January 14, 2017
Any mention of the West can conjure up images of sparse landscapes, heroic cowboys, dastardly villains, svelte beauties, and the legendary battles between good and evil. When it comes to Singapore, the image of the west is, if we could say it, a tad different. The landscape offers a more tranquil and a more sedate appeal compared to the rest of the metropolis.
Choa Chu Kang has an alliterative ring to it, but the neighbourhood also carries the stamp of history. The title is derived from the name of clans, Kangchu, with the surname of the head of the clan, Choa. Other examples of a similar nod to the past include the neighbourhoods of Yio Chu Kang and Lim Chu Kang.
Jurong presents one of the most diverse neighborhoods of the region with its exotic variety of a bird park, an industrial estate that rose from the reclaimed land, and a leafy enclave for residents.
At the extreme western end lies the 2nd linkway to Malaysia — Tuas Checkpoint.
The Birthplace Of Singapore Academia
Throw a casual glance at the landscape and you will see it dotted with schools, universities, and tertiary institutions. There is a wealth of choices for residents of the region to choose from preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools that line major suburbs and neighbourhoods. Then you have the stellar stars of Singapore education: institutions that draw students from the world over because of the academic excellence on offer. These academic rock stars include the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic to name a few.
What is heartening to note is that the academic landscape is not inclusive. Nestled amongst the big universities, you will find an international school for the expats as well as a special needs school, the Grace Orchard School.