To busy to blog. #livinthedream

Wow, what a week i’ve had in Australia! I am so glad that I am here, and have honestly been living the dream. No school, no work, no worries, all fun and games. 

I don’t even know what to start with this post. I feel I have been here for so long already!!! I have met some really cool people, and see some really cool things. 

Thank goodness, I write what I do daily on my calender or everything would all be mixed up haha.

I guess we can start where I last left off…

Wed Jan 25th – After an extremely long sleep, Sara headed over to my house as we were going to be spending the day together. She has been amazing, she has shown me all around my area, the city, and the suburb named Boronia where she lives. I would be lost without her and her family. I feel very much at home when I am around her, and I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me. It has been over 7 years since we saw each other in grade 7 & grade 8 back at Bristol Road Middle School. It’s funny how easily we rekindle our friendship, and I definately can now consider her one of my closest friends. We headed to one of the main outlet “shopping centre,” which is a few train stops away from my house. After grabbing our usual Starbucks coffee (White Chocolate Mocha for Sara, and a Skinny Vanilla Latte for myself) we made our way through the mall. I seriously have a shopping problem. I want everything, and thanks to Sara she controls me. Shopping in Australia and Singapore is a million times better than Canada. I can’t even express how much I am going to miss shopping when I leave here. From all my new clothes purchasing, I think my style has changed. Everything is so laid back and indie-ish. Lovin’ it so much. After a few hours spent in the outlet mall we headed back to her house. She worked in the evening so I went to a movie with her brother. I was astonished when I saw the price of a regular priced movie ticket. $16 for a normal night, and on “cheap tuesdays” it was $11!!!! It is CRAZY, no wonder why minimum wage is so high, or noone would be able to afford anything. We ended up going to see Tower Heist, which has Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. It is a crime comedy, and was actually quite good. I’d definately recommend going to see it. After the movie we went and picked Sara from work, and spent the evening catching up and wathcing Easy A.

Thurs Jan 26th – Goodmorning world, it’s AUSTRALIA DAY!!! I’d say I have great trip planning. Not only was I able to be in Singapore on Chinese New Year, I was in Australia for Australia Day and the Australian Open Tennis Championship. This was all not intentionally planned, I may add. Sara and I headed back to the city for a bit of the day to get my phone service set up for the next 5 months. After the confusing of getting everything organized, we were invited to a BBQ a street away from my house. Since we would be drinking for the whole day, we started off pretty slowly. Let’s just say I was definately thrown into the Australian drinking lifestyle full force. It was insane.

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We ended up spending the majority of our afternoon around the pool and on the patio with about 20 of their friends. Everyone was super friendly, and loved how we were Canadians. Don’t think I have been hit on so much in my life though. Slightly outrageous if you ask me lol. 

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Next, we went back to my place to get ready to head downtown where we were going to finish our evening. A few shots more, and we were ready to go. We ended up going to a bar in St. Kilda, which isn’t to far away from Newport. We arrived at the bar after a short cab ride, and the rest is history/a mystery… 

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I’d say it was a pretty good first night out in Melbourne. 

Fri Jan 27th – It had been a while since I went out downtown, so i’m going to be very honest and say it was a rough morning. I ended up sleeping in til around noon, and it took me a while to get ready for my day ahead. Sara and I ended up going to Flinder’s Street and grabbing Starbucks. I have an addiction to Starbucks, and there are only a few in the area. I love being in the city in Melbourne. Everyone is so friendly, laid back and willing to help you out. I am super excited to spend alot of my time in the city, either kicking back at a cafe, or sitting outside on the grass and doing some school work. 

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Following my day in the city, I headed home to get ready to go to the horse races with my friend Kirby. Kirby had been at Western for the semester beforehand, and we contacted each other that way. Her dad bred one of the horse that was racing that evening so it was really nice to go see “Lilgiggleo” race. He ended up finishing 4th in his “heat” of 8 horses. It was a really busy and full audience, as the fastest horse in the entire world was making an appearance. This horse’s name was Black Caviar and is now on a 17 – 0 – 0 win streak. It was honestly incredible to watch. I didn’t realize how serious and fancy the horse races was. Girls were dressed in formal “prom” style attire, and the men were in full out suits. I was in a nice shirt and a skirt and definately felt a little underdressed 😦 Overall, this was such a fun night out in Melbourne. Horse racing is really big thing around here, and it was awesome to get to go see them for myself! 

