Good Morning 'Cher

Good Morning 'Cher exhibition came to Westgate for this weekend. After having our dinner nearby, KB and I walked over to view the displays.

The first thing we did was to take a "report card" from one of the exhibition staffs. In order to get a goodie bag, we walked around the exhibits looking for the answers to the questions and fill up the crossword puzzle.

The first item that caught my attention was this tumbler and tootbrush. They bring back memories of the time when I was in primary school. After recess, my classmates and I would squat along the drain by the side of the canteen and brush our teeth.

Among the old textbook on display, I've only used a few of them. The other are newer version crafted for the generations after my school years.

As a student, we've never played such board games during lessons. Although these were introduced to us during my teacher training in NIE, I've also never used them for my lessons.

Many, many years ago, the mean age of teachers was 16 years old. Now, the youngest beginning teacher would be at least 23 years old, by the time they completed their training.

We didn't get a chance to explore the various multimedia booths because there's consistently many people using them or waiting to use them.

KB and I didn't take too long to complete the crossword puzzle. We couldn't find some of the answers in the exhibition, but we were able to make a smart guess. Then, we handed in our "report card" at a booth in exchange for this commemorative tote bag, a notebook, 2 pencils, a set of erasers and some postcards. The other postcard designs can be collected all over the exhibition.

Japanese Garden (星和园)

After Jurong Lake Park and Chinese Garden (裕华园), I continued my walk into Japanese Garden (星和园).

On the bridge linking the Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden

Very faded black-and-white map of Japanese Garden {click for larger image}

Looking north at Chinese Garden from Japanese Garden, parts of the Bonsai Garden (on the left) and the 7-Storey Pagoda (on the right) can be seen.

Guest House

Walking into Stone Lantern Valley

Rokusoan and Naresagi

A stream runs across the Stone Lantern Valley


Rest House

The back of Guest House

Looking east at the Guest House

Waterfall on the far west of Guest House

I've tried taking photos of the squirrels in Jurong Lake Park and Chinese Garden, but they moved away too fast. These squirrels were gathered at the Main Entrance (where the carpark is located), because the security lady there had a box of peanuts, grapes and longan to feed them.

Chinese Garden (裕华园)

After visiting the Jurong Lake Park in the morning, I headed back home for a lunch break. Then, I continued my exploration in Chinese Garden (裕华园).

West Entrance to Chinese Garden (from Jurong Lake Park)

In the past, when I was still a child, this was a popular place during the mid-autumn festival. I vaguely remember that my family came here to admire the colourful lighted lanterns at night many years ago. It was a beautiful place (although it was very crowded too).

Map of Chinese Garden {click for larger image}

White Rainbow Bridge (白虹桥)

It's hard to tell from the picture that these structures along the bridge railings have dragons craved on them.

Entrance to Garden Courtyard

Koi pond in Garden Courtyard

Corridor with wall openings of different shapes in Garden Courtyard

Outside the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

In front of the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

Chinese words at the corner of Dragon & Phoenix Court

Stone table and tree stump stools

Side-view of White Rainbow Bridge

Can only see one of the Twin Pagodas (春秋阁) from this angle.

阁云披 和 楼月延

Chinese lion door knocker

View of White Rainbow Bridge from the pagoda

View of the residential estates along Boon Lay Way from the pagoda

Stairs in the pagoda

Views of the pagodas from each other's upper floor

Twin Pagodas (春秋阁)


Tea House Pavilion (茶座) is under renovation and 7-Storey Pagoda (入云塔) in the background.

Stone Boat (石舫)

Confucius Statue (孔子像)

Plants in old plastic bottles

Herbs & Spices Garden

Recycling old children's bicycles

Bonsai Garden under renovation

Cross the water on this stone path to get to the 7-Storey Pagoda

7-Storey Pagoda (入云塔)

The underside of the pagoda stairs

Looking down at the 180 steps of stairs from the top floor.

Looking west at Chinese Garden from the top floor {click for larger image}

Entrance to Garden of Abundance (丰园)

Statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals (十二生肖) placed all over the garden.

Stone benches with Chinese zodiac animals on the sides

View of Bonsai Garden from Garden of Abundance

Stone Sundial

生肖桥 和 石榴桥

Bridge of Romance

Chinese-style pavilions

Bridge leading to Japanese Garden (星和园)