I visited my brother in Singapore over winter break from Yale. I had some time to kill one day so I hoped the metro to the Singapore Botanic Garden. While strolling through the garden I came across the National Orchid Garden which has over 400 species and 2,000 hybrid species of orchids. It was a photographer’s dream and I got some great shots of amazing flowers.
I visited my alma mater after almost 7 years. Upon arriving on campus, I had a strange urge to see the library where I spent most of my finals and many a night with friends with the intention of studying but more often just hanging out. (Yeah, I know the U of C is that kind of place.) Well I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is a new wing of the main Regenstein library called the Joe and Rika Mansueto LIbrary. The wing’s spaceship-like design is absolutely stunning especially on a beautiful day like the day I visited. If we were fortunate to have such a space when I was a student I’m sure I would have gotten a lot less done :)
On my way back from Dhaka in June 2009, I had a stop-over in Doha. After disembarking, I headed over to the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum is an architects dream. It was designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei and is an oasis not only from the heat of the desert but the commercial nature of Doha. The art collection is obviously the best in the Islamic world and well organized by country and theme. Worth a visit even for a few hours if you are flying Qatar to the Middle East or beyond!
Prior to business school, I spent six weeks in Dhaka (May - June 2009). This was my first time leaving the capital city of Dhaka to explore the north of the country. Accompanied by in-laws, I travelled to Capthai, Rangamati, and Cox’s Bazaar by train and bus. It was a fascinating journey!