Thursday, August 26, 2010


Hello from Hoi An, Vietnam!

I have been h-core traveling with Chels and Alex for 6 days now. We have showered over the northern part of Vietnam. I landed in Ha Noi then we headed to Ha Long Bay. Came back to Ha Noi and then up further north into the mountains of Sapa. Then we took two trains (21 hours of train) and bus(4 hours) to get to Hoi An. We just got in last night and tonight we will be heading to Nha Trang. After that, we will go to Mui Ne (I think, plans change hourly) then down to Ho Chi Min City. Then up to Bangkok, Thailand for a couple days and then back to Singapore for me. Chels and Alex will be heading to London, England the same day I leave for Singapore.

So far this has been an amazing experience. Yesterday I had my first realization about how good I can make this year. Which I intend to do. I was a little sad before but I think that this trip with two best friends has re-vamped my drive to really explore the world.

Details soon.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

YOG - Youth Olympic Games

The last two days I have enjoy some of the events happening around town/island because it is the first ever Youth Olympic Games. I had no idea about them, until two weeks before arriving in Singapore, when a friend of mine told me about them.

Yesterday I watched the free sailing and windsurfing competition. Sailing had two races that day and it was for qualifying for the finals the next day (today). I think it was the same for the wind surfing.

I was sitting next to the family of the Canadian female sailor. She was the only Canadian sailing in this games, there was no boy Canadian sailor. There was also only a Canadian female for the windsurfing as well. I thought that with Squamish and Jerico on our doorsteps there would have at least one boy representing!

Today I saw the track and field events. I bought a ticket the other day (ticket prices range from S$10 to S$30), picked it up yesterday and was at the event nice and early at 8:30am.

When it all got underway, you would be watching about seven competitions at once: Boys Javeline, Girls Shotput, Girls High jump, Boys/Girls 1000m, Boys/Girls Steeple Chase, Boys/Girls 100m, and Boys Long jump (which did not finish due to excessive rain). That was pretty much the order in which I watched them. It took about 3 hours for them to get all through that!

The crowd was full of school kids! They were so loud! They were screaming and stomping around. They also came in waves, I think because they could only sit for so long. It was nice for me when some of them left because it got a little quieter and their was less stomping (to disturb my photo taking). But I think it was more fun for the athletes that way.

It has been really fun watching the Olympics again. It reminds me of home when the Vancouver 2010 Olympics were on. I love the Olympics and I love living in the same city as the Olympics twice in one year! I think only a few a people can say that! Seeing all of the flags (mostly Singaporean) hanging off baloncy's and windows is always a cool sight to see!

All of these images you are veiwing were edited by your's truely. I am learning how to use photo shop and this is a first time effort. Enjoy and look forward for many more to come!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Actual Singapore Updates!

Hey there guys and gals!

Now I have time for my actual Singapore updates!

If you want to read Jenn's version of the flight and first getting here, check out her blog at:

And I shall continue from where Jenn left off!

We met up with Rob and Janette for lunch and went to an underground mall. There are supposed to be lots of underground malls around and it feels like the entire city is connected via this underground mall (not really, but pretty damn close)! We ate some yummy Taiwan food at a fast (ish) food place. Jenn enjoyed a Singaporean classic of chicken and rice. But it was honey chicken and rice. I enjoyed a fancy pork and mushroom soup. NOM NOM NOM NOM!

Then the four of us headed to the new and modern SKY PARK! It is built on top of a 56 story hotel/casino. There was a POOL up there! An INITITY pool!!! It looked awesome (and expansive). But it was still cool to see Singapore from above! Took some photos too! (To be posted soon)

Then we walked around this expensive looking mall for awhile. Then when I convinced Jenn that we should take up Rob and Janette's invitation for dinner, we headed over to.... well I don't exactly know where this is place is but we went for LAKSA! Laksa is coconut soup! It was delicious and we didn't even go to the "most famous" one! I think that if there was a Laksa dedicated restaurant in Vancouver, it would be very popular! But it must be cheap food, drinks and atmosphere! None of this fancy-smacy, hoidie-toidie crap. But now that I said that, if any of you smucks make a restaurant like how I just said, I demand royalties!

Then today Jenn had her first day of work. I took her to work on the hour and a half MRT ride. We are in Chinatown and where she works is on the East side of the island and it is an epic MRT ride.

After she went up to work, I went across the street to enjoy some coffee at the market that was there. The coffee beans here (what I am about to tell is information I read off the back of menu) are coated with sugar prior to roasting and it adds a very distinct flavour. Very sweet and woody flavour. I like it :)

Then went to a market near our place to get Jenn some vegetables and some other things, but the market was closed. So I enjoyed some dumplings in soup and read during the afternoon.

More to come!

I am going to go join the Olympic fever (once again) as I am going to watch sailing tomorrow and track and field on Wednesday!

Then on Thursday I am off to Vietnam/Cambodia to meet up with Chels and Alex (who I have not seen for almost a year)!!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010



I know I have blogged very little about moving to Singapore, but I have moved here now.

I am so excited for all of the things that Jenn and I will see and experience. I am very excited to see the person I will become after all this... :)

I will blog more soon. I am very distracted right now!

Best wishes!