JFF Collaboration with Bollywood Veggies & Gardenasia!

JFF will be joining forces with Bollywood Veggies and Gardenasia to make the most unforgettable tour experience you’ll ever have!

For the collaboration with Bollywood Veggies, you’ll be able to interact with the little froggy friends while experiencing the best of nature. Also, there will be a cosy farm-style lunch served at the end of the tour. Don’t miss out on their famous banana cake! This tour is targeted towards everybody of all ages. Click to find out more about this tour!

For the collaboration with Gardenasia, you’ll be able to learn about the life cycle of both a plant and a frog! This tour is targeted more towards preschoolers and primary school kids. Click to find out more about this tour!

Celebrating the Christmas spirit!

Come celebration the joyous occasion of Christmas with us!! This year, we will be having a Xmas Special promotion! All you have to do is share that you have bought the Gabbe’s Family Tour online and receive a 10% DISCOUNT!! The promotion period is from 15 Dec – 31 Dec, and tickets bought during this promotional period will be valid until the March holidays! Just enter your preferred date of tour at the checkout page!!

Just click on share to receive your discount!
Click on share to receive your discount!

Note: Your tour booking will only be confirmed upon a confirmation call/email from our JFF staff.

 

See you at JFF!
Froglette

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

St Anthony’s Primary School

Thank you St Anthony’s Primary School for embarking on their P3 Learning Journey with us yet again this year! Most teachers have feedback that the most enjoyable part is still the Hands on the Frog station. Frog feeding session comes next. We’ll likely extend the duration of this tour to better cope with the needs of these energetic froglets! Thanks again for the continuous support!

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JFF 31ST BIRTHDAY

Hop by in October as we celebrate JFF’S 31st Birthday! We will be conducting a free tour every weekend in October from 10am to 11am & do look out for awesome deals on the month of October!

A note to all my visitors as JFF approaches her 31st Anniversary

It’s interesting to note the reactions of people who visit the farm. While some may be appalled with the current state of this 18 years old facility, others may applaud that this farm has retained its rustic charm, unperturbed by this nation’s belief built on Plastic, Progress and Prosperity.

Have to salute my 60 year old father’s effort since late 1970s on building this farm with his bare hands and with very limited resources. He had the help and support of his wife who helped with book keeping and also chaperoning their 3 young children in and out of the remote Old Jurong Road. This farm which initially started out as a self sustainable breeding model is one now that is a commercialized million dollar turn over business. He has well compensated his lack of education with his sharp business acumen and his diligence and technical knowhow when he was working in the oil and gas industry.

For the last 15 years since I was able to understand his lack of presence at home, as an adolescent, I have witnessed my father worked incessantly on the farm which he is still doing currently. It was a bold move in the 1990s when he decided to keep up with the times and opened the farm to the public. Throngs of people from the RCs, CCs, and schools mill into the farm every weekend to pick up freshly slaughtered fresh frog meat and other livestock like catfish and snakeheads.

Opening this privately owned production farm to the public provided an opportunity for me as a Singaporean graduate to become a 2nd generation business owner. I grabbed this great opportunity as a young adult in my early 20s. My relationship with the visitors has never been simple. Back when I was a child residing in the farm, I used to see people walking into our house, taking off their shoes and walking into my home to use my toilets as if it is an entitlement. We encountered and still are seeing the same problems with the only surviving Kampong in Singapore, people littering, abusing the facilities, and sometimes, they walk into our facilities only to abuse the people working in it.

Seldom, you get credits for what you are doing right. More than often you get penalized for the lapses due to what you did not do.

Isn’t it important for our younger generation to know that farms (whether it is a production or a show farm) exist and are important features of our country? Aren’t we also a part of national education in the history of Singapore which saw the farms having to transcend to remain relevant in this time and age?

Malaysians will tell you that this place feels comfortable like home not only because of the proximity we are from JB, but simply JFF is a reflection of the frog farming industry in Singapore 20 years back. Operations have certainly changed, business has become diversified but the place remains the same. The faster this country moves, the harder the people are whipped to keep pace with progress.

Nostalgia – This must be what many generations of Singaporeans, from the baby boomers to the Gen Y, can identify with.

