Monday, May 13, 2013
Bedok Reservoir And the Berlin Wall
When I jumped off the bus today, I was met at the entrance of Bedok Reservoir Park by two black birds with yellow beaks and yellow feet who offered to give me a tour of this beautiful jewel, off the beaten path. They introduced themselves as Heckle and Jeckle .
They seemed to be very serious but I chalked up their ridiculous claim as their silly attempt at making fun of me. In their eyes I was just a dumb red haired foreigner (Ang-Moh in Singaporean slang). Anyway, they gave me a wonderful tour of this lovely park.
The Bedok Reservoir is surrounded by a 4.3 kilometer walking/jogging/biking trail. There are dragon boats, canoes and sailboats dotting the clean, clean waters and there is a fishing dock for fresh water anglers to try their fishing prowess. Park benches nestled among the lush trees, offer shade for the weary.
The other "must see" are the 4 sections of the Berlin Wall on loan to the park from an American industrialist Robert A. Hefner III, and his Singapore-born wife Mei Li. The 4 panels were painted by German artist, Dennis Kaun, and are titled Kings Of Freedom. They depict a bright and happy king representing West Germany and a pale, blindfolded one, signifying East Germany.
Heckle and Jeckle explained to me that the Berlin Wall was erected after the 2nd World War by East Germany to separate Democratic West Germany from Communist East Germany. It was torn down on 10 November 1989 and the two Germanys were reunited in October of 1990.
Time for me to head home...I bid farewell to my two escorts (even though I still didn't believe their names) and thanked them for the lovely tour and very informative history lesson.