Well, it has been three months since I came to Singapore, alone in this great wilderness. However, I have managed to adapt and enjoy this great city, while studying at Nanyang Technological University. I have gained many new experiences and friends throughout my journey, as I am here to share them with you. Continue reading “Tales of Singapore – Student Edition”
Sitting in my humidly stuffed dorm on a Saturday afternoon, it’s been one of those days where finals are coming up, and yet I am still contemplating whether to start studying or not. I have no clue what’s going on in my subjects, and frankly, I don’t care. These past 3 months an exchange have been too damn adventurous for me to sit still and regurgitate the implications of systematic risk on a diversified portfolio. Continue reading “Chapter in life: Singapore”
In this blog, I will be writing about my experience in Singapore as an exchange student.
Greetings from Singapore!
It’s been almost 3 months since I first landed in Singapore in January and the time has simply just flown by! It’s sad to think that I only have about 2 months left in this wonderful country, but you’re not here to hear about my woeful tales, so I’m going to give you a crash course on coming to Singapore for exchange.
So why should you come to Singapore?
When another country starts becoming a home away from home, then just maybe, you’ve made the right choice. Starting early January and finishing mid April, there are no breaks on this education train. This will be a mini-guide to NTU (2k17).
The city of Singapore is a mix between east and west. It’s really modern and clean and has got everything from great shopping and nightlife to impressive nature and cultural sites. The locals are friendly and it’s really easy to get around thanks to the convenient MRT system.
Some of the places I’ve visited this far is China Town, Little India, Chinese Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, Orchard Road, Haw Par Villa and Kampong Buangkok. We also got the chance to celebrate SG50 and went to the Formula 1 Grand Prix. As for the nightlife, Singapore is a great city to go out in and there’s plenty of rooftop bars and nightclubs. There are multiple exchange groups run through Facebook which organises events and special deals for exchange students.
Singapore Exchange Blog
Hello! This blog will briefly cover my first month here in Singapore. I will focus on my initial arrival, living conditions, and what I’ve managed to go and do all in this first month.
I arrived in Singapore on a Sunday night, staying in a hostel as it was outside of the campus housing check-in times. This was roughly $25 AUD/SG (the currencies are currently equal) for a bed in 4 person room. The hostel had free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
The next day I caught a taxi to the NTU campus. The check in process was quite smooth, and soon I was all unpacked. I was fortunate to be allocated to on campus housing which is far cheaper than living in an apartment off campus. My rent fees for a little over 4 months are $1200. I was also lucky, as I was allocated to Hall 3, one of the newer halls, which has aircon.
Here is the room as I arrived. My room is a double room which I share with another exchange student from The Netherlands. Our single beds are off to the left in photo one, and below left in the second photo, separated by shelving units.
Hall 3 itself is split into 5 blocks. Each block is a 6 story building, with roughly 8 double and 2 single rooms on each floor. There is a shared bathroom on each floor, mine having 4 toilets and 4 showers. There is also a small sink, and a hot water dispenser on my level. I have been eating at any of the many canteens around the campus for most of my meals. Meals are quite cheap, with something like this chicken rice being $2.50. If you are more adventurous with your food than I am, you can try all kinds of things.
This past month I’ve seen a lot of Singapore. I’ve seen many, many huge malls, some even with canals and boats in them. I’ve seen Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion and Sentosa. I also arrived in time to experience the festivities for Singapore’s 50th Birthday celebration, SG50. More recently I’ve been to Malaysia (twice now), and saw the first practice day of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Below are some photos of these experiences.
Canals inside a mall.
Gardens by the Bay
Marina Bay Sands
“50” formation flight during the SG50 celebrations.
One of the many monkeys at Batu caves, Malaysia.
One of the Redbull drivers during a F1 practice session.
Pharrel at the Grand Prix Concert
Singapore is a major travel hub within South East Asia, and I already have 2 trips planned over the next month or so. I would definitely recommend you to strongly consider Singapore for your exchange semester!
Damon Croxton, 11379017