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Monday, November 30 | 11:23 AM



Each jelly belly contains 3 calories. Attempted the gross flavours - skunk spray, rotten eggs, mouldy cheese, dog food etc.

16 Nov 2009, San Francisco

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Jelly
Sunday, November 29 | 3:05 PM

Jelly Belly Factory
16 Nov 2009, San Francisco

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techonology
Saturday, November 28 | 7:34 AM

Technology held captive.

16 Nov 2009
Lima, Peru

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Puno
| 12:54 AM

A 8-9 hr coach ride brought us into the town of Puno. Situated even higher (spell COLDER too!) than Cusco at more than 3500m above sea level, Puno is a touch and go business, for me that is. The remaining girls have gone out for a walk around town before we leave for Bolivia in less than 2 hrs´time. Today being SUn, alomst every shop is closed and the streets deserted so I thought of giving the walk a miss just to compose this update.

Anyway, Puno. Where´we´re staying, a dogey hotel sits on the outskirts of the local square and a stretch of very touristy street where the major banks are also located. HAving seen a few towns in Peru, they are now beginning to look the same. The heart, vibrant at night with touristis and even the locals, while the fringes look pathetic with their half dusty completed buildings - think wire structures worshipping the skies and weathered bricks fronting every shophouse. We´d walked to the bus terminal after yesterday´s day trip to the islands and man, it feels like being lost in some PC game espousing the end times. But the occasional sightings of young couples taking walks and some making out (in the freezing cold!) at shelters scattered along the lonely stretch, gave it a more human feel.

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battle
Friday, November 27 | 1:28 AM

Battle of the heavenlies?

14 Nov 2009
San Francisco

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Cusco
| 12:50 AM

If u do get a chance to live wild and free like me, haha, and a chance to head to peru, U MUST chk out Cusco. Its main square has a Parisian (not that I´ve been there!) romantic feel to it. There you are surrounded by colonial type buildings, nothing short of the church of course. There´s even a Macs here which gives u free wireless! Come night time, the lighting will just take your breath away. Security is tight here and police constables frequently whistle off persistent touts with their wares. Some of the latter include v v young kids who´ll put on the most doleful eyes and sweetest voice just to make you part with your sols. Romantic atmosphere aside, the other streets are very polluted. Exhaust fumes puke from every mobile vehicle that ply the roads. These are accompanied by the incessant car horns of super impatient drivers. For those reasons, I try to spend my last day in Cusco 2 days ago at the quieter main square people watching and airing my socks and feet in full view of the public. Wet from the last rainy day on the trek, my shoes and socks dried within an hour under the warm afternoon sun. Who cares? I´m just a tourist right? lol

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Phe
Wednesday, November 25 | 7:13 AM

We will do the phe again soon!

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post-trek
| 12:48 AM

I understand it´s raining a lot back in Sg. It is so here too.

Having misplaced my wind jacket on the trek - the jamban door to be exact on one of my flights there to take a dump - it get super chilly just walking ard the towns. Thankfully I have a down jacket from Karen which keeps me nice and warm. Top that off with the purple poncho and I look puffy just like Barney the dino. :)

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cat
Tuesday, November 24 | 7:11 PM


The cat skittles across the blue canvas of the evening sky.

14 Nov 2009, San Francisco

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Machu
Monday, November 23 | 4:15 AM

Trekking Machu Pichu...I will survive.

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freedom
Sunday, November 22 | 11:59 AM


Freedom is a state of mind.

14 Nov 2009, Alcatraz, San Francisco

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machu pichu
| 11:12 AM

machu pichu trek begins tmr 6am. 3800m above sea level. w backpack no more than 10 kg. Else sure die die horribly. Climb 2 flight of steps only go breathless now. fortuntely no AMS symptoms like some r suffering fr now. So pray u all! 22to25 Nov. The briefing sounds alarming, even the veteran rock climber cheong sua cheong hai gers in my gp r finding it a bit tough to swallow. But God able, I will PREVAIL!

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23
Saturday, November 21 | 12:01 PM

The 14 hr coach ride took 23 hours. Delayed by roadblocks put up by locals who went on strike.

Have arrived in Cusco, an awesome city in Peru. U must ALL visit it one day. It has all the trappings of modernity with touches of the old peruvian culture. And it´s the launch pad for machu pichu. We might try fried guinea pig soon!

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walk
Friday, November 20 | 6:50 AM


Take a walk with me.

14 Nov 2009, San Francisco

Did you see the phoenix (mythical bird) in the sky?

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sand-tan
Thursday, November 19 | 10:46 AM

Sand-tanning in winter
14 Nov 2009

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merlion
| 7:04 AM

4 hrs after midnight and puking like Merlion...

s h i t z

Hostel Guangzhou, Nazca, Peru

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Peru #1
| 1:03 AM

a friend here said this, "I intend to wear this shirt for a week." Hmmm, I knew my 4 tee shirts is way too many for this trip. Haha.

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point
Wednesday, November 18 | 6:52 PM

Busker #2
14 Nov 2009

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PANAMA #1
| 7:50 AM

spent almost an entire day flying across 3-4 different time zones.

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2012?
Monday, November 16 | 10:49 PM

Busker #3
14 Nov 2009

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SF #3
| 10:37 PM

stayed up to transfer music files to hp for the long bus trip next day...prob won b able to head back to snuggle in bed later...soo shiok to slp here in SF

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Houston #1
| 9:13 PM

at George Bush Airport, Houston now and has 2 more flights to catch before I reach Lima, Peru.