Sat Jan 28th – The day I have been waiting for since I had arrived in Melbourne, and a day most people only can dream about… going to the Australian Open. I remember watching on TV, the various Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments that go on 4 times per year, but I never imagined i’d have the chance to be in the city they were presently being held. Bright and early, I woke myself up so I could have as much time in the city and the open as possible. I am now very aware and comfortable with the train system, and am able to make my way around with ease. I met Sara at Flinder’s Station, and we grabbed a Starbucks. Yes, most of my meals are Starbucks. 

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We grabbed a free shuttle to the Rod Laver tram stopped, and began our afternoon. I was in shock and uder amazement when I walked in the front entrance. It was exactly how I imagine the venue’s and ground area to be, and was exactly like what you’d see on TV. We made our way to one of the outdoor courts in hopes that someone was either practising, or warming up. After a few minutes of watching this male tennis player hitting balls to his coach, Sara mentioned she thought it was Rafael Nadal. It took us about 5 minutes to come to the conclusion it was actually him. One of the best male tennis players in the world was only about 50 metres away from me. We started to panic, and the camer started rolling. After about 30 minutes of watching him play, he ended up calling it a day, and before leaving he waved to us. I think I had a small heart attack, and he officially made my day. After cooling off, and calming down a bit, we continues to walk around the outside venues.

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There were lots of advertisments and companies that are sponsors for this event, who were putting on different activities at various booths. We obviously visited every booth to get the free stuff and take as many pictures as possible. When we went to the Evian booth, they were in the midst of making the world’s longest music video, in hopes it would break the Guiness World’s Record previous length. So it’s going to be really cool when the record is broken to say I was apart of this.

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It’s also really funny to see other people watch us take pictures at every possible location. It’s obvious we are tourists, so we just laugh and take advantage of it. 

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Next stop on our Aussie Open tour was to go to the main court which was in the Rod Laver Arena. 

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This is the venue where the big games were played, and the venue where Djokovic took the championship against Nadal after close to 6 pain staking hours of play. I wasn’t able to stay awake for the whole thing, I don’t understand how those guys can be so fit and play that intense of a sport for so long. I was astonished. After leaving the Rod Laver Arena I was in heaven. I couldn’t grasp where I was, and what I had seen. It is definately one of the best memories I have so far, and is something I will never forget. I also couldn’t of asked for a better gal pal to experience this with. I am still in awe by every part of this day. 

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We ended up staying in the city until around 5ish and then I headed home to meet with my newly arrived housemate. I finally wasn’t a loner!! We ended up going to a really ncie Thai restaurant in Williamstown with my “landlord” and my roomates dad. It was such a beautiful night, and it was great we could sit outside. By the time we got home after dinner, it was getting pretty late so it ended up being a very early evening. 

Sun Jan 28th – Today was a very relaxing day. I met up with a few neighbours and we headed to “Willy” beach. “Willy” beach is a term for Williamstown for all you non Melbournian’s out there. I am practically a local these days. I know my way around this place like the back of my hand. Okay, obvs joking, but I am quite confortable with my surroundings. When we got to the beach it was about 35 degrees and the sun was SCORCHING. I lathered on my sunscreen so we wouldn’t have a repeat of my Indonesian experience. It was such a beautiful day, and I was so content with spending a few hours lounging in the sun after a “hectic” haha week. After witnessing a kid who was causing ruckus on the beach get peppersprayed by a cop we decided to head home. Poor kid, but probably deserved it. suckerrr. I then quickly cleaned myself up of the sand and salt water and made my way via train to Sara’s house for a BBQ. She had befriended a group of German exchange students in the area, so she invited the 15 of them over for the evening. It was really fun, and really nice to meet some other people who were also in exchange. I also had never seen so much food in my life. I was in a food coma until a few hour from now. This night was also the final’s for the male’s tennis, so we all snuggled up to the TV, and cheered on our favourite. As mentioned earlier, I wasn’t able to stay awake until the end as it went on for over 5 hours. 

