It’s a depressing rainy Monday here in York and although I saw this guy last week I miss him so much already, looking at December flights back home. Sure this rubbish weather would be much improved by his company.
It’s strange how quickly it’s possible to settle back into familiar surroundings. All those memories which are relatively fresh feel like they’re being masked and covered very easily just by settling into a routine of mundane tasks. Below are a selection of photographs taken during my last few moments in SG, Apart from the selfies all photographs were taken by John And Ai Jia, thankfully I think between us we’ve taken enough photographs to rest easy about the concern of forgetting. Still miss these guys!
Amidst the hell of exams earlier in December me and Ula decided we’d had enough of freezing in the study room air con and decided to live a little of the ‘exotic study life’ we’d been promised. We’d actually debated going to the beach for weeks on end, but every weekend one assignment or another got in our way. We saw reading week as an excuse because seriously who can study a whole week straight?
We only actually went for two hours then got back to studying but it was a really cracking two hours. Posing for the shot below was actually a lot scarier than you’d think, there was a very active wasps in the bush behind and I’d only realised half way down the trunk! Definitely made the week a little more bearable, Ula’s back in Poland now and we’ve said our goodbye’s but I’m pretty certain they won’t be final.
This space has fallen into complete misuse the last couple of weeks. I was so excited about the fact I’d have so much to write about being in another country and all yet unfortunately it seems my life is no more exciting than before, less if anything. That is of course if you think being stuck in an air-conditioned library with isolated desks is exciting. The fact is there is too much studying to be done in Singapore, everyone being ridiculously competitive doesn’t help either.
My final set of mid-terms finished on Wednesday, so I rewarded myself and headed to the beach. It was pretty sweet. Although it’s an artificial cove, you can’t say it’s a bad beach. I got to see a kingfisher grabbing his lunch and a humming bird or two. It’s so surreal that I’m here but I don’t even notice it due to the workload. Hopefully in the second semester now I know how the ball rolls I’ll be able to be more efficient with my time because there really is so much to do here. Should have a few more posts up before final exams and after will be ready to depart for some travelling. Finally!
Bukit Timah is a nature reserve smack bang in the middle of Singapore. There’s a mountain biking track and numerous trails if you want to get away from the endless high rises in Singapore. It was a nice walk, nothing particular amazing to see. The summit of Singapore is pretty laughable so getting there took roughly 15 minutes. We did see some pretty funky plants though. After that it was a quick bus ride home to finish the endless assignments that come with the university’s elearning week.
I have just got back from literally 24 blissful hours in Malaysia on the island of Pulau Tioman. It was the most captivating place I have ever been in my life (sorry Colombo). After a painful 3 hours by coach from Singapore and 3 more hours on the boat we finally arrived on the island. Within a few steps we arrived at a few parking bays. “Ok who’s going in which car?”. The pick up trucks were for us! Complete surprise.
It was probably one of my favourite parts of the trip. We sat being shaken uncontrollably by the dodgy Japanese built concrete tracks as we climbed up some of the steepest roads I’d ever seen. All the while surrounded with abnormally large plants, bird song and stunning treetop scenery. Was not what I was expecting in the slightest. Below are some photos from near the port in mainland Malaysia