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

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....