Mon Jan 29th – Sleeping in til around noon seems to be a habit of mine this week. The extreme heat kept me up alot of the night, so I must of caught up on my sleep in the morning. We got ourselves organized and went to another shopping centre to grab coffee. It’s a daily activity to grab coffee, so don’t be surprised I keep mentioning it. I then made my way to the city to hand out some resumes for jobs, and then headed home. My other roommate Madison finally arrived also with her mom, and we all were able to catch up. I am so excited for the other two roommates to arrive, it definately looks like we have a good group this semester. 

Well, this has been quite the first week in Australia. I feel like I have done so much, and see so much. It’s crazy to think my adventure has just started! I am going with Daniela to grab my international concession card for discounts on various things tomorrow in the city, and am not sure what I have planned for the remainder of the day. Maybe hit up the aquariaum, zoo, go skydiving, bungee jumping, shopping… oh the possibilities are endless. 

Looking at the time right now, I should probably head to bed. My body clock is so messed up lately, with my late nights and varying wake up times. I should probably get a good night sleep for the first time since being home. 

Well that’s a wrap for now, toodles peeps!

 

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It’s always better down under,

I have been up for almost 30ish hours straight so this blog post is going to be done in jot note form:

  • Goodbye Justin Yee – I Love You more than life itself. You are fantastic. You must come visit Melbourne.
  • Got called out for being Canadian in the Duty Free shop by an Aussie Mate from Darwin.
  • Aussies are so friendly, he got a free “angry birds” stuffed animal for spending over $125 on his VISA at the Duty Free shop, and gave it to me 🙂 
  • Jetstar Ft/8 @ 835pm from Changi Airport – Jan 23rd/12
  • Arrival @ 725am to Melbourne – Tullamarine Airport  – Jan 24th/12
  • Best greeting from the one and only long lost friend Sara and her mom – haven’t seen her since grade 8 
  • Coffee date at this amazing cafe … mm chai tea latte please and thanks
  • Liquourland is not a place where alcoholics live… its the name of a liquor store in AUZ. ha
  • Sushi lunch… each roll is approximately 6cm in length, and consumed like a hotdog. strange?
  • Back to Sara’s place to settle down for an hour or so, before heading to Canada House in WIlliamstown/Newport
  • Arrive at Canada House – so impressed, this place is awesome
  • Grabbed groceries from the Safeway to last me for a few days. 
  • Began unpacking, and making my room feel a bit more “home-y”… SUCCESS (view below) 
  • Met the neighbours, and have began to plan “Australia Day” celebrations… in other words, this 2 weeks drinking cleanse is coming to an abrupt hault. #rage #ultimatepartygirl #wildchild
  • This week is looking amazing so far.
  1. Wednesday: Hang outs w/ Sara tomorrow, and possibly Melbourne city tour
  2. Thursday: Australia Day festivities – BBQ’s, clubs, bar, and the rest is history.
  3. Friday: Australian Open – still in deliberation, but most likely going to happen.
  4. Saturday: Downtown possibly w/ some Aussie’s who were on exchange at UWO last sem.
  5. Sunday: Madison arrives, and I am no longer a lone solider at Canada House! =)

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 oh before I forget, I was informed of the difference in various Canadian terms from Auzzie terms…  

  • Flip Flops – Thongs
  • Candy – Lollies
  • Sunglasses – Sunnies
  • Sex – Roots
  • Ketchup – Tomato Sauce
  • Sweater – Jumper
  • Sweatpants – Trackies
  • Lollipops – Chupa Chups
  • McDonalds – Macker’s

I guess the last thing to say is… Home Sweet Home Samantha Clarke. =)

Getting used to saying goodbye. #misssingapore

It is currently 230pm on Monday afternoon, and only a few short hours until I leave to the airport. My last couple days in Singapore have been amazing. Justin is honestly the most amazing person for housing me the last 2 weeks, and he has really put up with me better than anyone ever has. He says he is sad and doesn’t know who will entertain him when I leave, but I secretly think he is kind of excited to be able to see the floor in his room again, with the absense of my luggages, and sleep in his own bed for the first time in 2 weeks.

