Good morning from Singapore!!!
It’s 11:30 am in sunny Singapore and I’m doing great! My sushi mission in the airport failed, but I was successful in exchanging $20 for 1,851 yen. The money was so pretty, I didn’t want to spend it, but I finally decided on buying a bottled green tea (the entire bottle was written in Japanese, but luckily there were little labels on the shelves to tell me what I was getting). It was delicious! Much less sugar than the bottled tea here, but very refreshing. There was an Australian family sitting next to me in the airport, which gave me quite a giggle as I thought about all my Aussie friends (shout out to Jax and Skippy)! My flight here from Tokyo went smoothly although I was sooo exhausted from having been awake for about 24 hours straight.
When I arrived, my friend Natalie and her mom were waiting for me at the airport, and they drove me through downtown Singapore (so pretty at night!) to the YMCA where I am staying. Natalie’s mom was so friendly and it was sooo nice to see a familiar face after 24 hours of strangers. When I arrived, I was told that they had upgraded me from the dorm-style hostel room I was supposed to be in to a real hotel room! Although a little disappointed I would be missing out on meeting all those new people, I gladly accepted the opportunity for some time to myself to rest. My room is small, but nice. I am supposed to be getting a roommate today, so we’ll see if she shows up.
I went to bed around 1am local time, and after about 30 hours of traveling, nothing ever felt so good! To my surprise, I woke up in time for the continental breakfast. At the door to the breakfast room, I was stopped by a man who I assumed wanted to see my room key, but in fact wanted to take my temperature. People here are very concerned about the swine flu and I had to get my temperature checked in order to be allowed to eat breakfast! After passing with a temp of 30-something (in celsius, of course), I enjoyed a nice breakfast of eggs, bacon, french toast, some unfamiliar-looking fruit, and fried noodles, which were delicious. My juice looked like orange juice but tasted more like mango… I’m not sure what it was. After that, I enjoyed a nice swim in the pool with palm trees all around. I learned in my Singapore book that Singapore is only 1 degree off the equator. Hello, paradise! I had BBC news on while I was getting dressed, and it is amazing how much American news gets over here. They even mentioned North Carolina, Katie!
Now I’m all sunscreened-up and ready to face my day. I’m meeting Natalie and her friends for dinner, so I think my mission for this afternoon will be to convert some money to Singapore dollars, figure out how to send mail, conquer the public transportation system, and make a plan for the rest of my week.
Life Realization of the Day: If you’re scared to do something, that is the best reason for going out and doing it.
Lots of love,