Monday, January 01, 1990

About Me

A Presbytis lopsitachina on any other day, photographer at times, artist in between creative spurts, computer geek on odd weeks, treehugger on weekends and analogy goddess at every off moment. Formerly a research scholar with the National University of Singapore doing a Masters in Geography specializing in environmental geography, this monkey has been known to be a freelance writer and passionate rambler for heritage, nature and all things Singapore. Currently a gainfully employed simian of our society.

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I am a member of:
NUS Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research's Toddycats
Naked Hermit Crabs
NEA Young Environmental Envoys (YEE)
Bayer Young Environmental Envoy (BYEE) Alumni
East Asian Seas Youths (EASy) Singapore Coordinator
Find out what projects I'm involved with right now.

Look Ma! I'm on the news!
4 youths win trip to Germany to learn more about the environment, by Hasnita A. Majid (Channel News Asia)
Student gets green award for bid to preserve P. Ubin, by Radha Basu (Straits Times)
From Ubin to Germany, by Eveline Gan (Today)

三爱护环境青年获选 赴菲参加环保论坛, by Joanne (Lianhe Zaobao)
S'pore's Captain Planet, by Teh Jen Lee (The New Paper)
Post-Philippines Lianhe Zaobao article by Joanne, no archive.

NUS greenies win awards… and a swim with gentle giants, by Lo Tien Yin, NUS Knowledge Enterprise, July 2006, vol 6 no 1
HSBC/NYAA Youth Environment Award, Habitatnews, 22 Apr 2006

HSBC National Youth Achievement Award (Environment) 2006, FASS News Vault, 7 Jan 2007
“天湖”可克石场 周末吸引不少游人, by 吴汉钧, 联合早报, 24 April 2007 - includes an interview with me regarding the reopening of Kekek Quarry on Pulau Ubin
垃圾不分类Fine?, by Feng Tian, My Paper, 26 Nov 2007 [pdf]
Chek Jawa guided tours no longer free, by Shobana Kesava, Straits Times, 12 Dec 07

迎接环保时代,立法解决两“袋”之争? by Soo May, My Paper, 22 Jan 2008
Earth Day Special, Eunice Olsen's Rouge, Mediacorp Channel 5, 20 April 2008
爱保护生态环境 。劳动节到仄爪哇劳动 Lianhe Zaobao, 11 May 2008
"Green urbanites in Singapore", Straits Times, 21 Jun 08 [errata]
"Nature guides may soon need to be certified", by Shobana Kesava, Straits Times, 30 Jun 08
"Interview with Ms November Tan", Geosphere 2008
"Enjoy Tech the Eco Way" Straits Times, Digital Life, 20 Aug 2008
Interview with Science Spy Magazine, 2008
随赤裸寄居蟹 探索海洋生物 (1), Omy, 17 June 2008
Residents call it 'cemetery road', The New Paper, 11 Sep 08

Kelongs vanishing fast in Singapore, Jessica Lim, Straits Times, 28 Sep 09
No whale sharks at Sentosa IR, Straits Times 16 May 09
Bike on train? No problem, The New Paper 21 Feb 09

Editor of:
Pulau Ubin Stories
The Jurong Stories
Environmental News Archive
Geographers meet Blogosphere
The Traveling Menagerie
Monkey's Masterful Modulations
Geographers and their (cyber)space

Contributor of:
Toddycats Moblog
Naked Hermit Crabs
WildSingapore News

Owner of:
Micamonkey Flickr Account
Eskie Deviantart Account
Micamonkey Twitter Account
Micamonkey Slideshare Account

Sometimes I write for:

Singapore Environment Council (SEC) Newsletter
"Going Beyond Green", Elements (2007), Issue 3, p3-5
Download: article [PDF:444KB]; issue [PDF:1.9M]

"Saving Captain Planet", Issue 3, 2006

"Project NOAH discussed at an open session at the Nature Society (Singapore)", 12 Apr 2006

National Heritage Board (NHB)
Jalan Besar Heritage Trail (2006)
Balestier Heritage Trail (2006)
Civil District Trail (2006)
Bukit Timah Heritage Trail (2007)
Editor of BeMuse Magazine, vol 1, issue 1 (2007)
Titans of our Time (2008) [Researcher]

Metroblogging Singapore
A selection of articles include:
Singaporeans - Worlds Fastest Walkers?
Bring Your Own Bag Day
Is there air pollution in Singapore?
See the full list of my articles at the Singapore Metblogs


Anonymous said...


I was working all night through in the lab, somewhat deviously, dull with fatigue and slightly delirious, when i slipped into bed and popped open my laptop. Searching for an aerodynamic bicycle, i somehow happened on your blog page, monkey..:) i must say that i feel connected with your language; simply eloquent, articulate, and captivating. The methane song in particular struck a resonance in my synapses. very cool. beautiful.

Monkey said...

wow thank you for the early morning praises. good way to start my day but I must say I am intrigued by how an aerodynamic bicycle leads to my blog... hmmm must be the post about alternative transports eh? hmm hehe not much help there im sure.

William said...


Just saw your twitter message for help on your green bloggers campaign and thought I'd get in touch.

I work for, and we are a portal for African Conservationists blogging from the field.

Among our bloggers we have Congolese Park Rangers working to protect the endangered Mountain Gorillas, as well as a Vet in Mara Conservancy, Kenya.

Get in touch if you're interested in finding out more. Email me on wdeed at wildlifedirect dot org.

All the best

William Deed

Jinglebel said...

Conservation IG,

Hi, can i have your contacting email address?

Anonymous said...

Hey I really enjoy reading your blog. I just recently started my own. I was hoping you could take a look and tell me what you think.

Conservation IG said...

Hi November,

i must say, i was impressed by the talk you gave at the TICE Eco camp on the 10th of May at SMU. I was also very inspired by how the camp was ran, and the Interest Group, knowned as Conservation IG, has a lot of involvement in recycling.

I must say, educating students, as well as the public to recycle can be hard, but if every individual tries to help, i am sure he/ she can influence his or her peers to do the same. Ever since i have joined Conservation IG, my family has started to recycle plastic bottles, cans, and tries to use Green Bags as much as possible, which i was really surprised.

God Bless,
Sabrina Choo
Secretary, Conservation IG 08/09
Republic Polytechnic

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir/Mdm,

I am a NUS undergraduate and happen to stumble on your blog while doing a research for my term paper for a module called natural heritage of singapore.

I am currently in need of a total 3 to 4 examples of endemic species that live in our primary and secondary forest. I have been searching the web but to no avail. Is it alright for you to just cite a few examples of endemic species in singapore and the forest the place that they can be found? Thank you very much.
My email address is
Best Regards,