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GABRIEL MORRIS: I finished my three-week trip to the Philippines and flew to Kota Kinabalu, a small city on the island of Borneo in Malaysia (Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny country of Brunei).

A smelly dock with colourful boats in Kota Kinabalu, a small city on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.

A hard rocking psychedelic band at a street market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Okay, not so hard rocking perhaps, but definitely in their own category of weird.

A busy street market in Kota Kinabalu, a small city on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.

I arrived in Singapore somewhat spontaneously! While I was in the airport I figured I might as well see if I could get a refund for the round-trip flight to Bali that I was no longer taking. I asked at the Air Asia counter and though they couldn't give me a refund, they offered an exchange instead.

The joke about Singapore is that it's a 'fine' city. That is, if you spit on the street then they fine you, if you litter they fine you, if you jaywalk they fine you. But it's also super modern, high-tech, orderly and clean, yet with plenty of Asian exoticness.

I'm staying in, appropriately enough, Little India here in Singapore. Singapore is a super modern island country off the southern tip of Malaysia, that has the second most dense population in the world, the best quality of life in Asia, 11th in the world, and is an extraordinary mix of Chinese, Malaysians and Indians (which means three different religions: Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu) as well as people from other parts of Asia and from around the world. Foreign workers make up 50% of the work force.

I took a nice video today walking down a street in Little India lined with Indian shops and blasting beautiful Indian music. As you'll see in about a week, when I get to 'Big India', so to speak, this is nothing like the real thing. Sort of like if Disneyland made a re-creation of India - much cleaner and more orderly, but not nearly as interesting. (Where are all the cows??) But even a watered down India still has plenty of character.

Walking down a side street in Little India, a district in Singapore. Love that Indian music!

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Dec 1, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Benito Capulong -

Just saw your video when you visited Puerto Prinsesa, Philippines. I wanted to visit that place as a local traveler someday. Thank for the tips and video. Hope you can also visit Boracay, Philippines. It's a nice place for vacation near the beach. Hope to visit Singapore and Malaysia soon. Nice videos.


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Gabriel Morris was born in Vancouver, Canada, raised in rural northern California and has also lived in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Alberta. He is an admitted travel addict as well as outdoors enthusiast, cultural explorer and spiritual seeker with a B.A. in World Religions. He has travelled sporadically since the age of eighteen, and will undoubtedly continue to do so.
His next adventure, takes him to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nepal and possibly elsewhere. He will be exploring tropical paradise in the Philippines, visiting with orangutans in Malaysia, participating in spiritual ceremonies in Bali, practicing yoga in India, and much more.
Download an e-copy of his published book Kundalini and the Art of Being completely free, here: Gabriel

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