For most of the Year 5s, 3rd October 2019 only marked the end of their Promotional examinations, when all could finally run free with their friends to the nearest KTV or shopping mall to relax. For Raffles Press, however, this day had another cause for celebration: barely half an hour after the end of the Math paper, we piled into a bus, armed with mosquito repellent and sunblock, and set off for the Kranji countryside, ready for an afternoon at one with nature. We bring you through three of the farms we explored—quiet charm tucked away from the usual hustle and bustle of Singapore’s urban landscape.
Bollywood Veggies Organic Farm
Stepping into Bollywood Veggies was like stepping into a whole different world. The farm’s boisterous energy and playful personality—seeing that it was named Bollywood Veggies—is reflected in its rustic, colourful decor that doesn’t stop at the bright flags and painted signs at the entrance but exists in every inch of its 10 acres.
Poison Ivy, the quirky bistro in Bollywood Veggies, had a homely feel to it; framed posters and catchy slogans lined the walls, and the pandan leaves used for decoration gave the place a tropical, summery vibe.
There, we had a delightful lunch (with ingredients organically sourced from their very own farm!) that fuelled us with energy for the rest of the day—a little pick-me-up after the brutality of the promotional exams.
And then, it was time to get lost in paradise.
Kin Yan Agrotech Farm
Qian Hu Fish Farm
The final stop on our excursion was none other than the Qian Hu Fish Farm, the largest ornamental fish importer and exporter in Singapore.
In addition to simply exploring the scores of fish for sale in the heart of the farm, we could also choose to either enjoy a fish spa ($10 for 30 minutes) or try out longkang fishing ($6 for 30 minutes).
By the time it was over, most of us had gotten a sizeable number of fish. With the long bus journey ahead, many chose to ‘catch-and-release’ instead, while two decided to bring their new fishes home. Wrapped safely in an inflated plastic bag, the fishes were put in tanks and came with us aboard the bus.
The bus ride home was subdued, the excitement of the day (as well as the Math paper before) having well and truly tired us out. A sleepy silence settled within the bus as Kranji receded further and further from view behind us, and the sweet memories of an afternoon well-spent filled our dreams.