I went back to Keat Hwa yesterday.
The path from the trunk road to the classrooms is now fully sheltered.
Right next to the path is a housing area under construction. What an eyesore.
The congestion that used to plague the school is now alleviated by improving the traffic flow. Cars are not allowed in the school compound now, instead, they have to drop off and pick up outside the main gate. On the left of this pic is that same path in the first picture, at the far end is the famous arch of Keat Hwa. By the way when I took this pic a guard came to me asking me whether I am a photographer from newspaper. Hah, my school, forever afraid of negative publicity.
There is now a roundabout. To make room for the roads, St. John garden had to be demolished.
To curb the flood problem that has deteriorated over the years (no thanks to the new housing area abutting on the school), what used to be the Interact garden is now excavated and turned into a giant pond to serve as the "SMART Tunnel" of Keat Hwa. The rain water is supposed to accumulate in the pond and the water is then pumped out.
Jasmine: The pond is named 大禹塘 （Da Yu Pond), after 大禹 who were famous for solving the flooding problem in the ancient Chinese history.
Another new (?) feature is the "reinforced" parking lot for the VIP of the school. :D
Among the people I met was Jasmine who was working on her last day as a temporary teacher. I also met many beloved teachers, and had some interesting small chats with them. When I asked them "How are you?", the most common response I got was, "十年如一日" (Things are the same year after year) Indeed. The same thing applies to their replies too. :D
The battery ran out just when I was about to take more pictures. But I felt contented with my little visit, and I will certainly go back again when there's a chance.
By the way you can read more about Keat Hwa's recent drastic change in one of Tian Poh's blog posts.