family. Together with Jurong Frog Farm, Project Y to Z are proud to present an educational workshop that introduces the life cycle of the frog through art & craft.

A picture tells a thousand words, “From E to F “(from Eggs to Frog) depicts the life cycle of the frog from eggs, tadpole, froglet to eventually adult frog through fun and interesting art & craft materials. To top it off, this could be a family bonding session where the whole family can participate in the workshop. Creating and bringing home the memory of what they learnt by in the tour with “From E to F” craft together as a family!

Date: 25 Mar 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm (Tour commences at 1030am)

Venue: Jurong Frog Farm – 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164

*Cost: Fun Tour – S$9 per Pax

“From E to F”- Art & Craft Workshop –S$25 per Craft

A minimum group size of 10 sign-ups in total will be required for the commencement for both the fun tour and craft workshop.*

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 鸡年 with JFF 田鸡! 鸡鸡利利!

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 鸡年 with JFF 田鸡! 鸡鸡利利!

Check out our JFF CNY Family Special @ $88.80 (worth $100!) Perfect for your reunion dinner!
Sourcing for Fresh Produce straight from the farm this Chinese New Year?

JFF delivers our FRESH & LOCAL FARM PRODUCE directly to you this Chinese New Year (28 Jan – 30 Jan 2017)!

We have 2 new products specially indented for this CNY, Fish Maw & Fresh White Tiger Shrimps!

Place your orders before the 26th Jan 2017 by calling or SMS to 9763 9077.
Alternatively you may visit our website at https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/shop/

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Fish Maw @ $13.65/100g

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One of Chinese New Year must have! Fish Maw is one of the most valuable Chinese ingredients due to its high nutritional and collagen content. For the Chinese, it is considered one of the big four precious traditional delicacies of the sea: abalone, sea cucumber, shark fin and fish maw. The rich nutrients is known to be good for skin and complexion. 年年有余!天天美丽!

Fresh White Tiger Shrimps @ $73.35/2kg

White Tiger Shrimps are well sought after for their smooth and sweet flesh. It can be used with steamboats, or stir-fried with vegetables.

Place your orders before the 26th Jan 2017 by calling or SMS to 9763 9077.
Alternatively visit us @ The Royal Frog Shop Online.

Happy New Year! 2016 was definitely a tough ride for Jurong Frog Farm. We will not just stop at these and continue to adapt as we leap into a new year in 2017. Thank you, everyone, for your support! Join us as we say goodbye to another great year and welcome in another chapter in this journey as we continue to embark upon 2017. See our favourite moments, big milestones and celebrations compiled together in one!

Pioneer, Founder, Father – Mr Wan Bock Thiaw, the JFF Story

“When Mr Wan Bock Thiaw goes to sleep each night, he usually hears a cacophony of croaking.

It is the mating call of thousands of bullfrogs in the backyard of his single-storey house in Lim Chu Kang.

To him, it is a lullaby which sends him deeper into dreamland. The croaking means more baby frogs will be produced for his family-run frog breeding business.”

This was an excerpt taken in 21 July 1997 from The Straits Times, entitled ‘Frog porridge anyone? – Jumping frog legs, aren’t they popular?’  

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Mr Wan during his younger days!

1997 was almost 10 years ago and now that his children are all grown up, he could finally take a well-deserved break. But does he? Farmers never rest and rest is for the wicked, words from Jackson and Chelsea respectively. Mr Wan certainly understands and embodies the value of hard work which he clearly imparts to his children.

His daughter Chelsea joined the business 10 years ago in 2006 after graduating from NUS with a Sociology degree. When asked if she feels that her daughter has “wasted” her degree, Mr Wan earnestly replied, “行行出状元”. Anybody can excel in any line of work and industry as long as they devote their heart into it. Now that his son Jackson has joined the business, the Wan frog family is stronger and more united than ever.

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Mr Wan conducting a tour in his younger days!

Now as JFF celebrates its 35th Anniversary, Mr Wan still remains very active in the farm. He still wakes up as early as 6am in the morning to check on the husbandry on the farm. Occasionally, he still delivers the orders himself to old and loyal customers in the wee hours, many of whom have become friends with him by now.

With his daughter and son working side by side with him now, Mr Wan understands and appreciates that everybody is an important asset to the company. Each individual’s actions are the building blocks to JFF’s vision for high quality frog products and the persistence for this vision need to be translated to the customers through these individuals.

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The JFF Family!

