Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vietnam and Cambodia

This weekend has been extremely busy with creating plans for the trip to Vietnam and Cambodia as well as making up SAT tutoring sessions lost due to the Singapore trip and all of that craziness. Anyway, I have no idea whether or not Vietnam or Cambodia will a) have internet or b) if they will block blogger or gmail or other sites along those lines. Consequently, if you don't hear from me for a few weeks, be not concerned.

As of now, our game plan is to fly into Ho Chi Minh City and spend a couple of days seeing the sites and whatnot. Then we're going to take a bus up to Phnom Penh and check out some stuff around there. From Phnom Penh, we'll head up to Siam Reap (and the general Angkor Wat area) for about five days and from there, who knows where we'll go (I mean, eventually making it back to Ho Chi Minh by the 19th so we can fly back to Jakarta, but we're trying not to be married to plans so that we can just take things as they come and be more relaxed about our vacation)

Lastly, here are some of the promised pictures of Singapore:
This was my bathroom at the hotel. I especially like how the shower was integrated into the toilet area and with tile everywhere simply encouraged getting the bathroom completely soaked while "showering" (without hot water I might add)This is a typical city street view of Singapore. I love the contrast between clearly defined infrastructure that puts cities in the United States to shame compared with the overcrowded, motorcycle filled, polluted streets of Jakarta. Typical development (also the architecture of the sky scrapers reminded me of Miami)On the left is an area that contains a lot of small restaurants, and I just loved the view of it as you looked down the road and saw the palm trees and city scape.


  1. Jon,
    your comments and your comparison of jakarta is harsh :(, yet partly true but sometimes things are better kept inside one's own mind then to be shown to the world. this is one of them. you didn't have to say that Jakarta was an overcrowded, motorcycle filled and polluted city because it would offend many people even if it was true . Also i might say that you didn't have to judge the infrastructure between the two cities because each country has its own choice in architecture . next time think about what you say before you say it.

  2. Not meant disparage Jakarta, New York City, or any other major metropolitan areas that are increible in their own rights, just a testament to Singapore using its unique advantages, skillfully employing them to maximize efficiency on all fronts without so much a hint of "Dutch disease."