The Farm Warriors
The Heart Warrior
The Little Scorpion
Our Warrior Angels
The Young Pathfinders
Our Warrior Fairies
The oldest subject of the Warrior’s kingdom who has just risen again after a heart attack, Uncle Mohammad has driven the royal chariot for 30 years. He is trained in all forms of chariot-riding, be it the Warrior’s Pajero, her muse’s Jaguar or delivery lorry. When our country goes under water, he will also captain the arc that will sail all to safety.
Our Heart Warrior Xin oversees finance, administration and human resources. An accountant by training with diverse experience in finance, engineering and information technologies. Xin ensures our kingdom’s coffers are kept “balanced”.
Bollywood’s very own Little Scorpion and Cordon Bleu hawker, Lynn Ee, spreads the message about sustainable food and gets ordinary people empowered to take action in the kitchen. With her mastery of cooking fundamentals, Lynn is the sorceress in the Bollywood Bhanchha and teaches groups how to raise, source, buy, select, prepare, and indulge in the finest of local cuisine native to the Southeast Asian region. Under her guidance in a variety of cooking activities the Bhanchha provides, even the most jaded city dweller will feel ready to reclaim their food and a healthy lifestyle.
No subjects in the Gentle Warrior’s kingdom touches one’s heart like the angels - May and Yong Kang - do. They are a diligent, thoughtful and caring pair of Singaporeans who despite their physical disabilities, have never given up living an independent and fulfilling life. Siew May is the author of Scaling Walls, a truly inspiring autobiography that embodies a fierce spirit for bettering our planet, shared with the Gentle Warrior herself. Her angels show that the Kranji countryside is a place with a soul where challenged Singaporeans may find a sustainable livelihood.
The Gentle Warrior's Kingdom
Also known as the slave-driver, the kingdom’s Governess Jane Choi calls the shots and deploys the kingdom’s warriors, angels and fairies. Demure but deadly efficient, she greets visiting troops at our gate, then sends them forth on their adventure in the farm. If you have a group to educate about healthy food, she’ll summon The Little Scorpion; if you have a group to entertain, she’ll call out the young jester and pathfinders; if you have a group to enlighten, the Gentle Warrior stands at her side. Jumping off the corporate ladder and into the rustic countryside, she thought she would be slowing down. Turns out, she now governs an untamed flock out in the Wild Wild West.
As long as the Warrior Fairies are in the bistro and kitchen, Poison Ivy is ready to rock and roll. Irene, the dedicated supervisor and grain keeper, opens and shuts the farm every Wednesday to Sunday. Meng, Chu and Chun keep the kitchen stocked and clean so that visiting troops are always well-fed and taken care of.
Susan, Josephine and Sally bear the important responsibilities of caring for the Gentle Warrior, the Chairman, the Dragon, and the canine Singapore specials that live beyond the pond at the end of the lane.
While scores of young folk are dumming down their souls and good conscience, being glued to brainwashing urban technologies, Bollywood Veggies’ young pathfinders prefer a more varied and adventurous life out in the Kranji Countryside. Arvind and Abilesh work in the kingdom while completing their studies, and Bollywood Veggies helps to fund part of their education. They are responsible, hardworking and resilient young Singaporeans.
The Gentle Warrior
Her Hound: Black Beauty
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and Her Muse
The Warrior's Scribe
Every great warrior has a scribe, and Manda Foo is the Gentle Warrior’s. Disguised as a loafer but armed with a degree in Journalism from Boston University, Manda attends to all of the Gentle Warrior’s correspondence and hunting needs. A keen interest in food security, agriculture and environmental sustainability motivates her to work out in the Kranji countryside, and she hopes that Singapore will someday realize that it can’t eat, nor gain enlightenment from, its budget surplus. While out in the world on her horse, Manda will be travelling to far-flung places visiting social projects, climbing mountains and practising yoga.
The Scholar Farmer
Jay, the kingdom’s Scholar Farmer, hails from the lush province of Isabela in the Philippines and has joined the kingdom to apply his knowledge on Agricultural Engineering. After serving as a researcher in the Filipino Department of Agriculture, this promising scholar opted to venture overseas for his professional and personal development. Jay’s love for learning makes him a real trooper in the kingdom, making him the go-to man for operational support.
The kingdom’s people pleaser Kai has a great sense of humour and outgoing personality. A graduate from Republic Polytechnic and a self-confessed observer of life’s syndromes and mysteries, Kai revels in Bollywood’s own diverse dramas. A former netballer and salesgirl, Kai now handles all trades at the farm, be it administration, educational programmes or F&B. She is now pursuing a certificate in book-keeping and accounts, which will further equip her to run tis fiefdom out at the countryside.
The Dream Gardener
Hedrick is the tender caregiver to the kingdom’s life source - its earth and its plants. A tradesman at heart, he loves to work with his hands to nurture the delicate beauty of flowers and plants. Hedrick’s time in Australia taught him efficiency and labour-saving process in farms and gardens, and he hopes to contribute positively to the horticulture industry in Singapore through education and advocacy. He has a range of other interests, including silk scarves, punk music, fashion and goth.
Bollywood Veggies will come to a standstill, or disappear in the great flood, without the hard work of all the good men on the ground, the Farm Warriors Ratan, Poran, Rippon, Ajay and Joy. They not only work tirelessly - digging earth, carrying tables, planting food and occasionally tending to children - maintaining paradise in the countryside, they are also sure to outdance you at the annual New Year dance party.
An unregenerate Welshman of a certain age, Doctor Tony Hopkin has lived in Singapore for nearly five years. Born and raised in South Wales, he is the product of a Welsh grammar school, a working class family, a Chapel, and the London School of Economics. An International history degree led to his lifetime of travel and tales, including a headship of a Kenyan secondary school, lecturing for six years at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, 15 years involved in higher degree teaching in the University of Wales, Cardiff, an enjoyable decade at the University of Botswana and three years at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. Tony and his wife Margaret currently live happily with their son and Singaporean daughter-in-law, trying to cope with the demands of two lively grandsons. Bollywood Veggies has provided opportunities to develop learning experiences for all ages in rural Kranji. He believes that the Farm offers huge benefits to his grandsons and all learners, young and old, in Singapore.
The eldest of three children to food stall owners, Nadia the Fixer spent most of her professional life in a production lab testing and controlling the quality of different products. She's traded her lab coat for a breath of fresh air, and her attention to detail makes her a useful sidekick to the Gentlewarrior and her scribe. She likes to read detective books and cuts a cool figure riding into the kingdom on her motorcycle.
The Real Food Chef
Our Real Food Chef, Alan, whips up local and fusion fare with a consideration for health and quality. He's picky in a good way, and he'll make sure our visiting troops are fed well. Outside the kitchen, he's active. He played basketball for our country and coached netball and can be found deep sea fishing sometimes. At the end of the evening, he loves a cold beer.