Leaving Paradise

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Jennifer and I in Holland Village

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.

Me, Carlanna, Jeff, Patrick, Matt and Bart at the Tiger Brewery
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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.

Tiger Brewery again!
..it was nice to not think about school for once.  Holland Village was neat as well...a bunch of bars and restaurants all in a little street where no cars could go.  We should have gone more often, too bad we found it just as we are leaving.

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.

View from the Revolving Restaurant
).  Directly following the brewery tour, we drove across town to the port where we had our farewell lunch in the revolving restaurant.  The food was Chinese dim sum and a little hard to handle, especially after the beer tasting.  It was all pre-ordered and the professor had gotten some crazy stuff...shrimp made a million different ways, chicken feet (?!?), dumplings, some kind of rice and sketchy chicken wrapped in seaweed.  None of it really went over too well, esp. since everytime I looked out the window I was looking at something else.  This was a really nice Chinese restaurant, too, so I am hoping that the food will be a little different in China.

Wednesday night was our last night to go out in Singapore as our flight is Friday at 9:30 a.

Jewell eating Chicken Feet. I am not that daring.
m (i.e. we have to leave the dorm extremely early).  All of us went out to Zouk (one of the largest nightclubs in Asia) for ladies night (no cover for girls).  It was really crowded and really fun.  They played a lot of American music.  What a great way to spend the last night here!

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.

Bart, Carlanna and I at Zouk!
  I got some great jewelry and a bag as well as a cute shirt pretty cheaply.  I mean, how often are you in Singapore?

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!

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Jennifer and I in Holland Village
Jennifer and I in Holland Village
Me, Carlanna, Jeff, Patrick, Matt …
Me, Carlanna, Jeff, Patrick, Matt…
Tiger Brewery again!
Tiger Brewery again!
View from the Revolving Restaurant
View from the Revolving Restaurant
Jewell eating Chicken Feet.  I am …
Jewell eating Chicken Feet. I am…
Bart, Carlanna and I at Zouk!
Bart, Carlanna and I at Zouk!
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