With under 2 months to go, it’s about time I updated everyone on what’s been happening. In my last post, I told you everything I needed to do, so I think it’s only right I tell you what I’ve done since then!
Here’s a short list of things I’ve done (It should be longer, it really should):
- Bought Australian Overseas Student Health Cover. Now when I get mauled by a kangaroo or have my leg taken off by a shark, at least it won’t cost me as much money.
- Accepted my offer to Flinders. Obviously, this had to be done. My course starts on the 23rd of July but I have to be there 2-3 weeks prior to that for orientation and whatnot.
- Organised my Visa which is nice; turns out I’m not as shifty as I thought I was.
- Booked my flights. I leave Heathrow on July 2nd, arriving in Singapore 13 hours later, spending a couple of days there before flying onto Adelaide.
With less than 3 days in Singapore, I’ve planned my time there with exquisite (defined: extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate) detail.
- Singapore Flyer. It’s basically the London Eye, but bigger. (Amazing memories from the London Eye at night!). The tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
- Botanical Gardens. For everyone from England, it’s about half the size of the Royal Botanical Gardens, but it appears on everyone’s list of things that can’t be missed in Singapore.
- Chinatown. While in Chinatown I’m hoping to go see the Chinese Heritage Centre and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, both of which look amazing.
- Little India.
- River Cruise. Either a cruise on the river in the ‘standard’ way or even better on a Duck tour (a land/sea adventure on a WWII amphibious Vietnamese warcraft).
- Sentosa. An island resort described as ‘Asia’s Favourite Playground’ that has a huge observation tower, a butterfly park and insect kingdom, a huge oceanarium and dolphin lagoon, a gun fort built by the British, the longest/steepest zip wire in Asia, high ropes course, free-fall parachute simulator, miles of beaches…. OK, you get the idea.
- Food. Singapore is famous for its food and I want to try all the different types it has to offer from Vietnamese to Indian to Chinese, all from hawker food stalls.
- Geylang. The red light district. Er, no…. not for that, the culture around the place is meant to be amazing.
Researching and writing this has been a hugely useful procrastination tool, but now I’ve got to find SOMEWHERE TO LIVE.
Note: I’ve also booked all my arrival briefings, tours, etc for when I get to Flinders. Exciting stuff!