When I returned from Indonesia, I took a day to tend to my sunburn and relax. I have been doing alot of relaxing, however this relaxing has occured in different locations so it’s allowed. After catching the 9am ferry from Indonesia back to Singapore, we headed back to Justin’s residence. Following unpacking my bag, I met up with Lianne and the girls at NTU and gave Justin a bit of alone time. 3 days of my constant prescence can be really exhausting for someone. The girls at NTU had ordered 4 pizzas, and were watching Bridemaids in a floor lounge. It really brought me back to first year; bunch of girls, pigging out on food and a good’ ole’ chick flick. Lianne was able to switch halls, and her new room is amazing! It has so much storage under the bed, and above the closets and is definately a more liveable environment. It is always a joy to see my lil Lianne, and it is really sad I have said goodbye to her for now until possibly September 😦

Friday was spent once again relaxing.

Saturday, Justin and I headed to Bogis which is this AMAZING outdoor market/bizarre with the most unique clothes, shoes, accessories and bags imaginable. For about 60$ CDN I was able to get a purse, a dress, a pair of shorts, 4 tops and a few shot glasses. Good thing Justin only gave me a half hour here, or I would actually be broke.

Sunday the 22nd was Chinese New Years Eve. We spent the day going on a 10km tree top walk at the Macrichie Resevoir Park.

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At the entrance of the park was a large “family” of monkey which I fell in love with and spent way to long taking a photoshoot of them. They are the funniest animals ever. I was really disappointed that we didnt make it to the Singapore Zoo, but since I was able to see animals in their natural habitat, I got over it really fast.

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As we made our way through the nature reserve, we were able to see various species of wildlife; plants and animals. It was so hot and humid the higher we got, and the closer we made it to the top.

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When we finally arrived, it was absolutely breathtaking. The view from the suspension bridge was spectacular.

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 For some reason whilst hundreds of metres above the ground, when a normal person would be concerned about staying safe and sound on the bridge, the brilliant idea of planking for the first time came to mind. Justin chicken out, and I had to show him how it was done first. Another thing to check off the bucket list for sure=)

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Our descent from the tree top was just as exciting as the way up. I was able to get even closer with a monkey, and had a serious staring contest with it. It showed it’s teeth to me however, so I think I lost cause I was afraid it was going to pounce on me or do something unexpected and monkey-like.

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As we continues on our hike, two lizards probably thought it would be fun to jump out at me and scurry by my feet. rude. Overall the nature reserve was so beautiful, and the first bit of exercise I have done since being in Singapore.

Chinese New Year celebrations were next on the itinerary for my last night in Singapore. We first headed to Chinatown which was an absolute ZOO! It was so packed, and it was impossible to move anywhere. There were dancing dragons, people singing and lots of people surrounding the main stage watching the live show.

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It was now time to head to Marina Bay were the fireworks were going to be taking place. After grabbing dinner, the rain began to come down hard. I joked to Justin about if the “dragon” is the controller of water, it would of ensured it didn’t rain on Chinese New Year. not that great of a joke, but at the time I thought it was clever. These fireworks were the most spectacular and elaborate fireworks I have ever witnessed. I wasn’t in the greatest mood at the time, and wasn’t feeling quite myself, howevere these fireworks turned my mood right around. They were set over the water in front of Marina Bay Sands, and it was something you would see in the movies.

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Despite the torrential downpour, every rushed out of the shelter to get a better view. My already see through shirt, got even more see through. It was SOO worth it though, and was the perfect ending to my trip to Singapore.

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After the fireworks we ended up heading home and on our way we walked through the NUS campus. Taking pictures at every possible photospot occured quite frequently. This was definately one of my favourite memories in Singapore so far.

