Whew! I don't know how many of you were following my blog from the beginning but I started this summer's journey with a list of booked airplane codes. The list has since exploded! I'm currently in the Changi airport (Singapore), a place that is starting to feel like a second home after being here almost every weekend. But it's quickly nearing time to say goodbye, not just to the airport but to all the places and all the people that have made the last eight weeks so perfect.
This week didn't disappoint. As I mentioned, on Tuesday, I met up with Etkin and Zooey, my Turkish and Vietnamese couchsurfing friends respectively, for an evening in West Coast Park. Poor Zooey had an accident where she toppled off Etkin's longboard "like an unbalanced potato" just prior to me meeting them at UTown. But she was a trooper and still enjoyed the evening, rocking an ice pack like a sexy, off-kilter hat. I love discovering new places until the very end and West Coast Park was a perfect choice, especially after giving the NUS-Yale talk and finishing my slides for the final presentation. I've had a lot of fun this summer, but made an effort to remain a responsible adult, living and working in a foreign place. Playing in the park felt reverting to childhood, devoid of externally or internally imposed responsibilities. We hopped on the bus, made a pitstop at 7-11 to stock up on snacks which we consumed while walking around. We settled "seaside" to watch the illuminated boats and tankers floating in and out of the port, dropping off shipping containers and dissolving back off in the distance. The scene helped me appreciate the transience of life- people constantly come and go, things change but sometimes, you just need to stay calm and let things happen. A beautiful Australian Aboriginal Proverb that captures the experience far better than I can is as follows: "We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love and then we return home". And all I can say is: mission accomplished!
|I forgot my camera but here's someone else's picture of the Park|
|"Charlie's Angels" enjoying our wine above Gardens by the Bay|
|Alissa's sister, mom, Alissa, Lauren, Deb, Dawn and me: sunset and MBS|