Monthly Archives: July 2008
Sitting in a cafe…
I’m writing this on my iPod in a cafe in Singapore. I just got back from the Asian cultural museum, which is one of the better museums I’ve been to on my trip. (oddly enough, japan and Korea weren’t mentioned).
I finally got a cell phone yesterday. I haven’t had one in over a year. It’s pretty cheap, but it gets the job done.
Typing is a pain on the iPod. The new WordPress app makes the process a bit easier.
I’m taking photos today and tomorrow I’ll shoot video. There is a high density of things to photograph here.
I made it to Singapore and so far I’m enjoying it.
I’m staying at the apartment of my college roommate Dave, who is a professor at the University of Singapore.
Singapore is much as I remember it: clean, efficient, modern, and very green.
There are some changes which I’ve noticed, in particular there are more signs in Thai. I don’t recall seeing any signs written in Thai when I was here last time, but many of the signs are written in English, Chinese, Thai, and Bahasa Malaysian. I think there are many more foreign workers in Singapore also.
They’ve put in a large Ferris wheel like they have in London. I’ve already found several times the number of open wifi connections in than I found in almost six months in Australia.
The University of Singapore looked (as much as I can tell in an hour) as a pretty good school. It is exactly the sort of thing which the Singapore government would put money into. It is certainly the best university in South East Asia, and probably one of the best in all of Asia, certainly outside of Japan.
It is really humid here. The Changi Airport is really nice. I’d put it over the Hong Kong airport.
I’m going to search for a cell phone. I think I’ve reached the point where I need to get one. It is more a matter of figuring out what card/plan to get. I don’t need to make a lot of calls, but I would like to do international text messaging.
See Ya Later Aussie
I’m bound for Singapore in a few hours. I’ll probably get to the airport a bit early just because they have free and fast internet access there. Much better than what I can get in Darwin.
I can’t believe I’ve been here for more than five months. I originally intended to be here for about 2-3 months. The size and vast emptiness of the country really is astounding. While it is approximate in size to the continental US, it is very different in how things are spread out. It would be like the US if everything outside of the east coast and Sand Diego was the Nevada desert.
I’ll have a lot to say about Australia in the coming months. There is too much to say in one post. If I can summarize it in a simple sentence however, it is that Australia (and Canada, US, New Zealand, UK) are more alike than they are different. When you visit a place like Australia, as an American, you notice the things which are different. When you visit Japan, you notice the things which are the same.
Singapore will be the second country on my trip which I’ve visited previously (technically third, but a 24 hour stop over in Japan really didn’t count). I was in Singapore for four days back in 1999 and fell in love with the place. I am really interested to see what has changed and how the city is different. I’ll probably be writing more about Singapore than I otherwise would for a country its size, just because I find the place so fascinating.
One thing which I’m looking forward to in Singapore is FREE WIRELESS INTERNET. During my entire stay in Australia, I’ve found it in one place outside of an airport. Australian internet has been disappointing to say the least. It is slow and expensive. Many things I’ve wanted to do on my site I’ve put on hold till I could get to Singapore, just because of state of the Internet. I hope some of the location based services on my iPod Touch will work in Singapore.
I’m also looking to the lower prices of South East Asia. Australia is expensive for someone using American Dollars (and in some items like Coke is expensive for everyone. $3.50 for a 600ml bottle, or about 20oz. Yet you can often buy 2, 2 liter bottles for $5). Even though Singapore is probably the most expensive place in SE Asia, it should still be cheaper than Australia. One Singapore dollar is worth about US$0.75. When I was there in 1999, five Singapore dollars was about US$2.
Expect a few podcasts in quick succession. One problem with doing a podcast like I do, is you are held hostage by what internet connection you can get. I have two I shot in Australia almost ready to go. I might not be able to post exactly one per week, but I think I can average one per week by putting up more to compensate for when I can’t post. I also might be going back and revisiting some places I went where I didn’t shoot video by doing the Ken Burns thing with still photos. We’ll see.
If anyone in Singapore is reading this, drop me an email (gary AT everything-everywhere.com). I always enjoy meeting people.
Back from the outback
I’m back from my trip to Uluru. We slept under the stars (literally), and froze our asses off. The swing in temperature in the desert is really crazy. It went from -3C (30F) to 21C (70F) in a single day. It is a reoccuring theme with me, but I am not equipped to deal with cold weather. A sweatshirt and a long t-shirt isn’t really cold weather gear.
My legs are sore and when I got back to Alice, I had dirt in places dirt should never see, and had odors which could kill animals.
I leave for Darwin in a few hours, where I’ll finally be out of the “cold”. I’ve been wearing a stocking hat and long pants for the past month since I’ve been to Perth and Adelaide. I’ll be in Darwin only a day or two before I head to Singapore. I’ll write a more in-depth review of my time in the outback when I’m on the plane (I’m on a internet kiosk right now).