Mr Ronnie Lai Zhen Foong

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Ronnie is a third year undergraduate in FASS, with a major in Geography and a minor in Urban Studies. An avid lover of nature, Ronnie has always been interested in the studies of rivers and rocks but it is only in University that he realised he can also have an appreciation for urban geography and migration studies.

Beyond the academics, Ronnie enjoys growing organic vegetables at home, so do hit him up any time for a good vegetable “shabu-shabu” buffet. In his free time, he enjoys taking long walks in Singapore’s parks, or exploring new neighbourhoods through what he terms as “urban hikes,” other times you may see him on his rollerblades as a de-stressing activity.

While in Tembusu in his first two years, Ronnie was in the Ora House Committee in his first year and the Vice-President of the 11th CSC in his second. His green fingers were trained further as the President for Tembusu’s Urban Farmers, taking care of the Misty Garden at Level 3. As a theatre kid (for most of his life, at least), Ronnie was also one of the IG head for Slate. He believes that his involvement in various student bodies and interest groups in Tembusu College has taught him a lot and is excited to give back and continue learning from the community.

Now, his third year in Tembusu College, Ronnie hopes to continue to involve himself in various activities and make friends with people around him. A self-proclaimed extroverted-introvert, Ronnie feels he can connect well with people, so please feel free to hit him up whenever you need a little chat or a cutting of his plants.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.