Singapore Travel Blog› entry 14 of 17 › view all entries
Mmmm. I can't believe we are already going to Beijing. These last 5 weeks have flown by...
The Quality Control final was on Tuesday and I actually think it went better than I thought it would. The final was only about 2 hours and afterwards we went to tour the UPS facility. Not only was the facility extremely small, the presentation was also almost 2.5 hours in length and very hard to stay awake for. Especially immediately after staying up late for and then taking a final.
On the bright side, the bus dropped us off on Orchard Road after the tour and we had lunch at an Italian place that was decent. You don't really realize how much you miss cheese until you can have it again.
Tuesday night we had a Chinese lesson with the Professor. Learned some helpful phrases such as "I don't understand" and "How much is..." with numerous words to fill in the end. Maybe by the end of the Summer it won't be blatantly obvious that I know no Chinese.The way everyone is talking it seems like nothing is going to be in English once we get there. But, hey, I still have my "exploratory spirit" so I am sure it will be fine. Singapore is pretty much exactly like the U.S. so there hasn't really been too much adjustment here.
Tuesday night about 90% of us went to Holland Village to relax after our final and have a few drinks while watching the World Cup. A couple of the kids from UNC that are staying in the same dorm joined us and we all had a lot of fun.
Wednesday morning we met outside the dorm at 9:50 to go on the Tiger tour and then to the port. The brewery tour was a lot more interesting than the UPS tour! And I am not just saying that because the focus was beer rather than shipping! The tour guide was a lot more informed and there was generally just more interesting information. After the tour, they took us to the Tiger Tavern for a half hour of free taste testing. Even through it was only about noon, we all pulled our weight and tried some crazy beers (Tiger isn't the only beer they brew at the brewery, they also brew Guiness, Erdinger, Corona, a really strong beer called Baron's, etc.
Wednesday night was our last night to go out in Singapore as our flight is Friday at 9:30 a.
The final day today was supposed to be spent at the Botanical Garden. At least that was our (Katie, Marianna and I) intention. However, after eating some Indian food for lunch we went down to Orchard Road to drop off some Rotary thing Katie was trying to get rid of and 4 hours later we still found ourselves shopping in the malls there. We gave up our plans to see Orchids and spent about 8 hours shopping...it makes more sense to spend your Sing than to change it out at the Airport, right? The Great Singapore Sale was still going on so at least we got some good deals.
I have to be packed and outside in less than 6 hours. And I still have a bunch of laundry in. I just don't want to leave. Singapore is a great place, I love the modern feel of everything, NUS, the dorms, the people (esp. that they all speak English), the food, the shopping, the easy travel options... I would really like to come back here someday.
But for now, its off to China! More from Tsinghua!