I finally made it to Singapore. It has been quite the journey so far, and I’ve been here for less than a week. Here are a few quick observations and realizations that I’ve made.
1. Singapore is way farther than I thought. Originally I thought it would be like 5 hours from Seoul. However, from Tokyo, the direct flight was 7 hours! Therefore, from NY to Singapore was a good 20 hours on the plane in total.
2. Chewing gum is not allowed. Good thing I’m not a big gum chewer, but you can not bring it in, have people send it to you via mail, and it is NOT sold here! I remember people saying you can’t spit gum on the street, but I don’t think I realized that you can’t buy it or bring it into the country! However, you can chew it in your own home. I guess I won’t have to worry too much about my students chewing gum in class!
3. The escalators are super fast. The first time I was going into the MRT (subway) station, I was really surprised at how fast the escalator was going!! It was like double speed of the escalators back in Seoul and the USA. So now I realize that it’s just the MRT station escalators that are super fast. I think most of the other escalators are normal speed!
4. It is really humid here. Again, I think a lot of people warned me about this, but I don’t think I fully realized how humid it would be. So far it honestly hasn’t been that bad, but I can sense how it might feel day in and out, since there’s pretty much only one season here! Any beauty tips on controlling frizzy hair?
5. Follow the Singapore law! On the immigration form we have to fill out at the airport, it says on the back in red capitalized letters: WARNING DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS UNDER SINGAPORE LAW. They are serious here about following the rules. This reminded me to make sure to follow all the rules that they have including not spitting on the streets and eating in the MRT.
A few glimpses of my new home.