Escaping Singapore

Thanks to ceaseless procrastination, inertia and an inability to make up my mind about what to do for the Christmas holiday, I ended up going to Thailand even though it’s not where I want to be. But I had to get out of Singapore. Everybody has to get out of Singapore on a regular basis or else go nuts.

I plan to go to Pattaya for a couple of days with an old friend to escape Bangkok’s noise and pollution and vegetate on the beach

The only reason I went to Bangkok is that I had a pre-paid ticket and managed to get on a flight. But I didn’t manage to get a return ticket. Everything is sold out. Hotels too. So I’m in a little “guest house” dive with no ticket back to Singapore, and I’m just not in the mood for Amazing Thailand. I’d rather be in a quiet little village with a beautiful pool or a lake, surrounded by mountains and Buddhist temples, so I could read and meditate and relax. I guess maybe next time.

I won’t be able to post much, so once again my site traffic will plunge.
What can you do? In case I don’t get back for a few days, Happy Holidays to all.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Hmm…no return ticket? I took the train from BKK to KL once (then flying from KL to Singapore). I dislike long-distance trains but I met some amazing people on that line. Probably worthwhile if your “dive” turns out to be a *real* dive.

December 21, 2003 @ 4:14 pm | Comment

How horrible… stuck in a warm, sunny beach town while so many of us here in Europe are reveling in our cold, windy, dark, rainy weather.

December 21, 2003 @ 6:27 pm | Comment

do you scuba? tell me if the water was clear enough.

December 21, 2003 @ 8:39 pm | Comment

Yes I agree – It’s crazy in Sg right now. Everyone’s flooding the town and it’s been raining non-stop! Everywhere’s so crowded and everyone’s rushing. I want to get out for a while too.

December 23, 2003 @ 4:38 am | Comment

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