Ivy and Ho Seng’s beloved friend Michael dies. The tragedy spurs the couple to stay on in Singapore to look after friends. What better place to retire but in your own country…
There’s farmland in Singapore?!? The couple tenders for 10 acres of land in Kranji with Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).
The duo successfully wins the tender, and inherits a weedy plot of swamp with a small road through it. When inquiring about the condition of the site, the civil servant replies “Too bad lor.” No matter, they press on.
Land officially becomes theirs… so now what? Get out the bulldozer.
After tidying up the site, the duo decides country living is the way to go. “The AVA thought we were crazy,” Ivy says. “But hey, who needs golfing and life in a boring house only- green acres baby!” They plan for a house, ponds for fishing and rowing, sheds, workers quarters, café… Singapore’s first ‘integrated resort’.
AVA approves their plans… finally. Building begins!
The house is finished, just in time for Ho Seng’s 58th birthday.
The couple moves in with their two dogs.
Land gets further developed with plants, ponds, infrastructure, and additional buildings. So now it’s time for a restaurant! What will the AVA say about that?
AVA says yes!
Poison Ivy Bistro opens its doors. Smell that fresh air… and yummy banana bread!
Ivy and a group of Kranji farmers give a regional development presentation to Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. He likes the ideas (a man of good taste!) and shortly thereafter, the URA guidelines are changed to include agricultural entertainment
Kranji Countryside Association (KCA) is established to represent interest of the farming community, and to work with government on planning a bright future for Singapore’s agricultural region.
Ivy steps down from being President of Netball Singapore to focus on guiding the KCA’s next steps, and making Bollywood blossom. Pass the whisky darling!
Bollywood boleh! The farm flourishes and the KCA comes into its own. With Ivy’s 60th birthday looming, she ponders what’s next. How about a museum and a cooking school? Hey, why not?
The Gentlewarrior turns 60 and celebrates in style, with the opening of the Bollywood Bhanchha and Food Museum.
The Kranji Countryside is named the best LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) region in Asia, prompting a new wave on interest in the Kranji farms and their various activities and offerings.
Bollywood Bhanchha and Food Museum flourish with the rest of the farm and sees groups from all walks of life coming to the countryside to enjoy a day out with nature. The kingdom expands and survives several floods undamaged while Orchard Road and Bukit Timah do not.
In November 2011, the Kranji Heritage Trail is launched with Bollywood Veggies as one of its landmarks.
Bollywood Veggies launches its CSR Program – Path Finder. This scheme provides Singaporean youth with financial assistance for their Polytechnic or tertiary studies, whilst introducing them to F&B operations and events management for a “hands-on”part time work experience at the farm.
Go Local, Buy Local, Eat Local! The Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is launched and Bollywood Veggies supports the Go Local Movement with its own Weekend Market from time to time!
Singapore turns 50 and KCA turns 10! There are celebrations all over the country and even the countryside is abuzz with visitors from all over the world. The Warrior continues to nurture the countryside, the soul of Singapore.
Hosting of the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in the Kranji Countryside – HRH Princess Anne visits Paradise with 300 international delegates to experience Singapore’s wild wild west!
Bollywood Veggies expands its circle of goodness. Bollywood Adventures – the education and events wing – starts up to enable a more seamless learning experience working with other farms in the Kranji countryside