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It is know 330pm, and as I reflect on my time in Asia, I can conclude I love it here. Everything has been amazing; the people, places and memories. I have taken so many pictures, and I love looking back and seeing everything I have done in such a short period of time. I catch my flight to Melbourne tonight at 830pm, and will be greeted by friends on the other end in the morning. This is when my real adventure begins. I have been living a real vacation here in Singapore; living out of a suitcase. However whilst in Melbourne, I will be starting my new life. I like to think of this experience as a commercial break from my real life in Canada. As if my life was just put on pause, and I am taking these 5 months to accomplish many things I always have wanted to, while being able to study… I’m really excited to finally settle down in my own place, and unpack. Living out of a suitcase is alot harder than you’d think haha.

It’s time to end this blog post. Time to chill/cheese/moss out with Justin and my new friends for the last hour I have in Singapore. It’s been great and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.

I am so happy I am able to get started on my new/temporary life, and hope you can all follow me throughout my various adventures.

Peace, Love and Chicken Rice;; ❤

Gold Coast.. sure why not?

It’s official. Madison and I will be making our way to the Gold Coast to visit the lovely Arthur So on Sat Feb 4th until Fri Feb 10th! For the completely UNREASONABLE, OUTRAGEOUS price of $145 each roundtrip we will be flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. With accomodation at the So residence provided, this makes our to be a very inexpensive trip! Cheap and cheerful is the way to go!

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Travelling is addicting, and this is not a good thing. The bank account is going to start to hate me in a while. I guess living off of only 1 meal a day might have to suffice. Good for my bank account and the beach body?

First things first when I get to Melbourne is find a job. With minimum wage being extremely high compared to Ontario, it would be a smart idea to work part time. With class only 2 days a week, I think I will have time to fit in working =)

As for Singapore right now, I said my farewells to Lianne this morning as she is headed to Bintan Island, Indonesia for Chinese New Year. I am really hoping she follows through on her plans and makes it out to Melbourne to visit either during or at the end of her semester at NTU. I am currently sitting in Justin’s dorm room as he is attempting to catch up on the piles and piles of school work that he missed while we were in Indonesia. Apparently people are in school and have actual work to do… hmm beats me =) Time to surf the web some more and find other cool places I want to travel to.

Missing my ladies in 502, the Health Sci beauts, Eccles, and most importantly the fam ❤

Oh my gosh, going trip booking crazy.

When I get to Australia on the 24th of January I still have a month of travel time avaliable. With my partner in crime Madison arriving shortly after me, the travel plans have been discussed.

We are thinking of heading to the Gold Coast on a $120 Round Trip airfare on the 4th of February until the 10th of February!

I also found a $100 flight to Sydney from Melbourne from the 13th of February until Feb 18th. This may need to happen as well.

I am so excited to get to Aussie now. Can time just speed up and it be Monday already???????

Be right back Singapore, Bintan Island Indonesia here I come!

After a great few days in Singapore, it was time to take a “commercial break” and head over to Bintan Island, Indonesia for 3 days. On Monday morning, we made our way to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal for our 2pm departure time. Rushing to make our ferry, we jumped into a cab and made it to the terminal by 145pm. Due to a bit of confusion after arriving, we were pushed back to the 5pm ferry as Justin’s passport # didn’t match on his boarding pass. Silly boy.

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For SGP $20 a night, we didn’t hold too high of expectations for the room we would be staying in for our trip. Bintan Cabana Beach Resort was the name of the resort that we chose. It was much nicer than both of us expected. Since it is a “down” time in the resorts bookings, as Chinese New Years is coming up on the weekend, the room we found off “hostel world” was one of their nicer rooms. Our room had two twin beds, a bathroom, TV, and a patio that walked out onto the beach.

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The first night was spent roaming the resort grounds, grabbing a quick bite to eat at the resort restaurant, and calling it an early night for a long day in the sun…

Goodmorning Indonesia! Its bright and early, and it’s finally time to explore this resort further in daylight! The water level in the morning is very low, and you are able to walk quite far into the “ocean” without getting wet. As the day goes on, the water level raises rapidly and within a metre from shore the water is up to your knees. Around the corner from our resort was a sea of rocks.. a perfect opportunity for climbing and a photo.. duh.

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Next, we saw a fishing village in the distance. It looked like it was abandoned, but Justin believes it is still used quite frequently. At this point in the day, I didn’t notice how strong the sun was, and I underestimated the chance I could get seriously burnt.. woops.

