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Singapore has a lot of really interesting architectural bits, both classic and modern.
Singapore Skyline from across the Marina Bay.
Singapore wasn't as clean or orderly as the hype had led me to believe. It probably helped that I was staying in Little India quarter: full of color, sound, and people. I recommend it thoroughly.
|Gili Trawangan Sunset|
Sunset on the island of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. This photo of mine was awarded 2nd place in a photo contest organized by the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper Program. Yay clean water!
I recently returned to Vancouver after 8 months of travelling in California and Southeast Asia. I've gone through almost all of my photos from the trip. I've added my favorites to the Vorg photo pool on Flickr, so take a look!
(Flickr even has a new snazzy photo-pool display now)
|Battle of maps|
| Can anyone do better?|
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Grotere kaart weergeven
| Wikitravel is one of my favourite travel and tourism websites, especially while in Europe. It's a great way to get tips to make your holiday more relaxing or daytrip more fun. I just checked out its entry on Mogadishu; well worth the read.|
1) Pandas like bamboo.
2) Thai massages are not for the uber-ticklish.
3) Mai tais are not particularly thai.
4) Three mai tais are not any more thai.
5) If you are going to buy a $2 watch, don't bother getting a Calvin Klein one, they are no better than regular $2 watches.
6) Contrary to what they tell you in law school, engagement letters are not strictly necessary.
7) Thailand is a wonderland of puns.
|Daycare, Groceries, Prostitutes, Post Office, More Prostitutes, Health Clinic|
| Using google maps to find optimal paths when making multiple stops.|
| My brother published his photos from our tripping. He has a bunch of nice ones, check them out. Seeing how it's my blog here, I'm going to point out the best ones with ME in them!|
There's me jumping in the air, guarding an orchid, as a big hunk, in the rain, and looking all scientific on the side ->
|West Coast pictures|
| I put up my west coast USA trip photos, 124 in total. My favorites are this tunnel, a shell, my brother, a clover field, an old truck, and this picture of flowers on the coast.|
|Vancouver and Okanagan pictures|
| I published 68 Vancouver and Okanagan photos. My favorites are the library roof, bedazzled, mountains, |
snow trees, and this funky aeroplane.
|West Coast USA Trip|
| Trip 2 with my brother was a longer road trip down the west coast from Vancouver to San Francisco. On the way we spent nights in Seattle, Eugene, Arcata, and the Jughandle Creek Farm/Hostel near Mendocino.|
Google measures the drive at 1,651 kilometers. We actually headed over to the winding coastal highway 1 right after Eugene, so in reality it was longer then that. We were driving in a rented Toyota Corolla and measured our actual mileage at between 34 and 38 miles per gallon.
Our first 2 nights we found free lodging care of cool people on CouchSurfing.com. The name pretty much explains it, and the service worked out great for us. The next 2 nights we were in smaller towns and stayed in a motel and hostel/farmhouse. We stumbled onto some crazy adventures in both though. By the end the running joke was that we were taking a hippy-granola tour of the west coast ;-).
In the San Fran Bay area we crashed at a friend's house and later met up with Luxers Hoodie and STM for some food and drinks. I knew them from over the internet, and it was cool to meet in person. I've now met 7 Luxers in 3 different cities. It's a fun perk of running an internet-wide community. I expect photoshopped pictures of us to appear on the Lux Forums shortly...
|Okanagan BC Trip|
| My brother came out west and we did some travelling together. Here's a map of trip number 1, from Vancouver into the BC Okanagan Valley. We stayed in Oliver with some relatives, went skiing at Apex, and then flew back to Van from Kelowna.|
My cousin who grew up in the valley has a website about Okanagan Wine, which is one of the big things the region is known for. We got to do a little bit of tasting at dinner.
| I posted a set of 115 pictures from my trip. Unfortunately, I left my camera on the boat when we went into Belize, so I have no pictures from there. Honduras comes out nicely though. Here are some that I like:|
| Here's a map showing where I went on Christmas holidays with my family:|
We were on the Costa Magica cruise ship, with the route:
Depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (A)I had never been to Central America before, so it was a great experience going down there. Belize City fits my image of an old British Empire outpost, except it has been somewhat taken over by rastafarians. Roatan is an island that's part of Honduras, and it's beautiful. Lush greenery covering hills dominate the land. We visited the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences and were able to get up close to some dolphins in the water. All in all it was an excellent holiday.
Stop in Key West, Florida (B)
Stop in Cozumel, Mexico (C)
Stop in Belize City, Belize (D)
Stop in Roatan, Honduras (E)
A day at sea heading back to Fort Lauderdale
In checking out the route, I have discovered that Yahoo Maps has much better city/road information then Google Maps about Central America. Props to Yahoo! for that.
|Merry Christmas and thereafter|
| On tuesday I am going to take the train back to Toronto to spend a week with my family. My brother just got back from spending a year in Australia, so it will be cool to see him. My plan is to do my christmas shopping on monday. I have a few ideas, but nothing concrete. Currently I am thinking of Christmas as a sexy holiday!|
After Toronto I will be coming back to Montreal to spend new year's here. The party is at Vinny's house I believe. On January 2nd I will be flying across the pond. The plane arrives in London, England, but I am going to be spending January in Edinburgh, Scotland. As luck would have it Andrew's mum has a house and 2 cats that could use sitting over there. She gets back January 25th. My plans for February are vague at best. I am hoping to go visit my uncle phil in Germany, and I also have a desire to spend some time in France buffing up on the language.
I have to be in San Francisco for March 7th. So that puts a limit on my European travels. After that I guess I will come back to Montreal. Hopefully winter will have lost its edge by then.
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