Singapore Bound

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Today I saved $2 by taking the skytrain then searching on foot for the Indian Embassy. Not that it was worth it, since I arrived 45 minutes too late to apply for a visa. The process takes three days plus they’re closed on the weekend and Wednesday is a holiday, so instead of waiting a week to leave Bangkok, I booked a seat on Scandanavian Airlines flight # SK 973 to Singapore for tomorrow. $100 for an international flight purchased twenty four hours prior to departure! Why doesn’t it work like that in the states?

I’ll be staying here, for the first few nights anyway. Singapore’s one of the most modern cities in the world and the economic powerhouse of Asia. I’m looking forward to some western lifestyle before a month of curry, monks and monkeys. If all goes as planned, I’ll be taking pictures of the Taj Mahal by next weekend.

Next Nine Days

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Tuesday 2/21
Boat to Koh Phangan. Go trekking to waterfalls and see monkeys dancing with toothbrushes. Stay in bungalow on the beach.

Friday 2/24
Boat to airport at Koh Samui during the day. Fly to Bangkok at night on Bangkok Airlines # PG190. Stay at guesthouse near airport in Bangkok.

Saturday 2/25
Fly to Phanom Pehn, Cambodia in the morning on Bangkok Airlines # PG920. Visit the Killing Fields. Stay at Asia Hotel.

Sunday 2/26
Drive rental car to Siem Riep, Cambodia. Visit one of seven world wonders – Angkor Wat. Stay at Siem Reap Hotel.

Monday 2/27
Drive rental car back to Phanom Pehn. Stay at Asia Hotel again.

Saturday 2/28
Fly back to Bangkok in the morning on Bangkok Airlines # PG921

Flying to Bangkok

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The train from here in Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok would take me 48 hours and cost about $20. In the interest of time, I opted for the one hour, $75 flight insteadÂ…

Sunday, 2/12/06 – Air Asia Flight # AK884
Depart Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ 6:45pm
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand @ 7:50pm

Sublimation in Death Valley

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Today I’ll be joining my sister’s boyfriend Johnathan and his friend Eric on a drive to Death Valley. The weather is warmer than here in LA…so I’ll finally get to wear the shorts I packed. Considering I ran out of clean clothes yesterday and there’s no laundry service in the financial district of LA, that will be refreshing. Johnathan booked us a room at this ranch/resort and Eric rented us a Hertz four door.

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Visa Photos & Baht Pinching

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Some countries require an ID photo to get a Visa. I’ve read that getting them in advance can make things much easier, so I went over to Kinko’s while in Salt Lake City. I knew Kinko’s had a passport photo service, but I suspected that like AAA’s, it may be expensive. Sure enough, the copy people wanted to charge me $14 to take and print 2 digital pictures. Not only that but they would charge me another $12 for each additional pair. Considering my plan was to bring 20 photos on my trip, this would quickly add up to over $100. Somewat expecting this, I had Dom take a picture of me in front of a white wall before I left the hotel.

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Leaving Early for LA

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We’ve had enough cold weather, my friend Dom’s got the flu and Sundance is winding down, so we moved our Monday flight to today…

Southwest Airlines – Flight #754 – Saturday, January 28
Depart SALT LAKE CITY UT (SLC) at 6:55PM and Arrive in LOS ANGELES INTL (LAX) at 9:00PM

First International Stop – Malaysia

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Departing Monday, February 6, 2006

Delta Airlines # 8957 (China Airlines # CI 7) – Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei, Taiwan, Taipei Chiang Kai Shek (TPE)
China Airlines # 665 – Taipei, Taiwan, Taipei Chiang Kai Shek, (TPE) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Int’l (KUL)

This flight arrives on Wednesday.

Total duration: 22hr 50min | Total miles: 8792 miles

Staying four nights at Red Palm Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thanks to the book my friend Kevin got me, I will hopefully attend the Thaipusam Festival on Saturday, Feb 11th…

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New Website Launch

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Well this site’s not 100% ready, but my trip is starting so here it is! Look out for some bugs like image sizes in the slideshow, some of the data not making sense, and the map getting mixed up on places I’ve been to twice. Other than that things should be working pretty good. Please let me know if you find something weird.

6 Days Left

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Southwest Airlines

Tuesday, January 17 – PROVIDENCE RI(PVD) to PHOENIX AZ(PHX) Flight 377 V Depart PROVIDENCE RI(PVD) at 1:30PM and Arrive in PHOENIX AZ(PHX) at 5:30PM

Tuesday, January 17 – PHOENIX AZ(PHX) to LAS VEGAS NV(LAS) Flight 1327 V Depart PHOENIX AZ(PHX) at 7:00PM and Arrive in LAS VEGAS NV(LAS) at 7:05PM

Departure Date

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A rush of nervous excitement just raced through my body. Today I found someone to rent my place and my trip became finalized. I need to move out by January 7th and I’ve set a goal for departure of January 15th. That gives me exactly one month to finish getting ready and figure out where I’m going to go first.

After I added “Departure…” to my calendar, I began to delete all my recurring appointments that extended into next year. Then the first wave of homesickness hit me. I’ve never left for more than five months before. Not that I know for sure how long I’ll be gone, but it’s very likely I won’t see anyone I love for a year.

The feeling is a mix between a longing ache of butterflies and that shortness of breath that makes you sit up and smile when something great is about to happen. It’s pretty great.

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