Choices to make: Many. Decisions: None.

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Not easy to get good pictures of these two

In a couple of days the host we’re currently house- and dog sitting for will be back home and we’re welcome to stay a few extra days. And we probably will, because we just seem totally incapable of making a clear decision on where and when to go next!
Tomorrow we’re off to Colombo to extend our Sri Lankan visas to be able to stay another two months. And we do want to take the train to go inland, towards Kandy, Ella and other cultural places, tea plantations and maybe some national park. But it seems to be too many choices for us to decide on (when to go, where, places to stay, tours, transportation etc), so instead we tend to go blank.

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Trusting answers will come

What we’ll probably do, is to decide on when to leave Negombo (Sunday or Monday), and just take it from there, one step at a time. Our big plan is to go back to Weligama in a few weeks, and spend a longer time in a rented house/apartment there. But, since we’re relatively close to the railway that runs to the inland, and we do want to see some other parts of this beautiful country… yes, there are good reasons to take the train to Kandy and Ella. And it’s another chance to try our trust, gut feeling and just go with what happens at the moment!

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Sunset in Negombo

Yesterday we sort of decided to go to Malaysia in late March, to spend about a month there before heading to the US and some hyper-western-life, a family reunion in late May and then go to Sweden in early June.
Gosh, that’s a whole lot of plans already, right?! So, why bother to plan the next coming days? And is it even important? No, actually not important at all!

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Drawing from the other morning

Over the past week I’ve been to Jasmin Villa Ayurvedic Resort in Kochikade to get massages and treatments for my ear infection and the cold I came up with last week. It’s been wonderful experiences at the Jasmin Villa and also a good time to rest and just be in the moment rather than catching new experiences or spending time with other people. This place offers really good value for money and even pick people up and drop them off at the hotels by the beach in Negombo. We stay rather close to the Jasmin Villa, and they are so surprised we don’t live among all the other foreigners along the beach!

The treatment has done wonders and the ear infection never came close to being as bad as last November when we were in Bali.

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Meanwhile I'll have some more papaya

So, the choices? We’ll just have to keep on playing the fun game of not knowing very much about the future and just see what the next step will be.
Take care and have fun playing!

// Wivan

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Chinatown in Singapore

Took a walk to get to Chinatown this afternoon and after looking on a map in beforehand I felt pretty sure of direction and approximate distance.

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Yey! Chinatown!

But, what sometimes happens when crossing wide streets and bridges is that the direction gets slightly off… So, I ended up in another park, and after walking through it I ended up walking around a huge construction site…

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Everywhere shopping

The distance I actually walked surely was a bit further than what the map had shown, and I was sweating in the afternoon sun. But, it’s really good for my minds map of Singapore that I use to get around by foot.

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Men gathered playing board games

After finally getting in to Chinatown and strolling up and down a few streets, looking at food stalls, shopping streets and centers, I found what I had set out to find: reflexology. I miss the massages I got in Thailand and Bali, so after reading several statements of great reflexology treatments here in Singapore, I really wanted to find a good place at a good price. Chinatown was my best bet.

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Massage and reflexology heaven

There are many good quality, local style massage and reflexology places on the third floor of People’s Park Complex. I paid 18 Singapore dollars for a 45 minute massage. I have had reflexology a couple of times before, and I would love to say it feels very good and relaxing. Part of the time it does, part of the time it can be very painful. But, I know that my body usually reaponds well to the treatment and how it helps the entire system to heal and reboot, so, I take the good with the bad!

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Pretty streets in Chinatown

It was a good massage today and I am curious to see what the body feels like tomorrow. Afterwards I found a somewhat more straight way back home, and even got some take-away Indian to bring home for dinner. That too, something I had longed for.

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Lots of food for $10 (there's more outside the picture)

Take care and treat yourself with lots of kindness!
//Wivan

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Interesting things to buy

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Hungry for something special?

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Chinese medicine store

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Nice decorations

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Happy to find a public bathroom