A Day with Friends, old and new

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Friday, October 7, 2011

12:46 It's my last day in singapore today, and I didn't do much yesterday other than attempt to buy a new older model lumix which of course no one had in. Beware of new cameras with more megapixels people, more MP actually makes for a worse picture when it's all put on a same sized sensor. The older cameras are actually better. I spent hours reviewing images of the TZ7, 10, 18 and 20, and although the 18 and 20 are newer they have inferior image quality to the 7 and 10, particularly at high isos. So it has been an interesting learning experience. Ultimately I managed to find a TZ10 online in UK which Scott will bring out with him in a couple of weeks time, and take home the fuji I didn't get along with whereupon I'll slap it on eBay and try and get some money back.
12:52 Walk time then today. At Andrews cathedral first for a quick look inside as I didn't get to see inside the other day, there might be some nice windows, or there might not!
13:23 Next Swiss hotel (or the Stamford) for a couple of photos from the 70th floor which has fantastic views over the Marina and financial district, and also over much of singapore The lift in straight up to 70th floor and down again very quickly so you get ear popping gravity and acceleration effects in either direction which is quite fun. Whilst I was up there taking some shots I got a text from Rishi and Anita about meeting them as they landed in Singapore last night, so we arranged to meet up. 
17:09 Just had a fantastic afternoon with Rishi and Anita, chatting endlessly abuot what we'd been up to, and also our time through russia and they bought me a Singapore sling which was a very tasty drink and loosened me up for the afternoon.  We caught up so much it was so lovely to see them. Can't wait till Bangkok when we all meet up again, and this time with Steve. 
19:32 After seeing my friends I returned to the hostel where I had a last chat with mum and dad as they go on their own trip to india for a couple of weeks. I waited an hour or two before it was time for bowling and dinner with Faz and Natasha! Looking forward to this!

Natasha and Faz are pretty regular bowlers and even have their own bowling balls, they are excellent players and won a game each leaving me and mama well behind, my first game I got 99 points, second 87, and the third was a total fluke after I got 3 strikes in a row and eventually scored 168- my highest ever score! Me and Faz played a final game to determine overall winner and I won with just 2 points in it, so it was very close and I suggested a rematch when we all meet again as I didnt really deserve to win, but was extremely pleased with my 3 strikes in a row - otherwise known as a turkey, (why do ball games bring in birds eh? Golf especially!).
After the bowling they showed me where I needed to go to get buses onward to Malaysia tomorrow, all fairly simple after the excellent explanation, and then we went for dinner (by this time it was after 11.30pm already!) I shared a chicken biryani with Natasha and also tried some patja which was like a pancake crossed with a chapati, it was very tasty.
They dropped me off at my hostel and we said a final goodbye and I returned to my pretty well empty dorm and had a further chat with a girl I met there who is travelling alone or the first time after having graduated from university. She says she's a little scared of the trip and once again I find myself not understanding what there is to be afraid of and why people think I'm brave. I suppose I have had to face much scarier things in my life, with my health for one, and just find that being somewhere in the world alone is no different to being in my own country alone. In fact I find other countries less intimidating than walking down a street in scallyville in england, where disrespectful kids think nothing of being abusive and highly antisocial, I just find it safer being everywhere else I've been. So, fear of travel is not something I carry. So we had a long conversation, I tried to calm any fears but it's hard to know how to target advice when the person you meet isn't sure what they are afraid of. I think, I hope, she feels better about her trip and I'm sure she will gain confidence as she goes. She's done the scary bit already- packed up her rucksack and left Germany so the rest will be plain sailing!

Best: Seeing old friends
Worst: it having to end for now
Beautiful: the view from the top of the Stamford
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Mandy on

I know what you mean zoe about travelling....I feel safer and more at ease when I travel...we are a really rude, ignorant and disrespectful country - it just heightens the fact when u travel....there is def a sense of security and home when u travel - its like like being out in the wilderness like people expect....maybe a little at first, but u soon get the hang of it

Mandy on

I meant its NOT like being out in the wilderness

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