March 28, 2011

I can’t believe that recess week has come and gone, and with it so has my family.  Not only that, but another week after that has flown by.

Coincidently, Nanyang Technological University’s recess week coincided with my brother’s spring break.  So to do something out of the norm this year, we decided a family trip in Singapore was in order.

Though I believe they had lots of fun, I think they may have gotten more than they bargained for.  As I was leaving to meet them at the Changi Airport on Friday the 11th, I decided to have one last look at my email just to make sure there were not last minute flight delays.  To say the least, there most certainly were.

My parents had a connecting flight in Japan, which was hit by one of the largest earthquakes to hit the region in years at most a few hours before they were to land in Tokyo.  Luckily everything was alright and they were able to get redirected to Singapore through Hong Kong, but only after having to spend a few nights in Nagoya, which is the airport south of Tokyo.

I can now officially say I have seen nearly every part of Singapore.  We started out each day with the goal of seeing as much as we could, and I can say certainly accomplished that (well, my feet said we did anyway).

We started out in Little India, went to the Botanic Gardens, ate at Hawker stands, trekked through a part of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, wandered around the Zoo, got lost in gigantic malls, marveled at the size and successfulness of the clothing stores on Orchard Road, sat jaw dropped as the Singapore Flyer brought us to high enough heights to see the entire Merlion Park and business center and on out into the bay, and took in historic Singapore as we biked around Pulau Ubin, an island that has retained the look and feel of a non-urban life in Southeast Asia.

They adjusted to the time change well; we all came in and passed out every night.  I thought the botanic gardens was a particularly interesting part of the week, as was the zoo.  In both, I got to see animals and plants that were very different.

The botanic gardens in Singapore is well known for its variety of Orchids, but oddly enough it also had an entire cooled greenhouse dedicated to recreating the feel of the upper layer in a South American rain forest.

While it was neat having a whole week off to see Singapore, it was great being able to do it with my family.  Having been away from everyone I know has been different, and seeing some familiar faces was a welcome change.

They had to fly back home through Japan, but have made it safely.  I’ll miss ‘em, but I’ll be seeing them soon enough.  It’s hard to believe that I only have eight weeks left before getting home.  It’s already half way over.

Here are some of the pictures taken throughout the week.

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