Australians will tell you that this is an interesting place because they embrace and accept the diversity of what Singapore offers. We will have a high and mighty, snooty side like MBS, but we also offer a humble, down to earth rustic charm in the Kranji Countryside.

Others from certain parts of the world might come in baffled by this existence of a rural, backward, frogs not in lily padded ponds but in pens and questioned why did our government, one that is “prim and proper” allow this existence? Spot on. The farm’s lifespan on this plot of land in Lim Chu Kang is timed. Nothing really lasts forever in Singapore anyway. I implore you to come and appreciate what you see here because we may not be here much longer.

To some of our dear foreign visitors, if you are expecting a 5 star toilet experience or maybe l’occitane fragrance in farms, simply because this is the first world Singapore, please do not have your hopes up too high. We are only a family of 5 who have lived on, were fed and educated by this trade which my father started. What works in your country may not work in mine. Diversity is the only normal these days so if I do not tell you how to live please do not come and tell me how my frogs and I should live.

 Without you, my dear visitors, who have given me so much support and advice, I would truly be “that frog in the well”. However, I hope that you would adopt “live and let live” as your motto too. Please accept and be nice to the people living in this host country you are visiting.

 As JFF approaches her 31st anniversary in October, and I am into my 7th year of employment here, I would like to thank all of my staff, my customers, my friends and my family for all the support throughout my stint. I will strive to reach the bar set by society’s standards during the remaining time we have on this premises.

 Written by: Chelsea Wan

Any comments, please contact me at chelseawan@jurongfrogfarm.com.sg.

Check out www.jurongfrogfarm.com.sg!!

Now comes with new features like a FROG QUIZ to test your knowledge on the trivials of the American Bullfrog;

You may also download our In-Farm Recipes, now available with chinese translation on the JFF Recipes page;

And If you are looking for farm activities to do in the weekend, check out FROG TOURS page for a JFF FAMILY TOUR option!

There’s something for everybody!  See you here soon and have a great croaking weekend!

p.s. A million thanks to 2wombats who satiated our demand for perfection. 3 rounds of changes in less than 10 days was all it took from discussion to putting up the site live! We received very prompt and professional services from Steven. This service provider is highly recommended!

1 week stint at JFF

21 year old, Ms Ong Yi lun, was assigned to JFF by SP as a special project observer. This stint includes a 1 night stay at the farm. Read about her exprience below!

“The short stay at JFF was a fun & an experience of a lifetime. Instead of hanging out with friends on the weekends, i was surrounded by the croaking frogs~ Getting my hands and feets dirty, wadding in the pond catching the frogs proved to be no easy feat even for a 21 year old!
What’s so interesting about this farm? You must be thinking… What else? Of course it will be FROGS! That’s right! FROGS are everywhere! In the ponds, shop, magazines and even on your plates! But then again, not only do they sell products on frogs, but actually CROCODILE meat and VENISON! Can you believe that? That’s definitely something new & worth a try. ^^

Ok. Enough of the frogs~ The other thing that one cannot miss will be the friendly, helpful, young lady boss & her assistant! Their cheerful & outgoing personalities really brightens up every single day. Along, comes their loyal companion dogs, Bobby & Puppy with their energetic barks & playfulness. 😀

DAY 5: Vijayawada to Warangal

We started the day with a 1.5 hrs ride to Jagayyapet where many of us attended our first church service.  It was indeed one of the most enthralling experience as the music was blasted, emotions were heightened. Some of the girls witnessed what I would call a cathartic release. A member of the church started jumping up and down, and eventually collapsed on the floor with her face buried in her hands n sari. I am presuming that the weekly church service must be a place to let steam as they gathered to praise their maker.

We were also extremely privileged to have our fellow friends, issac, cas ANd Mcloud to contribute to their service with a message, a song and cas playing the drums! Is sac’s message was extremely heartening as he reminded us of our trials and tribulations being part of the  test by God.

