In August, Jon and I set off on an Asian extravaganza with stops in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. The first major stop was a week in the city-state of Singapore. I had never been to Singapore, but Jon had, and he was anxious to take me there knowing I'd like it. And he was right! Centrally located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is highly diverse with influences from cultures of many neighboring countries and home to 5 million people. There are four official languages, one of which is English, which makes Singapore an easy travel destination for me to adjust to. There’s also a ton of great, inexpensive food – a perfect match for me and Jon! I was impressed Singapore’s order and cleanliness, the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional Asian architecture, and how easy it was to get around. We hit a lot, but not all, of the major tourist destinations (meaning we have an excuse to go back), and even had friends in Singapore to show us around to get a more local perspective.
In terms of camera equipment, I had my D300s, four lenses (11-16mm f/2.8, 17-55mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.4), and a tripod, for this trip. The 24mm, my newest lens (36mm equivalent on full frame), was very useful for food and for walking around at night. And although heavy, the 70-200 was nice to have for architectural, cityscape details. I only really pulled out the tripod for night shots of Marina Bay, but was definitely happy to have it as those shots wouldn’t exist otherwise.