After a comfortable sleep, I spent some time on my federal/state taxes. It was a luxury to have access to Ian’s computer with fast broadband connection after so many slow sessions in Indonesia. Ian has a PhD, and seems like a regular Renaissance man. He works at night based on American time, teaches classes at the nearby National University of Singapore, runs, and is managing a local club soccer team.

Despite the fact that I arrived a night earlier than he expected, he welcomed me in all the same. We began our sightseeing with breakfast in the collection of food stalls outside his apartment block on Clementi Avenue. My local dish consisted of rice and tofu in a gravy with a hard boiled egg and coconut shavings. I immediately realized my mission in Singapore would be to eat, eat, eat.

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