Frog Girl’s First Post On Good Friday !

Hi everyone! This is Frog Girl in the house !

Jurong Frog Farm was swamped last weekend especially on Good Friday holiday!

We experienced a heavy down pour in the midst of conducting a tour. It was a challenging experience because it is not easy to manage the crowd and most importantly there was quite a number of children and elderly! My colleagues and i were so afraid they might slip/trip! But luckily, there were a few kind souls who assisted me along the way with the crowd control while I have to serve one of the tours with our JFF deep fried frog meat and Royal Hashima dessert.

On that day, we could only have lunch at 4pm!
It was really busy. But, i’m glad that i enjoyed it.

Family tour on Good Friday!

Family tour on Good Friday!

Before I end this off,

My name is Anna and I am the FROG GIRL in JFF!

My name is Anna and I am the FROG GIRL in JFF!

Fracts # 7- FROGS ARE LIVING DEAD?!?!

Why do we say that frogs are living dead? Taking the American Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) as an example, they will hibernate/estivate but they will not spend the winter the way aquatic turtles do, digging into the mud at the bottom of a pond or stream. In fact, hibernating frogs would suffocate if they dug into the mud for long period of time. These hibernacula are not as well protected from frigid weather and may freeze, along with their inhabitants.

But frogs do not die! Because they can Antifreeze! Ice crystals form in such places as the body cavity and bladder and under the skin, but a high concentration of glucose in the frog’s vital organs prevents freezing.

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A partially frozen frog will stop breathing, and its heart will stop beating. It will appear quite dead. But when the hibernaculum warms up above freezing, the frog’s frozen portions will thaw, and its heart and lungs resume activity. That is why the frogs are being called living dead.

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Similarly, frogs also undergo estivation aka Aestivation which is a state of animal dormancy, also when animal is inactive and have a lowered metabolic rate, that is entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions. For example, the prolonged dry season in certain tropical regions.

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stay tuned for Fracts #8!
FROGIRL signing off ~

Sources:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-frogs-survive-wint/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aestivation

Kranji Express Shuttle Bus (NEW SCHEDULE)

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Announcement to all JFF Visitors on the new bus schedule. Please visit us on any weekends or public holidays as our weekdays are strictly reserved for group bookings and purchases of products only! Thank you!

Let’s Be Explorers of the World!

“At any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting.” – Keri Smith

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A few weeks ago, We chanced upon this book “How to Be an Explorer of World: Portable Life Museum” by Keri Smith through Frogologist’s recommendation. The book struck a chord with me as the author highlights how the working adults become increasingly desensitised to their surroundings once they grew up. They lost their childhood curiosity and stopped exploring the world around them. The author thus encourages readers to make a change in their lives and cease looking past things that are right in front of their eyes. Put on the shoes as scientists. Collect various seemingly mundane items. Analyse and see if they can discover any similarities or patterns from there.

Don’t you think that this book is also actually applicable for children living in this current era? Computers, handphones, ipads… these technological devices have so successfully invaded into our lifestyles that they now form as a staple in our lives. Kids no longer act like kids. The education curriculum and highly competitive society dictate that children have to focus most of their time on studies, tuitions, or additional extra-curriculum such as swimming or ballet.

Where were the times where children got to interact with their habitats? Where they get to climb trees or catch spiders? Or get into a longkang and shrill happily as the fish they just grasped slip away from their hands? That is why it is important in this increasingly hectic society, farms tucked away in the little rural north-western corner of Singapore still exist. Farms like Hay Dairies Goat Farm, Bollywood Veggies, and JFF (us!) give the city kids a chance to experience nature albeit in a different way.

We love it whenever children come to JFF and participate in our especially tailored workshops for them. The way they widen their eyes in wonder when they see a frog close-up, squeal with excitement when they gather their courage and touch the frog with one finger, or furrow their eyebrows with deep concentration to catch tadpoles… Being able to witness their expressions is our privilege and it heartens us that we are able to see this during our stint in JFF :)

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So let us all be explorers of the world and start looking things around us with a brand new perspective! It is never too late to start whether you’re a child or an adult.

