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Hitting the books

31 Dec 2007

It was Day 2 of my trip (Dec 23 Sun). My plan was to go in the DHL balloon so that I can get a good view of Singapore. When I reached the MRT station, I suddenly got interested in randomly walking around. I really wanted to see the place.

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After more than an hour of walking around in the hot sun, I came across a really huge building. I got curious and tried to figure out the name - it was the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. It's a library?! I just had to get in there, for the AC as well as to explore the books collection. I thought it was a good idea since it would be relaxing. After all, the point of a vacation is to do things you wouldn't do in daily life, as well as to have a relaxing or invigorating fun time. At least, that's my definition of a vacation.

I went in, saw many rows of shelves. I clearly avoided the row which had some books with some strange titles like "Java & XML", I wonder what that's all about. I picked up a few books from the other rows and went and sat down at the benches. Lots of people were studying, with music on, writing down notes in their laptops and utilizing the free wifi.

I started reading a book titled something like "The Practice of Philosophy - A Handbook for Beginners". Unfortunately, within ten minutes, I was sleepy. Either it was the exhaustion and lack of sleep the previous night, or it was the subject. I went and sat on the couches and started to doze off. I was encouraged by the fact that there was some other Indian dude also sleeping.

After a while, I realized I was snoring, and there were other new people around trying to read, so I went and washed my face. Then, I went down to Level 1 to give a phone call to Abishek Nair (my gracious host for the trip). He was laughing that I came all the way to Singapore to sit in a library and read some books! He told me to come over to his company VHQ Post (an advertising post-production i.e. visual effects company) in an hour so that he can show me around.

After that, I stood near the wide glass and I look left and see the DHL balloon right there! It was funny since I wasn't actively looking for it.

Singapore Day 02 016 Singapore Day 02 017 Singapore Day 02 018 Singapore Day 02 019 I went back inside the library, the books were still there. This time I started reading a book more closer to my tastes - "The Runner's Handbook" by Bob Glover, and I went prepared with my iPod. Music always gets me going. I started playing "Sutrum Vizhi" and started reading. I started with the nutrition/fuel section because that's where most of my problems are. Then started taking down some notes: The best part is that I realized that this problem is not unique to me! It's a documented scientific problem experienced by enough runners to have a section dedicated to it in a runners' book. Now I know what the problem is! Next, I need to actually figure out how to train to tackle this which the book didn't explain satisfactorily.

I had lost track of time because of the awesome reader-friendly environment and suddenly realized I was late. I then headed out to meet Abishek. I got to see all the whizbang gizmos they use to create all the special effects that you may or may not notice in the advertisements you see. These guys have amazing talent and patience to do the things they do. But that's a story for another day.


rambhai says:

wow thats some awesome pics man~~~the mazda rx8 rocks~~~the best car in the whole world~~the city looks rocking from the top

Anush Shetty says:

Yenjoying your singapore posts.

Wishing you a happy new year '08


Swaroop says:

@Anush: :) Happy New Year to you too!


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