Saturday, April 30, 2022

Like Fireflies

Like Fireflies

While the nation slept

the celestial heaven shone

Tiny sparkling jewels are the stars

yet brighter are you

Little torchlights flickering about

belied the spirited flame

In your hearts

there is hope

Though Chek Jawa will be no more

happy will be the memory of you

who cared and dared to walk with her

in darkness and in mud

We met like tiny glass pieces

broken and shaken in her kaleidoscope

to sparkle that once

even as the nation slept

- by Joseph Lai (2001)

Poem dedicated to volunteers of Chek Jawa Survey 2000

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Remembering Eugene Tang

 Dear Eugene, 

Remembering the wonderful time we had as classmates and our adventure in Tasmania. You will always be in my heart. Rest in peace, my dearest friend. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Invertebrates of Singapore Rain Forest

The invertebrates came before us and made the world as it is today. They surround us everywhere and outnumber us exponentially beyond comprehension. On land and in the sea, they will still be around when human race vanquish. Below are just some examples of invertebrates living in our rain forest, for example MacRitchie. Our failure to recognize their ecological services extended to us via the dynamism of a healthy intact rain forest for which they are in part responsible will certainly lead us to our ruin.

Red-hearted Beetles

Trilobite - Nature's Peter Pan - young forever!

Ant-mimicking Spider

Cyana - an Arctiine moth pupa - Nature's first conservatory!


Round pink millipede

Giant flat millipede

Long-necked longhorn beetle

Atopos - a carnivorous slug

See my Youtube video: Forget Not Our Living Rain Forest