Where the water is warmer than the air
7/31/11 - 7/31/11
The last few days have been very busy at NUS. Friday we had an international student orientation where over 600 exchange students gathered and listened to speakers talk about clubs and activities at NUS, some counselors told us about the services on campus, the registrars office talked about classes. Basically any questions we had about life at NUS were answered for us. Friday night we went to an area on the harbor front called St. James Power Station. There are 18 bars/clubs all in one building (for those of you who live in VT it resembles the Champlain Mill from the outside, and is all refurbished on the inside). They all connect through little walkways or on decks outside. It was really nice because once you got into one place and got a hand stamp, you could move about freely to other areas.
Yesterday we spent the entire day at Sentosa Island. It is an absolutely beautiful place, with picture perfect walkways and every type of entertainment you can imagine. There is indoor skydiving, segways, an alpine slide, a gondola etc. But the best part is the beaches. The beaches are BEAUTIFUL. There is music playing on loud speakers, and resorts with areas to sit and get food or have a few drinks. Palm trees are everywhere, and the sand is super soft. And the water must be about 85 degrees, as warm as the air. It is still very refreshing, and you could stay in the water for hours.
However, the only weird thing about the beach is the view. The island is beautiful, and the beach is nice... but out in the water there are dozens of huge freight ships. It reminded me of the lineup at the Panama Canal, giant tankers all sitting in the Harbor. You couldn't see the horizon because of the number of them. But even this could not take away from how amazing everything surround us was. We plan on going back to the beach again many many times in the next few months.