travels and (mis)adventures
「✈」「Day 7」 
06/01/2009 at 08:48pm
orchidfire: White flowers with "poesía... eres tú" caption. (Default)
= spicy   = recommended
≈S$3 ($2.08)
≈S$5.00 ($3.48)
≈S$5.00 ($3.48)
Egg prata
Bubble tea

No pictures because I was
in a rush to get to class.

niku udon
AMAZING. The broth is really
savory, and the meat is

Strawberry and soursop juice
Sooooo goooooooooood.

I actually didn't think
it tasted sweeter than the
US version. Apparently Coke
in Singapore uses cane sugar
instead of corn syrup.

Fried bee hoon with
chicken and mushroom
It was pretty good, but
it was a little dry.


Slow day today. I ended up getting very little sleep last night because I was bogged down by readings and other things that I had to deal with (I was a bit of an emotional wreck, for reasons I won't disclose here), so I was pretty dead tired. I felt a bit bad in class because I felt as though I was unable to contribute—I didn't totally understand the readings, and I don't really have enough of a background in any kind of politics to really have intelligent discussion about politics. Maybe that was the sleep deprivation, but I'm not sure.

I felt a bit more engaged in the Singapore class, though; today, we talked about urban planning and public housing. Singapore is one of the most well-housed countries in the nation, if not the most well-housed. I believe it's about 85% of Singaporeans who live in public housing, and public housing is carefully controlled to be racially mixed and with different income levels, so that no part of Singapore becomes a racial enclave (with the exception of Little India) or a slum.

Although this gives a positive appearance—most newlyweds expect to own their first home, instead of rent—it has a lot of negative social repercussions. For one, mixed housing pretty much destroys any sense of community that you might have. Additionally, housing requirements are very strict—singles under the age of 35 are unable to purchase a home, and divorcees are forced to move out, as housing is only for married couples. This also has the consequence that people get married younger and when they're not really ready, simply because they want to move away from their parents. So it's questionable regarding whether these policies are actually good policies. Moreover, just because you're mixed up racially doesn't mean that you automatically get along.

After class and lunch, I went back to PGP and just fell asleep until about 6, which was a sorely needed nap. I then had dinner with Elizabeth, Kelsey, Mary, Peter, Don, and Steven; I had a number of really good conversations with them about things like how much Walmart sucks, how nice public transportation is in Singapore and how the US might be able to learn from it, how segregation of residential and commercial sectors in the US contributes to a lack of a sense of character or community in the US, and lots of things. I learned about UNC's Zipcar service, which lets you borrow a car for occasional use, which will prove to be really helpful for me next year. I also talked a lot with Kelsey about our work with refugees back in North Carolina and about how I would like to do field work with them.

So yes, now I'm back in PGP, and I've got to do my readings and redraft that e-mail to the Mahidol professor who does S'gaw Karen research. :X So intimidating! I'm planning on doing more tomorrow (not sure what, though); we have a group outing to see a play in the evening. (Maybe I'll get reading and laundry done in the afternoon, then? Hmm.) I feel obligated to go out and explore since I'm in Singapore, but, idk! Slow days like this are really nice. I really need them.
06/01/2009 at 02:05pm (UTC)

you buy a lot of fruit i noticed... =) i just find it odd since i recall eating very little fruit while i'm there, except bananas. xD

public transport is ridiculously awesome in singapore!! and so easy and convenient, especially with the travel card and you just beep beep through everything. lol.

hope tomorrow is better! =))

(it's odd, since you're from US, i keep thinking of US time vs my time... but Singapore is only 3 hours or so difference now, so... I had a point, but i can't remember! xD soo... nvm xD)
06/01/2009 at 02:46pm (UTC)
orenji_jyuusu: DDDDDDDDDD:< (『ブリーチ』 D:)
lol, Walmart.

I was instantly reminded of Jensvold and her passionate hate for Walmart... I vaguely remember her showing us a documentary about how Walmart is the devil and it will eat your babies and take your money and look down on you for not being white—and then she probably threw a quiz at us afterward. D:
Very persuasive documentary, though.

Looking at all the pictures of your food makes me want to go to Taiwan. ♥
06/01/2009 at 03:10pm (UTC)
You have to be 21 to use zipcar :(

06/01/2009 at 03:11pm (UTC)
Oh jk what is this madness?! 18+? Liiiiiies it was never like that before.
06/01/2009 at 03:12pm (UTC)
orchidfire: White flowers with "poesía... eres tú" caption. (Default)
Haha, well, there are restrictions on 18- to 20-year-olds, but I'm pretty sure I'm eligible.
06/01/2009 at 03:22pm (UTC)
My mommy makes bihun goreng. It gets dry after stored for a couple days, but before that it's okay and delicious.
06/01/2009 at 04:18pm (UTC)
Seems you are having the greatest fun. Very glad to know you are happy. Love all ur pics
your mom
06/02/2009 at 11:09pm (UTC)
Awww man, that housing thing is the pits! Just imagine HAVING to live with your parents until you're 35. D8
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