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

FRACTS #12

Hi everyone Frog boy here!

As we all know that frogs are friendly and kind creatures especially in our farm. =) But there’s a new species of frog found at the Peruvian Cloud Forest! It is said to have spines on its head and it is poisonous which would cause extreme pain!

The poison is more deadly than the secretions of a pit viper, and one of the discoverers, Carlos Jared of the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo found out the hard way. While collecting C. greeningi he got a spine in his hand: intense, radiating pain followed for the next five hours. It is one of the most venomous frogs!

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Click the link to find out more:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/06/ribbiting-news-frogs-poison-spines-revealed-and-new-species-discovered

FRACTS #9 – Frogs = Toads?? No!

Frogs cannot be called toads, BUT toads can be called frogs! Did you know that?? This is because the word ‘frog’ is a generic term for the whole family, and a ‘toad’ is classified under the frog family. There are actually many differences between a frog and a toad! Look at the picture comparison of a toad and a baby frog below, and see how many differences you can spot!

Top: Frog Bottom: Toad See the difference between them? Look at their hind legs and skin texture.
Top: Baby frog
Bottom: Toad
See the difference between them? Look at their hind legs and skin texture.

These are the differences between a toad and a frog! Did you manage to spot all their physical differences?
Frogs

  • Have wet, smooth skin that looks slimy because of the moist environment that it lives in; it doesn’t need to face harsh land conditions.
  • Need to live near/in water for survival
  • Have a narrow body which allows for faster movement, and eyes that bulge
  • Have long webbed hind legs for swimming and high jumping
  • Lay eggs in cluster

Toads

  • Have dry, rough and warty skin because of harsh conditions on land
  • Don’t have to live near water to survive
  • Have a wide and fat body
  • Have short, stout unwebbed hind legs because they walk instead of jumping and have no need to swim since they live on land.
  • Lay eggs in strings

Frogs that are really frogs are also known as “true frogs”, and likewise, toads that are really toads are also known as “true toads”.

Hope I have enlightened all of you a little about the differences between true frogs and true toads!

Signing off,
Froglette

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Reference

http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/are-frogs-and-toads-the-same/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/True_toad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/True_frog

ANNA’s ‘Metamorphosis’

Hi peeps,

I have officially concluded my internship with JFF. Looking back, 4 months have passed by in a flash but the memories I have made in this time will stay with me forever.

I still vividly remember the first 2 weeks of internship – challenging would be the word I would use to describe.

Firstly i had to adapt to the company’s work culture and learn the basics of a frog’s life.

Secondly, I thought I had to meet up to the expectations immediately but Chelsea gave me time to learn without putting too much pressure on me because she knew my strengths and assigned the work to me based on this.

I believe few people actually know of the existence of farms in Singapore. Sure there may be a handful of curious and adventurous ones who would know, but that’s about it. Truth be told, farming is somewhat elusive knowledge to us city folk.
However,after working in the farm, I’ve changed my perspective on farming. Many of us think that it is a lowly job but I think that we should not look down on farmers; it takes tons of hard work and perseverance to manage the land and raise the livestock!

It was a good experience working in such an environment, away from the city.
Working on the farm, I didn’t just learn things about Frogs, Ive also learned to speak to the public. Conducting a tour of 5 is easy but not to a group of 50-70 people and there is definitely a lot more to look into besides just conveying the froggy message to the group.For me I think that having the group focus their attention on you is the most important thing to do. Once you lose their attention, they will start to wander on their own resulting in the need for crowd controlling and that, to me, is the most challenging part.

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Other than tours, I also did administrative work, retail sales, taking orders from customers, replying to emails, selling frogs, and handling customers’ inquiries.
The most important thing I learnt from Chelsea is to NOT ASSUME ANYTHING when we are working in a company. Never ever assume because it can really cause a lot of miscommunication which will end up disrupting work flow. So I will never allow myself to have any sort of preconception get in the way of my work in the future.

I’ve had lovely memories from my experience here. Hitching a ride by the road, going into other people’s farm to pluck fruits (with permission of course!!), selling our products at the inaugural Farmers’ market, meeting nice people along the way, solemnization happening in the frog farm, applying qin chao oil on an injured duck’s leg, plucking mangoes with the Bangladeshi workers, going to a Pre-U Seminar in NUS with Chelsea to see JFF being showcased by a group of students etc… All sorts of funny and interesting things.

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This experience was really special and I feel lucky to have been able to go through it.
Thank You Jurong Frog Farm for taking interns and allowing them to experience such a unique working environment.

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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! 😉

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

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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http://www.saveur.sg/

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’s at World Food Fair 2013!

12 more hours to the opening of World Food Fair 2013 happening at Singapore Expo 2013 where JFF is participating for the first time in Hall 4, Booth H12!

We are very excited to meet the people of the east!! Come dressed in green (or not) to enjoy a sample cup of chilled refreshing Royal Hashima Dessert* on us from tomorrow, Thursday to Sunday from 11-10pm!

Winner of a Frog Lookalike Award!

Richard Chai, from Republic polytechnic, is one of the cutest intern we have received here on the farm. Within 2 weeks into his 4 months long stint, he realized how frequently he has been commented by little children on how similar he looks compared to a frog!! Below is his testimonial.

“Firstly, when i heard it’s a farm, i thought i would have to do more manual work. However, when my internship started, it was a totally different experience from what i have expected.

The job scopes were slightly more than expected, because i thought i only have one job scope however, when i started working there, the job scopes i have to cover includes admin work, retails, tour conducting, etc. So it was kind of tough for me because handling so much different type of work at the start of the week, i could not adjust to it. However as time passes by, the job scopes i have to handle were actually kind of fun because they kept me from being bored.

It was totally different from my expectation and my experience while working over there was actually quite fun! The hospitality of the company was good and the rules were easy to understand. I had an enjoyable time working there as an intern, unlike what my friends shared about what they experienced from their internship.”

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