Ang pows for the ecology class

I suppose this IS a celebration of sorts. These are packets of $60 which pays the boat fare for 11 students and a TA. I’ll be handing this out on Saturday.

We take some 300+ students to Pulau Ubin each year, as part of LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment and introduce to some battered habitats there, which are still host to a surprising diversity of birds.

We are naturally mindful of the impact by our mere presence, so a maximum of 100 students head across at a time, in groups of 8-12 students.

And students board bumboats by 7.30am, after we bus them in from around the island!

This Saturday is the second lot from the current class. I’m hoping for good weather while preparing the ang pows!

NUS LT27 foyer floods at midday today

I was at University Hall from 8.00am in a few deep discussions and barely noticed the darkening of the sky. Blurry-eyed Lim Cheng Puay, Adrian Loo, Jocelyne Sze and I were and awaiting Youth For Ecology reps.

So much was happening, it seems! Turning to twitter, there were all these photos, no wonder our friends turned up drenched!

Now to check weather reports and decide if our mangrove field trip is still on tomorrow morning. Or if we can simply watch the floods right here in NUS.

Photo by friend of a friend of Chia Su Yi, i.e. Source Unknown!

Update: more from Source Unknown
(likely NUS undergrads, thanks people!

Flood at Science 05 Sep 2013 source unknown

Flood at Science 05 Sep 2013 source unknown

“Flash floods hit several areas in western Singapore,” by David Ngiau. Today, 05 Sep 2013. Heavy downpour in the morning causes floods, closing a section of the Ayer Rajah Expressway; Kent Ridge near NUS received heaviest rainfall

SINGAPORE — Heavy rain triggered flash floods in many areas in the west this morning (Sept 4), closing a section of the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). The floods had subsided by 9.48am, according to the PUB.

Motorists travelling towards town on the AYE encountered massive congestion before Clementi, with electronic road signs announcing that the three-lane expressway was closed after the Clementi exit. The PUB said that drains overflowed at the AYE due to the intense rainfall and rising tide, with flood waters reaching a depth of half a metre, and subsided within 40 minutes.

All four lanes of AYE towards ECP were closed to traffic during the flood.

The PUB said in a statement issued in the afternoon that the downpour over the central and western parts of Singapore began at 8.15am and ended around 9.30am.

The heaviest rainfall was recorded at Kent Ridge with a rainfall of 102.8mm from 8.10am to 9.40am. It peaked between 8.15am to 8.50am, with a rainfall of 82.2mm.

TODAY readers send in pictures of a flooded Kent Ridge MRT station and reported waters at the National University of Singapore campus reaching knee-deep levels at the science faculty blocks on Lower Kent Ridge Road, near the National University Hospital (NUH). Other reports said that waters were only ankle deep at the engineering faculty near Clementi Road, on slighly higher ground.

On Dunearn Road, a tree fell on two cars, blocking traffic to all vehicles except for motorcycles.

Some of the worst floods were reported in the Commonwealth area, with reader Mohamad Hadir sending us a photograph of the interior of a car flooded up to near the steering wheel.

In its statement, the PUB said that flash floods were reported on the AYE at the 9.6km mark, towards the East Coast Parkway (ECP); on Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Lane and Commonwealth Drive; the junction of South Bridge Road and Maxwell Road in Chinatown; the junction of Cuscaden Road and Tomlinson Road near Tanglin Mall; on Alexandra Road towards Lower Delta Road (near Ganges Avenue); and Lorong Kismis near Jalan Jurong Kechil.

The PUB said it has plans to upgrade Sungei Pandan Kechil, which serves this section of the AYE near the NUS High School. Sungei Pandan Kechil connects to Pandan Reservoir.

For Commonwealth Avenue, the PUB has scheduled drainage improvement works, which will commence in the fourth quarter of this year and are expected to completed by first half of 2015.

The PUB added that it advises the public to exercise caution as flash floods may occur in the event of heavy storms.