The tuk-tuk ride to school was very poignant. I suddenly remembered so many things in PP from ten years ago. The dry dry fluff and dust that flew into my face and my nasal system, and the yummylicious smell of barbecue, fried chicken, on the way into the city. I remembered the single-storey, naturally ventilated airport which did not have direct flights to Singapore, and shared a flight with Siem Reap on the route to and from Singapore. Now, I disembark to a double-storey, high ceiling, air-conditioned airport, with quite some flights to choose from.
There are so many tall tall tall tall buildings now, skyscrapers in steel and glass. I laughed and told my seniors about how the tallest building was this 6-storey one when I was last there, and they had the first and only elevator in PP. There was a lady with a chair in the lift with a wad of money and a cloth. I remember she kept cleaning the elevator, but could not remember whether we paid or tipped her (hence the wad of money).
I have not much yarn to spin from this trip, other than the tales of ten years ago. I was absolutely caught up between – getting acclimatised, orientated with the admin matters (and people), finding my way around the building, figuring out my timetable and the classroom and the class, and at the same time remotely juggling my SG day job.
Overall, the trip was superduper fun. I realised how much I love and enjoy design, the design environment, teaching design, and sharing knowledge. I adore the seniors who are with me on these, it is so enjoyable discussing ideas with open-minded people who seem to understand or have gone through the similar struggle I did, and I feel … normal! 😀 I didn’t think I could “social” for more than a day, but they were so interesting to chat with, that I actually put down my work to enjoy every meal with them however long each meal took. Haha, I would be evil to call them “elders” to meet the RDP – they were my seniors in architecture school – I was a freshie when they were doing their masters.
In summary, I am happy to say that I am tackling this new journey with tonnes of brio~
Wheehee~ all RDPs scored! ❤