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After our small tour, we headed to the pool for the “afternoon.” After lounging by the pool for about 1 hour I noticed I was starting to seriously burn. Trying to cover myself by the little bit of shade in the area didn’t seen to help. The Indonesian sun got me good, and it was time to head inside for the remainder of the day. Nothing like a 4 hour nap before dinner time… on the menu, BBQ Chicken Pizza!

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Wednesday morning came a lot faster than both of us wanted/expected. After waking up at around noon, we decided to take advantage of the free shuttle service to the “sister” resort called Bintan Agro Beach Resort which was a short 10 minute drive down the road. This resort is known to foster a more “family” oriented feel, as it provides various water sports, and activities. After we toured around the resort, we realized we lucked out by picking our resort over this one. We caught the next shuttle bus back to Cabana, so we could chill out before our City Tour of Indonesia in the evening.

As soon as 6’clock arrived, it was time for our city tour. We jumped aboard a shuttle bus and it brought us about 1 hour into the main city of Indonesia. The first stop was the Ramayama Supermarket. This was comparable to your every day Walmart, Zellers, or Target. Lots of sale item closes, shoes, accessories, and cosmetics. After the Supermarket, we walked down the street and there were a few things that I noticed about Indonesia that were quite different to Canada…

  1. Gas for Motorcycles were sold in large water bottles. They were sold by your everyday street vendor.
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  2. Children as young as 5 were working the street shops. I purchased a bottle of juice and this little boy gave me my change. For a iced tea it was 6,000 rupiah, which equals about $0.84 Canadian.
  3. There is no such thing as being “stuck in traffic.” People whiz inbetween each other to get to where they need to go. Since the majority of the population drive motorcycles, they are able to accurately predict where pedestrians are going to be, and how they can drive past/through oncoming traffic. Also, there is no such thing as “seatbelts” in shuttle buses.
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  4. Dogs and cats roam the streets everywhere.
  5. I should be a “local” attraction to the town of Indonesia. I had locals cheering, screaming, laughing, pointing, waving, and nudging their friends to look at me cause I am caucasian. It was quite funny, its most likely true that I was probably one of the only caucasian people they have seen, other than in the movies in this specific city.
  6. The fish market is a daily tradition for many of the locals in this specific city area in Indonesia. They come to the market between 5-10pm and chose from a variety of different sea food delicacies…
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  7. I took 250,000 rupiahs out of the ATM. That converted to $26CDN. Crazy eh?

As 11pm struck, it was time to board the shuttle bus back to the resort for the night. It was going to be an early morning as we had to catch our ferry back to Singapore at 930am.

Other than the sunburn, Indonesia was amazing. It was a huge culture shock when we went into the city, but it was so nice to see a different way of living. The hospitality provided by the resort workers was exceptional. They truely appreciated and charish every guest that steps foot on their property, and they make sure they have the best experience and stay possible. The taste of Asia, really has got me intrigued on where else I would like to visit and travel to later in my life.

I am now safe and sound back in Singapore for the remainder of my time in SE Asia. The plan for the evening is not yet set in stone, but I may be headed back over to Nanyang to hang out with Lianne and the girls, or I may go to Justin’s old residence to meet up with a few of his friends. Oh, how the options are endless.

This is me signing off, catch cha all on the flip side!

Selamat Tinggal ! ❤

Botanical Gardens – Orchard St. – Sentosa Island – Nanyang Tech Uni

My Singapore checklist is slowly being accomplished day by day and I am so happy! This past weekend (Jan 14-15th) was very relaxing and productive… I know that is a quite contradictory statement but it isnt further from the truth.

Saturday morning we took the MRT to the Botanical Gardens. The BG is an large park with various species of plants, flowers, and animals to be seen.

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As we made our way down a narrow path by the water I couldn’t help but notice a black object that way passing through the water just to my left. I looked a little closer, and to my uder surprise and shock it was a Komodo Dragon, or similar species to the Komodo Dragon! There goes my Fight and Flight Response in over drive. Not only have I NEVER seen one of these before in a cage or a secluded, blocked off viewing area, but I was a few metres away from this in its natural habitat! We actually saw the “dragon” first hand attack a fish and kill it to eat. yuck.

