December! I started volunteering at Ground-Up Initiative regularly for around 9 months now. I got to say, despite the long commute to get to the space, I keep finding myself going back.
The full-timers and regular volunteers named the space Kampung Kampus. For our international friends, kampung means village in Malay.
Whenever I visit the space, I make it a point to not bring my camera despite it being what people may call it an "Instagramable Place" in Singapore. Each visit for me is dear to my heart, a chance to breakaway from the "outside world" and to soil my hands under the sun along the ever joyous and happy-loving group of people who passes through.
This is only the second time in all my visits that I brought along my camera. I had agreed to help the team to document the process of planting a new batch of rice. It takes around 120 days for them to be harvest-ready. A lot depends on the unpredictable weather.
The current lease will see GUI until 2020. That means the future is uncertain beyond that. I honestly cannot imagine this space not existing. It already feels like a small part of my life. I hope my subsequent humble documentation of life at GUI will help contribute and sway the government's decision and extend the lease past 2020.