Monday, July 21, 2008

Singapore Summer Camp







I am back from Singapore and all my kids made it back in one piece to..... somehow. Besides giving you the day to day adventure and up and downs I will just hit you with some highlights and let the pictures speak for themselves. My kids were really great their age ranged from 8 to 13 and there English level was all over the place too. I had two super cute little girls named Amber and Phoebe, they were my favorite, then I had two twin boys that ganged up and picked on the other kids, they were my worst kids. But everyone inbetween was really awsome! We all left Sunday morning and flew with 85 kids (and 8 teachers) to Singapore. It was a all day affair, and I will never complain about traveling with just Allie and I again. The coolest things we did with the kids was going to the zoo and night safari, the beach, and a water park. We also took them to a rain forest, little India, and a discovery place. Each day consisted of four hours of teaching in the morning then afternoon to evening events. The night was getting the kids to go to sleep then a teachers meeting to go over the day events and the next day lessons and activities. So I would wake up at 6 am to take a shower and knock on the kids doors then would go to sleep between 12:30 and 1 am. The days were high energy to keep the kids having fun and going. The whole week felt like one really long day. Even with all the work, I still had fun. I rode an elephant with some kids at the zoo, had a large snake put around me at the night safari, got a henna tattoo, got covered with sand at the beach, and got to hang out with 20 to 80 kids all day having fun.



Singapore as a city was really nice. It was like a small European city thrown into East Asia. The roads were super clean with trees and flowers everywhere. The people were from all over the world, and the mix was about even for all of the races. You could see the islands of Indoniesa and Malasia from the beach, so traveling around would be very easy. The temperature stays around 30 to 31 degrees or for us Americans 85 to 87 then would drop down at night. The tempeture stays the same all year round, with a cool ocean breeze.

Allie had an adventure here by herself. There was the first Typhoon of the year for Taiwan and it hit Taichung the hardest. There was a lot of flooding in the county. She had a Typhoon day off of work. When I was in Singapore I was watching Taichung on the news and newspapers. There were roads closed and most shops closed.

Allie will be going home this coming up Saturday for a week. So now I will be stuck here while Allie goes on her own adventure, and visits her friends and families.







3 comments:

hbrodell said...

Love the stories from summer camp. The pictures were great. Hope Allie's stories and pictures are just as great after home for a week. Hope she made it safe and sound. Jay, have a safe and fun week without her. Keep the BLOG going , I love it.
Love Aunt Holly

hbrodell said...

Love the stories from summer camp. The pictures were great. Hope Allie's stories and pictures are just as great after home for a week. Hope she made it safe and sound. Jay, have a safe and fun week without her. Keep the BLOG going , I love it.
Love Aunt Holly

Paul said...

Pictures look great. Stories are always good to. Glad Allie made it though the typhoon. Jay best of luck while Allie is away from you. I made it out to Oregon. Spent the first couple days in Eugene (where i will be living in an apt in downtown.) Walking distance to everything. Really cool city. I started work this past Sunday at Santiam Crossing about an hour north working with troubled teens. Bit overwhelming now. But should be good.
You two definitely need to come up here on your way back home after your year of teaching. You two would love it I'm sure. You've always got a place to stay.
Glad to hear things are going well.
Best wishes, Paul