me, Choon Beng (at right) is the soul of the volunteer group at
Ubin. Always there. Without him, much of the Chek Jawa guiding system
would probably not be what it is today.
angel of the Chek Jawa guides, Boon Sim was to me the joyful heart
of our work. She kicked started much of the guiding programme and
we miss her very much since she left NParks.
is the Best Botanist I know. He knows not only the scientific name
of any plant, but also its common names and wonderful stories about
it. His deep quiet sense of humour can give you a heart attack from
Sau's cheerful presence always calms and ensures all trips go smoothly.
Whenever she's around, we know all will be well, regardless of weather
now looks after the Chek Jawa and other volunteers at Ubin. She
has already deeply impressed us with her dedication to the new programme
to record the oral history of Ubin residents.
is a great Chek Jawa guide and always manages to find something
spectacular on every trip. Always cheerful and ready to share and
learn together, he's great to have around on any trip.
(left) is always happy and smiling. When he drives, he really knows how to make a lorry trip exciting,
although some older guides with weak bones prefer a more sedate
ride. Kendrick (right) is another joy to have on a guiding trip. Others
not in photos include Mark and other rangers at Ubin. The guys keep
everything smooth and steady, and we always have fun together.