Saturday, July 10, 2010

Week 1 and 2 in Singapore

Greetings from Singapore! I am Sharon and I’ve been working at LEO Pharma Asia Regional Office for 2 weeks now. After taking the finals for my Spring classes on Friday, I hopped onto the 30-hour transpacific flight and then started my internship on the following Tuesday. It was very tiring, but life here in Singapore couldn’t be any better: friendly people everywhere, great food, great malls, awesome transportation system, you name it! With the diverse population in this metropolitan, you can hear all kinds of languages being spoken on the street. To me, this place is just like New York, but much cleaner and has more greenery in this city-state.

Working at LEO Pharma is an eye-opening experience. LEO Pharma is a Denmark-based pharmaceutical company mainly focusing on psoriasis and critical care treatment. It is a rather small company compared to the Pharma Giants, but working in a smaller company allows me to gain more experience in each department, besides getting to know everyone more personally. I was working with the Asia Commercial Team in organizing a 3-day product training event for our sales and marketing representatives from 8 countries across Asia. The first week of my internship was extremely hectic: I’ve worked extra hours till 8.30pm for few days and even stayed till 10pm for one day. In such busy times no one leaves the office at 5.30pm. I was granted a chance to attend the training event for only 1 day. The event was great and I’ve got to know a lot of international representatives, besides gaining comprehensive knowledge about one of our many products: innohep® - a safe and efficient anticoagulant for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) treatment. : )

Work aside, I have been touring and feasting around Singapore with a bunch Michigan Singaporeans who return for Summer break. Singapore is blessed with great food, especially ethnic food! The greatest thing is that you can get good food any time of the day, even at 2am. We sometimes catch up in the middle of the night, have some traditional “pulled” tea and good Indian food before heading off to catch the World Cup at my friend’s place.

you will never worry about midnight hunger pangs in Singapore

the famous Milo "dinosaur": hot chocolate drink with extra chocolate powder on top.

I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend the Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) rehearsal.

it was raining but luckily ponchos were provided in the goodie bags

Unique architectures can be found everywhere in Singapore, not to mentioned that the night scenery is stunningly pretty!

The latest attraction: Marina Bay Sands. there is a casino in the building. :)

Life is good so far. Will update more soon!

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful post, Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts and experiences, as well as great photos!