– Zheng Xun

From Frog Rescuer to Operations Manager: Mr Jackson

Hi my name is Jackson. I’m also known as Mr Jackson to the children and students who visit our farms for the school tours.

I have been working in the farm as the Operation Manager officially since last August 2015.

My fondest memories of my childhood was catching spiders, chasing (or being chased by) dogs, catching (and rescuing!) frogs. The whole farm was my playground. Looking back, I only realize now how blessed I was in being able to experience a very “Kampong” childhood.

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Like my sister, the Frog Princess Chelsea, I have never envisioned myself working in a frog farm.

Unlike my sister however, I have always been more introverted. Therefore, there was a huge initial struggle for me to conduct tours, especially engaging the pre-schoolers. I had to overcome my personal obstacles for my family business. Much like how tadpoles cannot be comfortable with the water in order to grow into a frog, I had to step out of my comfort zone to seek for “land”.

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Jackson conducting tour in Dec 2015. All smiles and confident!

Working in the farm myself has made me realize the amount of hard work and effort that my father and sister has dedicated over the years.

Things are probably easier outside as well. When a typical day of work ends, you go home and don’t worry about a thing. Over here at the farm, orders for frogs can come at 10pm and sometimes even 12am or 3am. You will wake up at 5am in the morning to process your orders so that the workers are able to process the fresh frog meat orders for the day. Work is always on our mind. Farmers never rest.

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Brother, Father & Sister together in Esquire Photo Shoot August Issue 2016

While work might be relentless and the hours might be irregular, I have also grown appreciative of the close proximity and time I get to spend with my family.

This 29 Oct 2016, we celebrate our fruits of labour for JFF 35th Anniversary! We commemorate and the effort continues to ensure another 35 productive years of farming frogs.

 Happy Birthday, JFF!

– Brother Frog Jackson

NTUC FairPrice Promotion!

Want to know where to buy our FROZEN Frog Legs and get our Jurong Frog Farm ‘Go Green’ recycling bag FREE?

We have a Promotion going on right now! Buy every 2 packets of Frozen Frog Legs at selected NTUC FairPrice Supermarket outlets and get 1 Jurong Frog Farm ‘Go Green’ Recycling Bag for FREE.

 

You can find this promotion available at the Selected NTUC Fairprice supermarkets over here:

AMK Hub Hypermarket Fairprice Xtra

53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #B2-26, Ang Mo Kio Hub, 569933

Toa Payoh HDB Hub Fairprice

500 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #B1-32/#01-33, HDB Hub, 310500

Bedok Mall Finest

311 New Upper Changi Rd, B2-60 Bedok Mall, 467360

Century Square FairPrice Finest

2 Tampines Central 5, #B1/07/08/17, Century Square, Century Square, 529509

 

Look out for this sign at the Seafood Section of the supermarket and grab your Frozen Frog Now!

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To find out other NTUC FairPrice outlets* that carry our Fresh Frog Meat and Frozen Frog Legs, please click on this link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/recipes/

 

Go Green Go Local! While Stocks Last!

*other outlets may carry our Fresh Frog Meat or Frozen Frog Legs but are not part of the promotion as stated above.

Earth Day should be everyday!

Earth Day is usually celebrated every 22nd April annually to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action to demonstrate support for environmental protection. By this Environmental movement, it helps to create awareness to one another. From what I feel, one day event is not enough to create a sustainable environment.

Human activities and actions on this weak and fragile natural environment had caused so much destruction that population of different species of lifeforms went down drastically overtime. Frogs as bio-indicators (species that can be used to monitor the health of an environment or ecosystem) are known to be found in places with clean wetlands or waters that are suitable for the ecosystem to thrive. Ecosystems suddenly affected by human intervention like deforestation or invasive species (Habitat Destruction) or even excessive use of harmful pesticides would definitely have a high chance of killing the frogs. Global Warming or pollutions that affect water bodies or land would further increase the chances of death to the frog population.

This is why Earth Day should be every day, applied to our daily lives so all of us will play our part in saving the environment.

So.. How can we save them?

Okay! Since most of us live in the urban and city area, there are a number of ways that we can save them and also the environment.

  • Practice more of the 3Rs (and 1P)
    • Expanding in this part, the most important and the top priority of all before the 3R is, ‘Prevention’. This means to prevent and avoid items and materials that will take too long to degrade in the environment (e.g. Bring your own Recycle bag in replacement of plastic bags)!

 

  • Save water
    • Frogs need water and we do too. Just take the amount what we need and don’t let unnecessary left running dirty..

