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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