C: Day n Night

IMG_0032This 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!

 

E: South Pacific

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Despite the unrealistic surroundings, another factor which amazed me on Pulau Tioman was how the colours shifted during different points in the day. Early evening was uniquely special. The sun peeking through the mountains left beautiful reflections across the coast. Rays of light danced behind the palms eventually finding themselves across the golden sand. The photos taken in those two days required little to no editing, Malaysia as a whole continues to be ridiculously photogenic.

We spent our time based in a small village surrounded by locals in little tin shacks. Our beach huts blended in perfectly to the rustic feel of the place. To my surprise not only were they air-conditioned the restaurants nearby even had Wi-Fi. We were in the middle of nowhere yet somehow there’s still a wireless hotspot. Is it really that hard to get off the grid in the 21st century?

Back in Singapore we’ve been facing groggy weather. Yesterday morning I woke up to the biggest thunderstorm I’d ever experienced. Was pretty exciting. Lessons are proving difficult and last years late nights stumbling around clubs have evolved into far duller late nights in the study area listening to Theme Park, Winehouse and Jessie Ware on repeat. Most of the photos of me were taken by Alex, so many thanks to her. Unfortunately she can’t return the thanks for the photos of her as she really can’t take a bad picture so no credit should be directed at me. Enjoy the photos and the last set of Tioman pictures should be up soon!

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E: Pulau Ubin

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The first thing I did once I touched down here was grab a water taxi and head to the little island called ‘Pulau Ubin’. It’s an island where the typical sort of Singaporean building isn’t allowed. People have called it a window into the old Singapore. When you first set foot on the island you arrive at this bustling village full of tourists, restaurants and bike rental stores. However the buildings are like shanty houses. The contrast between this island and the city is quite beautiful. I got a better feeling about this part of the world when having a look round Pulau Ubin.

My Dad was actually with me for this trip and we rented out bikes, he said the trees and the rainforest was much like when he visited the Seychelles. The first 10 minutes of the bike ride were my favourite, you leave the village through a little back street and end up next to this quarry (shown above) then 3 minutes later you’re surrounded by these tall coconut palms.

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I got the chance to see some wild boar, which didn’t seem to wild when the tourist buses came to feed them. I also saw some monkeys scurrying along the road, it was really exciting because it’s the first time I’d seen wildlife like this in its native habitat. It’s the sort of thing you see in a documentary.

I also had my first experience drinking coconut water. It’s so refreshing it can’t be put into words. Because the coconut was fresh though, the actual white flesh of the fruit was a bit like jelly. Different from the imported coconuts we get at home. I think a return visit will be appropriate in the next coming weeks to escape some lab report stress.

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