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07/2017 – Dairy Farm Nature Park, 19 Aug 2017 (T_201)

After a 3-month break, we decided to visit Dairy Farm Nature Park, one of our favourite macro site.

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Participants : Ben Ee, Catherine, Choy Kah Wai, Dion Wong, Henry Tan, Hwang Nian Huei, Lester Koh, Kyaw Htay, Seah Tock Toh, Sia Kian Teck, Zaw minsoe, Endy, Anthony Quek (Trip Leader)

 
 

06/2017 – Mount Belumut, 27 & 28 May 2017 (T_200)

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Destination Stream, by Timothy Tan

Since the 1st outing  on 16Aug2008, iMOG has led a total 199 trips for nature Macrophotography. Amazingly, there were only 2 cancelled trips due to heavy rain. We have visited many different sites (although about 16 sites were lost due to development). We had a lot of fun in the outdoors taking photos and made many friends too.

All trip leaders were delighted to have organized so many trips and celebrated this great achievement by making iMOG T_200 a two days trip to Mount Belumut, Johor, Malaysia. It was also our very first overseas iMOG outing and the destination was site no. 80.

Due to accommodation constraints, this trip was not open for signing up. Only those who have shown great support to iMOG’s outings over the years and honoured guests were invited.

Below is the record of the outing:

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The group photo, by Tony Png

On the first day of outing, there were many Damselflies . . .

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A beautiful damselfly (Neurobasis chinensis, Male) in the stream by Allan Lee

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Metalic wings, by Allan Lee

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Close up reveals more beauty, by Allan Lee

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Mating pair, by Lim Chuan Kwee

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The female, by Lee Yan Leong

Other species . . .

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Damselfly, Heliocypha perforate, Male, by Lee Yan Leong

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Damselfly, Euphaea ochracea, Male, by Cai Yixiong

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Damselfly, Dysphaea dimidiata, Male, by Dion Wong

Among the rocks, there were green frogs . . .

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Green on back, by Henry Tan

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Side view of frog (ID?), by Lee Yan Leong

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Big big Eye, by Allan Lee. Can you see the photographer?

We went to our homestay lodge . . .

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This is the staying place,  by Tony Png

Near the homestay, sunbirds were nesting . . .

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Sunbirds’ nest, by Ben Ee

At night, we share some woderful iMOG stories together, then we went out to check the surroundings. We saw some cute sleeping birds, owl, and an interesting moth.

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A moth in night, by Lim Chuan Kwee

After a tiring day and night, we slept and looking forward to the next day.

On the 2nd day, we reached the stream early and checked the upper part of the stream. . .

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Rushing waters, by Lee Yan Leong

Some damselflies had just emerged . . .

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Left: Newly emerged, by Sharon SL.  Right:  Rhinagrion macrocephalum, by TM Seah

Dragonflies had emerged too . . .

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New to this world, by Anthony Quek

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Adult dragonfly (ID?), by TM Seah

At a glance there was nothing, upon closer examination, some “difficult to find toads” were there near the stream . . .

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Among the branch litter, by Endy

getting down further and we saw . . .

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The Toad (ID?), by Catherine E

It also blended well in wet environtment . . .

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Blend-in, by Allan Lee

Some Mayflies were seen too . . .

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Mayfly, by TM Seah

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Mayfly, by Allan Lee

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Mayfly Close up, by Lim Chuan Kwee

In the forested areas . . . we saw . . .

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Tiny red fungus, by Tony Png

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Looks like Lor bak, by Endy

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Bracket fungus, by Lim Chuan Kwee

Insects aplenty . . .

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Little brown grasshoper, by Lim Chuan Kwee

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Common Bluebottle, by Ben Ee

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Kohinoor, by Ben Ee

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Commander, by Ben Ee

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Cicada, by Allan Lee

Around noon, the sky was getting dark, it was going to rain.

We packed up and went for lunch . . .

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Luch time, by Tony Png

It was Deliiiciousss!!! With full tummy, we returned to Singapore.

At last but not least, we thanked the trip leader for the great effort for organizing the outing.

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Trip leader relaxing himself in the stream, by Endy

Blogging in progress . . .

Participants (16): Timothy Tan, Henry Tan, Dion Wong, Catherine E, Lim Chuan Kwee, Ben Ee, TM Seah, Lee Yan Leong, Geoffrey Davison, Anthony Quek, Allan Lee, Cai Yixiong, Endy, Hazel Han, Sharon SongLim, Tony Png (Trip leader)

 
 

05/2017 – Windsor Nature Park, 13 May 2017 (T_199)

I did a search in our blog and the last visit to Venus Drive was in October 2015! It was our trip #17 led by Anthony Quek.  Fast forward  two years later, this same location is now called Windsor Nature Park however, our playground namely Venus Loop remains unchanged and untouched.

