Gardens by the Bay

There is such a vast variety of places and things to do here in Singapore.  One of my favorite unique places here is Gardens by the Bay, which is a large nature park that combines city views with natural wonders.  Gardens by the Bay includes several outdoor gardens, two indoor conservatories, and the famous Supertrees. […]

Holidays in Singapore

I’ve been in Singapore for several holidays, including Halloween, Deepavali, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Here is a summary of how these holidays are celebrated here: Halloween: Traditionally, Halloween is not a holiday that has been celebrated in Singapore.  However, more recently, Halloween has become a bigger holiday here.  I was here to witness trick or treating in […]

Angkor Wat

    Angkor…what?  When I first heard of Angkor Wat, I was clueless about this incredible place.  The Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The whole site measures 402 acres and is the largest religious monument in the world, consisting of many temples both large and small. […]

Thanksgiving in Cambodia

My Thanksgiving didn’t include turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes this year.  Instead, it included temples, tuk-tuks, and fried noodles!  My friend and fellow student teacher at Singapore American School decided to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to spend our 4 day Thanksgiving break. Before arriving in Singapore, I knew essentially nothing about Cambodia and hadn’t […]

“Where are you Going for the Break?”: A Culture of Travel

Before my 21st birthday, I had never left the United States and my travels in the country were not extensive.  Last May, I went to Vienna for the Vienna Summer School May term through Hope, and that was my very first airplane ride!  When I came to Singapore and started talking to people here, I […]

Singapore’s Chinatown

This past weekend, I explored Chinatown with two friends who are also student teaching at SAS.  Singapore has three main “cultural” areas: Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown, and all of them are wonderful areas to try different foods, shop, and explore.  We began our exploration at a little coffee shop that sold Kaya toast, […]

A Slice of Nature Within the City

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, Singapore maintains several large natural areas perfect for enjoying nature.  MacRitchie Reservoir is one of those places, dense with tropical trees and alive with the sounds of monkeys and birds.  My Saturday morning was spent breathing in the humid rainforest air and trying to capture the beauty of […]

Singapore American School

Student teaching at SAS has been quite the experience! The curriculum is academically challenging, and often I have been surprised at how much my third graders know and can do. The entire school is huge, with a student body larger than that of Hope. As third grade teachers, my cooperating teacher and I work alongside […]

Island Exploration

  This past weekend, another student teacher and I explored Pulau Ubin, a Singaporean island just off the coast of the mainland.  The island was advertised as rustic and relaxed, which we found it to be. It was enjoyable to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city for the day.  We […]