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Here is more about Cheng Puay in his own words ...
How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
I guess this was a very gradual process. When I was young I was already in the gradening club where I used to water all the plants in my school compound, the green bug bit me then; and I had the priviledge of being taught by really good teachers and mentors which just fueled my passion for nature - botany and conservation in particular
My first formal involvement will be helping out as a photographer in Biodiversity of Singapore Conference in 2003. In there I was really amazed, and inspired, by the huge assemblage of locals and foreigners who are passionate about nature in Singapore. I felt then I could help and maybe contribute my bit as well.
As a part time tutor in NUS, I would take advantage of my position to 'brain wash' students about the importance of conservation and appreciation of wild life. :P
What do you get out of working for nature?
Rather than to say working for nature, I think nature also works for me. There is nothing better than taking a walk in the forest, enjoying the unique serenity and calm not found anywhere else. And the wonder in spotting an elusive snake, lizard or sighting a plant in bloom.
Of course there is the satisfaction in knowing that what you have done has helped in preserving the viability of the habitat and the organisms living there.
Along the way, I have the good fortune of getting acquainted with famous personalities like Ria, Dr Chua and Siva. It is enjoyable learning about their experiences and what keeps them going after so long.
What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
Well, I believe in having fun while getting the job done properly. Its not a difficult thing to do when working for nature!
What are some of your current projects?
I had the priviledge of being involved in the Chek Jawa transect 2004, now getting ready for the International Coastal Cleanup 2004.
Cheng Puay is 29 and and he is currently a teacher-to-be. He volunteers as a Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Toddycat, is a part-time nature guide and with the Student Care Service.
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