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So that thing called real life...

As some people on the flist already know, about two months ago I had yet another company dissolve underneath my feet. It sucks, because that's the third time this has happened in four years, but I'm actually pretty used to this by now, and in my paranoia had been living well below my means and saving a good chunk of my paycheck, so was well prepared.

But I'm also sick of watching my savings wither away every damn time I lose my job, so this time figured I may as well do something with it!

That something is travelling.

After doing some math, I realised that going globe-trotting was actually not all that much more expensive than sitting at home job-hunting (because Australia). And I can job-hunt anywhere!  Pretty much all of my job-hunting is done on the internet now anyways - my last two interviews were done over Skype. And considering a good 70% of the positions I've been applying for are overseas anyhow... I figure I can dedicate an hour or two a day to my usual job crawl/e-mail/networking rubbish, and spend the rest of the time being an obnoxious tourist.  (Also 'globe-trotting' is about the coolest fill you can get for a gap on your resume.)  That seems like it will be more productive than wasting time on the internet, which is surely what would happen if I stayed here.

I'm heading to Singapore first off for a few days. Have a couple of must-dos on my list like the Singaporean Flyer (because Ferris Wheels) and the bird park, hopefully catching up with some Singaporean peeps as well. Then a couple of days in Taipei for the hell of it (because even with accommodation it was cheaper to stop over than fly direct), then Japan for a month or two! I have a travel buddy for the first week or so in Tokyo, after that, I'll probably just do my usual thing and get lost in random places and meet up with a few people if I can swing it. I, um, actually haven't really planned much beyond that yet.  Canada and America at some point afterwards to couch surf with friends and family there? Might try to spend a bit more time in Asia first, see if I can't miss the worst of northern hemisphere winter, given that I am delicate little Queensland hothouse flower. Will depend somewhat on what sort of deals are floating around on flights. Would love to do at least a bit of Europe too, but that will depend entirely on how quickly I run out of money.

So when my lease ended a week or so ago, I packed up and didn't bother getting a new one.  I'm kicking back my heels at my folk's house for a couple of weeks up until I leave, partially because it's free but also because I haven't visited in a couple of years and thought it would be nice to put in some time, since as a collective my siblings and I have been very slack about visiting. Perhaps too slack if the cornucopia of favourite foods they stocked the fridge with is any indication. Getting a little too enthusiastic there, guys. They've taken empty-nesting surprisingly well but given the propensity of my brothers to randomly disappear off the face of the planet and then resurface in another country without warning they are understandably concerned when I start making open-ended travel plans, and appear to be trying to lure me back with the memory of delicious food. It will probably work.

Although that said, man, small towns. It was nice and relaxing for the first few days, actually - fresh air, eerily quiet, and wow you can actually see the stars at night. But it has become quickly offset by the sheer amount of religious stuff strewn around the house and the general frustration that is small-town living for someone who has become acclimated to living in the city. I am already antsy to get back to Brisneyland for Supanova.

So that's what's going to be happening! More travelling, probably lots of travel posts, no idea what this will do to my writing schedule yet - travelling has a tendency to massively inspire me, but there's also the reduced convenience. Well, I'm sure I'll have enough time to kill in planes and trains and airports to get a bit of that sort of thing done. It's all kind of exciting and kind of scary, too. If anyone has some good suggestions of places to go/see, things to do, or other travel advice, please hit me with it!


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Oct. 26th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Haha! Well, I hope you get to enjoy your travel plans and best of luck with job hunting!

I only went to Singapore once, and the only real advice I have is, "be prepared to shower a lot; tt's insanely humid." Maybe it's just a case of me being too used to living in Perth, but when I went, I ended up taking two showers a day.
Oct. 26th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)

LOL, well, summers in Brisbane can get pretty humid, though I'm told not as bad as Singapore. I handled Tokyo summer fine though, the humidity wasn't pleasant but it wasn't a big deal either. Fingers crossed that's preparation enough! But thanks for the warning. :)
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
FOOD, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE, MUSEUMS it gets wet closer to the end of the year, and with the weird weather patterns, you might experience a down pour ;)

But otherwise, traveling around really sounds like a grand plan!! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun and memories ahhhh /o\
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
End of November! 24th-29th, actually. Only five nights, sadly - Singapore is kinda expensive to stay for long, and that was where the cheaper flights fell. Hopefully we can hang out? Will you be back from Japan by then?

