An Asian Walkabout (Chapter 1)

Singapore Travel Blog

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Fern Loft - my first hostel on the trip. The hostel is on the second floor and the restaurant/bar is on the first floor. (yeah, pictures from Singapore are pretty thin, so this is what I'm reduced to giving you...)
Hey gang,
 
Well, the trip started off with a bang!  Literally.
 
Yes, I was being dropped off at LAX when a bomb threat happened.  Thankfully the bang was just the bomb squad detonating the "terrorists" two bags.  No explosives were found.
 
I did, however, miss my flight.  No biggie, it makes a much better story this way.  :)  The most unforgettable part of the waiting around for the police to let us into the terminal was the moment they let us go.
 
Picture this.  Hundreds of people sitting around for over two hours, constantly being moved further and further back from the terminal.  When there's finally some hint that they're going to let us go, everyone moves closer together, bunching up like cattle.
The beach south of my hostel (about a 15 minute walk). This was taken pretty early in the morning, so I'm guessing you can camp on the beach overnight.
  The police then instruct us to move out of the roadway and pack us even more tightly onto the sidewalk.  They then gave us the green light and mayhem ensued.
 
Now, I've never been to Pamplona to see the Running of the Bulls, but this is what I pictured it would be like.  Mad hordes of folk running pell-mell for Tom Bradley International Terminal in hopes of making their flight.  It was a fitting end to an interesting event and one I won't quickly forget.
 
I did manage to make it out the next day (they only run one of these flights a day) and after 20+ hours I arrived safely into Singapore.
 
My first impression of Singapore... hot and sticky!  It was 80 degrees and 100% humidity at 1am - yikes!  I didn't have any issues getting to my hostel or checking in and thankfully the 10 bed dorm I was in had air conditioning.
The beach wasn't the greatest. This was partly because of the water clarity, but also the hundred or so ships anchored off shore spoiled the "feel" of it. The cool shade from the coconut trees and clean sand did help though.
 
I spent the next couple days getting adjusted to the tempurature/humidity and settling into traveling mode.  This is the first time I've ever solo traveled and I wanted to make a point of just "slowing down" and enjoying what's around me.  I'm making a conscious effort to avoid running around trying to visit every site these countries have to offer because in doing so, I feel I am more likely to miss something fun during my rapid transit.
 
So, at times, I meandered around parts of the city; enjoyed a good book on the beach while leaning against a coconut tree in the sand; went on a night safari (pretty cool!); and relaxed at the hostel - sometimes enjoying solitude and other times enjoying the company of fellow travelers.  All-in-all, Singapore has been a good primer to start off my adventures.
Yep, accidents happen. The motorcycle was owned by one of the many McDelivery drivers from the McDonalds next to my hostel. The ultra lazy never have to leave their homes if they want a Mickey-Dees fix. (no one was seriously injured in the accident)
 
I'm now planning on heading up to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I befriended an Aussie (Andrew) who's staying at the hostel with me.  We've booked a hostel online in KL and we'll take a bus out of Singapore later this morning.  Not sure what there is in KL to do, but I'll figure that out when I get there.  ;)
 
I hope you're all enjoying life!  :)  *hugs*
 
Be well,
Jeff
 
P.S. I've created a travel blog at http://www.travbuddy.com/ecoladd and I'll be updating it with these emails (and pictures too, when I get a chance).
 
yheleen says:
what a story :) great blog and pictures :)
Posted on: Jul 13, 2008
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