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The first week of classes are over and I finally got my right section of Mandarin. NUS is not that big of a campus (probably the same size as Western) but it is on hills which makes getting around tiring. There are stairs everywhere from one building to another and students often opt to take shuttles from one building to another. The greenery on campus is very nice with lots of palm trees and shrubs:

Square outside the library


More food:

During the week, some Singaporeans that went to Western last semester met up with the ivey exchange students at NUS and introduced us to more Singaporean dishes. I had oyster and egg again, and stingray! (yes the thing that killed Steve Irwin). It was kind of soft like salmon and chewy like chicken.

Adi, Valerie, Pearl and the stingray


I also ended up trying durian, a fruit that is banned on the subway/MRT because it smells so bad. It kind of tasted like mango:

Durian cut open

Categories: Exchange
  1. Aunty Feroza and Uncle Gerald
    January 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Hi Ranji,

    It’s nice to see your blog and follow your journey in Singapore. Last Saturday we enjoyed an evening together with your mom and dad, and Uncle Ushah, his daughter Farah and family as well as Oliver and Patricia. Continue to enjoy the experience – what is the name of the University? (We only see the acronym in your blog). Are there any other Universities in Singapore?
    Love from us all.

  2. January 20, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Thanks! I heard about the get-together! The name of the university is National University of Singapore. There are two other main universities here: Singapore Management University (SMU) and Nanyang Technological University. Hope all is well!

  3. ali
    January 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    SMELLS SOOO BADDDDDD…. did you like ittt?

    • January 26, 2011 at 5:31 am

      haha it tasted alright. I heard that you have to eat it frozen too so maybe I will try it like that next time!

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