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The park was opened by National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday 22 April, with three new trails  including Drongo trail, Hanguana Trail and Squirrel Trail.  Instead of walking on the muddy ground, especially when it rains the night before, visitors can now walk on  the boardwalk.

All the participants gathered around at 730am for a quick briefing on the trail etiquettes (Do’s and Dont’s) before we explore the renovated park.  We did not remain on the boardwalk for long and quickly moved on to our macro photography site at Venus Loop.  We were delighted to still see a rich habitat of wildlife.

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Jumping spider by Dion

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Mating flies by Sia

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Common Flashwing Vestalis Amethystina by David Wong

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Assassin bug by Allan Lee

A marsh habitat was created using the natural terrain to provide an additional wetland habitat for the biodiversity. Here, a rich diversity of dragonflies can be seen.

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Dragonflies by Cathy

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Wasp by Allan Lee

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Copper-cheeked frog by Allan

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Hammerhead worm by David Wong

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Spiral ginger (Cheilocostus) by Sharon

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Robber Fly by Allan

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Chocolate pansy by David Wong

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Flat millipede by Cathy

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Skipper by Kyaw Htay

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Natural canopy by Endy

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by Allan Lee

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Fungus by Anthony Quek

A group of nature park enthusiast led by an English-speaking female guide had gathered around us.  The guide was explaining to them about the facts and habitat information on St Andrew’s Cross Spider.

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St Andrew’s cross spider by David Wong

The were also looking for the resident Malayan Colugo which they finally caught a glimpse of this beauty resting on the tree bark.

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Colugo by Allan Lee

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by David Wong

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Heliconia plant

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Rose Myrtle by Endy

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Beautiful water droplets by Endy

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Dragonfly by David Wong

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Moss on tree bark

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Treehugger (female) by Cathy

The trip ended in the late morning as it started to rain. A few participants left us a little earlier to have breakfast with their loved ones.  If you have missed our outing, do remember to join us next time.

Participants: Catherine, David Wong, KT Sia, Dion, Henry Tan, Latish, Kyaw Htay, Wong Heng Meng, Allan Lee, Anthony Quek, Endy and Sharon S. Lim (trip leader).

 

04/2017 – Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, 15 Apr 2017 (T_198)

Some participants were late, we waited for a while and moved on.

On the way, there was a big patch of fungus under a tree! So many of them!

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Fungus under a tree by Timothy Tan

Allan found something interesting.

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Hopper on fungus by Allan Lee

Among the brown fungus there were other little white fungus, too.

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Little White fungus by Endy

Close up by Allan shows an intriguing pattern!

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Fungi Pattern by Allan Lee

Then, we proceeded to the new site.

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Slug by Endy

Many species of slugs were busy doing their business. And there were also other creatures :

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Gilled mushroom by David Wong

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Nymph of planthopper by Henry Tan

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A Tiny Moth by David Wong

Many frogs were around a ponding water:

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Frog (top view) by Endy

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Frog (side view) by David Wong

Spiders were seen too:

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A Spider by Allan Lee

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Jumping Spider by David Wong

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Green eyed Spider by David Wong

On the way out, some beautiful fungus beetle and a beautiful cup fungus were spotted:

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Fungus Beetle by David Wong

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Cup Fungus (top view) by Timothy Tan

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Cup Fungus (side view) by Allan Lee

We completed the route by 11am and had a nice lunch together : )

See you in the next trip!

Participants (14): Sia KT, CP Syn, Timothy Tan, Foong Kham Tho, Phang Wai Keong, Henry Tan, Dion Wong, Linda Phua, Flor M Juera, Said Sulaiman, Samuel Dai, David Wong, Anthony Quek, Allan Lee, Endy (Trip leader)

 
 

03/2017 – Toh Tuck Woods, 04 Mar 2017 (T197)

Some photos taken during outing :

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Bird Dropping Spider by Endy

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Snail on Fungus by Kyaw Htay

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Malayan Lascar by Endy

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Jumping Spider by Htike Htike Win

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Resting Plain Tiger by Endy

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Tiny Butterfly by Anthony Quek

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Caterpillars of Malayan Eggfly by Endy

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Mating Moth by Ryan Tan

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Ginger Flower by Endy

Blogging in progress . . .

