Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I am back in the land of OZ.

The two weeks in Singapore felt like a dream. It felt really surreal and for some reason I felt like I was almost just floating by and not realising how real everything was. I think we all experienced Singapore in a way we didn't expect we would - in a non-touristy type of way.

So basically this trip was to learn about HDB public housing in Singapore. The first week was field work, picking up as much information as we could in our immediate surroundings. In the second week everyone focused on their region in their individual groups. We all knuckled down to pull off a 20 min presentation. It consisted of talking to oneself in the hotel rooms, memorising of speeches in the bathroom and timed group practices. I think we all did really well. I was pretty nervous, considering we don't these types of presentations in Architecture - it's just never this formal, where everyone's dressed up and everything.

Other than that, we spent most of our days indulging in cheap food, scenic walks and shopping malls. One of the ups that I found really interesting was that the architecture kids got to sit down with Richard Hassell of WOHA at his firm. Walking into the workspace with everyone on CAD working was quite astonishing - like it was the real thing not just people doing their assignments in the labs.

Personally I think for me what I took out most from the trip was the friendships that I made. Like it didn't matter that we were in Singapore, it was just a crazy group of amazing people that made the trip. My expectations honestly weren't that high, but the whole experience kind of went beyond that. My roommate was a big bonus. She was someone I would've never ever met if it wasn't for the trip - we simply just clicked. We matched so well. I already miss her. I missed her when she flew out first. I sat in our room alone and I was like aww so lonely and quiet. But even with the others, I honestly thought we wouldn't click - I don't know somehow we all just formed these cute little bonds.

Missing everyone naw. 
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