“We wish you a merry christmas..we wish you a merry christmas and a happy newy..”
“Shhh, teacher’s walking here!! (Also it’s not even christmas, it’s June!)”
“Are you all ok? I’ve heard your sweet voice from my room over there for almost 20 minutes already,” said teacher and she laughed.
“Anyway, do you know anyone from Art-Japanese program who is good at English?”
“Yeah, why?” I asked.
“Well, there’s an exchange student’s program to go to Singapore. So you know any?” replied the teacher.
Before I could say I knew a few friends from that program my friend pinched me and answered “Yes, we know. We’ll let them know and meet you asap”
When the teacher was gone, my friend turned to me and “Isn’t it you who has always wanted to go abroad?! Although you’re not studying Art-Jap but who knows, you can beat them!”
I went for an interview that evening and it was me selected! 🙂 Mum was amazingly excited coz it was going to be her very own daughter’s first time abraod!!!
Then the day came, I flew abroad. I was so impressed with everything on the plane; the seats, the food (although lots of people have complained about it:p), air hostesses and stewards (so good looking!) and everything..it was so HISO up there and I was all eyes and all ears all the time!
When we (me and some more friends from other schools) arrived, we were welcomed by Greenview Secondary School’s students and teachers ~ warmly 🙂 And there I met my buddy, cute Alyssa who gave me my colorful name on little paper as the first gift:)
Then we all went to the camp. After some rest then we had to play some games al-together at night. It was so fun so we, Thai people ;p, kept laughing then we were told to be quiet :p because in Singapore, people need to rest and at night people have to be quiet.. if no, we could be reported to the police. I didn’t mind that, so we kept playing in silence then :p
The next day, we went trekking.. jest kept walking and walking..for miles. I was sweating like a pig ~ ran out of water and we could rest for a few minutes only! But at last the present for our patience was yummy roti! I ate happily and learned one more thing; when doing something, do it the best you can, never give up easily because at last there’ll be something greatly rewarding your effort 🙂
After a few days, it was time to go to stay with our own buddies at their houses. I came into the city then and saw so many tall buildings ~ I knew abruptly that I would be lost if I was dumped alone there :p then I learned that Singapore is a little country so people live in condotel instead of big houses because having not many spaces 🙂 But as soon as I stepped into Aly’s place ~ “OH MY BUDDHA!!!” so big and classy in there! I even had my own room there!! That was great. I quickly walked into my room to unpack my things acting like I was the place’s owner :p then my hostmum came in and gave me a little bag as a gift with some more friendly welcoming words.. I was so touched. She even told Aly to bring me out to somewhere coz it’s boring at home. She wanted me to have the most fun. And that’s how I could spend my time out so late for the first time of my life!! :p We played games, did some fake hands (hehe), ate and bought some things ~ was so much fun!
And I got a chance to visit Greenview Secondary School. The first thing I noticed there was the school was like a fun park. All the buildings are colorful, I mean. Students there did give us, visitors, nice welcome. They came to greet and talked 🙂 Then I attended the class. I learned one more thing; they study only half an hour for one period!!! Here’s 50 minute up to an hour!!! So envy hehe! The students are superb, too. They kept answering and responding in class (although, the little boy behind me kept pulling my hair but jest one in the whole class!) unlike here in Thailand that students love being quiet including me hehe.
Soon, it was a night to exchange the cultures. We had some performance and I had to wear a Thai costume which has something heavy all over lol. When I came home and tried to undress myself. Something from my costume cut my finger. The mum came in right away and put a bandage on me..softly. She also told me to be careful next time. That almost make me shed a tear because my real mum never did that to me before.
As I was having fun, it’s time to leave.. I tried to keep all the tears inside. I didn’t wanna let anybody staying there sad when seeing my tears but it was my own buddy, Aly who cried loads! I cried, too .. My friend, Pee, kept crying till arriving Thailand – -” I so miss it there.. I still remember the first time I arrived and saw Al’s smile and the last time I saw Singaporean’s friends waving.. the last moment I saw their hands as little dots..
Although it was only 7 days for me being abroad but it was the best week ever that I’ll keep all the memories inside..here in my heart and my mind. We’re friends forever and soon, I’ll step back there once again, I promise.
P.S. I found no dog’s poo over there, too!!! So clean everywhere!
P.S.S. Thanks my friends who kept singing Christmas song for no reasons, my teachers who gave me chances, my mum who gave me “me”, everyone in Singapore and everybody who’s made me be able to grab this great opportunity! Cheers*