First in Singapore

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, May 18, 2007

I made it to Singapore. The taxi driver from the airport was....lets just say, special. Usually I am worried for my life when driving around taxies, in many of our third world countries they tend to speed, not follow signs or even try to rip you off, not exactly the case in Singapore. This taxi driver drove so, so, so slow....and he also took up two lanes while driving, talk about being safe, my sister drives faster than this guy. But instead of asking him to go faster (so I could get to my dorm and sleep) a mid-night epiphany stopped me. I said to my self "J, don't you think he would go faster if he actually felt comfortable doing so?" Ok, it might have not been the greatest conclusion, but with 26 hours of flying on my back and no to much patience, it was quite an epiphany.
The next morning I woke up very early, a jog was the outcome of my highly energetic morning state. Man do you sweat here! Seriously, you sweat so much that your sweat stops tasting salty (not that I am tasting my sweat, at least on purpose that is), it feels like your sweating pure Evian or Dasini water. Since then I've been drinking water like its my job. Taking a break from my job, I decided to get some food. Our canteen (or cafeteria) is full of different types of ethnic food stalls, you can choose from Japanese, Thai, Chinese, simply Noodles and the most eye-catching one of them all, Muslim. If you don't believe me, check the pictures out, that is definitely not something you run into on our side of the world.

The closest train station, or housing village (here in Singapore most housing buildings are owned by the government and areas are set up by regions, all with their own train station, schools, hospital, etc.) is Clementi Station. I decided to venture out and discover what I could find. What I really needed was a towel, pillow, shampoo and a electric socket adapter. It seems that's another thing the world can't agree on, can't we just standardize one type of socket? How about the voltage difference? That already took the life of my electric shaver. After a while at Clementi I sat down to get some dinner, the nice little food court gets you wanting to try some of the very odd looking food. What I enjoyed the most about this place is the way your order; you come up to the stall of your preference, mumble back at the attendant what ever he said the food you pointed out is called and then take a seat. It takes about 1 minute and half until your food gets to you. I am telling you, you have not tried rice until you get here. Perfectly seasoned, white, fluffy, moist, steamed rice, "you've got rice?" I don't think so, not after this one.

The rest of my friends from Georgia Tech made it in yesterday, we went through orientation and today we have our first working day with DHL. (Ill be doing a research/internship project with DHL for about 3 weeks) The office is suppose to be across the island, this means Ill be taking Singapore's great public transportation, which will feel like commuting in NYC. But with weather good enough to enjoy a piņa colada and your regular nice Singaporean next to you, the ride to work might just not be to shabby at all.
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ericaball on

Electric Shaver
I am sorry to hear about the death of your electric shaver! I hope you get one that can with-stand the voltage or you are going to look like a cave man when you come home. HAHA.

I am glad to see you are amused by the food court...i guess it is a good thing that you are running in the morning! Preservation is the way! Don't be wearing those white shorts. -E

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