Participants (10) : Linda Phua, Htike Htike Win, Tan Swee Yuan, David Wong, Kyaw Htay, Sia KT, Allan Lee, Anthony Quek, Endy, Cai Yixiong (trip leader)

 
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02/2017 – Holland Woods, 18 Feb 2017 (T196)

Holland Woods is a forested area located opposite Ngee Ann Polytechnic.  Running through the forest, is a canal that leads to Sungei Ulu Panda. On both sides of the canal are lined with tall grasses, making it a good site for macro photography.

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This place used to be frequently visited by members of NPSS & iMOG in the years 2008 to 2010 because there were lots of subjects especially dragonflies and damselflies. Unfortunately, from 2011 – 2013, it became less popular probably due to the overly-managed on the vegetation by PUB contractors as well as large number of visitors and cyclists going through it to the KTM line.  Our last iMOG outing here was 14 Sep 2013.  From 2014, this site was not accessible to the public due to the widening of road around this stretch of area until this year.

We were glad to find that Holland Woods looked as wild as before with plenty of wild flowers greeting us at the entrance.

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(Wild flowers by Endy)

The shooting site were surrounded with tall grasses where most of us got our pants wet bashing through.

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I was hopping to shooting insects with dew but it was not a good day to do so.  Nevertheless, Henry still managed to photograph a tiny hopper with interesting water droplets.

Surprisingly, not many damselflies were spotted.  We found only a handful of Common Bluetail and Variable Wisp.

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There were quite a number of butterflies but not easy to capture them into pixels.

Other subjects found include spiders, various hoppers, Ladybird, hover flies, etc.

It was nice to see many beautiful flowers of different colours growing healthy along the canal.

Can you spot an insect on the flowers below?

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We ended the outing at 10.30 am and headed to Bukit Timah Food Centre for our early lunch.

Participants: Kelvin Dao, Linda Phua, Kyaw  Htay, Latish, Samuel Dai, Victor Ong, Lim Ser Yong, Henry Tan, Dion, Endy, Anthony Quek (Trip Leader)

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

01/2017 – Jalan Sam Kong Si, 21 Jan 2017 (T195)

What a good turn out! We were surprised that many friends, including those who only appear once in a very long time, joined this outing.

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The new site was very green and beautiful.

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We had to enter the site through an opening in a thick foliage.

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Flatid Planthopper by Nicky Bay

As we entered, we were greeted by a beautiful planthopper.

Then, we saw many more species. Below are the best from our photographers:

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Red bracket fungi by Endy

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A little beetle by Nicky Bay

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Weaver ant & planthopper by Kelvin Dao

 

Spiders were aplenty there, here are some of them :

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Ant mimicking jumping spider by Nicky Bay

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A jumping spider by Kyaw Htay

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A closer look at the jumping spider by Nicky Bay

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Spittting spider by Nicky Bay

 

Many dragonflies were flying around:

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Dragonfly in flight by Ben Ee

It was not easy to get close to certain species.

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A resting dragonfly by Ben Ee

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Close up of a Red dragonfly by Kelvin Dao

But still, there were some that allowed us to slowly approach.

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Dragonfly up close by Catherine E

 

Butterflies were also everywhere :

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A few butterflies by Ben Ee

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Blue Glassy Tiger by Catherine E

They were flying most of the time and stop for a while. Some species just wouldn’t let us get near them.

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Peacock Pansy by Endy

 

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Photographers among the bushes

 

In the green bushes, we also found:

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Yellow ladybird beetle by Catherine E

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Katydid nymph by Nicky Bay

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Moulting Katydid by Nicky Bay

 

Later that day, Nicky found a Golden Orb weaver spider with prey and showed it to us.

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Catch of the day by Goh Teck Leong

Nicky used his latest experimental camera setup to do wide angled Macro and the results are quite interesting:

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Golden Orb weaver spider with prey by Nicky Bay

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Golden Orb weaver spider by Nicky Bay

 

When were about to leave the site, suddenly, we saw a tree frog :

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Four lined tree frog by Goh Teck Leong

It is a nocturnal animal, so it looked hanging there sleepily.

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Another view of the frog by Hwang Nian Huei

 

Coming out of the site we saw a group of Grass Yellow butterflies drinking on the ground:

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Grass yellow butterflies by Catheriine E

 

After photographing the butterflies we went for a lunch together at a nearby Coffeeshop.

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Lunch!

The food were good! The photos are not bad eh? Next time do join us in outing again ; )

What a successful outing! See you again soon!

Participants: Syn Chue Pui, Kyaw Htay, Tiang Hwee Ee (Ben Ee), Kelvin Dao, Linda Phua Mee Kan, Samuel Dai, Nicky Bay, Ko Aung, Goh Teck Leong, Dion Wong, Henry Tan, Huang Nian Huei, Catherine, Endy (Trip leader).

 

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Uncategorized