July tends to wrap up my summer and begin the transition back into my professorial life, so the month was full of work, family, friends, food, and fun.
I started the month working in Singapore and ended it watching my daughter play basketball in New Orleans. It was a busy, exciting month.
Here’s what I was into in July.
My department has a program in Singapore, which I have taught in since 2004. This means I’ve spent about a month or two a year on the island the entire time I’ve been a professor. The advent of Facebook (Yes, I remember when there wasn’t a Facebook.) created an easy way for me to stay in touch with former students. Now I meet up with them for meals or coffee every time I’m on the island. These relationships truly have become the highlight of my trips.
I had an extra special visit during this year’s trip. A former student, Fairuz, and his beautiful wife, May, had a baby since I was last on the island. They were gracious enough to host a get together at their home for myself and a group of former students and friends. And, of course, I got to meet sweet baby Sabreena for the first time. She stole my heart immediately.
Our director of international programs has a theory that you should be comfortable when you’re working away from your family. She taught me this from the beginning of my Singapore trips and created a true hotel snob.
I’ve stayed at Swissotel Stamford Singapore for the last decade or so. I really look forward to my trips because of the hotel. Not only are the rooms great, but the staff in the executive club (where I have most of my meals) greets me by name and pampers me during my entire stay.
Did I mention that the view from the hotel is amazing?
I don’t usually watch TV while I’m in Singapore. I spend most of my downtime there reading. However, now that Netflix is available on the island, I found myself behaving like a true binge watcher.
I finished watching 13 Reasons Why, which I never seemed to complete at home. I liked the series a lot better than the book, mostly because the casting was just amazing. Here’s my review of the book, if you’re interested.
Up and Vanished
Since I’ve been home I’ve become addicted to the podcast Up and Vanished. I like this true crime podcast so much that I went back and listened to it from the first episode.
The podcast, by documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsey, is about the 11-year-old unsolved disappearance of a Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead.
It is truly a must listen.
Eating in NOLA
Ok, I know I said I went to New Orleans to watch my daughter play basketball, and I did, but I really enjoyed exploring the city with my family, who had never been there before. By “exploring” I mean I loved walking all over the city and eating a lot of amazing food.
Family, friends, food, and fun are are just some of the things I’m into lately. I hope you had a fabulous month!