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Various species of fish and turtles can be found within the Botanical Gardens park. I love turtles so much… the chocolate and the amphibians =)

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A small exhibiti which is a also in the BG is the Orchid Gardens. I think I have found myself a new favourite flower. They are absolutally beautiful as they grow quite abundant, and have the more vivid colours.

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Within the Orchid Garden I found a piece of wood that reminded me of a face, and more specifically the face of the “Sorting Hat” in Harry Potter. Check this out…

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After a long walk through the BG’s it was time for some shopping, and where better than the outdoor and indoor shopping centre called Orchard. I have never seen a bigger and more extensive network of unique stores, cafes, and attractions than I did on this street. The Forever 21 was 4 floors! It was so overwhelming I ended up leaving empty handed.

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Next on the agenda was to head to Sentosa Island for a beach party to meet up with my lovely LIANNE PITTS from UWO for the Singapore Exchange students. It was surreal to see her half way across the world! This party was like nothing that I have ever been to before, I have never been to a party where there are people are surfing at the bar, swimming pools all around and a beach at your disposal if you have the urge to go for a little dip. Despite my clothing choice for the evening (didn’t bring a bathing suit), I was still forced/persuaded/volunteered to go for a swim in the Ocean midway through the night. The water was ABSOLUTALLY beautiful, and what a perfect setting and place to catch up with good ole’ Lianne. The night ended off with a 20 pk of chicken nuggets meal, and the funniest cab ride back to Lianne’s University.

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Nanyang Technological University is where Lianne is studying for the semester and the campus has a very similar feeling as Western. It is a large one-piece campus with various residences, food centres, and unique shaped buildings which gives it extreme character. If you have also been following Lianne’s blog, you might have noticed her small panic attack about the Hall in which she has been staying in for the last week or so. She is not lying when she says it is comparable to a jail cell. Saugeen is a palace compared to it. Okay, i’m over exaggerating a tad, but compared to the other Halls avaliable, she said she got the short end of the stick. I guess for less than SGP $200 per month, you can’t really complain. With a few decorations, it will feel like home in no time i’m sure 🙂 love you Lannaline. When we finally woke up the next morning after sharing a twin size bed the night before we met up with a few of her friends who are also from Western studying at NTU as well. We went to Canteen 2 which is one of the food areas on campus serving a variety of asian style dishes, drinks, and desserts… mmmm. Never have I ever had a better nutella banada waffle in my life. The food at her Uni is so cheap! A full plate of veggies, rice and chicken for SGP $2.. which is less than 2$ Canadian! I really liked her campus, and could definately see myself being happy studying there!

After spending the day on her campus, planning trips for the future and hanging out in the Global Lounge, Lianne and I spontaneous decided we wanted to go to Clarke Quay to walk around and spend our evening. It only took about 3 different MRT metro lines, 3 buses and a shuttle to make it back to get there but it was so worth it. I had been to Clarke Quay a few days before in the day, but the nightlife is amazing here. Not to mention the weather was absolutally beautiful. As we made our way through Clarke Quay we grabbed some gelato for SGP $6.50. I figure that since I am on “vacation” I am allowing myself to splurge on my desserts and expensive food choices… this may/will catch up on me in the long run I know. May have to hit up the Bank of Daddy eventually 🙂 Overall I am SOO happy that I was able to plan meeting up with Lianne, it has been hard adjusting to being away from UWO, and being able to see a familiar face of someone who is going through the same thing is very helpful. We are planning to meet up again on Thursday afternoon when I get back from my “vacation” to head to a shopping area called Bogis. I can’t wait =)

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The last couple days have been nothing short of amazing, I have taken some amazing pictures, and have had some great experiences. I am off to Bintan Island, Indonesia this afternoon until Thursday for a few days of lounging on the beach. The sun in Singapore is extremely hot, and you will burn. I should probably pick up some sunscreen before I leave if I don’t want to be a lobster for the remainder of my trip!

Time for a shower, skype session and I need to pack for my trip away! Catch cha on the flip side peeps! =)