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  wild people: Tse-Lynn

I first met Tse-Lynn on Chek Jawa as part of Siva's group of dedicated volunteers to guide people before deferment of reclamation.

I will always remember her as the one who spray painted the historic "Welcome to Chek Jawa" signboard that greeted visitors at this time. She obviously ran out of yellow paint :-)
Tse-Lynn and I spent many fulfilling days on Chek Jawa together, guiding or documenting it.

A guided walk with Tse-Lynn is a delightful discovery. She is among the few scientist I know of who can explain things simply :-)

We started really working closely together when we were doing the Chek Jawa guidebook (together with Zeehan). They helped put together a scientifically sound but easy-to-read text.

Tse-Lynn and I got together again for the Southern Islands project. Tse-Lynn is leading the Blue Water Volunteers to provide guided reef walks to show everyone our wonderful reefs before they are lost to developments there. She also actively dives the area as part of the reef monitoring programme. In addition, I'm counting on her to provide scientific inputs to the guidesheet that will be used in the reef walks.

I am amazed by her energy. On top of her busy work travelling and diving schedule, she also actively leads youth expeditions for the Singapore International Foundation and guides at Chek Jawa and with Pedal Ubin. She still found the time and energy to set and maintain the fabulous Coral Reefs of Singapore website and to organise the massive Chek Jawa transect 2004 in Jul 04 involving more than 60 volunteers that she and Zeehan trained and organised.

Tse-Lynn is among the few young scientists who feels deeply for our wild places. She has not only worked for them but spoken for them in newspaper articles and letters to the press. By gentle example, she has inspired many young Singaporeans to make their difference too.

Here is more about Tse-Lynn in her own words ...

How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
I've always loved the beauty and serenity of nature, as well as working with animals. I volunteered as in the Singapore Zoo during my undergrad days, and got involved with the Habitat Group doing some nature guiding and cycling tours on Ubin. Then Chek Jawa came along and was involved quite heavily in the salvage operations and later on, with guiding.

What do you get out of working for nature?
It's nice to share your interests with other people. I like seeing faces light up when they see something new or learn about an interesting fact about a plant or animal. Also nice to spend so much time in natural surroundings!

What are some of your current projects?
Guided Reefwalk in Southern Islands planned for end 2004, Chek Jawa Transect 2004 results analysis, Southern Islands coral reefs surveys and monitoring (Reef Friends), Singapore International Foundation marine conservation expeditions

Tse-Lynn's Coral Reefs of Singapore website is a wonderful repository of information and photos of our reefs. She can be contacted at bluewatervolunteers@yahoo.com

Tse-Lynn is in her mid-twenties and is a Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore. She currently is among the leaders at Blue Waters Volunteers in coral reef surveys and monitoring as well as developing the guided reef walks. She also volunteers as a guide at Chek Jawa and with Pedal Ubin and is also active the Singapore International Foundation marine conservation expeditions.

Posted by otterman Posted on 10/08/04 11:59
Tse Lyn stepped forward actively along with Zeehan to help out in the Habitat Group. They were thrown into guiding at Labrador Rocky Shore when ALvin andd I were swamped and I realised then we had some very natural guides! They were even present at one of the very rare Habitat Group planning meetings! They were supposed to marine work, and they certainly have done so! Invaluable at Chek Jawa, they have heralded the next generation for marine conservation. Tse Lynn is also an avid biker and joined us on the Ubin Journeys series which became Pedal Ubin. She is now an invaluable principle guide for this biking andd nature series.

Posted by jani Posted on 14/08/04 11:48
Yes, Tse-Lynn was the one who first "gently persuaded" me into taking a more active role... something I don't think I would ever dare to if I wasn't pushed... Like an engine kick-start...

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