We arrived at Changi Airport early Tuesday morning after a long 21 hour flight. We were immediately struck by the cleanliness, beautiful flowers and greenery, and, of course, the humid air of Singapore. Many of us set out to explore the hawker stalls across the street and found delicious and inexpensive meals and strange but really tasty fruit. The rambutans (small, red fruit with long stems surrounding it) and mangosteens (plum sized brown fruit that contains a whitish jelly inside) were favorites. In the afternoon, we completed some registration for the immigration office and then had the evening free. Some of us were ready to make use Singapore’s convenient public transportation system (the bus line and MRT) and visited Chinatown.
Others explored the hawker stalls and mall area some more and learned how to bargain.
On Wednesday, we toured the NUS library and campus in the morning. Many of us were amazed by the artistic interior designs of the library and classrooms. Joyce introduced us to our morning home for the next several weeks: classroom AS6-02-09.
In the afternoon, some of us ventured to Little India where we found shops filled with bangles, saris, and jewelry. This is definitely a place to visit again!
We had our much anticipated Welcome Dinner in the evening where we met some of our NUS professors.
Our first day of class begins tomorrow! More to come later this week!…