On the road again part II

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
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Trip End Apr 21, 2008


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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Had a great time being home for the holidays but once again it is time to get back to work accompanied by the inevitable after holiday blues and list of good intentions. Instead of just going back to the office like I have done every January for the past several years, this time it included getting on a plane and making the 20 hour trek back to Singapore. I don't know if my journeys will truly be over at the end of this month or if my trip will be extended..either way I intend to have a blast this month. So, stay tuned.....

Listening to: Soundtrack to the independent Irish movie "Once" and folk artist Jessica Sonner (I accidentally downloaded a song and now have the whole album and am LOVING it)....

Reading: Noble House by James Clavell. This is the second book of the Tai-Pan series and longer then the first. Luckily my Dad found part I & II so I am not lugging around another 1,000 page novel. I just started part I on the plane.

Went to the Asia Civilisations Museum Thursday after work and before dinner, as it was right next to the restaurant. Wow, great little museum and definitely worth a trip. Only cost $10 Singapore $$ to get in. If you get to this neck of the woods, plan on going and give yourself a few hours. Very interesting exhibits and dialogue (both written and audio) along the way that covers all of Asia....West, Southeast, China and South Asia galleries. I wish I had more time. I certainly don't understand why we Westerners consider so many of these people third world just because they don't have playstations, SUVs and microwave ovens. Saw some absolutely beautiful Qur'ans (and they said nothing about Jihad against the infidels..there must be something lost in translation..what I saw was Jihad was a spiritual journey to come closer to God..but then what do I know..). That will most likely be the extent of my museum viewing for a while. Sorry Mom =).

Saturday I decided to head to Little India and just bum around for the afternoon. I headed to the subway (MRT) and maneuvered my way to Little India, which wasn't hard since the stop was named "Little India"...it was blessedly hot again today as it has been since I got back. I don't know if it is hotter then last time or if being back in the States for 2 weeks of winter thickened my blood. I had no plans and just wandered. Found a little shop and got my eyebrows threaded =). After that I made my way to what was described in my guide book as "the absolute best place to shop for Indian imports and cultural items." Well, last time I checked Japanese electronics were, uh from Japan. It was a big disappoint because I was ready to shop but it was more like a Belk department store on a bad day. Even the spice department raved about in the book looked like an original wal-mart superstore and all the spices were things the I pick up in the East Village. Here I thought I was cheating by using these products and here were Indians buying this stuff by the basketful. After I put away my desire to shop, I just wandered around and marveled at all the tacky crapt that made up this place. I should have known when I saw a sign pointing to the "plastic flower department" my expectations would not be met. Sunday I started on my way to Chinatown but by the time I got to the subway station I was too hot and too tired to deal with another day of disappointing shopping (I mean I have been to China after all and am going back next week, so why set myself up), so I stopped and had a cold beer at Harry's and listened to some jazz music that lead to another beer and then another and well.....

Well it is Friday monring and I have been in Singapore for just over a week and I must say that this was the hardest week of my trip so far. I guess everyone has a breaking point and I certainly reached mine. Not from the traveling aspect of everything, which I love, but from the whole work angle. It is inevitable but much harder to deal with when you are 10,000 miles from home and alone. So, that being said, I am heading out to Malaysia for the weekend for much needed R&R and an attitude adjustment. So, I will see you there=). Brandy
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