Anonymous said: Hey andrew!!! Ive really enjoyed reading your blog and love your honesty and pictures. I was wondering how much you budget for all your trips including the alcohol and the entry fees and which SE countries you'd recommend going first and so on. Also how much did you spend on food in singapore (per week or month). Sorry to bombard you with all these questions. thanks so mucchhhhh :)

Hello! 

It’s been awhile so I don’t remember all of the exact monetary details but I’ll try to help as much as I can.

Are you thinking of studying abroad at a school in Singapore? My dorm room (single occupancy room, with no AC — but that was certainly liveable) only cost about $1300 USD for the 4+ months I was there. 

Food in Singapore is more than likely going to be cheaper than where you’re living right now (eating out that is). I certainly cheaper than in the US and I think it’s way cheaper than in the EU. So, if you think about how much you spend on food now, you could probably get away with spending less or at least equal. 

Alcohol is known to be expensive in Singapore, but doable. I can remember the specific prices though. When you go out, the admission to get into clubs/bars often covers two free drinks for men, and on ladies nights women drink free for the most part. Nightclub entry fees can be expensive ~ $20 to $30 SGD, though ladies get in free on ladies nights. 

I traveled to about 9 countries in South East Asia and they were all great. To me, Cambodia (for Siem Reap and Angkor Wat) was the best trip I had, so i definitely wouldn’t pass that up. Bali, Indonesia was another one of the better trips. Thailand definitely has the weirdness that it’s known for and some fun beaches. I went to southern Vietnam but if you were going to go I’d probably recommend northern Vietnam. If you want another big fancy city feel definitely check out Hong Kong. I do kind of regret not visiting Taiwan though — the place seems beautiful. Another up and coming place is Myanmar. I really really regret not visiting there, but back then it was much harder to travel into. 

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Anonymous said: Hey Andrew! So I get the sense you took Chinese courses at NUS. Did you take Chinese 1 or more intermediate, and did any of it stick? Planning on studying abroad at NUS and SINgapore next year!

Hello Anon! Yes, I took Chinese (Mandarin) I at NUS (The normal beginning level, since I didn’t have any prior experience. A lot of exchange students took this class). 

Actually, for only one semester, it stuck quite well. You really do hear it spoken a lot in Singapore, and Singlish grammar kind of follows Chinese grammar so that even helps a bit. 

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Skyscrapers in Hong Kong


Motoist and Rider in Rach Gia, Viet Nam

Being color deficient, I always like to lean towards black and white, even though it might not do a place like Vietnam justice.

Motoist and Rider in Rach Gia, Viet Nam

Petronas Towers in Downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Taken during my trip to KL.

Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This photo was taken on my trip to KL
 

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This confused me so much for about a month or so.

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This confused me so much for about a month or so.

(Reblogged from youknowyourefromsingaporewhen)

I was still planning on putting up my Hong Kong and Macau trips

But I keep getting distracted. They may still get put up.

Although, since it was pretty much 8 days of me just walking around chilling out, I might just do one big post for HK, with some pictures.

Also considering just turning this into a travel blog once I finish with my study-arbroad related stuff. I won’t necessarily be getting the chance to travel much, but I can fantasize, and click some “reblog” buttons. Plus, there are still more stories to be shared.