Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I'm freaking out, correction my mom is freaking out. But that's nothing new and I don't blame her this time, though, considering my flight is in a week and I haven't even started packing yet. I should also mention I never unpacked when I got back from school in May so that helps/hurts my cause depending on how you look at it.
Nonetheless, some important and interesting things I have failed to mention up to this point. Singapore is really REALLY hot no matter what time of year you go. However, the highest recorded temperature ever in the country's recorded history is 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Not too bad, right? Ehh, not so much since it is always above 50% humidity from my understanding. It caught me off guard when I read this considering this nation is located very close to the equator.
However, sad times in the life of J Coco; my dorm room is going to have no A/C!?! I don't care too much besides the fact that I love it to be freezing like 60 degrees F when I'm sleeping. It's going to be like the time I went to freshman orientation at UConn and stayed in a dorm with no air conditioning, in July. I slept that night just in boxers on top of sheets with no blanket and woke up almost every hour that night. It was a nightmare. What was I thinking signing up for this? OK OK everything is going to be fine. Worst case scenario, I take the family Marriott points and use them whenever possible to get some rest at the hotel down the road. Let me tell you something about the Marriott in Singapore, damn...check out the photo above of the lobby (it's a five-star hotel in case you were wondering). Not a bad back-up plan if I may say so myself. I've also considered the possibility of not packing any clothes and just bringing fans and A/C units with me. I can buy cheap threads abroad, no worries. Something tells me my parents may having something to say about that.
Something else worth bringing up is that while a country, Singapore is roughly 1/4 in size of the state of Rhode Island (really called "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" for you trivia junkies) by total land area. How about that New York City is bigger than Singapore by 30 square miles? I might end up seeing all 274 square miles of the country without even trying.
By the way, I went through the trouble of crunching those numbers after one of my cousins asked me to compare Singapore to a state in the United States. Well there you go. Another topic that has been brought up to me is the height of Singaporeans. I have frequently heard "You're going to tower over everyone there." It may be Asia, but not so fast my friend. The average height Singapore's citizens sits around 5'7". The United States only stands two inches taller on average at the 5'9" benchmark. So while I may be "above average" with my 5'10" stature, I don't think I will be looking down at people as often as one may think.
I'm beginning to ramble so I will cut myself off here. Seven days until I depart for the "Lion City."
P.S. I just found out that in Singapore they drive on the opposite side of the road from the U.S. (the British just HAD to have that kind of influence too). Things could get dicey crossing the street.