Arrived in Singapore

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Wow... here I am. After 20 months of contemplation and planning, I have arrived safely in Singapore after a near perfect 5 hour flight with Qantas (but no upgrade... very disappointing... but lots and lots of Shiraz!). The last couple of days have been an emotional roller coaster with me saying my goodbyes to my family, friends and home but the excitement of being in a foreign land has set in. I'm glad my goodbyes are over and I can now get stuck into the backpacking side of things.

I plan to stay at the New 7th Story Hotel near Bugis Street (Little India) and at this stage I've explored the neighbouring streets. It is a bizarre feeling being in a place where you have to look long and hard for a Caucasian. On my train from the airport to Bugis Station, I was the only white person in the carriage. I've got five months of this so it will be very interesting to see how I go.

Anyway, the main purpose behind me doing this travel journal is to give me a permanent record of my travels and keep everyone informed as to what I'm doing. I aim to keep it fun, entertaining, inspirational and even 'educational'???? I welcome any feedback from whoever may be reading this. I think you can even send me an email now and again???

The weather is predictably hot and humid here in Singapore and the shopping specials are on. Over the next few days, I hope to become quite conversant with Singapore and spread some wisdom as to what this special place has to offer.

The hotel/hostel I'm staying in is very quiet... I'm looking forward to some action so I'll probably hit the nightlife tomorrow. There is only me and another guy in the 4 bed dorm... an older guy in his 70s so this doesn't really do anything for me! Maybe a hostel swap is in the air?????????

For now, take care and enjoy the unpredictably cool summer in Perth.
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