Ribblette’s Final Hop!

My favourite picture while I was working here! 🙂

Ribbit ribbit! Ribblette speaking! This is my last week of internship and it has been a wonderful 4½ months here as an intern!

Personally, I really love frogs at a young age and I was excited when I got accepted by Jurong Frog Farm as an intern.

During the first week of internship, I was assigned with many different tasks such as retail operations, managing of social media, packing of stocks and even conducting tours! At first, it was really challenging for me because of a number of different tasks I am given. However, as time passes, I was able to adapt to the working environment and was able to handle the tasks with confidence!

Of course, there are still times where I did not perform well during work but my supervisor, Zheng Xun, and my manager, Jackson, was there to lend me a helping hand! They were friendly and patient with me throughout the internship.

In this internship, I learnt many valuable skills and one of the most important things I learnt is to not make any assumptions. There were times when I made assumptions at work and it caused a few miscommunications and affected the workflow. Thus, instead of assuming, I decided to ask my supervisor and manager whenever I am unsure about certain issues or questions.

I also had lots of memories from my experience at Jurong Frog Farm such as the opportunity to meet many different celebrities from Mediacorp, participating in JFF’s 35th Anniversary, selling our products at events, celebrating Christmas and gift exchange with JFF, counting down to 2017 with JFF and so much more!

The experiences I have experienced here is really one of a kind and nothing will be able to replace these memories and experiences.

Last but not least, I am really thankful for Chelsea, Zheng Xun, Jackson, the Bangladeshi workers, the housekeepers and also Uncle and Auntie (Mr. and Mrs. Wan) for all their help with work and food during my internship!

Hopping off,

Ribblette AKA Kayleen

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

Sgt.Frog is Hopping off the Farm!

Hi everyone,

Sgt.Frog here!
So this will be my last blog post here in the farm.

I have been on the farm for my internship for four months and now it’s time to share my experiences here.
The first time I heard my teacher said that I was posted to a frog farm, all my friends already starting joking that I’ll be eating frog porridge everyday!

So in my head when realized being posted to a frog farm, sweating under the hot sun and being surrounded by hundreds of frogs.

The Bullfrogs

So what did i learnt from this internship?
Learning to communicate way better than I ever did. Before the internship, I was shy and only open up to friends that i know well.
But now I’m able to talk to visitors and customers confidently on the spot and assisting them!
Also I’ve learned to react to unexpected situations calmly and appropriately. I have to say I have messed up at times during the internship but fortunately Chelsea was a forgiving person.

The first few weeks of my tours were supervised by Chelsea in case I froze during the tour.
She was friendly and patient with me throughout the internship, helping me with my flaws and teaching me the correct ways to conduct a tour and my other job scopes. It includes admin work and taking care of the shop during weekends.
I was a slow learner, so it took me a longer time before Chelsea felt that I was able to manage the tour by myself.
But before the internship started I never would have thought I’ll be able to lead a guided tour around the farm by myself!

Having my internship here at the farm was definitely one of the best experiences I ever had.
I have definitely learned many new things and improved my skills that can be applied during my future working life.

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(Picture by Indonesian based wildlife photographer Hendy Mp)

And with that, this is Sgt.Frog saying farewell.

First post by hmm…Froglette?

Hello everyone, Froglette here!

So, how did I come up with this nickname for myself? I don’t particularly LOVE ‘Smurfs’, but actually got the idea from the female Smurf’s name: Smurfette. So there we go! Froglette joins the JFF family for the next 4 months, or maybe even longer.

There were a total of 3 tours that I conducted today (some together with my colleague), and I’m still getting the hang of it. My first tour group consisted of people my age, and I was honestly very anxious throughout the whole duration of this tour. But they were very nice, and a few of them standing closest to me were telling me that I shouldn’t be nervous because they won’t eat me! For my last tour of the day, it was the Gabbe’s Adventure tour, and I conducted this to quite a big group of primary 1 kids. They were very cute! I had lots of fun speaking to them, but at the same time, they were very hard to control. Crowd control is a skill I would have to pick up very soon, if not I’ll easily get overwhelmed. I’m actually very nervous about conducting tours because I have never liked talking to, or interacting with big groups of people. But maybe there is a purpose for me in coming to JFF for my internship, and hopefully by the end of my internship, I would be a more outgoing person, more willing to initiate conversations with all sorts of people, and be a changed person overall.