We were then led by the vice president of the factory to visit the cotton mill. Seeing the scale of the manufacturing, It was very much an eye opener for many of us.while I marveled at this extensive mechanization, I couldn’t help but also observed the solemn faces of the workers. Though it was a short 15 minutes walk in the factory, many of us came out with irritated throats and eyes. How happy could one be, working in this chain production? Clearly, welfare is far from the concern of the owners, which comes to my next question, if  this factory is entirely indian owned. The massive production chain was sophisticated and certainly in every sense ‘art of the state’ technology. Given the enormous income disparity in this country, I am pretty sure one of the wealthy Indian would be able to throw in that amount of capital.

After which we were brought to Pastor Kumar’s home for lunch. By now, on this 8th day it is needless for me to explain what was served for lunch! Most of us are accustomed to the voluminous amount of rice/ briyani served and the Indian spices used in the curry, vegetables, potatoes, sauces;not forgetting  the warm hospitality we have very fortunately received everywhere we had gone.

We then took a 4 hours coach ride to Warangal where we met the member of paliarment for Warangal, Rajalah Siricilla,  Mayor of Warangal and David. After the official reception, a very elaborated procession awaited us. The Indian boys strutted their stuff as they danced to the Drums and whistles, the procession was also interluded with fire crackers  very seemingly to make the most amount of noise as possible to let our presence be known and felt in this historical town! Most of us felt very honored and grateful to have this procession planned for us as we  joined in the dance, throwing punches in the air. And cas who couldn’t get over the inhibited session at the church, took over the drumming in closing.

After a short 30 mins freshening in the hotel, we were then whisked to Scarvodaya Youth Organisation office. It is saddening to hear from Hepsibah all the countless issues their country are facing. Some of which are pervasive due to the strong culture, i wondered if these old beliefs and  traditions are primarily the reason why poverty remains largely a problem Here. Girl illiteracy, caste system, violence against women, HIV/AIDs. In this county where there is approximately 250 people every Km square, SYO’s job is enormous!

While I tried to look at the issues India is facing in macroscopic ways, I also realized how massive and heavily populated this country is. Due to the severe lack of basic infrastructure (as we may call it), transportation, sewage system, access to health care,  it is extremely difficult to disseminate information of food safety, basic hygiene, other form of campaigns from the government!

At the end of the day, to loosen this heavy heart,  I  rather embrace this diversity of the human race. and To my fellow friends from 11 countries ( including wales as an independent country not part of UK ) please choose to be on one end of the axis which is to appreciate what we have,  and to make use of what we have got – a brain and a heart, to all the people you will meet, 3 rd world or not.

5th Day of Snow Jelly Trial – Steamed Snow Jelly in Papaya boat

 

Have you ever experienced any form of obsession?

I read a Malcolm Gladwell book which suggests how genius are not born ingenious; they are products of 10,000 times of obsessive trials & tribulations. Yup yup.. its only been 5 days but i do think thats where this snow jelly experiment is heading now..

Honestly i do need all the beauty need  i can get! Work is overwhelming man. Workers issues, payment due dates, restocking inventories, month end statement of accounts, KCA’s demands of the Hon Sec, walk in visitors and friends, teachers on recce. Have i forgotten to mention the 86 kids from YCKPS and 40 ducklings from PCF  Froggy guide and I hosted this morning?

Yes… this is Life at JFF.

Ok back to the Snow jelly, “TCM practitioners believe that it can strengthen the functions of organs such as liver and lungs, therefore lowering blood lipids, promoting active blood circulation, boosting the immune system and promoting the brain cells’ ability to utilise oxygen..” (* Source from The Straits Times, Mind your Body 12.5.11)

Sadly, hashima has never undergone any clinical trials. Which means another opportunity for us to get these claims scientifically proven!! This adds another thing to do to my LIST OF THINGS TO DO (Completion Date: 30.06.2016)

Disclaimer: ONLY IF annihilation doesn’t happen in 2012.

Recipe:

1. Read Day 3 Post for How to prepare Cooked Snow Jelly from Dried Snow Jelly.

2. Slice a papaya into thick strips of about 10 cm each.

3. Cut out a box in the middle to create a papaya boat. Use a dessert spoon to scoop out the seeds and papya flesh.

4. Add in processed Snow jelly, fresh milk and some rock sugar for taste (according to preference) into the papaya boat.

5. Steam this portion under low heat for 20 mins.