And food for sure! You must tell me all the best places, Beans! :D

Ahhh, lol, rain! Guess I'll have to invest in a good umbrella.

Edited at 2013-10-26 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
5 nights should be enough at least to do what you want to do x)! Yeah Singapore is actually getting more expensive :(, the tension is quite high with political stuff gg on.

Yep, my trip is until the 13th so will be back by then~ I will take you to all the cheap and good places haha which part are you staying at? :)

A normal umbrella should be ok xD It isn't as bad as Melbourne 'rain'!
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
\o/ Yay! I was a little worried I would miss you and Jac for a while there, but figured it was late enough that my odds were good. :) Awesome, show me all the cheap and amazing places~

Not 100% sure where I'm staying yet, still researching, hopefully booking a place somewhere in the next few days. Most of the affordable hotels appear to be in Geylang, is that well-located or am I better looking in Little India or elsewhere? *picks your brain*

LOL, it doesn't rain in Melbourne, it unleashes watery tempests without warning.
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well my original plan was to go later, but that would have coincided with our school holidays so I would rather give that a miss /o/
I will definitely on weeknights and weekends!!

Hmmm you can try


http://tinyurl.com/lmxtvdg (a list of them)

Most of these hotels are around the fringe of the CBD. Geylang is not a very savory place to stay imo :s

Oct. 26th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice, cheers for the links. Ah, good to know about Geylang, there were a couple I was looking at around the CBD fringe that I will follow up instead in that case, thanks. And will check out these too!
Oct. 26th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
(Hope you don't mind me cutting in.)

Geylang is the red-light district of Singapore, but the food there can be quite good, especially if you're looking around/after midnight.

If you're interested, see if you can drop by Bukit Brown cemetery. It might not be around for much longer, and it's the largest Chinese cemetery outside China. The government's planning to redevelop it.
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
Not at all! Thanks for the tip! I'll look into that for sure. :)
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 26th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of fun! Wish I could do some globe trotting myself, but that costs money I do not have. |D; Oh well, maybe someday, yeah? Til then, I hope you have lots of fun yourself. And who knows? If you end up in my neck of the woods in the US (right next to Louisville, KY), I can show you around. C:
Oct. 26th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's not a cheap venture! Although perhaps less expensive than you think, depending on where you go. Maybe one day. :)

Nice! Kentucky isn't really on my radar, but I'll definitely be swinging past Chicago, which is not far off. What's interesting in Kentucky? :)
Oct. 27th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Admittedly, KY doesn't have a whole lot if you aren't into horse racing or you're not around for the Kentucky Derby Festival (specifically Thunder Over Louisville, which is a HUGE fireworks show preceded by a day-long air show all of which takes place 2 weeks before the derby and the best part tbqh //biased as fuck). Louisville itself is also pretty cool, has Fourth Street Live and the nerdy side of me loves the museums. x3 Indiana isn't much better (there's a very good reason we're known for corn hahaha) though we have Indianapolis which has quite a bit for everyone, too. uvu
Oct. 27th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
This sounds like its going to be a blast. Job hunting has definitely gotten a lot easier since the internet. Unfortunately I can't give much advice on where to go in Asia, but like Caterfree, If you swing around Boston in Massachusetts I can give some advice on where to go.

Have fun on your trip!
Oct. 27th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ack, that last anonymous comment was me. I had not realizing I've been logged out of Livejournal.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
LOL, thanks, should I wind up in Boston I'll be sure to pick your brain!
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
Ah, I envy you! I hope you check in with tales of your adventures every so often.