I’ll probably be writing more in the near future, so look out for Froglette’s posts! Bye for now! 🙂

Hi I'm Felicia (Froglette)!
Hi I’m Felicia (Froglette)!

Celebrate Singapore’s 49th Birthday with JFF

Thinking of doing something local this weekend or next in celebration of Singapore’s 49th Birthday?

Visit us at Kranji Countryside today, tomorrow and on National Day and enjoy a MEET THE FROGS session
(worth at least $25!) at 1030am, 1130am, 130pm and 330pm with a minimum spent of $49 only!!

Free face painting for all adults and children!! No Reservations needed!

Call 67917229 to enquire.
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Frog Delivery Driver needed!

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We have an opening for a serious delivery driver job seeker at JFF. Please take note that employment contract is for at least 2 years! Please help to spread the word!

Requirements

  • Honest, patient, pleasant personality & be a good team player.
  • Must be Disciplined, Independent, and Professional.
  • Strictly for Singaporeans & PR only.
  • Possess class 3 driving license with at least 3 years of driving experience.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills.
  • Familiar with Singapore roads

Responsibilities

  • Make sure goods are delivered to customers on time and in good condition
  • Accountable for invoices and payment collected
  • Driver must ensure proper update of current day’s records at the end of each work day.

Pre-requisites/Summary :

  • Prior experience as a delivery driver will be an advantage
  • Minimum Contract Requirement: 2 Years
  • Language : English / Mandarin
  • Take Home Pay: From $1400 (Before added bonus)
  • Working hours: 8am- 5pm (Mon-Friday), 8am-1pm (Sat)
  • ADDED BONUS: (1) Should deliveries end early, driver may be released at management’s discretion. (2) Company truck may be used to commute from home and back subjected to company’s regulations.

For interested applicants please contact 67917229 or write in to sales@jurongfrogfarm.com.sg.

Thank you!

JFF PTE LTD

“A Leap of Faith” in The ALUM NUS

Always grateful to my Alma Matar, National University of Singapore, which has exposed me to the challenges of modules from different faculties during my education there; later able to solve more complicated issues in the School of Life; and for being the impetus in my desire to join JFF right after graduation.

Also a heartfelt thank you to the many valuable friendships made with lecturers and the fellow classmates from all the different tutorials and the opportunities which has since opened up to me as a graduate from NUS.

Lastly thank you for featuring my humble story in a frog farm in this Issue 96 of Alumni Magazine.

Much Gratitude,
Chelsea the Frogologist

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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)

Frogs are entering mainstream western/ fusion restaurants in Singapore!

If you haven’t already noticed, frog legs are slowly hopping into our mainstream menu! Restaurants like The Halia and Saveur have added these nutritious and delicious hoppers this year and used creative cooking methods to bring out the sweetness and tenderness of this meat!

Check out their menus and make your reservation now!

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What you probably also do not know is how double boiled frog meat with bitter gourd is not only a Remedy for Dengue Fever but also a relief of skin problem for our pooches when fed on a diet of frog meat and sweet potatoes!

Read about our customer’s testimonial in the segment below!

Simply Amazing, isn’t it??

You may make your purchase at all NTUC Hypermarts or call us for a free home delivery service with a minimum order!

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Article appeared on WANBAO NEWS on 11.11.13, Page 5

JFF Festive Hashima Hampers Available for SALE!

JFF Festive Hashima Hampers are up for grabs now!

JFF Festive Joy – $188
5 x Premium Hashima with American Ginseng
3 x Specially Selected Dried Hashima
1 x Teddy Bear with Christmas Hat

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JFF Hashima Special – $148
4 x Premium Hashima with American Ginseng
2 x Specially Selected Dried Hashima
1 x Teddy Bear with Christmas Hat

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PROMOTIONS!!

Every $50 spent in a single receipt at the frog farm from 17/12/12-15/2/13 will entitle you to a chance to win our JFF Hashima Special Hamper retailing at $148. 2 lucky winners will be chosen in a lucky draw on 18/2/13. Winners will have from 18th to 28th Feb 2013 to collect their hampers.