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Sunday, November 28, 1999
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore:
Latitude: 1° 15' 43" North
Longitude: 103° 51' 20" East
Altitude: 4670 feet
From Seattle: 9120 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Metropole

Today's Travel:
Country: Singapore
Region: Greater Singapore
Weather: Overcast / Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 962
Linear Dist: 193781
Countries Visited: 64
Regions Visited: 247
More stats...
Hotels: 313
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 64
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3390

Journal Entry:
A slow, gray Sunday. Spent the morning working on my H/PC (doing some work on my Icon Editor so I can release it to the net and getting caught up on email). Spent most of the afternoon in a giant bookstore (MPH Stamford). I learned something very important.

A couple friends have mentioned that maybe I should stop traveling as I seem so cynical and jaded in my journal. Others have asked why am I still doing this - and I can't really come up with a good answer. I've worried that maybe I'm still on the road because it's the easiest thing to do. As long as I'm traveling I don't have to answer the hard questions - mainly "what do I want to be when I grow up?" As long as I'm on the road I don't have to worry about a career, where I want to live, rent or own, cats or dogs, etc. Well today I was looking through the travel writing section of the bookstore. Just reading the back of almost every book that I picked up literally gave my goosebumps. Whether it was about someplace I want to go, or someplace I've been - it excited me. I think that next time I'm feeling down I just need to go browse the travel section! but the important thing to me is that I realized I'm still passionate about what I'm doing. As long as that's true I belong here (or there, or there...).

I had a stack of six books in line at the cashier - then I had a reality check - I have to carry these. Considering that and the fact that English books shouldn't be that hard to come by in Australia - I cut it down to three. One travelogue (Peter Biddlecombe's French Lessons in Africa), one that's been on my books I should read list (Anne Frank's Diary of a young Girl), and one from my books I want to read list (Jack Kerouac's On the Road). Also took the book I bought my first day back to the used bookstore and exchanged it for another Tom Clancy (Hidden Agendas).<>I wandered around the Funan Center again, but even this was relatively quiet - most stores closed. Spent the evening at the Internet cafe doing some long overdue maintenance on my web pages (mostly moving things to my domain). It got late fast.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Singapore
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Singapore
CIA World Fact Book: Singapore

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