Thank you for tuning in again, for another episode of Michelle's adventures.
On Saturday, Jan 26, Tolek, Veer and myself went to a wall climbing course here at the National University of Singapore (NUS). We had a blast! The first half of the day was lecture style, learning about the equipment, techniques and calls. But for the afternoon we got to free climb, and then rope climb. I was doing not too bad for a complete beginner.
However, the next morning, my left forearm started spazzing and it felt like my muscle was tearing off my bone! yep, that sounds painful doesn't it, I was in excruciating pain. It freaked me out! It's Tuesday now, and it's still quite painful.
Sunday was a day of complete and utter torrential downpour! WOW! we could not believe how hard and long it was raining for! Thus, we took a taxi downtown for the Funkamania show. It was a hip hop dance competition. It was so great!
There were 10 dance groups and it went from 6-9ish. At half time there was a competition and no one would volunteer, so a few of us went up on stage for this competition. ... and I WON!! I won a swatch watch! So, that made it even more fun. It was a pretty sweaty time, (well, my whole life is a sweaty time now, but) because we were under a tent (totally necessary because you never know when the downpour will happen) and everyone was packed under the tent to see the show.
The bus/metro system is quite efficient unless it's raining, or you're out past 11. The public transportation starts to shut down after 11:30ish, but you don't really know which buses are still running or not.
If its raining, all the taxi's are busy, because no one takes the buses during the rain. And, the taxi's have all kinds of service charges. Certain areas of the city, in the morning rush hour, in the afternoon rush hour, after a certain time at night, on Sundays and Holidays, and this additional charge gets added on when you arrive at your destination. So, the cost on the meter is never really what you pay, you can almost always expect to add $2-4 extra for the surcharges.
So the reason I'm in Singapore is for school, but you may not be able to determine that from my pictures or stories. It's January 29 and today is the last day of class for one of my courses. I think that's pretty crazy! I registered in 3 intensive courses, which means, by the end of reading week (March 2) I will have finished 3 of my 4 registered courses.
I am taking:
Islamic law (Shari'ya law) - quite interesting, but confusing and complex! Taught by an American dude which adds an interesting dimension to the lectures. His lecturing ability is quite lacking.
Intelligence law: the law of spies. A class that is interesting but not challenging. Also taught by an American guy which makes him much easier to understand and follow.
InfoCommunications: the law of the phone companies, monopolies, competition, and technology. It is incredibly technical - the first class was spent on broadband width, and the technology of landline phones, cellular phones, radio waves, micro waves... I was so scared! But it is all coming together, because then we actually started to talk about the law. Today is the last class for this course! Then I write a paper, and it's done!
Corporate Tax: yikes you say, I agree. However, I just have to write a paper on a topic of my choosing and make a presentation on it. No exam.
So I went to talk to my Corporate Tax prof about my paper, and we got to talking a little bit. He was really interested in my work and knowledge of Aboriginal tax issues in BC/Canada and asked me to do a talk on it... for the WHOLE law school! I sheepishly said "Can I think about it?" So, I may be giving a talk on Aboriginal tax. I'll keep you posted!!
I'm becoming more and more concerned and bothered by not having access to money, as all my cards were stolen, and I have literally no access to money. I don't know if you've been in a position where you have to ask your friends for money, but I can tell you ... IT SUCKS!! Even though they have reassured me that it's not an issue - it still sucks!
So, I must go and prepare for my last day of class in InfoCommunications.
I'm thinking of all of you, in the coldness of Canada... wherever you are. It is so hot here 10 feet north of the equator.