The past 3 days have been spent as a real law student, locked in my room, writing a paper, doing 14 hour days. But now I'm done. It's February 10, and I've finished one course, and have 3 remaining.
Last Friday we decided to just wander around downtown, because we went to a play on campus, which turned out to be quite horrible, and so we left half way through. We went downtown and wandered around. Walked into the Ritz Carleton and had a little look around, hung out, and then carried on our merry little way. We were taking an underpass to get to another area of town, when we came upon a little hang out place for skateboarders and breakdancers. It was pretty cool. There were hundreds of them, and there were signs all over that said 'No Skateboarding'.
Interestingly, there is very little commercial advertisements here. However, the main advertisements are criminal sanctions. No kidding. The side of one bus states: "FINE OR JAIL: for unpaid duty cigarettes". Another interesting campaign going on is to drink in moderation. The slogan is "Moderation is the 'new' SEXY". Interesting concept, want to know more, check out: www.getyoursexyback.sg
Chinese New Year: Gong Xi Fa Cai
After a long day of classes, Singapore started to shut down around 1pm. The shut down included the internal shuttle buses on campus, the campus buildings, the food stands and the supermarket. And all these stayed closed for 3 days. So, we headed for downtown, Chinatown to be exact. It wasn't too busy when we arrived at 7:30. We wandered around, looked at the stalls, and went to grab some food. The 'parade' was supposed to start around 9. At 10:15 it still hadn't started, so we decided to wander again.
Well, the crowds had definitely started to increase exponentially. There were too many people in the little streets of Chinatown. I started to kind of freak out. So my friend, 6'2", 230 lbs, started to plow through the crowd to get me into a market stall, so I could relax. As we carried on, on our mission to escape Chinatown, through all the crowd, a line of firemen entered, running in our direction. Then I spotted the firetruck. The crowd stopped moving, and I thought that was the end. We were half a block from freedom, and the crowd started to move again. We got out, and left the vicinity. Went down to the Esplanade, and watched fireworks at midnight.
Last night was another night of wandering, ending up at Arab Street district. Funny thing is, transportation ends at midnight. And we have yet to miss our subway home, but last night was the first. So, we went to the bus stop, after having missed our train, to see if we could still get a bus home, I recognized the number of a bus, and we hopped on. It took us about 15 minutes to realize we were headed in the WRONG direction. We were headed for the Malaysian border. (the other side of Singapore from home) so, we just laughed, and like idiots, stayed on the bus. Got out, and at this point were guesstimating how much the cab ride home was going to be, $40, $60? ... Then, the last running bus, was headed to an interchange on an express way. It would take us further away, but on a direct expressway route to our place. The cab was only $23. And we definitely learned our lesson. It was funny none the less.
Today I'm going to my 'law buddy''s home for Chinese New Year celebrations with her father's side of the family. I'm quite excited, being welcomed into their home is a big thing. (well, it was in Korea)
I have begun planning my trips, so far the two main trips are going to be the Philippines - to dive with the whale sharks, and Borneo - hiking, and prime scuba diving. Other areas of interest are Papua New Guinea, Australia, and maybe some short trips to Kuala Lumpur, and Indonesia.