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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

After another sweltering two days in Saigon I'm back in Singapore for 30 hours! The remainder of Saigon was lots of fun: Erin's birthday party, delicious salads for lunch the next day, dinner at the Temple Club (highly recommended) and watching several episodes of "Arrested Development". However, I do not miss the heat. Although it is still hot and humid here in Singapore, it is nothing like mainland SE Asia! I also take back my comment about living in Saigon...although I would choose it over Hanoi, I don't think being a single woman in any Asian city is the best move in terms of social life. The bar we went to in Saigon (Q Bar--not nearly as fun as the one in Sydney) was not so exciting. No dancing, and I got the scoop from the ex-pats we were out with about the local scene and the local women... At least Singapore has a much more rockin' social scene, however.

I arrived at 2pm yesterday to Singapore and went straight to Aaron and Johonna's place. Jo and I caught up for a few hours and took a dip in the pool. Later in the evening, we went out for dinner and drinks with Aaron's parents Steve and Ellen, who are also in town and very kindly taking back a massive bag for me, and some friends. Felt like I was back home!

Today, Jo and I finally made it to Buket Timah nature preserve and despite the heat, we did some serious hiking for a few hours. I just got back from a quick run to the local Coffee Bean (ah, an ice blended!...see, just like home!) and am starting to pack for London and Greece. We're having dinner tonight and then I am off to London with British Airways at 10:40pm. I love it--all flights from Singapore are "international" (of course!).

I am sad for my Asia adventures to be coming to a close. Despite some occasional challenges and being lonely at times, my trip was amazing. I met some great people along the way and saw many places that are going to be changing a lot in the coming years. I definitely hope to come back at some point. I'm excited to meet up with friends and family in London and to travel with my sister-in-law Erin in Greece! I can't wait. And I am most certainly looking forward to some cooler and less humid weather!

Bon voyage Asia...
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