Update, no updates…

I must say that as someone who feels really anxious without plans, I’m doing pretty well with the “planning” for this trip. I think it is because I know that there are people who are taking care of this for me. And, if they don’t take care of it, then my team leader will step in and make sure everything happens as it should. It kind of feels like I’m a kid again, and my team leader is my mom watching out for me. I’m already thinking of how I can thank her for taking care of us. 

In this program I’m in, we’re supposed to have our itineraries about six weeks before we go so that we have a chance to review them, make sure our job placements are in line with our interests, etc. We leave in five days. We still do not have a complete itinerary. We don’t have all our flight info. I do know the names of the people I’m supposed to stay with in three of the six towns we’re visiting . I know that people on our end have been trying to get this all figured out, but I think it is a cultural difference and they may be much more laid back in the “planning” department than we are. Again, I’m shocked that I’m not stressed about this lack of details! I was at my mom’s on the weekend, and it was weird to say “No, Mom, I can’t give you the details of where I’ll be staying as I don’t know them yet.” Instead, I gave her the name and number of our coordinator here, hoping that if she needs to reach me, he’ll be able to figure out where I am. 

Last night, I was messaging with the team leader from the other district who is here now. She was telling me a bit about my billet that I’m staying with in the first leg of the trip. She told me that the one I was supposed to stay with has changed, and that I’m now staying with her best friend. Even though I haven’t met this woman, it was nice to know that I’m staying with her friend! This time next week, I’ll be settled in at that friend’s house, happily getting ready for my first work placement the next day. 

As for the work placements, it seems like there are a few really cool placements lined up for me in Singapore. I’m not sure which of them I’m going to, but I’ve been emailing back and forth with a man there who has been fantastic at trying to get me a good placement. I am quite excited about that part of the trip! 

Now, if I could only figure out what to pack. 



Eleven Days

I leave in eleven days. How did it get to be so soon? There is still so much to be done! I write an exam in two days, and then I hope to be able to get everything done over the weekend. And by everything, I mean shopping, packing, repacking, visiting family, getting my documents all together, getting the other blog up and running. 

Yes, other blog. My intentions with this blog was to chronicle my trip. I was telling my group about it, and they put me in charge of starting the group blog for the trip. I have put a lot of time and energy into it, matching the color scheme with our brochures and business cards, learning how to add other users, trying to teach people how to blog, etc. However, because I’m such a planner, and others aren’t, I still wait for the others to accept the invites to the blog and ask any questions they might have. So far, three of us are registered, and two of us have posted. (The blog is private for now to give is a chance to figure out multiple contributors, but will go live this weekend.) So, I have a feeling that myself and another team member will be doing the majority of the blogging on that site. So, I may have to figure out how to just link this one to that one for simplicity sake while I am gone. 

On another note, what do I pack? The temperature should be 25-35 with high humidity. There are lots of mosquitoes, and we will be in a conservative area for some/most of the time. I know that whatever I pack will be fine, and if not, I can buy something over there, but for now, I’m consuming my non-studying, non-working time with thoughts of shopping and packing. 

Until next time…