Green Drinks: Bees in Singapore

Hear about bee biodiversity in Singapore and beekeeping from bee lovers at our upcoming session of Green Drinks!

This month, we have three speakers – nature photographer, Zestin Soh, John Chong of Bee Amazed Garden, and Lesster Leow of the Association of Beekeepers (Singapore). Zestin will delight us with a presentation of captivating photos of bees he has encountered locally, while John will introduce his bee education centre to us, and Lesster will share about his experience in Africa and the newly established Association of Beekeepers in Singapore.

These talks will be followed by a panel discussion – ask these experts anything your heart desires about our local bees.

Date: 21 September (Friday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: The Hive Lavender, 1 Kallang Junction, Level 6 Vanguard Campus (the closest MRT station is Bendemeer)
Admission Fee: Free!
RSVP: Register at https://singaporebees.peatix.com/!

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About Our Speakers

John Chong
John dedicated 37 years of his life as an educator with the Ministry of Education. His teaching career began in Yung An Primary School in 1979. He was among the pioneers who started the Science Room and Science Garden in the primary schools.

In 1991, he was among the 9 pioneer Singaporean teachers who started the one and only Singapore school outside Singapore, the Singapore International School (Hong Kong), and served in Hong Kong from 1991 to 1999 as the Head of Physical
Education Department.

Upon his return to Singapore, he was posted to Juying Secondary as the Head of the Physical Education Department where he successfully improved the physical fitness levels of the students considerably.

In 2003, he was appointed as the Vice-Principal of Zhangde Primary School where he served for 7 years as the champion of Positive Multiplying Attitude.

In 2010, he was posted to MacPherson Primary School where he advocated Positive Behaviour Support, Family Life, and Dads For Life. As a firm believer of Restorative Practice, he successfully restored strained and broken relationships among the students, parents and staff while in MacPherson Primary School. He was also the heart and voice for the less privileged children and families until his retirement in December 2016.

Now, John is a beekeeper and the founder of BEE AMAZED Garden and MY HONEY. He has an online honey shop selling honey from the land flowing with milk and honey under his own brand, MY HONEY.

Lesster Leow
Late 2000, Lesster Leow set foot in Uganda and became a beekeeper. His 17 years journey through the “The Pearl of Africa” had brought him many exciting adventures. Having zero knowledge in this green culture, Lesster just packed and went without knowing what lied ahead.

His most enriching experience is working with the African honeybees, They are the most aggressive species of all honeybees found on earth.

Currently he is back in Singapore for a short period as he is expanding his work around IndoChina. Before you meet him in person, you can watch a documentary of his work on the following link – https://video.toggle.sg/en/series/a-singaporean-abroad-s3/ep8/360374

He is also planning to share more of his knowledge and experience with fellow Singaporeans and thus, The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore) was born.

About Their Organisations

Bee Amazed Garden
BEE AMAZED Garden is an unique visitors’ center located at Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201. BEE AMAZED Garden offers educational programmes, corporate workshops, family activities, honey tasting, environmental talks and basic beekeeping lessons. Educational programmes, family activities and corporate workshops can be customized accordingly.

BEE AMAZED Garden also provides knowledge and information on the local bees, honey and basic beekeeping.

A tour of the BEE AMAZED Garden includes an explanation regarding a brief history of beekeeping, local honey bees, honey and a visit to the beehives observatory where the actual local honey bees could be observed without the danger of getting stung.

The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore)
The Association of Beekeepers (Singapore) was established in May 2018 to develop local beekeeping expertise and foster responsible beekeeping practices in Singapore. Founded by apiculturist Lesster Leow, the association offers comprehensive beekeeping courses with a hands-on approach to learning quintessential skills of managing bee colonies.

To get involved, please visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/AOBSG

Photo credit: Big thanks to Zestin Soh for generously allowing us to use this photo of a leafcutter bee.

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Celebrating the life of Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative

For those who have not already heard, Tay Lai Hock of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) passed away earlier in the week. Also known as Kampung Chief, he was well respected for his leadership, authenticity, wisdom, ideas, compassion, conviction, character, directness, and how he walked the talk. He championed the need for a 21st century kampung culture and connected thousands of people to the land.

