Saturday, February 27, 2010

So Long Singy

When I initially decided to come to INSEAD, the prospect of completing a small part of the program in asia was definitely part of the draw; however, I was most interested in INSEAD for the the opportunity to live in France, so I didn't ever expect Singapore to be a significant part of my program experience. Two months there, tops.

Ultimately, after consulting with students and alumni, I decided to start in Singapore, which meant spending a minimum of four months there. I was certain that this would be plenty of time to satisfy my curiosity about the region and to take in the island nation. Some travel before the start of the program, combined with a few weekend trips - a lot could be accomplished in four months, right? Well yes, but it's all relative. My wish list of things to see and do in the region just kept getting longer. So, I stayed another two months. Besides, Fontainebleau in January/February was reputed to be dark, cold and lonely - how could I possibly leave the tropics.

Staying an extra couple of months afforded me the chance to see a few more places, and a bit more of the city. In total, I've squeeeeeeezed in a number separate trips over the last six months:
- papua new guinea (various)
- indonesia (
bintan)
- indonesia (
bali)
- japan (
tokyo)
- malaysia (kuala lumpur)
- sri lanka (
various)
- indonesia (
pangkil pulau)
- thailand (
koh phi phi)
- brunei (bandar seri begawan)
- vietnam (
saigon)
- cambodia, thailand (
bangkok), myanmar
- china (
hong kong)
- thailand (koh phangan)
- australia (sydney)
- malaysia (kota kinabalu)

I've also enjoyed a number of Singapore's own offerings:
- Singapore Night Safari
- Chinese New Year
- Deevali
- Sunday Brunch at Raffles Hotel
- Singapore Flyer
- Singapore National Day
- Formula 1 Night Race
- Singapore Marathon

After six months in Singapore, it's time to say goodbye and look ahead to finishing my MBA program in France. I'll miss this place, but I feel like I've accomplished a lot during my time here.

3 Comments:

Blogger BikingBakke said...

just like at home, you're always a busy bee. I think when we're 70 we'll have to put up our feet for a bit.

April 11, 2010 at 8:17:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Emma said...

Sad about leaving Asia, yes, but...hurrah Europe! I think I've got a gig in Paris in October...or maybe it's July? I'll check. See you there!

April 15, 2010 at 4:15:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Hoop said...

I think that "accomplished a lot" is a bit of an understatement - you went freaken nuts! Well played Tori, well played...

April 15, 2010 at 2:17:00 PM MDT  

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