>I think I have hit the wall known as the “Mid-contract slump.” It’s a well known phenomenon – when you hit the half-way point in your contract, whether it be 2 or 3 months into it, all you want to do is sleep all the time, you dream about what you’re going to eat when you get home, and even though you sleep all the time you feel constantly tired.
Don’t worry, that is normal around here. I think it takes a lot of energy to live here 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and even if you are lucky enough to get a day off you can never fully escape.
So what should I do – stay barely awake all day, or just sleep?
Tomorrow we will hit Myanmar, or Burma, as some know it as. There is a lecture today in the theatre, called “Burma, Land of Oppression.” Great. I don’t have huge plans for our three days there, because I have lost a bit of my desire to venture around. I will go and see the Shewedagon Pagoda again, which is beautiful, and perhaps see the huge reclining gold Buddha for the first time. The Pagoda opens at 5am, and I am thinking of going at that time, just to see it in the morning light. It is huge and covered in gold and other riches. I’m sure you will be seeing picture of it soon.
In Phuket, I didn’t go ashore, due to in port manning. I sat upstairs at the buffet reading while S stitched away on his new masterpiece.
The first time I was in Singapore was 6 years ago and I found it too sterile. The next time was a couple years later, and I started to appreciate it as I saw all the different areas of the town. I remember accidentally leaving my camera somewhere and coming back an hour later to find it still there. But after the challenges of traveling through the rest of Asia I have really come to appreciate the cleanliness and westerness of the city and the ease of traveling there.
We arrived in Singapore Monday night. Between shows I went into the terminal and had a most amazing Avocado Shake. Unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of how yummy it was. Was it made with Avocado, milk, sugar, and ice? Or Vanilla ice cream as some of the Filipinos say they make it. I have no idea. It was so yummy, and not too sweet.
After the shows we went out to see the night life. I took us by subway to Clarke Quay, supposedly a night time hot spot.
Near Clarke Quay is Boat Quay, and you can see the restaurants lined up on the river.
Next, I took the Subway to Chinatown. This sign was on the Subway. Note the “No Durians” sign.
Durian is a fruit so stinky that you can’t bring it on the subway. I heard about it in Thailand as well, that it is illegal to keep it in your hotel room or your rented flat, it is that stinky.
Nope, he put the bag around my hand for me to safely eat my Durian ice cream.
How was it? Stinky. Must be an acquired taste. I was glad for the bag, because for a city with so many laws about littering, there aren’t many trash bins!