Tuesday, August 31, 2010

About: Jenn

Why do you want to travel?

It's been a slow transition, I definitely haven't always wanted to. In fact when I was younger I never wanted to leave Vancouver Island (where I grew up). I liked everything to be safe and constant. When I was forced out of consistency by landing my first animation job in Vancouver, I started gaining a different perspective on life. New places are fun and exciting! You meet new people more easily when you're out of your element, people with unique histories and life experience, which in turn gives me a glimpse of ideas different from my own. I needed that. I was (and still am in many ways) stuck in my ways. I feel the need now to experience as much as I can in this life, so I can gain more insight and understanding of how the world and the people in it work. Some people may believe you can find this at home, but I find it so much easier getting away from what I know and seeing how I can adapt and learn in new environments.

Where have you traveled so far?

Not many places! This is why I'm making this blog and hoping to put more effort in the coming years to do so as much as possible. So far I've been to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, France, Spain, Australia and now Singapore.

Where do you want to go most during your stay in Asia?

This changes constantly because I honestly feel like I want to go everywhere. As the years go by I've been desiring the more unexplored countries and regions. Since I'm in Asia now, I would say I would most like to visit Mongolia. It is one of the most uninhabited countries on earth, yet is filled with some amazing people and incredible landscapes. You have the Gobi Desert, and valleys of nomadic reindeer herders. It's incredible. I want to grab a 4x4 and just drive through it.

What inspires you?

Hearing about anyone and everyone traveling anywhere. The main source of inspiration comes from Justin Lukach and Scott Wilson of Departures. This show is incredibly inspiring, beautifully shot, and the exact way I would love to see the world.

If nothing was standing in your way, what would be your ideal trip?

I would want to just go, everywhere. Grab my backpack, fill it as little as possible, and go for as long as I wanted. A year would be amazing. Work keeps getting in the way, so I guess I just have to stop letting it if I want to achieve this dream!

Top 5?

Again, this changes constantly but if I could only pick five... not counting Mongolia which I just mentioned (that way I get 6 heh):

Papua New Guinea
Nepal/Tibet (Everest sits between them)

So... what's next?

I've got three trips lined up for the remainder of this year. The first is a quick trip to Bintan, an Indonesian island off the coast of Singapore. In November I'm going to Brunei, a small country tucked up north of Malaysia, and for Christmas I'm going to Thailand! I think that'll be a great start.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And they're off!

Hello and welcome to "Do The World"!

My name is Teen and I am the one that is jumping on that top graphic up there. This is the start of mine and Jenn's whirlwind adventure.

We will be starting in Singapore.

Background: Jenn got a job, so we moved.

First impressions of Singapore: Different.

It is like a big city in North America with a twist. A twist that is good though. High sky scrapers, underground subways, frequent buses, and people wearing nice business clothes. Everything that a big city has, Singapore has. The high sky scrapers are mostly in the business district where there is expensive food and a major of the population works (at least what I can tell by the direction the big crowds are going). The underground subways are called SMRT: Singapore Mass Rapid Transit. Believe me when I say this is SMART because it is super efficient and it is so big, you looked in either direction while inside the train, and you feel like it goes on and on. Like it would take hours to walk from one end to the other. I haven't riden a bus yet, so I don't any much to say, but it seems like they are really good and they are supposed to be air conditioned which is KEY here! Everyone here wears nice suits, ties, shoes, tops, bags, heels and cell phone head sets. You can spot a tourist out of the crowd because they will be the only one wearing shorts and sunglasses. PS in a place that is sunny 70% of the time, you would think more people wear sunglasses. The twist is, that even though so many things are so similar to North America, they have their staple on it (which I love). The things people hear say, do, wear, go have the culture here pouring out of it, yet you are looking at it saying "you look just like us". They do look just like us, it just has its own charm (I guess) about it.

The food here has been absolutely amazing. Not only is it super delicious it is super cheap! Jenn and I got dinner the other night for S$11 (=$8 CAD). Yeah it is awesome to dine here. Because it is so cheap to eat out, Jenn and I have been trying not to buy groceries until we move into our more permanent residence. Jenn's company includes a place for the first month. They are very nice!

With all that in mind, first impression of Singapore, it is a city. A BIG city. If you can handle the hussle and bussle of everything, you will fit right in mind (like me because I love transit services). If you still want to see Singapore but aren't a big city slicker, stick to the not-so-downtown areas you will still see things that are amazing and new, and you won't be so intimidated by the big crowds and tall buildings. Also good tip for anyone traveling around here, if you want to avoid the crowds travel at wierd times. Everyone goes/leaves to work at the same time, avoid those times and garunteed you will get a seat on the SMRT.

I have been doing some exploring and I like Singapore a lot. I am very excited to explore more and really get to know Singapore. Hopefully one day I can see the under belly of this place, see what is really going on behind the scenes!

These images are of the casinos with the Skypark on top and from atop the Skypark. Enjoy!