You gotta buy, buy, buy

Trip Start May 17, 2006
Trip End Jul 01, 2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

I am finally in Singapore after a really long flight. I am not sure why, but this flight seemed way longer than most that I have taken over here. Oh, wait, I do know why. All the way to Tokyo there was what I thought was a little kid behind me faking a laugh every 10 seconds or so to whatever he was watching on the little TV. But, it turned out to be an adult woman, which made it way more annoying somehow. Then on the flight to Singgers the plane was empty but the c-word flight attendant wouldn't let me use the back seats to sleep. I got to the place I am staying at about 1 am because the taxi driver apparently didn't know his way around his own city. My room is fine, but the showers are outside and getting dressed inside the shower sucks.

I forgot something about Japan. The Tokyo airport reminded me how weird that country is. Why are all of their napkins made out of that plasticy material? And what is the deal with all of the weird snacks?

I got up and left the hotel this morning around 7 and went to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This place is really huge and super awesome. I guess the best way to describe it would be to say it is like a giant, really well organized jungle. They have an orchid garden and I saw some weird orchids. One of them was a spray of about 10 yellow orchids and the sign next to it said it was called the "golden shower orchid." HA! I also saw a pineapple plant (David - way different than those plants in Hawaii that we thought were pinapples. Also, I thought you might like to know I saw an orange skink).

After that I walked around Orchard Road, which is about 5 miles of 6-story malls. It makes Japan's consumerism look mild. There were all of these malls that were dedicated specifically to salons and dayspas, plus minor plastic surgery like botox and whatever else weird shit people want to do to their faces. After that I went to a blind Chinese accupressurist and she nearly beat me to death, but my shoulders feel better than they did after that heinous 20-hour flight. I went to a Chinese herbal medicine joint, but I couldn't think of anything that was wrong with me so I left.

I ate lunch at a place in Chinatown called Beifang Fengwei that had really good Chinese food (I am posting that for anyone who reads this and ever goes to Singapore). Speaking of Chinatown, why does a city that is 75% Chinese have one? It is weird here - there are Indians, Malays, and Chinese people, so I am not sure what the language is.

By the way - there is a sign above my head that says "no downloading of mp3 and computer software, as it is illegal in Singapore. Once caught, you will be handle to the police." Fuck. There is a band here called Force Vomit that is made up of local taxi drivers that I wanted to download. I think it's best that these taxi drivers have outside jobs like being in Force Vomit, because none of them know where anything is. Three of them today got lost taking me somewhere. I was going to well-known landmarks, so it would be like me driving a taxi and getting lost on the way to Fisherman's Wharf.
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