Currently I am in the Hanoi Backpacker’s Hostel – the central headquarters of Hanoi for loud, young, beer-loving backpackers. I just got back from the tour of Halong Bay, which was lovely though now that I am back and comparing prices I realize that I seriously overpaid for the two-night trip. Was it worth it? … More Time is on my side…?
The compound question that functions as the title of this post is one that I find myself asking with increased regularity. When the question is voiced, it is usually accompanied by a smile, headshake, and eyes to the skies. Take last night, for example. My new friends are Nigerian soccer players who live and work … More Where am I and how did I get here?
Just as soon as I arrived in Kuala Lumpur it seemed that it was already time to go. Of course that was my own doing, and I cannot say that I was disappointed to leave. The haze continued to worsen, closing some local schools and producing an effect on my physiology roughly equivalent to chain-smoking … More First 24 Hours in Vietnam
The colonial ties in Singapore are still strongly felt. Everyone speaks English, and some ties are still felt as this nifty motorbike parked in Little India may suggest. Teh C (tea with sugar and condensed milk) is a popular drink in Singapore. I tried this cup out of a cute cafe in the Arab District. … More Images of Singapore
My last days in Bali were perhaps the highlight of the trip so far. The day following my previous post I decided to get up early and book a ferry ticket to take me back to Bali from Nusa Lembongan. Upon landing, I marched through taxi stands and shuttle offers (only good for a minimum … More Bye bye Bali, Selamat datang ke Malaysia!
Two days ago I woke up with the roosters (not an unusual occurrence when there are so many around), packed my bags, and hopped in a shuttle bound for the top of one of Bali’s mountains. I was joined by a couple from Canada on their honeymoon (it was their one-week anniversary) and a gang … More Bicycles, banyans, boats
In Singapore, my copy of Lonely Planet’s Pocket Guide to Singapore was invaluable. The maps were excellent and most (but not all – a notable exception was half of the red circle line subway map was missing) of the information was good and up-to-date. I made much use of it. That said, Singapore is a … More Lonely Planet
I have been here a couple days and have a couple left and have noted some things about Singapore that I wish to share in list form: – Fines and signs. Just like the US has little signs like “Caution: contents may be hot” on beverage lids and so forth, Singapore is also fond of … More Observations about Singapore
Another day, another Internet café. For now. This morning I was at the Tekka market again, trying out Singaporean toast: Two pieces of white, decrusted bread with a sweet, honey-like spread sandwiched between with butter. I think they also add eggs and coconut sometimes. Then I had some seasoned chickpeas and… it begins. Stomach is … More Singapore: Day 3
Greetings from Singapore! After many hours of travel, I safely made it to Singapore in the wee hours of the morning. Long flights are, well, long, but this trip was not particularly painful. No fussy babies, for which I believe the whole plane was thankful. Once the sun began to rise, I hopped on the … More Landed in Singapore