A Bunch of Days

Day 5
Today was awesome. Rather inclined towards science topics, I thought today was quite interesting. Although the other doctors were a bit monotone, YY really interested me. His views on what science really is gave me something to chew on during the entire day. Rather than a process to prove or disprove a hypothesis, it is actually, in a larger scheme, a process to achieve a plausible dream. The first step to science is to come up with a goal, a dream, that is not out of reach and then to work relentlessly until that dream is complete. In this sense, science is not really a process but, in fact, a life code of conduct.

Mr. Carl Baptista’s dialogue today also furthered my understanding of science. One does not have to be a master in science to participate in making the world better through technology. Instead of being the mastermind behind the technology, one can be the mastermind behind marketing and connecting the two worlds of business and research. Our school has a strong belief in the power of community and connection and so I share his understanding of the importance of such a role. Also similar to him, I have a natural appreciation for all the sciences including physics as well.

Day 7
Kayaking was so much fun! I got so wet, I might as well have jumped into the water. Daniella (S. Korea) and I were coordinated, 100 percent in sync, and I had full confidence when I stood up on the kayak. Paintball was fun too, but I wish we had more time. Darn the rain. Also, there was not nearly enough pain. I wanted to die honorably and shot many times on my legs and arms. However, all I walked away with was a small meek bump on my leg and orange hair from the excess splatter from Pau’s shoulder shot.

The discovery center added more words to my Singlish vocabulary. I die die must try try to learn singlish… la.

The nature reserve center was kilat (impressive) (Cheryl says this isn’t Singlish, but it was in the discovery center), but it is so not AMAzing that I did not get to see Mr. Law today. He has been the most energetic and engaging speaker we have had so far this summit and I regret not having the opportunity to meet him again. The mangroves were similar to the mangroves in the United States. However, in Florida, the mangroves are a lot more busy. Always full with tourists, the mangroves were always crowded and it was hard for me to appreciate the serene nature. However, the mangroves in Singapore did not have any tourists… except for us.
I learned that mud-skipper is a Taiwan delicacy. I’m curious to try it, though they look so jolly in the water… it looks like they are always playing peek-a-boo, jumping in and out of the water like no one’s business. The little white crabs also look like they’re enjoying life. . If they made a movie about the life of these crabs, the theme song should be "In the Ayer."
"Yall dont understand , make me throw my hands
In the ayer , ay , ayer , ayer , ay , ayer"

For the cultural presentation time yesterday, Chris, Warren, Jack, Laura, Ariel, and I, along with Pau… (from the Phillipines), Crissy, and Amica, went to an Italian restaurant on 6th avenue. The pizza was quite good, good enough to be compared to New York pizza and the gelato was AMAzing. I recommend the coppa de gelato. It’s vanilla gelato with peaches a great combo that will make your tongue taste a little piece of heaven. Eat fast though, because in this hot weather, the ice cream melts quickly. Singapore’s service is commendable; I found the attitude of the waiters very respectable. In New York, if I ask a restaurant to split the bill into respective bills for each individual in a large group, the answer will most likely be no. Usually a restaurant will split the bill in two, but they would be very unlikely to split it any further. However, the restaurant we went to yesterday split it among the 8 of us and painstakingly by hand wrote and calculated the bills. The manager didn’t show a single sign of irritation and attended to us patiently.

Alexander Lin
Scarsdale High School
United States of America

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