Our first day in Singapore!

Departure from Tullamarine, Melbourne

Departure from Tullamarine, Melbourne

Fresh off the plane, the Hawkesdale VCE Environmental Science students woke up this morning eager for their trip to Malaysia. The day begun with an Asian styled breakfast, giving the students an opportunity to explore a different cuisine. After breakfast everybody hoped on a bus and headed for the Tanjung Bin coal plant in Malaysia. After a long trip and the stops at customs, the students were keen to explore the coal plant.

Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Malaysia

Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Malaysia

When we arrived at the coal plant a big lunch was provided for everybody hosted by warm welcoming staff. The food was luscious and divine, and although many students hadn’t tasted Malaysian food, all enjoyed the lunch. For many the lunch was a highlight, as not only did it fill our stomach, it also gave us a taste Malaysian-styled food. All the staff were very generous and we can not thank them enough for their kindness and willingness to share their knowledge with us.

After lunch we were taken on a tour around the coal plant, getting a insight of how it runs. Before the tour everybody got geared up in helmets, vests, and protective footwear. This was a challenge in itself as many students struggled to find shoes that would fit and many were walking around as if they were in clown shoes. We saw first hand how the coal plant worked by walking around, and taking a bus tour. Along the tour we got to see the boilers and visit the port where the coal is imported. Taking photos at the port was difficult with many of us struggling to keep our eyes open while the photo is being taken.

Safety gear to be worn for a tour of the Power Plant

Safety gear to be worn for a tour of the Power Plant

Once the tour was ended, everybody hoped back on the bus and headed back to Singapore where we enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the waters edge.

Please note this post was added by Anne Mirtschin for Britt Gow who experienced some problems adding the post overseas.

3 thoughts on “Our first day in Singapore!

  1. Sounds wonderful. Global experiences provide some of the best learning possible and Malaysian food has such a variety and is delicious. Stay safe in your travels and enjoy that special time abroad.

  2. Sounds like a good start to a great week – hopefully the students will learn a little something along the way as well as eating some new and different cuisine.

  3. Hi Anne-Maree, I know that they will learn so much. Sometimes it is good to ease them into different cultures with experiences and food that they like so that culture shock does not affect much of the other learning that can and will take place. I remember taking a student to a stopover in Singapore for a couple of days to ease the cultural shock of Mumbai where we were to spend 5 days. She experienced culture shock in Singapore, despite English being spoken widely and it being a developed country.
    She was not used to seeing Asian people from a number of cultures and religions and she missed our Australian cars on the roads – Holden, Ford etc!

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