We at Green Drinks grieve his loss, and send our condolences to Lai Hock’s family and the GUI family. We feel blessed that he was able to speak at Green Drinks on two occasions – at the first session he shared his vision for GUI, and at a subsequent session, we got to hear his vision for Kampung Kampus. Both times, he inspired audience members and left a lasting impression.

If you would like to pay your final respects to Lai Hock:
-His wake is held at Blk 230 Simei Street 4, Friday (today) is the last day
-GUI have organised a memorial service to celebrate Lai Hock’s life on 18 August Saturday at Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu. More details here.

If you are going on Saturday, we will see you there!

Hear About Low Impact Living at Green Drinks SG x The Green Collective SG Relaunch Party

Come celebrate the extension of The Green Collective SG’s lease at OneKM and hear from our speakers on their low impact lifestyles! Everyone is invited to the party where you can meet The Green Collective’s vendors, old and new. Learn how to start your conscious living journey in a talk led by our guest speakers Khee Shihui of Tabaogirl, and Maria Tan of @mariaubergine!

Both speakers will share their experiences and their journeys so far, and do a show and tell of their eco habits. Shihui, will show us how she avoids single use take out disposables and will bring her “Tabaogirl” kit, while Maria will show us how she has a zero waste home, including homemade and everyday zero waste products.

For this event we would encourage you to bring your own cup and if you like, beverages.

Should you have any preloved clothing that is in good condition or unexpired canned food you would like to give away, there are collection points that have been set up by Green Square Textile Recycling, and Food Bank Singapore.

Join us!

Date: 5 July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Green Collective,  #01-26/27 OneKM Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road
Admission: Free
RSVP: Register here!

See you there!

About Our Speakers

Khee Shihui
Khee Shihui is working towards a low environmental impact life. In May 2017, after The Telegraph reported about the irreparable damage done to the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and human practices, she decided to change her habits instead of just agonising over the environmental degradation of urban life, e.g. prevalence of single use disposables, fast fashion, commercial agriculture or livestock farming. She shares her stories about greener living at @tabaogirl on Instagram, and hopes to encourage everyone that each of us can contribute towards bringing the restoration and renewal we hope to see for Earth.

Maria Tan
Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I’m an aspiring zero-waster. After seeing single-use plastics destroying the natural environment during one of my camping experiences, I knew I had to do something. I started documenting my journey to a minimal waste lifestyle on my Instagram page (@mariaubergine) and was pleasantly surprised to find many keen individuals curious about reducing waste in Singapore. Aside from answering people’s burning questions on all those zero-waste failures and successes, I spend the rest of my free time working on projects (my latest being @backtogroundzero) to raise awareness on the effects of plastic pollution and how we can all lead more sustainable lifestyles. On the weekends, you can often find me at the park doing yoga, pigging out at vegan potlucks, or scavenging for gems at thrift stores.

Green Drinks: March Mingle

We have been very quiet because we have been taking a break! We are back for March, please join us for a casual gathering and networking session. We can talk about anything.. everything, including the recently announced carbon tax! Join us!

Date: 27 March 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Mahota (Pantry cafe), Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Level 3
Admission: Free (contributions to society accepted)
RSVP: Via Facebook or email greendrinkssingapore@gmail.com

See you there!

 

Green Drinks X: Ten Year Celebration!

It’s been 10 years! Can you believe it? We have never had a party, but it is such a huge milestone that we had to celebrate it!

We would like to thank every speaker, every panellist, every venue provider, every facilitator, every journalist, and every audience member for making Green Drinks the community it is! Everyone is invited!

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Upcoming Green Drinks: Air Pollution in Singapore

Join us this month as we look at the subject of Air Pollution in Singapore. This session begins with a talk by Dr. Erik Velasco, Research Scientist at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology, and Lynn Tang, Director of Programs, Environmental Health at Vital Strategies, and will be followed by a panel discussion with our speakers and Aurélie Charmeau, Director of Research and Ground Solutions at People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze).

This session is supported by Young NTUC.

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Green Drinks: Economics As If People & Planet Mattered

This month, we are excited to bring you two highly insightful speakers – Julian Wong and Steve McCoy, who have previously given rousing talks at Green Drinks. They are joining us this time to speak about rethinking growth and our economic system, it’s rare to have them in town (and together!), so this one is not to be missed!
This session is supported by Young NTUC.

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