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Here is more about Chay Hoon in her own words ...
How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
I grew up in a Kampong and thus trees, insects and animals have been companions when I was a kid. After shifting, there was hardly any tree to climb and insect to catch and lost contact with nature due to study and work.
Until recently last year, I was surfing the website, habitatnews, and came across the link to wildsingapore. From there, I got to know that it is recruiting volunteers for Chek Jawa and I signed up. So there you have it, I am back with nature again.
What do you get out of working for nature?
I got to meet people who share the same interest/concerns for nature. I got knowledge from those who know more than me and I get to pass them on. In addition, I feel great and relax; spending time with nature after a busy week working.
What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
Don't Worry Be Happy. Because you will never enjoy sunshine if you are to spend a whole life waiting for the storm. Troubles are not here to stay. They will go away. And as George Washington put it; "Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble", it is costly.
What are some of your current projects?
I am involved in the making of a documentary about our intertidal shores as well as a volunteer guide at Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin.
What are some of your other interests?
I started picking up watercolour painting about 4 years ago as a hobby and am still learning. I like the unpredictable nature of this medium as sometimes you can even get a satisfying result from a mistake. The main subject is landscape and I have done a piece on Chek Jawa's rocky shore too.
Chay Hoon is 27 and she is an accountant by profession. She currently volunteers as a guide at Chek Jawa and with the wildfilms project.
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