#2: “Would you maybe like a fork?”

About two weeks ago I went on my second trip outside of Singapore. Destination: Hong Kong! With the protests in full swing, I was a little afraid it would interrupt my sightseeing, but luckily it wasn’t too bad.

I arrived at my hostel late on a Monday night. The surrounding area, the buzzing Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, was immediately a great introduction to the city and I was looking forward to start exploring the city the next morning.

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More animals (or yoga)

From downward-facing dog to cobra: a few weeks ago I started following yoga classes. I have only attended a few classes so far, but I am definitely enjoying it already.

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While having some experience with yoga before – both in high school and in university I participated in some yoga classes – the yoga classes here seem so much more intense, going from one crazy animal pose to another. The other day I literally had to try to put my knees on my elbows (with emphasis on try...  a very amusing sight I assure you)

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Not far off from my experiences

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Mooncakes and Lanterns

Yesterday I was invited to come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the international hires of my school. While not a public holiday in Singapore, this Chinese(/Korean/Vietnamese/Japanese/Taiwanese) festival is celebrated here as well.

Originally a harvest festival, celebrating “the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of the moon” (Wikipedia), it is now mainly celebrated by friends gathering watching the moon and eating mooncakes. People also burn incense and put up lanterns, and there are performances of traditional dance and solving of Chinese riddes, among many other things.

Lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival

Lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival

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When I say ‘cockroach’, you say ‘jump’ – and more animals

Having been in Singapore for almost four weeks now, I am slowly adjusting to my new surroundings: the people, the (work) mentality, the customs…. and the animals.

In the last couple of weeks I have had some sporadic encounters with the most charming of wildlife, many small geckos, caterpillars and (sometimes huge) cockroaches. All three can be found around my flat every day. While I actually find the geckos and caterpillars somewhat interesting, the cockroaches just not so much.

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The Big Singapore Move

Yes, I did it. I moved to the other side of the world. Six days ago I arrived in Singapore and since then I have found my own place, met different people, been exploring the city and been trying to adjust to the weather (read: going from airconditioning to sweating like crazy to airconditiong and repeat).

Lots of people have been asking me how things are going, so in this blog post I’ll put down a few of the things I have experienced/seen/heard so far.

My flight went smoothly. Singapore Airlines is definitely a fancy airline (free stuff!). Unfortunately wasn’t able to sleep much, so jetlag all over the place the next day, like almost falling asleep waiting for an appointment at my work and the same while waiting for my appointment at the hospital (see two paragraphs down).

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