Friday, August 7, 2009

The New Adventure Begins!

After about 24 hours in transit, I arrived in Singapore this morning around 2:00am. As I could not take possession of my apartment until 9:30am, I was left with some time to kill. Fortunately, there's an airport lounge in Singapore that provides sleep chambers at rates that are much more palatable than a hotel room. Every airport should have this.

My apartment is located close to INSEAD; about a 10 minute walk. I leased a 3 bedroom flat at Heritage View with two other students, neither of whom I've met. We picked each other on the basis of very little information, other than we were all enthusiastic about living with people we'd never met. They wont be arriving for a few days still, so the mystery will continue.

My first order of business was to get my student pass, but I couldn't get an appointment today and will not be able to go until the 21st. Turns out that I can't get a phone plan here without a student pass or a permanent resident I'll be on limited communication for the next couple of weeks, which is frustrating. At least I was able to get internet set up.

With those critical elements out of the way, I was free to take care of some other business. This included buying sheets and a blanket. I feel a bit silly, but it didn't even occur to me that there would not be sheets on the bed. I hate wasting money on this sort of stuff, but I found a really good deal on a set. They have pictures of donuts all over them. Sweet. Literally. I bought the duvet cover but skipped the duvet on account of the fact that it is holy freakin hot and humid here.

I walked around a fair bit too. My hair and clothes were soaked with sweat, but I tried to pretend like I wasn't phased by it. I think it might take me a while to get used to this.

I'm meeting up with some other INSEAD students tonight for dinner. I think we are going to China town!


Blogger Dallas said...

awesome Tori! keep us updated ok.
I heard you took your mtb too ?.

August 9, 2009 at 9:27:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

When I was in high school I spent close to 4 years living in Jakarta, so I was in transit thru Singapore many times on my way to somewhere or another. I even had xmas dinner at a Singapore McDonalds once while on the way to the Maldives. No McD's in Indonesia, so this was a big treat...

Random SE Asia story for you.

cheers | noel.

August 9, 2009 at 2:14:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats Tori.

August 10, 2009 at 11:04:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Emma said...

And...what's the flat like? The city? The people? And, most importantly, are there gummy tarantulas over there?

August 11, 2009 at 4:21:00 AM MDT  

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