Signing off,
Rebecca & Shirley
Exploring In Progress

New Wall for the coming March Holidays!

We have been fervently revamping our site during the CNY holiday when most of you were feasting and watching TV! We were touching up these artwork till late in Feb. Now we are ready to usher in you guys with our new look. Check out the pictures below!

Bare and plain orange wall. Time to manifest our creativity and painting skills!

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Work in progress…

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Special thanks to Michelle from Uni of Sydney for your contribution to this TADPOLE wall; & thanks to Mel, kaiting and a few other lovely youngsters for toiling in the heat to complete the touching up of these artwork!

Replica of our aptly named pet ducks, Tamago & Xiandan ;)

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After many days of hard work toiling under the sweltering sun, we are finally done!

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March holidays are coming! Instead of the usual beach or shopping outings, why not be different and come down to JFF? You can choose to take up our Family Tour package and seize this opportunity to bond with your family in a froggy and unique manner.

Call 67917229 now to book your tour with us now! See you soon!! :)

Contributed by Shirley.
Edited by Rebecca & Frogologist

Story of the Homemade Salted Eggs

Good news! If you have been following JFF’s facebook posts, you would have known that our resident pet duck, Tamago, has started laying eggs ( basically 1 a day!) since the 5th day of CNY! Have you seen the size of our duck eggs?
The first on the left was the first born and by the 3rd and 4th day, there were huumongooous..(!!)

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A pleasant surprise ;) as 3 of the bigger eggs turned out ALL double yolks!! Hoorray!!

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As we explored on preservation methods, naturally a salty idea crystallized in my mind. Why not try Salted Duck Eggs? Luckily around us in this Kranji kampung are all farming veterans! Below is the essence we gathered from several sources.

Step 1: Add sea salt into a pot of water till the mixture is saturated to your preferred level of taste. Boil it to sterilise this brine solution.

Step 2: Cool the solution to room temperature and pour it into a jar.

Step 3: Add in fresh duck eggs into the jar and leave them for up to 3 weeks. ( be reminded that the longer eggs are left in this brine, the saltier it will be!)

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Step 4: Take the eggs out when you’re hungry and boil them.(Eggs now can be kept for another 2 weeks!)

They now can be consumed best with chok ( congee) and some braised peanuts, we would imagine!

This experiment started on 19/2/14. We’ll give you our first hand report on the 12/3/14 after we taste this first salty harvest! ;D

Meanwhile, stay tuned and wish us duck luck!

Sources of recipes: Thanks to Gentle Warrior from BV, Uncle William the Quail and Frog King’s (aka founder of JFF) kakis round the corner of lane 6.
Metamorphosed by: Rebecca, Froggie sweetie :)
Transformed & posted by: Frogologist

Frog Delivery Driver needed!

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We have an opening for a serious delivery driver job seeker at JFF. Please take note that employment contract is for at least 2 years! Please help to spread the word!

Requirements

  • Honest, patient, pleasant personality & be a good team player.
  • Must be Disciplined, Independent, and Professional.
  • Strictly for Singaporeans & PR only.
  • Possess class 3 driving license with at least 3 years of driving experience.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills.
  • Familiar with Singapore roads

Responsibilities

  • Make sure goods are delivered to customers on time and in good condition
  • Accountable for invoices and payment collected
  • Driver must ensure proper update of current day’s records at the end of each work day.

Pre-requisites/Summary :

  • Prior experience as a delivery driver will be an advantage
  • Minimum Contract Requirement: 2 Years
  • Language : English / Mandarin
  • Take Home Pay: From $1400 (Before added bonus)
  • Working hours: 8am- 5pm (Mon-Friday), 8am-1pm (Sat)
  • ADDED BONUS: (1) Should deliveries end early, driver may be released at management’s discretion. (2) Company truck may be used to commute from home and back subjected to company’s regulations.

For interested applicants please contact 67917229 or write in to sales@jurongfrogfarm.com.sg.

Thank you!

JFF PTE LTD

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