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July 6th, 2006

(no subject) @ 07:35 am

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I'm off to Singapore tomorrow. I'm not excited as much as I'm apprehensive.

I spent most of yesterday thinking about all of the things that could go wrong. The plane gets hit by an errant rocket from North Korea. I'm incarcerated in Singapore for "smuggling in" my blood pressure medicine or antidepressant (I have a copy of the prescription). I'm the target of Islamic terrorists. I draw the constant attention of the authorities because I have long hair. I come down with some rare tropical disease. I burn up my laptop with the power (even though the transformer is rated to 230 V and I have the appropriate adapter for Singapore). I meet with unfriendly people in Paris on the way back who make my flight back a living hell. Things that I know won't happen, but that I worry about nevertheless.

I'm definitely my mother's son.
 
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From:wingguy
Date:July 6th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it would help to think of all those thousands of people who travel to Singapore and incur none of those problems. The worst thing you'll experience is a long line at customs or a noisy hotel room - things like that. Then, like everybody who travels overseas, you can tell us about it when you return, of course adding the phrase "but I had a wonderful time".

Godspeed John.
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From:lourdesmont
Date:July 6th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
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I think I had the same worries and fears when I went to England. Well ... that was a long time ago and I was more worried about finally seeing Guy than terrorists.

You will be fine - I know it. You are going to have the time of your life, impress the Hell out of everyone and come back with stories that will make the rest of us go "ooh" and "aah" and "Dang! I wish I hid in his luggage!"

Godspeed and know that you have lots of folks praying for you and wishing you well.

I think we will skip the virgin sacrifices this time.

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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:July 6th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
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I think most anyone who reads your journal would have the same feelings, or approximately the same worries.

So, I'll join Lisa and wish you Godspeed. And MUCHO enjoyment. Singapore. Wowee!
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From:lourdesmont
Date:July 6th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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And pictures.

DO NOT forget to take lots and lots o'pictures.

I am NEVER getting to Singapore and I wish to live vicariously through your trip.

'kay?

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From:cadona
Date:July 6th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Seems you have already received lots of good advice. *grins* here is my two cents. Stop worrying, stop looking for trouble. Look forward to the adventure and look forward to the new. Your will trip will be much more pleasant. If anything does happen you will handle it and move on, worrying about it now just makes your stomach hurt. So stop worrying.
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:July 6th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Okay buddy, you KNOW me in real life. You KNOW I've been to Singapore. You can trust me, right? I am telling you. ALL of those things could happen! Hahahaha, sorry, couldn't help myself. Seriously though- they did have a thermal sensor on the escalator to check for people with fevers during the SARS crisis. They DO have armed with machine guns soldiers in the Singapore airport. There is a possibility of them looking in your bags and questioning your meds. But I went in with needles, syringes, inhalers, 20 something prescriptions, etc...and they never stoppped me once. I was prepared with letters from my docs and all, but they were never read. You will find that the place is very spotless, the Sembawang airport is one of the best in the world-pool on the roof and all...BUT do not try to make small talk with the customs agents, per my sister- as that makes them suspicious. DO NOT LITTER! It is a huge fine. GUM especially! It is now legal to chew it there, but don't dare spit it out! I highly suggest taking your own entertainment, do not dawdle in the airports, cause you may miss your connections- they were right atop one another...I went Akron Canton to Detroit to Tokyo, and then to Sembawang. I did end up overnight in Tokyo, there WILL be flight delays, and keep essentials with you at all times. We had no luggage. But we were fed extremely well, put up in nice hotel, etc... Watch spending at airport shops, as rules apply and fees are high...Well, I am rambling, cause I have to go get ready for doctor appt, but you will do great! Just realize there is alot of walking, so pace yourself! Be prepared to be flooded with taxi offers at the airport in Singapore. They drive crazy, but will slow down if you ask them nicely. They love tips, and treat you like a god if you tip well. Okay, that's enough. Good luck, God bless, and enjoy! It is hot there, but an absolute tropical oasis! Try to get to the Singapore Zoo- it is incredible, and is a REAL rainforest.
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From:wingguy
Date:July 6th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, DO NOT spit on the sidewalk. You get 5 years plus a caning. And I do not want to see you being caned on TV.

And whatever you do, DO NOT insult them by speaking English. You do speak Singaporean, don't you?

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