Published: December 19th 2006December 19th 2006
We travelled down to Johur Bahru (the boarder-town towards Singapore). There we found a bus to Singapore and jumped on it. After 15 minutes it was off again and through boardercontrol. First Malaysian and then board the bus again. Then off and through the Singaporean. Quite weird, why can't they integrate them somehow.
Well, it took some time. With all those boarder controls and all the cars coming in and out of Singapore, it reminded me of rush hour in England. We barely moved.
We did arrive, and found our place to stay. It might have been being used as a brothel as well, but we didn't investigate it further.
Since Singapore is expensive, and we are on a budget we tried to plan our days well.
Day 1 we went to the famous Orchard Road and checked for some shopping. They do have christmas-lights everywhere and they havent saved any money on, well, anything. All sky-scrapers with great shapes and colours.
It quite scared us, so we headed to Chinatown, where we thought it would be cheaper. It was frantic as well, so many people everywhere. A lot of cool things to look at, but after
the peace at Tioman we just couldn't do any shopping. Just taking in everything was tireing enough.
During the afternoon we headed to Sentosa, an island just south of singapore. It is a big entertainment place with a lot of things to do. I wanted to go to the aquarium, so that was the first thing we did. They had sharks, stingrays, turtles and so on and so on. It was fine, however all the loud tourists bugged me a bit. I decided it was way better to go diving with the animals than to see them in a fish tank.
After that we walked around for a bit, but my feet hurt a bit due to ill-fitting shoes. I am seriously unlucky, I have 4 pairs of shoes right now and 3 makes my feet hurt in one way or another and the only good pair are broken. I will however fix them with superglue.
We knew that there was a lightshow and went there. They spent 4 million pounds on it so it should be good. It said that you should be there early so we was. And you didn't really need to. By this
point we were pretty tired. The lightshow was good though. They projected images of the water of fountains and had a couple of lasers working. It was all a family friendly show about 30 minutes.
We decided to go my cable car back to the mainland. It was my suggestion, I kind of like to think my fear of hights is less than it really is. The cable car ride, I did not enjoy, just trying to breathe all the time. Amie liked the view of Singapore by night, but I didn't want to look down.
We then went to Little India and had a meal eaten by our hands and then it was night time.
All the travels around Singapore we did by the Monorail. A brilliant thing. It's easy, way fast and cheap. And of course, airconditioned. There should be one in every city.
The next day we decided to go to the Zoo. It is famous for their Polar bear and their Komodo dragons, among a lot of other things. We spent the first half on Internet and eating, then off we went. I was well surprised how they had made the zoo.
It was great. There was no cages, just water around most things or fences made out of wood or other nature product. We did see a lot of cool animals on our 3 hours stroll around.
After that the zoo closed, and the night safari opened. We had a combined ticket so we walked around some parts of the zoo in the dark, with only some lighting so that you could see where to walk and to see the animals. Camera-flashes was forbidden. It was better, less crowded and most animals like the dark so they are more active. We saw a lot of cat-animals, tigers, pumas, flying foxes (which we did see at Tioman as well in the wild, big ones, like half a meter big bats), zebras, giraffs, and so on.
After that walk we was well tired and went home.
Our last day we diced to first get our transport back to Malaysia sorted. We first took a bus (which you can use your monorail card to pay) to a big travel center. We could not find the place we were looking for and went for some breakfast instead. It was a lot of
walking, and it was constantly raining. We found a place where I could have a baguette. It was well good.
All the bread here seem to be sweet, but I like the way you get it in Europe. The thing I miss the most is some nice bread with cheddar cheese.
After that we got our backs from our hotell and headed towards the trainstation. We had decided that a sleeping train was a better way to travel. After a hard time getting our tickets (they dont take Visa at the train station and we didnt have enough cash) we jumped back on the monorail to go to a flea market. Since it was raining we didnt really want to walk around outside and had a nice Mexican meal with a jug of beer.
Next stop was back to Orchard road to pick up a book or two. When that was done we went to see a movie. They didnt have one we really wanted to see so whe chose Eragon. Unfortunatly we did not have enough time to see the end of the movie and had to run out early to get to the train station.
At the train station we went through customs and on the train. And then, nothing. It didn't move until 50 minutes late. About midnight we came to Singapore customs. You have to get off the train, get through customs and then back on the train. And then you can sleep. I had to share my bed with my 100 l backpack, my small backpack and my guitar. And it wasn't big to start with. It did work out well though and we got to Kuala Lumpur about 8.30 in the morning.
We took a taxi to the main bus station and then found a bus to the Cameron Highlands within 15 minutes......
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