Well, my recent ventures into the world of SCUBA were enough to convince me to change my travel itinerary. My next stop will be the Philippines islands! I fly to Manila on October 23 and I plan to stay on the islands until late November when I meet up with Dave in Singapore to explore Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and a bit of Cambodia. My other option, if I didn't go to the Philippines, was to explore Cambodia and Laos. But I decided that the Phils would be more culturally distinct from the other countries I will be visiting and I have always wanted to visit there.
I bought a pirated Lonely Planet Philippines book here (the only kind available) for $6.50. I don't really have much of an itinerary yet, but that is part of the adventure. The Philippines is a somewhat more expensive location than Vietnam or Thailand because the tourist infrastructure is not as well developed and transport between islands tends to cost more than purely overland journeys.
I booked all of my tickets on the internet. In order to get the best prices, and because Saigon (my current location) has such bad flight connections, I will have to do an overnight on the way there in Singapore with an 11 hour layover. After a little outside the box thinking, I have decided to spend the night in the Singapore airport:
It is rated #1 by sleepinginairports.com . . . wish me luck!