Back to Singapore

I have 1 more night in Singapore before I continue my journey to Auckland. This morning I took a 4hr morning bus from Melaka to Singapore, $12 (¬£5.50). I’m delighted to report that no one burped in my face stamping me back into the country, what a relief.

Not one to sit around, I spent the afternoon walking around Singapore until my feet hurt. I went to the top of Marina Bay Sands to the Ce La Vie bar & mused about admiring the view. City skylines aren’t my most favourite thing to view, but at that height it was impressive. Or it would have been impressive if it wasn’t for the haze.

  
Tonight Ireland play France in the rugby world cup & I will be going to an Irish pub to cheer on my team. No matter what country I’m in, I always follow my team & sports. 

Tomorrow I will go to the airport to fly to Sydney then onwards to New Zealand. Ironically I have more friends in Sydney than I do in New Zealand. If I wasn’t so stuck for time I might have planned a few days there en route but I can always go after New Zealand. Another trip to plan…. Excellent ūüôā

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Singapore

I’m in Singapore & boy do I have WAY too much luggage! My shoulders were aching as I tried to find my way to my hostel, all my fault of course. Combined with the heat & the lack of sleep I was struggling. Hell, I may as well blame the haze while I’m at it! ‘At least I’m not on the plane’ were the only words that got me through. Thirteen¬†hours on one flight is far¬†too long.

I found my hostel & I’m in a nice enough 8 bed mixed dorm, ground floor (fist pump). My accolade for arriving was a warm shower I gleefully embraced. It felt so good to be washed again! I went for a walk around the city & hit upon the major attractions – mine being the F1 street track of course.

The architecture in the city is very impressive. The vast size of buildings & the texture & design of others is dramatic. I watched the light show at Marina Bay Sands, if you get a chance do go. It lasts 20 mins & is free. It made me think about¬†socioeconomics & cultural variation – this would totally not be anywhere near Ireland’s radar.

The city itself feels incredibly safe. It is clean & doesn’t give the impression of any anti social activity. The hostel staff assured me that no one will trouble me, even if I walk down the street naked at 4am it will still be completely safe. I hope not to test this theory.

That irrepressible desire to book more flights *sigh*

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Apparently not content with stopping over in Singapore on my way to NZ I have an overwhelming¬†need to visit another country in Asia while I’m there. I have 1 weeks & I’m looking for travspiration (travel inspiration) of amazing places you have visited.

My top wants on the list are: incredible sights, cheap massages, amazing street food, easy going atmosphere…. I’m sure it won’t be difficult to find in Asia.

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I would like some adventure but absolutely no monkey related ‘fun’. I’m not a fan of monkeys. I tend to actively avoid any living animal show or display. I love animals & I refuse to¬†support the exploitation of them. Even if the companies say the animals are treated well I’m sure they would prefer their freedom in the wild.

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While we’re on the subject of creatures the less mosquitos the better. I’m trying to put off Dengue Fever as long as possible. I’m estimating via probability I am about 50 bites away from being very high risk. That’s around 2 or 3 days worth of bites for me.

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I wouldn’t mind escaping the busy cities, learning Reiki, surfing, reading in a cute cafe & as you know eating. I can’t get enough of street food & grieved unashamadely¬†for it once I left Thailand.

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I’ve been on Skyscanner checking flights & Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam & Thailand are all within my budget. I’m currently leaning towards Bali. All suggestions are welcome. Please comment & put a link to your blog if you have some interesting reading for me. Thanks!

Planning Singapore

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One of my favourite things about travelling is the research prior to my adventure. When I see the images in books & online I feel a rise of excitement that I’m actually going to be there experiencing it. I am enraptured with this feeling & the seemingly idle¬†meander of time until I get there.

Next up for me is Singapore!

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If you have any recommendations for me, the more random the better, please comment below. Also, if you have blogged about a trip there please send me the link. I would love to read up before I go. Thank you fellow explorers x

New Zealand, I’m looking at you

I’m looking at you & I’m coming to get you!

Since I was 15 & my friends were all talking about how they wanted to go to Australia (none of them have been & they have all spent their lives in our home county), I have always pulled away from the crowd & vowed to go to New Zealand. It seemed less cliche, less saturated with tourists & from my limited knowledge I somehow pictured it as somewhere I could call home. Over 15 years later & I have got my visa, booked my flights & am currently on countdown at 9 weeks till I leave the homeland for my next adventure & my new life!

I don’t seem overly excited if you were to speak to me. I have another 7 weeks left working in Switzerland & 2 weeks at home to go before I can get excited. I don’t exactly worry about the packing but I acknowledge that it will be a pain in the arse packing to leave Switzerland & packing for New Zealand. We all know I’m a packophobe. I know I will be sad to leave Switzerland. I know it will be emotional to get home to my family & friends, tiring to visit everyone & do everything I need to do at home & sad to leave everyone all over again. I know I will cry for my little dog. I know I will question why I am leaving the invaluable group of people I have built great friendships with. I am excited of course, but this is the background noise that plays on a loop in my mind.

I look forward to my stopover in Singapore. To exploring & discovering. I look forward to landing in Auckland, taking my backpack off in the hostel & flopping on to my bed exhausted & exhilarated.

I have nothing planned for New Zealand. I just know that I’m flying into Auckland & I want to go to Melbourne for Formula 1.

Where will I go? People keep telling me of places to visit & to live in. What kind of work will I look for? I have experience in a now comical amount of industrys so I could end up doing anything. Do I travel first then find a job??

I would love a cushy office job where I don’t have to think much & can focus on my life outside of work. I would also love to do something completely different & invigorating. On the other hand I am a sucker for professional development & would love to get back to sports rehabilitation. I am grateful that I have diverse options of paths.

If you have any tips for me about Singapore of New Zealand, or want to link your blog, please comment below. Thanks ūüôā