 

  • Do not litter (or pollute)!
    • You wouldn’t want to live in a dirty environment, don’t you? Throw your litter in the appropriate bins, it’s not that hard!

 

  • Save Electricity
    • More fossil fuels are used to create electricity and as well more heat. As more heat generated, this would increase the temperature of the global warming which is undesirable.

 

  • Do not release non-native species into the wild!
    • This non-native species can be invasive species that they might hunt down the population of the native species to extinction. We wouldn’t want that to happen.

 

  • SPREAD THE AWARENESS
    • The one of the most important factor of all. The more people that we reached, the mouth-of-words will eventually reach to other people exponentially. Gathering and sharing positive knowledge is the best thing that can ever happen in mankind.

References:

http://www.savethefrogs.com/threats/index.html

http://frogsaregreen.org/tag/frog-migration/

http://www.earthday.org/about/

FRACTS!: A mother’s day special: Mother Frogs

It is amazing how some frogs care for their young when frogs are generally known as ‘Cannibals’. There are quite a number of species of frogs that have their own ways of ‘parental care’ which is unusual and also interesting depending on how the anatomy of the frog (or toad) is OR just their own instinct. So, let’s learn more about them!

Marsupial Frogs (Gastrotheca)

Why are they named as ‘Marsupial’ Frogs? Well, the answer is obvious. Pouches, just like Kangaroos (eventhough is not really a real pouch for the marsupial frogs). About these amazing creatures in this frog kingdom, with the help of the male frog to gather as much eggs he can to relocate on the back of female frogs which the skin will then absorb the eggs into it to serve as a ‘pouch’ which is also known as the ‘dorsal brood pouch’. This method of ‘parental care’ is good because, usually many species of frogs left the eggs unattended in the wild and are expected to survive on their own since day one of hatching.

Giving you an example, one of the endangered species of the Marsupial Frog, Andean Marsupial Tree Frog. As the eggs are transferred to the back of the female frog and lasts for 5 to 6 weeks. During that point of time is when the eggs are ready to hatch into tadpoles inside the dorsal brood pouch of the mummy frog! Then, they are able to break out from the pouch of the female frog and continue their development from there where the metamorphosis will occur in a few weeks’ time!

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Here comes my favourite part, the ‘mouth birthing’ of frogs. These frogs come with two different species Rheobatrachus silus and Rheobatrachus vitellinus, both can only be found in one place, Australia.

This is something that people should really appreciate this nature of animals, however, due to unknown reasons (more likely to be human intervention), both of the frogs with this kind of parental behavioural instinct are EXTINCT! But, the good news is that scientists are trying to ‘de-extinct’ them back to life!

As you can see from the 1st picture above, that is how the frogs care for its young. At first external fertilization will take place by the male, then the female would take the eggs or embryos into her mouth and swallow them. Most female frogs had around 40 ripe eggs, almost double that of the number of juveniles ever found in the stomach (21–26). This means one of two things, that the female fails to swallow all the eggs or the first few eggs to be swallowed are digested. But, the jelly coating of the eggs contains a substance that will help to stop the hydrochloric acid to digest the eggs. – Then when the hatches in to juveniles (or tadpoles), have this special mucus, to help to keep the mother’s stomach into a non-functional state. So, overtime the young developed in its mother’s body, her stomach grew larger and her lungs deflated and relies its skin to get oxygen to live [1].

Lets see how the mother frog sacrifice itself to care for her young and its body had to adapt just to bear her own children!

 

Glad you had enjoyed reading this article and thank you very much! Don’t forget to be kind to one another and love your mum for all the sacrifices she have made just to make you happy, live and grow. – Frosch

 

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My froggy Resources:

[1] : Tyler, M. J. (1994). Chapter 12, “Gastric Brooding Frogs”, pp. 135–140 in Australian Frogs A Natural History. Reed Books

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/03/scientists-uncover-new-species-of-andean-marsupial-frog/

http://animals.mom.me/marsupial-frog-habitat-5588.html

http://ia902700.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?id=biologicalbullet149mari&itemPath=%2F30%2Fitems%2Fbiologicalbullet149mari&server=ia902700.us.archive.org&page=n503_w334

http://www.nhptv.org/wild/pipidae.asp

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/pictures/130316-gastric-brooding-frog-animals-weird-science-extinction-tedx/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastric-brooding_frog

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/scientists-resurrect-bonkers-extinct-frog-gives-birth-through-its-mouth