Hello, this is me from Singapore again!
Unfortunately, I did not write an article for a long time because it was really stressful here.
This is because the Nanyang Polytechnic is completely different from the DHBW in Germany. The students do not only have to pass exams at the end of the semester but they also have to submit many ICAs. ICAs are reports and presentations which you have to do in group work. In one ICA, I had to invent an idea which is new on the market. For this idea I had to create a Business Model Canvas and present it to the class. In another group project we had to observe a currency pair and analyze why it is going up or down. The ICAs take really long time and it is very nerve-racking. Let me give you an example: If you have to submit the ICA on the 06th June 2018 by 11:59pm, the group will finish it on the 06th June 2018 by 23:53pm. I am not used to this because actually, I try to get my things done pretty early. But for luck, it works anyway here!
Despite these many ICAs, we tried to travel a bit. We went to Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
There, we visited Kuala Lumpur which is a very beautiful city and definitely worth a trip. We participated in a Hop-on-Hop-off-Tour: There, we went to China Town and the Lake Garden in which we saw a lot of monkeys. We visited the famous KLCC Towers as well. On the other day, we went to the Batu Caves. The big golden temple was pretty amazing and the tour in the caves as well. And please note: If you are in Kuala Lumpur, you absolutely have to try the Chicken Waffle. It is a waffle with some chicken bites and honey. Sounds weird but tastes so good!
First of all, we noticed that you have to take off your shoes before you enter a house here. At the beginning, it was really weird but you get used to it fast.
We spent our first day in Phuket: There, we visited the Big Buddha which was really impressive and of course big. And on just this day, there was a big food market on which we tried as much as possible of the different food. We ate for example very delicious and fresh sushi, various Thai noodle plates and mango sticky rice. Then, we went on to the Phi Phi Islands. There, we hiked to a view point which was definitely worth the effort because the sunset was amazing. On the other day, we made a boat tour which started at 6:30am: We visited different beautiful bays and we also snorkeled. We saw different kind of fishes and some of us even saw a small shark.
In Myanmar, we visited Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. In Yangon, we went to many temples and we explored the residential area by train. This was really interesting because it became obvious that the living standard is quite low here. After that, we went to Mandalay: We spent the two days with a very friendly taxi driver who showed us many different temples within and outside Mandalay. We spent our last days in Bagan where we rent scooters in order to visit all the temples there. We saw temples with really old paintings. Sometimes, the inhabitants explained us something about their history. In Myanmar, we visited a lot of temples but it was really interesting anyway because of the completely different culture!
Now, we have two weeks vacation to relax. Of course, we will travel. In my next article, I will tell you which country we explored in this two weeks!