Month: November 2014

One Thing a Day in Singapore

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I basically had four full days in Singapore. Since it’s such a small city-state, I figured I’d be able to do and see a lot in a short period of time. I didn’t count on being so exhausted and my hostel being in an area where you have to walk at least 15 minutes to get anywhere interesting. No lie: our next door neighbor was a casket store. I’m not complaining about the place, though. It’s called Little Red Dot and it has cozy capsule beds as well as the fastest WiFi I’ve had anywhere. Ever. It was so tempting to cocoon myself in my pod and watch YouTube all the livelong day.

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As a compromise, I let myself spend plenty of quality time in bed with my laptop but I had to do one interesting thing outside the pod each day. Here’s what I did.

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Thanksgiving on the Road

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I’m not big on Thanksgiving in the sense that it’s celebrating an event in American history that’s not really worthy of the reverence. I also think turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are overrated. Pumpkin pie is gross THERE I SAID IT. I do, however, miss my family (and the fresh Dungeness crab we have as an appetizer every year). So today was a little strange. I had Thanksgiving dinner buffet-style at an infamous bar in Kuta called Skygarden. Lil John performed there last night! Yeah? Yeah.

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At least I was able to meet up with the Alexes, those nice boys from Minnesota I met during my first stay at the Big Pineapple in Sanur. Our little American feast was rather pathetic but the company was good. And it never hurts to take a moment to remember all the things you’re thankful for. Here are a few travel-specific things…

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¡Mexico!

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Watch out, folks. This post is a long one.

Tomorrow is my last full day in Bali. I’ll miss it but I’m excited to explore Singapore for a few days. Where am I heading after that? I said I’d be going back to America but I won’t be going back to the United States. I will be in North America, though. When I leave Asia next week, I will endure a few layovers and end up in Mexico. I am really, really excited.

I assumed at the beginning of my trip that I’d be in Asia for at least a couple of months longer than I will have been here. I originally wanted to visit Laos, Nepal, and the Philippines. Possibly Japan if my budget allowed. I figured I would have spent more than nine days in Thailand. If anything, maybe I would have ditched Asia for Australia or searched for cheap flights to Europe. So why Mexico? I have many people and things to blame thank for this sharp turn.

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Between Two Ubuds

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I realize I haven’t updated in a while and I’ve been bouncing around with limited WiFi since the last post. I technically left Bali for for Lombok’s Gili Islands. I returned to my beloved Big Pineapple hostel in Sanur. Then, with one week left before my flight to Singapore, I decided to come back to Ubud. It’s quiet here and I need some of that. Thanks to all the homestays, I can afford my own room which includes free breakfast and an inquisitive proprietor who wonders where I am all the time. Allow me to catch you up on what happened between Ubud: Part 1 and Ubud: Part 2.

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Ubud

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There aren’t many hostels in Ubud and the one I wanted to stay at was fully booked the day I was set to arrive. I took my chances when I got into town, found a nice family homestay and somehow got myself a room after gesturing with an old Balinese woman who spoke no English. Then I met her son, Lilir, the owner. Very nice man.

After checking in, I went to the Sacred Monkey Forest which was near the homestay. It’s about $2 to enter for as much fun as you can stand. After the sad elephant camp in Chiang Mai, it was great to see animals just hanging out and being animals. The monkeys looked healthy and although they weren’t afraid of us humans, they weren’t antagonistic toward us either–unless you had food on you. Then they wanted the food. I had a ball watching them play.

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