Yesterday was my first day at Singapore and also my first at CQT. Singapore is a beautiful country. Coming from India, I was pleasantly surprised to see such well planned and clean roads. The cab driver from the airport informed us that the Rain Trees beside the roads leading out of the airport were brought from Africa as saplings several years ago. A word of caution to anyone travelling to Singapore from India: Do NOT take the postpaid SIM cards available at the Indian airports, the prepaid ones from Singtel in Singapore offer pretty good rates.
After putting our luggage at Clementi East Lodge, I and Pavan(he’s another intern at CQT from IIT Bombay , we came together from Hyderabad) went to CQT to meet Prof. Rahul Jain, our PI for the intern according to the VISA application letters. He was very warm in welcoming us to CQT and Singapore.
After getting our access cards to our office spaces in CQT and our ID’s for the NUS WiFi, we chatted with Prof. Jain on various topics. I intend to keep posting regularly on this blog regarding my work at CQT and hope that I would be able to contribute to some scientific progress by the end of this 2 month period( read as ‘try to get a paper published’).