As the start of October signals itself with colder breezes and more mercurial rains, I feel a strong sense of nostalgia for the summer of 2017. Instead of yearning for warmer temperatures to come back, I decided to make lists (yes, again!) of what I did during my summer, what I didn’t do or wish I did.
What I did:
- Flew back to Singapore for the entire summer break.
- Visited museums – One that showcased the eclectic, vibrant artwork of Yayoi Kusama (a Japanese artist) and another, that had live, three-dimensional simulations of waterfalls and waves.
- Had reunion meals with old friends.
- Enrolled myself in Zumba, Pilates and Bollywood dance classes – Possibly overambitious, but oh well.
- Did a one-week neurosurgery attachment in a local hospital – This was definitely the most enriching experience I had during my summer break. I had the opportunity to see various scans with brain tumours and intracranial bleeds and learn about the treatment alternatives for individuals with prolapsed intervertebral discs. It also helps that we are learning the Nervous System unit this semester, so I can relate some of the clinical material with the actual presentations of the patients that I saw.
- Freelance writing for a health news portal.
- Ate lots of dessert – Ranging from tiered banana sundaes to lots of brownies and cakes.
- Caught up on sleep by taking power naps in the afternoon (as the title suggests).
What I didn’t do/wish I did:
- Learn a new language: Having learnt some basic Mandarin back in 2015, I missed the mental challenge of having to learn a completely new language from scratch. It is also incredibly rewarding to converse in a new language and be understood.
- Read more: I don’t think one can ever read enough. Apart from my casual reading of news and trending listicles, I definitely wish I had read more books that I typically wouldn’t have time for during term time.
- Spend more time with family: Whilst I think I did spend sufficient time with my family during long walks, spontaneous brunches and delectable dinners, I don’t think time with family is ever enough. A note for future summers!