Saturday after lunch a group of us got together and went to Sentosa Beach because we hadn’t been there yet. Pre-trip I was skeptical, I had heard so many mixed reviews about Sentosa like, “Oh it’s pretty but it’s touristy and everything seems kind of synthetic.” I wasn’t sure how synthetic it would be, so I was willing to give it a shot.

After changing buses a couple of times, we finally arrived and Yall, I loved it! It was like a Caribbean beach (which sounds a little out of place in Southeast Asia) but there were still twinges of Singapore mixed in. For example, nestled between the lush green islands in direct view, were some barges on their way to Singapore’s industrious port. Also, the infrastructure was so organized; they had trams to take you basically any where you wanted to go, when sometimes you could just walk, which we did.

It was a small and delightful beach, with just the right amount of sun, sand, and waves for basking and relaxing after a tough week of papers & projects. There was a rocky peninsula jutting out from one of the small islands in view, so we swam out to it and climbed up. A few people suffered minor scrapes from our shell ridden foot paths, but the view from the top of the rocks was well worth it.

From the top of the rocks, where I felt like the queen of the world, to what did my wandering eyes appear? Indonesia! After everyone else left the rock, I stayed and reflected for a while. The fact that Indonesia is so close to Singapore made me wonder how the later avoids the wrath of all the natural disasters that reek havoc on the former. I’m glad that Singapore hasn’t been ravaged, but it made me sad to think about all the turmoil Indonesians have been through lately. When I heard that the tsunami hit Indonesia on December 26, 2004, I never would have thought that a year and a half later, I would be standing on a rock gazing at those lands that seemed so distant. It’s a small world after all.

“It’s a small world after all,” and water excursions could be dual themes of this weekend because after having a fun and reflective visit to Sentosa on Saturday, I went with a different group of folks to the international dragon boat races on Sunday! The races were held at the lovely Budok Reservoir on a verrrrry sunny day (In fact, I’m a little burned… ouch!) There were teams from not only Singapore but, Japan, Australia, Germany, & Canada. As you can probably imagine, there was a whole slurry of accents harmonizing, including my southern drawl, ehem ehem.

I was excited because I got to talk to my homestay after she had helped the NUS team win gold! We helped cheer the NUS team to victory and overall it was a great day.