Tuesday, June 9, 2009

No Durian, No Music, No Talking, No Littering, No Jaywalking, No Peeping and No Urinating Allowed in Singapore!

I'm surprised there wasn't a sign for "No Breathing"

I studied abroad at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and remember my first impression of this city/country/island/state was not all too positive.

This "fine" city made front page news for the caning of Michael Fay, an 18-year-old American charged with theft and vandalism. Before leaving to Singapore, we were briefed on the strict rules and policies, i.e. no gum chewing, jaywalking, littering, spitting, etc.

To my surprise, my Singapore experience was amazing! I loved every minute of it and would recommend it to anyone, especially if it's their first time visiting an Asian country. Singapore is an Asian country with strong western cultural influences, i.e. McDonald's and Starbucks available throughout island. Although English is the official language (and language of instruction), many Singaporeans speak Singlish.

So please don't let these signs deter you from visiting Singapore...

Last, but not least....No Studying! (My personal favorite)

Photo Credit

What were we supposed to do if we weren't allowed to study? Trust me, it wasn't difficult to figure out what to do with ourselves, especially since Singapore is central to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam! Traveling by bus was cheap and convenient!

Check out this video (below) produced by a former colleague from Norway, Kjartan. We both lived in Hall 14 and he was crafty enough to create this wonderful video to share with the rest of the students in the study abroad program!

1 comment:

A Modern Mother said...

Wow, just had a dejavu watching your video. My 4-year-old loved the music!