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leg up!
| 12:27 PM

Street busker near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
14 Nov 2009

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SF #2
Sunday, November 15 | 9:33 PM

Survived an outdoor gear factory outlets tour but had not spent a single cent on shopping for the first time ever! Absolutely loves the Vietnamese meal I just had for dinner!

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| 1:23 PM

Love the colour of browning leaves against the bluest skies at the start of winter in San Francisco.
13 Nov 2009, near North Face outlet.

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Strawberry Swing
| 12:30 PM

Coldplay

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SF #1
| 1:23 AM

Saint3 is a little dazed fr jet lagged tho he slept well this morn. Gona go factory outlet w frens and leave shopping here at a great home to pick them up later next yr!

GOOOD MORNING USA & SINGAPORE!

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music
Saturday, November 14 | 11:22 PM

This is music at Pier 39.

Here in the heart of San Francisco, seals plow on to pontoons to rest and make music!

I came across this kid who is totally absorbed by the cacophony.

After making all that music, you do need some serious rest.

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later chow
Friday, November 13 | 11:57 PM

our late yummy dinner - clam chowder in sour bread and CRAB!!!
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

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Hello Kitty!
| 10:35 PM

A Hello Kitty! waiting lounge in Taiwan Airport???

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for loan
| 2:29 PM

Glasses for loan for those visually challenged at the immgration counter!

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lights
| 1:34 AM

EVA air. cute stewardesses who are more sincere than SIA ones too!

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catch-up
Thursday, November 12 | 11:09 PM






Doing tons of catchup with friends, old and new, prior my trip.

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CRAZY
Tuesday, November 10 | 1:23 AM

Shit happens, so they say.

First the false ceiling to the master toilet started to leak. Then the car battery went flat. These happened 2 weeks prior my departure. To add to my woes, the dogsitters played me out from time to time during my 3 month long arduous search for suitable candidates/hotels for Sprite. This is on top of my work and struggle to recover from that incessant cough from Hong Kong since 19/9.

I will pesevere!

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The Beginning
Monday, November 9 | 10:08 AM

My 3 amigos for the next 3 months! My heartfelt thanks to Winston for his 70L Eagle Creek backpack and Shyen for the Northface duffel bag and for turning up last night to help me pack so that "I won't become a liabiilty for the group." for forgetting something in the midst of my hectic schedule. Haha! I truly appreciate friends who tell you like it is.


Check out the compact contents within. This morning, Shyen even emailed me stuff I've not set aside for her to pack in yesterday! I'm truly blessed.

The beauty of the duffel is that it doubles as a protection for the backpack when it tumbles and turns on the converyor belt after checking it in. Its primary function, of course, is to contain all the shopping bonanza!


Now, here's temperamental NATalie which I have to send in for repairs later today AGAIN because she cannot detect wireless or wireless connections now. And she's only less than 4 months old! Nevertheless, my deepest appreciation to whiz kid, Nathaniel Chua, for helping me install numerous cool stuff on NATalie, Debbie and Ariel.

Nesting on top of her humps (or bumps), is some chewys - courtesy of Queenie, my student - for the trip. Thanks!

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On Fire
Tuesday, November 3 | 10:40 PM



Tell you where you need to go
Tell you who you need to be
Tell you what you need to know
Tell you when you'll need to leave

But everything inside you knows
Says more than what you've heard
So much more than empty conversations
Filled with empty words

Chorus:

And you're on fire
When he's near you
You're on fire
When he speaks
You're on fire
Burning at these mysteries

Give me one more time around
Give me one more chance to see
Give me everything you are
Give me one more chance to be... (near you)

Cause everything inside looks like
Everything I hate
You are the hope I have for change
You are the only chance I'll take

Chorus:
When I'm on fire
When you're near me
I'm on fire
When you speak
And I'm on fire
Burning at these mysteries
These mysteries...

I'm standing on the edge of me (x3)
I'm standing on the edge
Of everything I've never been before

Chorus:

And I'm on fire
When you're near you
I'm on fire
When you speak
(yea) I'm on fire
Burning at these mysteries...

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the first time
Monday, November 2 | 3:07 PM

No. This is not a lewd confession about one's first sexual experience.

I'm watching a taped episode of Oprah on Americans voting for their president earlier this year. For many, it was the first time casting their votes. Folks interviewed on the Oprah episode talk about why they decide to make the vote this time round. Many admitted to being complacent during previous elections. But this year, the possibility of witnessing an African American candidate take up the mantle and change history forever, spurred on by many celebrities' call on media blitz to vote, prompted numerous to stand up and be counted.

First time. Here on this little red dot, most of us even don't even need to vote due to the unique political situation. This has sort of bred a "Why bother?" attitude in me. Am I complacent with regards to local politics therefore? Seriously, I'm too busy to bother. Besides, voting is as "meaningless" as it is in Russia or Africa, as two interviewees on Oprah had so aptly commented, because there is only one candidate or a party involved, or in Singapore's case, a sure-win sweep for the dominating party.

Nevertheless, I'm inspired once again by stories of ordinary people coming out of their comfort zones and making history.

Once again, am I looping around in my comfort zone like a scratched vinyl record?

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yummy!
Sunday, November 1 | 7:10 AM

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