Seems like this year started off brrr-ingly cold. Last year’s weather was kind of weird. Usually it would start to rain like nobody’s business (though meteorologists would call it the monsoon season) all day and night in December. I recall every year when the crazily strong and persistent wind would rattle my windows and make scary howling sounds as the wind forced itself through the shut window panes. 

And if you remember 2006, the rainfall measured over a 24-hour period was the third highest recorded in 75 years at 366mm. Floods hit various locations in the northern and central parts of the island after continuous downpours. There were at least three landslides in Singapore and how can you forget how the nurseries along Thomson Road were flooded, causing great loss especially at a festive time when sales were supposed to be good and there were many orders.

He seems to be having a good time though…

But last December (strange to be calling that since it was just last month) was extraordinarily normal, like any other month. Sure, there has been more rain than, say, November, but it was nothing close to cats and dogs, neither did the rain stretch over days, and it wasn’t freezing cold (at least, according to the Singaporean standard). Just as I thought there’s no hope for cold days (esp seeing how Christmas had already come and gone), the temperature seems to start dropping from 1st Jan 2008 onwards. Even though there’s still not much rain (hallelujah), the cold weather does make it feel like pseudo winter (without snow -.-).

Or maybe it’s just because I’m in office all day and the air-con seems to be free. Maybe when I go out for lunch later, the sun will be blazing hot and the air hot and sticky. Yucks.

Talking about floods, I recall the good old days back in NJC. Darn, am I reminiscencing again?! But wait, this is relevant. I swear.

our beeeaaautiful school campus

Anyway as you would know or don’t know, the Bukit Timah area used to be one of the areas in Singapore most prone to floods. And by that, I mean the old old days (no, not 2000 when I first entered NJC. that wasn’t that long ago. oh shut up, u whatever generation kiddo. i’m not that old.) in the 1980s. I think come 1990s our ever efficient gahmen (ENV) put forward plans to alleviate the flooding situation in Singapore. If you look at today (no, not the newspapers) and our parents’ time, shouldn’t you be impressed. Yes, occasionally we still flood but the extent is much less severe, and infrequent. Erm, our neighbour can jolly well take a leaf out of our book.  

So when we were in NJC, whenever it rained heavily, our sheltered walkway that led to the busstop outside would always still be flooded at certain areas. There was absolutely no way to jump over or skip the huge puddle of water and we wore track shoes. Did I say that the walkway is quite narrow too? Let’s just say that it was hard to be dry when it rained at NJC. Especially because the overhead bridge wasn’t sheltered at our time. It’s covered now, those lucky Chinese High boys, NY Girls and NJCians.

It would also flood at ridiculous places in the school. I once saw water gushing out of a covered hole at the linkway (which is a broad sheltered walkway linking the school main building to the canteen). There was so much water that it forced the metal cover open, and water was gushing out and flowing down the stairs like a rapid. Everyone just stood there and stared. Totally 傻眼 haha.

And then there’s this huge canal outside the school, which will fill up during heavy rains. We always joked about how the canoeists were the safest group in the school because when it flooded, they could just put out their canoe/dragonboat/raft/whatever and just paddle away to safety! And how we should canoe from school to our homes via the canal because there wouldn’t be traffic jams and traffic lights haha.

 part of the Bukit Timah Flood Alleviation Scheme

When I was a kid (not very long ago as well), the area around my block used to flood because it’s low-lying. I remember one Chinese New Year when the water raised to my knee level! Ok, I was still in primary school then, which means that I was shorter, but that water level was still considered high, ok?! We were all decked in pretty new clothes haha and had to take off our shoes, hold our dresses up (yes I used to wear dresses) so that we wouldn’t get them wet!

Luckily we were actually on our way home so it didn’t matter if we got wet. It was a pretty unforgettable experience and the worst flodding that I’ve ever seen so far. I think kids get excited seeing floods because it’s just like a big big swimming pool haha! Except that the water is very muddy and Mummy would spank if you were to jump into it. My mum’s quite cool though. She had let us fold paper boats, put them on the water and see them float away. Hmm, except it’s kinda like littering haha! Bad mummy! 😉  

Even now when I see roads flooded, I marvel at the sight haha. It’s probably because our land rarely floods and when they did like the Thomson flooding, I never got to see the 奇景 in person. 😦 But choy choy choy, touch wood touch wood touch wood, of course I would never want to see our country submerged in water. If we want to be reminded how horrendous floods can be, we need not look far. It will suffice to simply look across the Straits of Malacca. And how dare they said last time that it was our fault! Everything also our fault. Siao.  

 

But the people are innocent…poor things..
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