S: Singapore Slinger: Summer 2011
BC: "Live forever now. When you need your memories, they're there--as a part of you forever." --Austin
FC: With Love from Singapore
1: "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." —Christopher Columbus | With love and with dreams, there are no impossibilities. | Leaving on a Jet Plane
2: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) SINGAPORE
3: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
5: City Harvest Church (CHC)
6: Chinatown Boat Quay | SINGAPORE | It's all in the journey...embrace the journey.
7: "You only have one life to live, so you better make the best of it...a whole new world is waiting, it's mine for the taking, I know I can make it, today my life begins." --Bruno Mars | Today is the best day of the rest of your life, make the most of it.
8: Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
11: Bangkok, Thailand | "You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you." --Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth
12: Chicken in Coconut Soup Fried noodles thai style (Pad Thai) Northern Chicken with M ango Salad Green Curry with chicken Bananas in Coconut Milk
13: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain | Buddhist Temple | BANGKOK, THAILAND | Hawker Stand | 1000 Baht Bill
14: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” --Nelson Mandela | BANGKOK, THAILAND
15: Sometimes you can leave a place and find that the only thing that has changed after the time away is yourself.
16: Memories aren't a product of the past because they make us who we are today. | “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed
18: Twin Pagodas | Chinese Garden | "Don’t follow your dreams; chase them." —Richard Dumb | Night Safari
19: Singaporean Fare
20: Tioman Island, Malaysia Idaman Beach Holiday Resort
21: From Life is Good: If you think you're too small to make an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito [or ant] in the room. | Snorkeling Jungle Trek Beautiful Sunsets
22: “Good days are to be gathered like grapes, to be trodden and bottled into wine and kept for age to sip at ease beside the fire. If the traveler has vintaged well, he need trouble to wander no longer; the ruby moments glow in his glass at will.” --Freya Stark
23: Take the memories you made in Singapore and let them guide you and embolden you in making the most of every day from this day forward.
25: “Perhaps love is like a resting place, A shelter from the storm, It exists to give you comfort, It is there to keep you warm, And in those times of trouble, When you are most alone, The memory of love will bring you HOME.” --John Denver | Tioman Island, Malaysia | Chinese Heritage Garden
26: 22 hours and 41 minutes in flight. 10, 191 miles. 12 hour time difference from home. 8 week adventure. 1 woman ready for the experience of a lifetime. I never thought these numbers would pertain to me. When I was younger, traveling the world was always just a dream--a hope that one day I would be able to fulfill. With a smile and numerous memories to share, I can now say that indeed part of my dream has come true. The past summer of 2011, I was given the opportunity to research abroad in Singapore at the Nanyang | Technological University (NTU). I am extremely appreciative for support from the Howard Hughes Medical Instidutue (HHMI) grant overseen by Dr. Barbara Speziale, Clemson University Calhoun Honors College's Educational Enrichment Travel Grant, and SC NASA Undergraduate Research Grant. The experience abroad has taught me countless lessons on educational, personal, and cultural levels. My Singapore experience can be broken into three objectives. 1. Immerse in the Asian culture, 2. Gain knowledge as a scientist, student, tourist, and maturing adult, 3. Get involved with hands-on experience. Apart from learning about the culture, I have grown to better understand myself, the world as a whole, and the research process. I have been given a new perspective and now see many instances in new lights. I am amazed the simple things I have taken away from my interaction with the world! Education is opportunity. Experience is power. Together these forces can change the world and make a difference..