Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 19, 2006

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Sunday, November 6, 2005

In hindsight, booking a hostel in the Arab Quarter of Singapore, beside the mighty Sultan Mosque, during the end of Ramadan, may have been a mistake...

However, this was not immediately apparent when I rocked up to Sleepy Sam's at 1 am in the wee hours of Wednesday, desperate for a cold shower and a bed. No, it was 4 and a half hours later, when a banshee-esque wail ripped out from the muezzins at 5:30 am to call the faithful to prayer and the sheer proximity of my guest house to the mosque was revealed, that I realised that I may have made an error of judgement.
It has dawned on me since that first morning that, horrifyingly, this has just been a foreshadowing for the last leg of my trip, through the Middle East, where every day will start at 5:30 am, whether I want it or not! Can't wait... ;-)

Singapore has been fantastic, but that type of fantastic that goes hand in hand with stinking hot muggy weather (think Auckland's summer compressed into four syrupy days). It's great though - if you ever get thirsty you can just drink the air!
I've really enjoyed Singapore. The food of course has been superb, and in my more Pavlovian moments, I've caught myself salivating at the thought of the food I've got ahead of me (Vietnamese and Thai, Indian and Turkish, oh my!). But's not all about my belly, of course.
The standout highlight of Singapore is of course the Night Safari, and it lived up to all the hype. The experience of walking through a zoo at nighttime, encompassed by native jungle, is strangely exhilarating. It's when the lion's roar rips through the night, coming out of the trees in all directions, that your heart starts getting a little jumpy...
It's a fantastic experience though, and the one thing NOT to miss in Singapore.

I'm off to Hanoi in a couple of hours, so I better get myself away to Changi. Hope you are all keeping well, and lots of love and hugs to those that need them!

Cheers all, talk to you from Vietnam.

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jordo on

sounds good mate, glad you're having fun, and i'm hellava jealous. you bastard. anywho, 30 degrees and sunny here, i'm off to drink one of your gins!!
cheer cheer

thejerk on

never trust the chinese further than you can throw them... and with your bad back, you shouldn't be throwing anyone, really. which reminds me, i need to go take my pants off.

jordo on

ya ya bruvva pablo
Weel yet again, i have reached that crossroad and decided to take the road less travelled, that is, the one that leads over kosciusko for three weeks, carrying 12kg of food, and eventually, 12kg of poo. Yay for me. What i'm trying to say is, i'll be gone for 3 weeks, and will talk to you again in that time. Cheer cheer and all that shit, and email mum you bastard it's her birthday tomorrow. Phully sick of walking, and ciao.

cuzzie on

Hey Cuzz.
Having absolutely no news whatsoever to make you jealous of not being in NZ hon. Impressed you have the travel diary up and running already and hope the Vietnam treats you well. Look forward to further instalments - but don't spend too much time in cyber cafes, they are remarkably similar all over the world and not deserving of your precious adventure time.
Ciao Bella. Pen

pipple21 on

you smell funny
so what mp3 player did you end up spending all your hard earned cash on huh huh huh?

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