Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.
Today we had two business visits and many food excursions. For the business visits, we went to Gallup and Capitaland. Both of these companies are very successful, and it was interesting to see how different an American company runs in an Asian culture compared to how an Asian company is run in Asia.
However, that was not the most interesting part of the day. Throughout the day we were bombarded with food, and I have gained the reputation as the garbage can. I've enjoyed the food SO much that when people cannot finish something they give it to me. I am open when it comes to trying new things (mainly food) and it's tough not to enjoy the food in a culture that prides itself for being a foodie haven.
Today I'd say I've learned the most about Singaporean culture because I had Singaporean food for breakfast, lunch, lunch dessert, snack before dinner, dinner and dessert. I also got to see the "aunties" and the "uncles" in action at the hawker center, which is like an American food court on steroids. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had so far, and I really don't mind my newly acquired reputation. I like taking the lead and trying new things; in fact, that's how I found one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. I know it's tough sometimes to step out of your comfort zone to try something new, but if you never try you will never know. If you ever doubt yourself, just remember this quote: "Fear lasts a moment, but regret lasts a lifetime." I have based many decisions on this quote and it is what drives my adventurous spirit. It has helped me get over many fears, but most importantly it has helped me learn more about who I am.