After-thoughts of New Mexico

After-thoughts of New Mexico

Photo of a Belgium toddler that I met in Old Town Albuquerque while I was there snapping photos and I saw him. Talked to the mother and found out that they were visiting from Belgium. Tried speaking french with the kid which was just bad. Wanted to get a picture with the boy but took together with the mom instead because he did not want to look in the camera (which turned out really well!)

I really liked New Mexico very very much. I did not expect myself going there. Really. Initially when Joshua told me about New Mexico I was like “where was that?” I did not know what was there in the town but what I knew was just Albuquerque which was well-known for its Hot Air Balloons and some scenic views.

But after three days spent eating local Mexican food, understanding their culture, observing people and their way of life, it was really an eye-opening experience. One can find so many things in the town from cultures to architectures (adobes), famous international attractions (Sandia Peak Tramway, White Sands National Monument) to adventures (road trips and Hot Air Balloon Flights). It was such a fulfilling experience and I loved the cultures that they had. I learned that Native Americans (Indian Pueblos) were the first few that had their roots there.

I enjoyed Santa Fe and Albuquerque very much. I always believe in exploring new places and cultures that are not available back here at home. In fact, the four of us were the only Asians that were there which was really interesting.

I am thankful for great travelling buddies (Joshua, Hidayah and Mellissa) that made the trip so fulfilling and fun!

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Back to Sunny Singapore!

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Hi FOLKS!

I am back home safe and sound since last Monday. Being at Las Vegas for the past 5 weeks and stopping over at Tokyo for four days has been a really eye- and mind-opening experience for me. I have so many things to be thankful for – my parents, my friends, and everything. This trip taught me so much and I had so much adventure and also caused so much inconveniences to many but through that I knew who were those that truly cared for me and I am very grateful for that!

On campus I got to know people that I see in Singapore everyday but never spoken to them or seen them before, got to know some others better on a personal level when I only Hi-Byed them every time. This trip I learned so many things from so many people and I got to make new (both UNLV Singapore and American) friends as well!

Many more first times:
Visited Zion National Park, Did Skydiving, watched Cirque Du Soleil, Hitched a ride, went on a hot-air balloon in Albuquerque, talking to strangers (as usual) and making new friends, visiting world-class hotels and resorts, went on a road-trip, staying up late and having alcohol party, took a picture of a gun store against the sunrise, Visiting Walmart at 4am in the morning, Visiting Sea World and telling someone that I was from Park Services in another theme park from the other side of the planet, watched X Burlesque at Flamingo, gamed at the casino and won/lost some money etcetera.

Things that I have observed in the USA and Japan and some learning points from this trip:
to be truly passionate on what you do

If I had never studied in UNLV, I would have never had this awesome experience to study in the main campus and had a lifetime there in USA. If I ever had a chance to do my undergraduate studies all over again, I would do it in the main campus (at least for a year exchange). But still, I am very thankful for the opportunity and my parents for supporting my decision to study in UNLV. I have exactly five more weeks from today before I finish my modules with unofficial graduation. Reality kicks in but I hope for the best in the future and to be as positive as always!

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Today I hitched a ride

I was supposed to meet my friend Charlotte after my shopping at the Boulevard Mall so I just got on the bus, followed my GPS which was reliable until I reached the bus terminal. Everything was going according to plan only until the driver drove two stops ahead from where I was supposed to alight. He told me how I was supposed to take the same bus back towards the opposite direction. 

Alighted, checked the next bus only to find out that the bus would only come in an hour. The area that I was at was Martin Luther boulevard which was damn quiet. I got worried so I just thought it might be better if I walked down the street. But after when I left the bus stop for 5mins the bus that I supposed to board drove past me.
(T . T) Continued towards the next bus stop till I reached the next junction.

While I was crossing the junction, i heard some noise, turned back, saw two black punks and it looked like they were calling out for me. I was so worried and scared and started brisk walking and started praying. That was like the first time I got so afraid that I might get caught and raped or what in a foreign land on my last week before going home. :(((

Continued walking till the next bus stop, waited for 20mins, saw no bus. Saw a female local, only to find out that the frequency was 30mins.

I tried to wait but there was no bus to be seen. Then I spotted a gas station in front thinking if there might be someone that can help me. Walked up to the gas station and tried to look out for leaving cars that can help me out or something. The first car that I saw rejected me and I went up to another man to try my luck if he could help me out. Tried to explain myself and my situation to him and he decided to help me out after refilling his gas on his van.

After waiting for him, I hopped on his van and he fetched me to the north premium mall. On the ride, i found out that he repairs aircon for a living and he was a Mexican. When I reached my destination, I shook his hands really hard and passed him a Singapore two dollar note. He initially refused because he said he doesn’t charge. But I insisted that he keep the note as a souvenir.

After this entire experience, I can say that I am really lucky to meet really kind people that were willing to help me out. I am really very thankful and grateful for the ride, if not I would not have met my friend safely.

This Hitch ride shall be the first and the last time. Too scary and my heart cannot take it.

Side note: We as Singaporeans should totally be thankful that we are really tiny and easy to get around and stop complaining about our world-class transport like seriously.

Today I hitched a ride

For all Park Services people –

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My initial thought of this gesture was that I thought this was something that I should do; not to all of them but at least one.

It is always good that one shows appreciation to others plus I have been in their shoes before so I really know how it feels to be working under the hot sun. One can’t open your eyes and need to keep the park really clean.

This post is dedicated to all Park Services people, thank you for keeping the park clean and tidy for all to enjoy! *salute*

For all Park Services people –