Here’s an interesting article about the situation that California has gotten itself in. Somebody please fix it.
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I’m coming home!!!
Halloweenster ’09 this year will be held at the same place. And I believe, for the first time ever, actually on Halloween. Be on the lookout for an email or facebook update in the coming months.
I just came across this new food craze in Los Angeles, Kogi. Can someone try it out and let me know if it’s all it’s reported to be?
It’s a Korean/Mexican fusion Taco Truck. It roves around the Los Angeles region to serve up their signature foods.
I hear waits can go up to hours at a time for their bulgogi tacos and other treats. Thank goodness they keep people upto date with their web 2.0 goodness. They twitter their locations and post lots of updates on their website.
I’m sorry that I haven’t posted anything in the past few weeks. I’ve been travelling up a storm and entertaining guests.
I’m on a plane back from Bali right now. Bali was awesome. I took some surfing lessons with Sri and managed to stand up a few times. It helps when you have a personal instructor. Ubud was great as well. It’s remarkable how much artwork and hand craft there is there. Every other store was a studio or gallery. There were a few strange things about Bali though. Actually, it’s more likely a strange thing about Indonesia than Bali in particular. Indonesia was the first place that I had to pay to leave the country. I can understand an entrance Visa fee. But to have to pay an entrance AND an exit fee? Weird.
Last weekend I was in Sapa and Hanoi with the Zobrists. Sapa is a place of great beauty. Driving through the hillsides filled with rice paddies and tropical vegitation makes you want to pull your camera out at every bend. But, at the same time, I’ve never seen so much poverty. The Mong people live in this region of Vietnam. They are one of the ethnic minorities in this region. It was heart breaking to see little girls between the ages of 4 and 6 out on the streets at 11PM. The weather was nearing snow season and they were strolling the streets selling little hand made bracelets for .05c to all the tourists. All the while they are walking the cobble stone roads barefoot because they don’t have enough money for shoes or a place to sleep other than the steps of the church or a closed doorway. We all bought as much as we could. I’ve got at least 20 or so bracelets. Truely heart wrenching.
On top of all the travelling, I’ve had a number of guests come visit. Namely, Sri and my cousin Joanna. I’m not sure how I survived it, or Sri for that matter, but we were out till 4-5AM every night he was here. We even had multiple thanksgiving dinners! Pretty awesome.
Which leads me to next weekend. I’ll be heading home!!! I leave for the US on the 19th and don’t get back till the 4th. Completely awesome. We’re going to be in SF, LA, SD, and Las Vegas. I’ll be taking two Singaporean friends with me and showing them the best time possible. 😉
As you undoubtedly have noticed, I’m posting blog posts again. That means that I’ve finished my last project. That also means that I’ll start travelling again.
As I write this post, I’m travelling down a freeway in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ll be spending a long weekend here going to Haolong Bay with some friends from the US: Bobby, Richard and Cindy.
Next weekend I’ll be in Hong Kong. I’ll be there to do some shopping and to take in the sights. I’ll follow that up with a road trip in Thailand, a beach excursion in Bali, a mountain trek in Sapa and a visit back home to see my family during the Christmas holidays.
It’s hard work in Singapore. But, it’s these few months of rest and relaxation that follow that make it all worth it.
Here’s a pic of my dinner tonight. It’s called Banh Cuon. Which translates to wrapped cake. I got it from a street vendor for .85c.
National day is here in Singapore. It’s their version of the fourth of July. And boy do they know how to throw a party. It is celebrated every year on the 9th of August. Everyone gets into it, at least in appearances. It seems like almost every HDB Flat has a Singapore flag outside their window. And every Condo and office building has banners and more flags posted in celebration for weeks ahead of time.
The Govt. here has a big parade and show that a group of thousands put on. They train and practice for months. It includes everything from music, singing and dancing, to military attack helicoptors and fighter jets doing arial acrobatics. It all concludes with a huge fireworks display over the bay.
Tickets to the show are free but hard to get. Only 30-40K are available and are distributed via a lottery system that millions apply for. The other stipulation is that you need to be either a citizen or PR (permanant resident). The show is broadcast live for every one else. I didn’t get tickets this year. Maybe next year.