Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Delving into Dengue, Part 2: Current Dengue Research


Today I will give an overview into some of the other areas of dengue research, with a focus on some of the latest vaccine research. As the maps above shows, dengue is distributed throughout the world, particularly around the tropics. While this is a negative from a public health perspective, it encourages research from many different places where dengue directly affects the local population (like Singapore!).

Monday, October 28, 2013

Delving into Dengue, Part 1: My Research Update

Credit: Univ. of Wisconsin Virusworld

This week, I will be writing a series of posts that focus on my research, dengue research as a whole, and Singapore's efforts to combat dengue from a public health perspective.

While most of my blogging has centered on my exploration of Singapore and SE Asia, the vast majority of my time is spent in lab. Hopefully these posts will give a glimpse into the heart of my Fulbright project.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Destination: Sagada (Philippines)

Sagada's rice terraces
Our final place on our Filipino to-do list was Sagada. Nestled among some more magnificent mountains, it promised to offer some wonderful outdoor activities such as hiking and caving. We got all of this and more in what turned out to be my favorite day of the trip.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Destination: Banaue Rice Terraces (Philippines)


The Banaue Rice Terraces. The so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World." Massive rice terraces constructed by hand over thousands of kilometers of steep elevation. These were the number one destination that our group wanted to see in the Philippines, and they did not disappoint.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Destination: Tagaytay (Philippines)




The first destination  in the Philippines was Tagaytay, a scenic locale about 55 km outside of Manila. With our flight arriving in Manila around 4:30AM, we struggled a bit to rouse ourselves but soon enough, our Filipino adventure was underway.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Patrick Takes on the Philippines: A Preview


Having just returned from the Philippines, and wow, what a journey. I was completely blown away by the sheer beauty of the country, from the rolling mountains to the peaceful waters. The hospitality of the people lived up to their stellar reputation as well. Here's a quick look at how the trip unfolded:

Day 1: Rode a horse up a volcano
Day 2: Hit by a typhoon
Day 3: Explored the Ifugao Rice Terraces, the "8th Wonder of the World" *
Day 4: Went speluenking, later saw hanging coffins
Day 5: 14 hours of bus travel, 5AM return flight

Monday, October 14, 2013

Singapore Civil Defence Force - Alexandra Fire Station


Recently I joined 2012-13 Fulbrighter Chris on an open house of a local fire station, located at Alexandra near the Queenstown MRT stop. Their policy upon receiving an emergency call - 1 minutes to leave the station and 8 minutes to reach the spot. Any call within Singapore. There are a few other fire posts scattered throughout the island but this is still impressive.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fulbrighters in the news!


This article actually came out a few weeks ago, but it's a really nice spread on the three Fulbrighters and our projects here in Singapore. The newspaper is called The New Paper, and has the second biggest readership on the island behind the Straits Times.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum


Last weekend's meandering about Chinatown took me to the Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This facility houses both an active temple and sanctuary for Buddhist relics and other historical pieces. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Destination: Malacca (Malaysia)

Malacca Straits Mosque
My first traveling within the greater SE Asia region took me to Malacca, Malaysia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and promised to have plenty of history and culture to explore. The weekend took plenty of unexpected turns, but I now have one more country stamp in my passport.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Songs of the Day, v. 2.0

Sunset at downtown Singapore. Very nice place to run, despite the heat/humidity
Hi all,

I've been jamming out to some great running songs recently, as my motivation sans music tends to be minimal.