from singapore with love

09/4/05 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m in a cybercafe in Singapore right now, near Sim Lim Square, together with fellow IT journalists Erwin Oliva (who like me is from INQ7.net/hackenslash), Joel Pinaroc of Manila Bulletin/Philippine IT Update and Melissa Vergara of Computerworld Philippines.

We had a reasonably good flight via budget airline JetStar Asia from Manila to Singapore, marred only by the long lines at the NAIA immigration counter. It’s really disheartening to ask the NAIA people why the lines are this long, only to have them shrug and reply, “Ganyan lang po talaga, maraming sabay-sabay umaalis.”

That’s all the reason they can give for making us wait the better part of an hour in a stupid queue, resigned as they are apparently to the fact that “this is the way things are.”

Ah well, at least we’re enjoying ourselves here in Singapore, taking a breather before our tight schedule tomorrow, as we cover the MediaConnect Security Issues Forum from 8 am to 5 pm. Not that we’re complaining because we’re hoping to get lot of good stories tomorrow.

OK, that’s it for now. Have some more e-mail messages to check and work to do, while chatting with my wife Ellen via YM.

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