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Back home I would get Asian food at least twice a week, probably way more. I'd order Thai food from down the block or I'd grab a quick Whole Foods sushi or I'd get Chinese food for lunch or I'd make myself a stir fry. My diet was thoroughly based on chunks of meat with noodles or rice. After four months of eating way too many doner kebaps, I've been ready for a culinary change. So bring it Asia. Bring. It. ...

It started raining on my walk through a park in Singapore. I was in the herb garden when I could feel it in the air and see the darkness in the sky that it was coming. I tried walking home in it, getting soaked. Until someone saw me sheltering myself under an overhang and pointed me to the nearest metro stop. I ended up spending five nights in Singapore, one more than I had originally planned. Partially because the rain, that just kept coming, made it difficult to really do anything or plan to do anything and so I kept waiting...

Every street in Singapore has a different smell. Some have a scent straight out of a Thai food restaurant. Others like what I remember of Poison perfume. Still others like curry spiked motor oil. I've never been to Asia before and since I had to change my original plan, Singapore seemed as good of any to start with. Actually, I'm happy that I started my Asian journey here. It's kind of Asia light. From what I hear. Which may scare me out of leaving....

I'm supposed to be in Bangkok. That was the plan. Bangkok seemed like a good place to go to start my first-ever trip to Asia, it's a starting point for many Southeast Asia backpackers, and, after four months in Europe it was time to make my way there....