exploring the streets of penang

On day 2 of our Penang trip, we explored the streets of Georgetown. This cute area in Penang is full of unexpected street art. I thought it would be a few pieces of art, but I was pleasantly surprised by the plethora of art all around. It was like going on a scavenger hunt. I’m so glad that we found the Bruce Lee street art. What you don’t see in my Bruce Lee photo is that afterwards I completely fell onto the sand pile I was jumping from. A special thanks to all the photographers, photography directors, and models from our street art exploration adventure. 🙂

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the gift of life

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We crowded around the incubator, with our faces pressed closely to the glass. Please do not lean against the dome was written underneath us. We continued to watch intently. At first my eyes went to the yellow fuzzy chicks prancing around without a mother hen in sight.

“Look, that chick has poo on it’s butt!!” My student replied. The other kids laughed.

We continued to stare quietly. I took out my iPhone and quickly pressed the red square button to record. As the phone started to record, it was still quiet. There were a few other kids and adults from the museum who were gathered around the clear dome, fascinated, but quickly left after 5 minutes. We continued to stare at the one brown egg in the middle, with a 3cm sized hole in the top. Every 30 seconds or so we would see small movement. From my angle, I could see something white moving around inside the tiny hole. My students and I anxiously waited.

“You can do it!” We chanted.

“What should we name the chick?” I asked my students. “What about Emily? It’s Emily’s birthday today.”

“YES!” My kids responded in unison.

“What if it’s a boy?” I asked. They thought about it for a while. They listed a few different typical boy names. “What about lightning?” I suggested. There had been a loud sound from the other exhibit where there was an electricity show going on. They had created lightening and it was making an awfully loud noise that was ruining our serene moment of egg watching.

As we continued to watch, our time was dwindling. We had to be back outside for lunch, and it honestly didn’t look like our egg was going to hatch within the next 15 minutes or even in the next few hours.

One of my students started opening up his bag. I wondered what he would be taking out. A phone to take photos? To my surprise, he took out his writer’s notebook. He turned to the page where we had listed turning points in our lives, a strategy to collect ideas for personal narratives. He added to his list of first times: seeing an egg hatch.

Even though he accidentally brought his writer’s notebook with him on the field trip, I loved that he took it out in the middle of the science center. These are the moments that writing teachers live for.

Later that evening, I sent my students a video clip of the egg hatching from the trip. One of students appropriately responded back with, “The gift of life!”.

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exploring singapore’s quarry

Singapore, you are winning me over. I’ve been living in Singapore for a little over 2 years now, and I’m still discovering these incredible new places. On Saturday, a few of us went on a walk along the path by the dairy farm quarry. The entrance was right near the Rail Mall by Upper Bukit  Timah Road. Originally we were going to walk the green corridor, but someone suggested walking to the quarry instead.

Singapore, you never cease to surprise me. We were not the only people on this trail. There just happened to be an Northface 100km ultra-marathon happening on the path. The options from the signs said 25km, 50km, and 100km. That just made me speechless. I have incredible respect for anyone that can run 100km here in Singapore. Other than this ultra marathon that was happening along this path, I got to see the quarry. It was such a peaceful and serene view, and not too crowded.

Singapore, you are beautiful. During our walk, a few of the ladies decided to run the distance back to our starting point. At one point, I had to take a break from running and was walking by myself on the trail. I decided to take out my iphone and take a few photos (of course). At the end of our walk, when we arrived back to where we started, we looked back towards the trail, and my friend mentioned how it didn’t seem like we were in Singapore. I will definitely have to come back.

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