Translated means Fish Eye Bay. Teluk is Bay, Mata is Eye and Ikan is fish.
This local fishing village is not far from Nongsa Village and can be reached via the road or along the beach at low tide by foot. We walked to Mata Ikan early one morning last weekend ..... it is a rare sight to see westerners walking in this area and so we were a source of entertainment to the fishermen and their families as we wandered along the waters edge at low tide!
Teluk Mata Ikan is not a modern village with all the 'mod cons' that most of us take for granted, so do not expect to see any thing that would be acceptable in Singapore or any major city in the world. These people live to a different standard to what we are accustomed to in the western world.
These dwellings are their homes .... and the homes we have been inside are kept spotlessly clean and tidy. Regardless of how little they may have materialistically.
The students participating in the project was a multidisciplinary team, coming from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, the School of Business and the School of Chemical and Life Sciences. Also lending a hand were SP staff from the Department of Industry Services.
The project challenged students to figure out how to accomplish various tasks. Starting from scratch, they had to brainstorm and apply their knowledge to build fish cages and a floating pontoon.
The students endured sleepless nights sewing nets, and tiring days sawing and joining the pipes and wood. Not only that, they had to use testing kits to ensure that the pond water quality (on which the survival of fishes was dependent) was kept in check and devise portable water filters that fit behind the village houses, to filter the dirty domestic water that flowed into the pond.