A City At Night

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Singapore American School

Since I will not be in the US while attending my first year of high school, we had to chose a viable option. That means I'm attending school in Singapore. The school is called: The Singapore American School (as declared by the title) or SAS. And yesterday I had my first real look at it.

Here's what I already knew about it:

It was big, really big. It had 4 schools under the name (or acronym) SAS. The Primary School, the Intermediate School, the Middle School and the High School.

It had 4 gyms and a swimming pool.

And the whole school at 4,000 kids (1,200 in the HS)

But wow, none of that prepared me for how huge it was. I mean like wow!!! SGS could have fit in the entrance (to the High School!!!) with tons of room left over. It was like driving into a college campus. But everything was building. Not like Lakeside's flowing green space but like Roosevelt's 4 story building. With floors in between.

Oh for the love of the greater being that may or may not live beyond the visible universe, SAS is big. Okay, some of you going to those public school like Roosevelt and Ballard and Garfield might not be impressed. So what? Yeah SAS school has a two floor library. Or the parents association for the high school might have their own office (the "Booster" office? I mean really?) Yeah maybe SAS has a two floor cafeteria with a whole section of South East Asia Food and a Subway. Maybe there are four gyms and a swimming pool and an arts centre (cool British spelling) Tennis Courts, AC Charter school buses, ID swipe cards, uniforms (uniforms) and grade colors. Yeah that's about it. But if none of that impresses you big-public-high-schoolers, well then how about this. Yeah your school might have a pool but does it have it's own Jungle right in the center of the HS? Huh? Yeah that's right my school has a Jungle in it! In a courtyard, but it still is a jungle.

Okay that is all for now. Post again later.


PS: Yesterday was the Wednesday the 11th.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Warning: This post was posted later then it was written.

It is hard for me to imagine sleeping in a different bed then my own. And the best part of a trip, no matter the adventures we have while visiting, is coming home and sleeping in my own bed once again. That is one reason Singapore seamed unreal.

And it stayed that way. While I said goodbye to all my friends and family. Only on the last night when we headed out to the airport, when I had to say goodbye to Bhavani (my cousin), did it finally sink in: we were leaving. Maybe not for a year but defiantly for a long time.

The plane ride was crazy. We lost one day traveling over the international date line and one more day on the plane. When we arrived in Singapore it was 12:00 in the afternoon and we were totally not awake. We spent the rest of the day draped over the furniture watch t.v. and sleeping.

Lets hope this was worth it,
-- Olivia

Sunday, July 25, 2010

We are still in Seattle

From all those who keep asking: No we haven't left yet, and Yes we are leaving on August 1st. Our house is crazy, boxes everywhere and some parts of it are CLEAN!! I'm not allowed to take food anywhere (not that I am totally mess and get crumbs everywhere or anything, but we have a pretty open food policy) and it feels like there is always one more thing to organize and pack up.

I don't know what to expect when we get to Singapore. I have never been there. My parents went there in their honeymoon but that was like 20 years ago or something and the city is probably really different. Singapore is a world class city: The business capitol of the world (eye roll) and a huge shopping central. My buddy from SAS (not Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences) says there is only so much to do in Singapore, but I think I can keep entertained.

That's all for now. Happy July 25th!
-- Olivia