call to place: singapore & thailand in 2008

During the last semester of my Master’s program in International Commerce & Policy at George Mason University, I had the opportunity to attend a second study-abroad program on “Trade and Development.” My first had been to Mexico in May of 2007. The study abroad would take us to Singapore and Thailand for my first ever trip to Asia.  I wasn’t that interested in Asia at that time, but I wanted to take every opportunity to travel, so I signed up for the course.  Little did I know that this experience would lead to me working in and traveling through much of Asia in the coming years.


flying from Singapore to Phuket, Thailand – January 2008

I didn’t know much about Singapore other than its reputation for being squeaky clean and proper. I knew about Thailand from my husband’s stories of growing up in Bangkok while his father was stationed in the army there from 1958-1960.   I had also seen the excellent movie, Brokedown Palace, starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman and Lim Kay Tong. It deals with two American friends imprisoned in Thailand for alleged drug smuggling. I have always been a fan of Claire Danes, and have become more of one since her starring role in the T.V. series Homeland.  Many years ago, I’d also seen the 1956 film of The King and I, which I didn’t much remember in 2008. The musical’s plot related the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King’s drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna was marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love to which neither could admit.

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Singapore January 2008


“THE CALL TO PLACE” INVITATION: I invite you to write a post on your own blog about what enticed you to choose a particular destination. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to write in the comments.  If your destination is a place you love and keep returning to, feel free to write about that.  If you want to see the original post about the subject, you can check it out here: imaginings: the call to place.

Include the link in the comments below by Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  My next “call to place” post is scheduled to post on Thursday, January 23.

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