September 27 - October 12, 2003


I didn't have any plans to do any overseas travel in 2003. However, a number of factors changed my mind to return to Hong Kong (which I had only visited just the year before) and to include a stay in Singapore. The most important factor was that I was in serious need of a vacation from work. Another factor was I didn't want to go the route of joining a tour group...I wanted a relatively relaxing vacation without any set schedule or itinerary. I had friends and family in both Singapore and Hong Kong, which were also important in my decision. Another minor factor was that, due to the S.A.R.S. (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in both regions several months earlier, there were many promotions in all of Asia to attract visitors again to help the badly hit tourism industry.

As this was not the usual type of touring trip I had taken in the past, this travelogue will be more of a photo gallery rather than a day by day summary as on my past trips.
 

My special thanks to Nestor at
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
and family and friends in Singapore, Johor Bahru and Hong Kong (you all know who you are!)

SEPT 25-27, 2003:
Toronto
to Singapore
via Cathay Pacific Airways

SEPT 28, 2003:
Singapore
to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Singapore

OCT 3, 2003:
Singapore
to Hong Kong
via Cathay Pacific Airways

OCT 8, 2003:
Hong Kong
to Macau to Hong Kong
via First Ferry

OCT 12, 2003:
Hong Kong
to Toronto
via Cathay Pacific Airways

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