Alright, so I've avoided the inevitable long enough. Here it is - the first blog entry.
So, to start with my flight from Vancouver was delayed for 12 hours, which sucked, but mostly sucked because I then missed my connector flight in Macau. I sat at YVR for 12 hours, doing my Intelligence law readings and rebooking my flight from Macau to Singapore on Skype.
I popped 2 gravol a 1/2 hour before the flight boarded. I was out cold for 8 hours of the 13 hours flight! How great is that! I woke up for an hour, and then slept again for 2 hours. Woke up and landed in HK, ferried over to Macau, and ditched my luggage at the airport. Went to downtown Macau and wandered around, got a hotel, ate, shopped and crashed again. The next day I had a whole day to wander around and shop before heading back to the airport.
Arrived in Singapore late Saturday night with my 'law buddy' and her family cheerfully waiting for me at the airport. Got my room, settled down, showered and crashed.
The next day, with jet lag, thought that the beach would be a great idea. NOT! I got sunstroke and had to bus it home as fast as possible before becoming terribly ill and sleeping for 13 hours.
School started Monday, with classes M-F evenings (a pretty slack schedule). But among all this slackness is the process of getting your student pass, so that the Singaporean government doesn't cane you for being in the country illegally. So, if any of you have waited in a passport line up in Canada, this is not as fun as that. They have queue numbers for everything, which you would think is convenient... but it isn't.
Then, it happened. Out for lunch with a friend, at the mall, and we get up to leave to go to Immigration to pick up our student passes, and MY BAG IS GONE! Stolen right off my chair! So, I sat in the security office for about 1 hour looking at video tape, calling credit card companies, and filing a police report. After all this craziness, we head to Immigration and Checkpoint Authority to pick up our student passes, but they won't give it to me without a passport. (this was after waiting 1 1/2 hours in the queue line up)
So, 1 week in I've lost everything. passport, credit/debit cards, camera, mobile phone, mp3, travellers cheques, agenda, sunglasses, ... (luckily it's just stuff, and I'm ok with it - it's just incredibly inconvenient and frustrating)
I'm on the road to recovery though, I've reapplied for a passport (20 days), a new student card (15 days), and all my cards in a couple weeks. grrrrrrrrrrrr
As for classes - things are swell. 2 American profs, 2 Singaporean profs. The course content is pretty alright, but more work than I planned. (don't they know I'm on vacation)