Arriving in Southeast Asia, Singapore First
I arrived in the middle of the night, closer to the morning side of things. I wandered the airport going through customs and so forth, exchanging my Aussie money into Singapore cash waiting for the first train to leave the airport for the city.
I got into the city seeing brass roofed temples in the earliest of the day's light. I walked through a park and then stopped into a commuter deli sort of place, a chicken bun and a coffee to sip on while I people watched and awaited my host in the city, a girl I'd gotten in touch with who was to meet me there.
I waited a while until my host showed up and we went up to her little apartment high up in the sky, air conditioning and a few places to sit. We talked for a bit, she had things to do and I was eager to explore a bit more.
Back into the city I went, buzzing along and finding it similar to many big cities. I went to the embassy with questions about my Thai visa, but became bored and left before getting answers assuming that all would be revealed once crossing the border, no need to think any more of it.
I went to a big library and nodded out for a bit, still going off little sleep from the early flight. From there I buzzed around more seeing temples amongst the cityscape. I wandered through a market and found the heart of what I was looking for, the sights and smells of unique food that was Asia to me before ever getting there.
I met back up with my host, she'd gotten some durian fruit for me to try, I liked it. I took a short nap, helped her move her fridge around, then headed into the city with her. She wandered an Ikea for a while still looking to flesh out her new apartment, then we met up with her friend at a market, another place for me to wander and take in the sights and smells of the tasty looking food. I was happy to see that I could afford such things, and happy to see so many spicy options, I was already liking Asia.
The next day I headed back into the city on my own to explore again, starting the taste buds off with some curry banana treat and a spring roll. Thunder turned to a down pour and dipped into the nearby library to wait it out, buckets came down as I dried off until it finally ceased.
I continued my weaving through the streets after that, eventually looking around at people until making eye contact with someone holding a phone, they let me make a call to my host and I met up with her an hour or so later. It was a pretty simple night after that, helping her set things up in the apartment.
Pretty simple visit to Singapore, the next day I'd give hitchhiking in Asia a shot to make my way into Malaysia and eventually on to Thailand. I'd learn straight away that hitchhiking is a little different around there, that people are still awesome everywhere and that good times have now borders.