GCW-3 Singapore Camp Experience
The memories of the 3 beautiful days spend in Singapore is worth cherishing for the entire life time …!!!!!! Got to know about many new cultures, cuisines, fashion, lifestyle more than that…got a great opportunity to introspect myself at every moment there. i.e.. ‘Where do I stand? When kept in a global arena . Am I worth the title “globally competent”? If not, How do I achieve it? ’ .
On 15th of September 2013, 16 Altians had their greatest opportunity to unroll their dream trip to Singapore. By 6 we all gathered at Anoop Sirs flat at Aluva, had a prolonged meeting where we all prepared ourselves for the upcoming days meetings and busy schedule. By 10 we all left for the airport later on took our flight by 1:50 am on 16th September 2013. For many it was their maiden international trip .The most exciting part was that , for many it was not only their maiden international trip but also their maiden experience in taking a flight…! No body knew that it was yet another journey to another milestone…where we explored and learned and enjoyed.
On 16th September 2013 our flight landed at Changi airport by 8 in the morning. Within 15 minutes we all got freshened up at airport wash room , after which we left to meet Anne chiang and party.
Our first day seemed pretty amusing because , we got lot time to explore and observe Singapore rather than other 2 busy days. We visited many malls, tasted their cuisines and even tried learning their languages. One of the best experience we had in that day was that, we got the opportunity to visit Sembawang Shipyard. There we got to explore a rig at the ship of Aban group and more than that we were pretty much worked up with the idea of seeing such amazing huge ships which they built. One of the persons who inspired me through the tour of Singapore was Mr. Joe Wong, the head engineer who addressed us at the shipyard. Even though he’s old , he is still very jovial and happy. When we asked him his secret behind his recharging personality, he amazed us by his simple reply .i.e to stay fit and take enough rest after work. Simple but very effective one. We literally witnessed there the power of human recourses as well the advancement they had achieved at technological levels too. After a long tiring day, the evening amazed us with the Night Safari, where we witnessed the fire act and the safari. The day came to an end with the realization that with how much precision they have preserved and balanced the nature and infrastructure
Our second day was filled with fun n frolic n an unexpected add on.
On 17th of September Our hectic schedule started by primarily visiting SINDA. I t was one of the best SHG that I have seen yet. Their presentations , interactions and the personalities that we met were fabulous.
Needless to say, yet another time Mr.Viswa Sadasivashan amazed us by his interaction and speech. He presented us with a presentation on current Singapore. He also interacted with us regarding the changes he suggests in raising a better Indian Society. The visit came to an end with a sumptuous lunch. The second institution we visited was NUS. There we had a beautiful intro by South Asian Dept of social science. There we also had the chance of touring the campus, Have to say a must visit spot at Singapore. As I already referred before about the unexpected add on , we also got an opportunity to meet Mr.Venu Gopala menon, the current foreign minister of Singapore. Had a great chat session with him, where he answered all our queries very diplomatically. To add more colours to the day we also had an ‘Onam Sadhya’ organized by WMC Singapore. Have to say it was one good relief for all tummies roaming around with unfamiliar cuisines.
Our Final day was yet another beautiful day where we had the privilege of visiting the MEDIACORP, the only media institute of Singapore. There we had a wonderful experience of visiting the broadcasting studio as well meeting up with their radio jockies . The day came to an end with the visit to The IFF- International fragrance and flavours. It was one mind blowing experience we had there, the way which they preserved the beauty of each kind of fragrance was one great thing to watch. And needless to say the group activity that all had to undergo was one another beautiful experience.
By the time we had come back to the airport , all were under lot of thoughts and queries. How are we going to make this journey a practical one in our life. Now as we have faced the reality, the real meaning of global competency, How were we going to improvise ourselves. We all realized that we had to start from our basics, and we were quite determined too.
On this occasion I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to many people off and on the curtain who were behind making this beautiful trip a reality. First and foremost I would love to thank our tour guide and mentor Anne chiang ma,am for all her boundless efforts and patience , which made this journey a memorable one. Secondly our Priyadas Sir and jessy aunty for making us their kids and also for making this trip happen. Then Anoop Sir and Biju Sir for their timely guidance and mentoring. Last but not the least I extend my heartfelt gratitude towards VijayaLakshmi Ma,am for her motherly concern and for timely advices.
This was a one great trip In my life. It literally added many meanings to my life. Not just the realization part amazed me but also it gave me a boost towards making my life a more exemplifier one. With this trip I realize that am not only privileged but also obliged to the fellow Altians to show a more finer path to glory. Being a socialy commited and Globally competent person could be a easy one, but to be both and still be a simple ,natural human is tough. I thank Altius , my family and especially God for giving me an opportunity to witness both and realize the difference…!