Good luck with the job hunt, too.
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll be checking in for sure, I like inflicting my travel photos and stories on others. :)
Oct. 28th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
oh wow. i am so impressed with this. soo cool! i'm really bad at travelling on a budget so looking forward to seeing how welll you do it.

keep us updated!
Oct. 28th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Will do! Heh, I'm not great at travelling on a budget either, but there are few places in the world more expensive to travel than Australia. So long as I steer clear of the 5-star hotels and, say, Finland, should hopefully be okay!
Nov. 17th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
when are you leaving? :) i noticed you're still in brisbane so not quite yet then?
Nov. 17th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
Next week! I'm actually further north at the moment, visiting my folks in Bundaberg, about four hours' drive from Brisbane. (Made the trip back down and stayed with a friend for Supanova).
Nov. 28th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
oh ok so oyou've left now, please have an excellent time :D
Oct. 31st, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Best of luck and I hope you enjoy your trip!

What kind of jobs are you looking for?
Oct. 31st, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)

Sound design jobs. I have a decent crack at them whenever they come up, but they are naturally thin on the ground.
Nov. 7th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Enjoy the trip~ <3

1. Universal Studios is a must-go in Singapore!
2. There's also a Kinokuniya in the Takashimaya Mall at Orchard Road.
3. A majority of places are accessible through MRT; get a traveling card. Saves the queue.
4. If you don't mind trying some Chinese food: located in the very top floor of ION Mall is a place call Paradise Dynasty, a place that looks posh but has high quality food and decent price. Multi-flavoured soup dumpling is their specialty, it's really worth the try~

5 days... I would also recommend going to the neighborhood country, Malaysia, but I guess it may be too much~ It takes hours to go to the city by bus. >.<' *am a Malaysian*
Nov. 7th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Universal Studios huh? I've been to the one in the States so it wasn't really on my list... is it any fun solo though?

Cheers for the tips! I'll definitely make an effort to find Paradise Dynasty, love good food. I did think about a day trip to Malaysia but not sure if I'll have the time! My mental itinerary just for Singapore is already pretty packed. Is there anything you recommend there in case?
Nov. 7th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
o.o Ooh I'm not sure about the difference between States and Singapore, just go if you have spare time~ Not really sure about solo-ing ^^' But S'pore UniStudio reminds me of DisneyLand for its various zones.

As for Malaysia... It depends what you want to see, really.

If you're a beach person, you might like to try beach/island place like Redang island or Perhentian island. If you're a nature person, then there's plenty of well-known caves and Taman Negara (a really huge national garden with lots of trekking one can do). Sight-seeing? Cameron Highland and Genting Highland might be places you'd like. Culture and history? Malacca would be the place to go! Urban? Definitely Kuala Lumpur/Selangor!

As for good food... oTL Most of the good food are in stalls. Kinda wish I could bring you around, but I'm currently in Perth. Q.Q' Still, Malaysia is usually known for its cheap and good food~ XD We have lots of local delicacies though~ Like curry, Nasi Lemak, Bah Kut Teh and variation of soup noodles...

The only damning part is, unlike Singapore, that not everything is accessible by a single transport (MRT). There may be lots of bus switching and train hopping. =/

The closest to Singapore is Johor, but I'm not really familiar with that place. I do know there's a Legoland though, but I doubt it'd be as impressive as UniStudio. 'XD

Here's something that might help:

Nov. 7th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Um... I wrote quite a long reply, but I'm not sure if you can see it. Your blog marked it as spam...? Q.Q
Nov. 7th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up - an awful lot of comments (usually anything with a link) get marked as spam, LJ's become very sensitive about it. Has now been unspammed.

Nice! Thanks for the tips. I've heard of Malacca and wouldn't mind checking that out, the caves sound neat too. I'm not sure if I'll be able to swing it but definitely will look into it, cheers!
Nov. 12th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
It sucks about your company, but what a great opportunity to travel! I hope you make the most of it, and best of luck job hunting while glob trotting! Maybe swing by Calgary some time if you're feeling not-too-exotic and I'd be happy to put you up!
Nov. 12th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! Heh, after SE Asia I might be feeling up to something a little less exotic, so we'll see! Thank you for the offer~
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