Tag Archive : Asia

The first day: lost my phone, but I got to ride on the back of a moped through the streets on Tainan to retrieve it. Hardly anyone speaks English in Tainan. I’ve resorted to pointing and smiling I’m order to get food/ whatever I need. A lot of locals seem to stare at my group and I, almost as if they’ve never seen a white person walk this earth. I expected this response somewhat, because that’s what I experienced in Singapore. 
 
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Yesterday I started my orientation for teaching english. Today I’m expected to perform my first pilot lesson in front of a classroom, even though I’ve never taught a class of any kind before. I feel like I’m going to be pushed to all my uncomfortable limits this summer, whether I like it or not. 

So far, the locals are polite and the food is yummy. A few nights ago, our group of teachers went to the night market, which was visually fascinating.  

Tons of vendors in every  direction, bright lights illuminating delicious food, kids laughing, people on mopeds flying by…these are just a few of the sights and sounds.  

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The humidity had me delusional and dehydrated the first day I arrived. The hotness here sticks to my body and never releases itself, even indoors. I know I’ll get used to it. One thing I don’t think I will get used to, however, is squating on the ground to pee. 

This place is awesome, and there is so much left to explore.

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One of many lit bridges across the Singapore River

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Famous hotel in Marina Bay

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Japanese Gardens

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View from the apartment

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At the Singapore Zoo. I’m not a huge fan of Zoos in general…but I can’t deny how cool it is that I can see such a beautiful animal so close up

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A lot of people drinking on bridges at night. Seems like the hangout spot.

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The tree-top walk. Awesome suspended walkway throughout the forest. 

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This ^ picture is taken at Sentosa in Singapore, Singapore during my two-week visit. Here is my friend walking on a bridge across a man-made beach. Pretty remarkable that people are capable of manipulating the elements to create beautiful places like this. Of course, I’m sure the way it looked before was naturally beautiful too.

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Walking along the Singapore River at night. The river-side restaurants hang tons of lights outside.

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Marina Bay Sands ^ light show, which goes on every night in Marina Bay.

 

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Sentosa