The first hazy days in Singapore

It’s been a week since I landed on the little red dot. I spent the first two days trying to hunt down my luggage because an elusive Mr. Chen took home my blue suitcase mistaking it for his. After I got my bag full of shorts and T-shirts back, I got excited to enjoy the Singaporean sunshine.

Singapore hazeBut, the sun has been struggling to shine its light on me and the other 5ish million Singaporeans because the city is enveloped in a thick cloud of haze. Winds are blowing the uncontrolled fires from the “slash and burn” cultivation of Sumatra onto Singapore. Take a look at these amazing NASA images that capture the fumes blowing from Indonesia to Singapore.

Singaporeans are no strangers to the haze from their neighbours drifting over their city, but it has never been this bad. The highest Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) record was set in 1997 with a value of 226. To contextualize the situation, a PSI of 300 is considered hazardous; 400 is considered lethal for the elderly and ill. Today, the PSI soared up to 402. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Blog!

Today I woke up and wished my blog a happy birthday, bonne fête and feliz cumpleaños. As his her its one year birthday present, I got it a brand new theme, which I am sure it’s effectively showing off.

As should be with every aging soul, I thought it would be a good time to dig through my posts from last year and reflect upon some of the milestones that I have recorded in this blog. I primarily tend to stick with blogging about travel and my personal adventures, but when you have an avenue for sharing your sweet stories, you can’t help but talk about some important personal moments that are close to your heart. I read through all my 38 posts and picked three that I am most happy I was able to imprint in the cyber world:

Becoming Canadian

I was knighted as a proud Canadian last winter and blogged about the process of going from being a foreigner to an immigrant to a Canadian. As someone who loves to travel, it was a huge milestone because I didn’t need to wait on visas anymore: I could pack up and leave every time I had the chance to (and that is exactly what I did last year).

Graduation

Finishing university was like the end of an era. Even though I have a degree and many photos to remind me of graduation, I think I will be happy that I wrote down my thoughts and feelings when they were fresh in my mind.

Travel Writing

My entire blog is a collection of informal posts about travel. As a reflection of my writing and adventures I recently wrote about the future of travel writing and the possibility of making it a career. I pick it as a favourite blog posts because not only did a source I quoted in it found my blog and commented on it, but also because it nicely wraps up my thoughts and what I have been up to in the last year.

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