Page 5 of Rice Capades 2011 2012 Travel Blog Posts


Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Miri May 31st 2011

Kuching We were already landing at Kuching airport and we just made ourselves comfortable. We hadn't booked anything in advance and we had to tell the taxi driver where to take us, so I was, as always, impulsive and said the name of the first hostel that came to my mind, after browsing the web that morning, that was Lodge 121. The taxi dropped us of at what so obviously was not the water front where we thought the hostel will be, but as we entered the hostel, there was no reason to complain. The hostel was amazing, clean and cosy and would beat the crap out of loads of European hostels. The rooms were too expensive for us, being on a budget, so we took the "dorms", which ended up to be a nice 3 ... read more
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Kuching shop
Dried fish

Asia » Singapore » Little India May 22nd 2011

Arrival and day 1 We arrived to Singapore after crossing 2 border checkings, one Malaysian and one upon entering Singapore. The crossing is called Woodlands, which reminded me about a South Park episode about Woddlands creatures. Those who saw it will know what I am talking about (blood ****, blood **** ). Polona was quite worried, as we were told that the Singaporeans could give us a hard time at the border due to the amount of the meds we are travelling with, but they didn’t even check our backpacks, apart from the usual X-ray check. Arriving to Singapore, we were dropped off, what seemed to be, quite on the outskirts of the city, next to a big shopping mall. We were told that the bus stop is just upfront and while trying to figure out ... read more
Little India
Singapore National Museum
MRT

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City May 19th 2011

We are currently at the Singapore airport, seating in front of the gate 8 on the budget terminal (it’s actually called the budget terminal, maybe to scare the posh people away), waiting for our flight to Kuching, Borneo Malaysia. We have left Peninsular Malaysia a couple of days before. Prior to that we spent two nights, one day in Melaka. As Polona already mentioned we spent a whole day travelling from Taman Negara to Melaka, using 3 different local buses and a taxi, to take us to the correct bus station at one of the stops. We arrived at Melaka Sentral, a massive shopping mall, bus station, and a huge round-about all in one. As it was pouring down rain we took a cab for the last 10km or so to the Chinatown where we booked ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Taman Negara National Park May 17th 2011

Part 1 by Jan – Leaving Perhentian Internet access was a bit scarce over the last week or so and we were not able to update you as regularly as we hoped. Luckily we have our netbook with us and we can write our adventures down as they happen and upload them with a bit of a delay. Polona wrote the last entry just before we left the islands and we managed to upload it once arriving at Taman Negara National park. But before the park we still had a night out on the Perhentian Islands. Chris and I did end up dressing up as girls. Between Kay (owners of Chris’s bikini top and hair band), Sandra (kind enough to lend me a top and Chris her skirt) and Polona (lending me her skirt and a ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 13th 2011

part 1 - 10/5/2011 So, as Jan promised, a little bit more about what we did in Georgetown, Penang Island. It was actually my wish to visit Georgetown as I read so much about how amazing the remains of the colonial architecture are and that some buildings are under UNESCO’s protection, so I thought it would be amazing to see. We joined a German girl, Sandra, who stayed at the same dorms at Cameron Highlands, and went to the bus station to catch the early morning (8.00) bus to Georgetown. We were joined by another German, Mario, also our dorm-mate. 5 hours later we arrived to Georgetown, and to say it was hot is, well, it just doesn’t even begin to describe it. We separated in search of a hostel, as Jan and I found a ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 8th 2011

When writing our last blog we have left KL and started backpacking. The backpacking has changed a lot since the last time I was in Asia (about 6 years ago). Nowadays every hostel has a wi-fi and almost every backpacker has a smartphone or/and a laptop with them (us included). Its a funny sight, walking in to the dorm room and seeing everybody on their smartphones, people texting and using apps to call home for free. In a way it defeats the point of traveling as you spend so much time tapping on your keyboard, when we should all be meeting new people. Which is what it is all about. I am trying to behave, trying. But I use writing of this blog as an excuse to fire my netbook up. We still met a lot ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands May 5th 2011

Jan’s deep thoughts: We have managed to get used to the time difference and the weather by now. The weather especially was a bit of a challenge. The heat, mixed with humidity turned me into a sweaty mess every time I went out. It only took the 5 minute to the station and I was soaked. Entering a fully air-conditioned train didn’t help much either. And to top it all off, every evening it started pouring with rain. And not the weak, London type rain, but “cats and dogs” rain. We visited the last few sights in KL in our time there and got a glimpse of a Malaysian prime minister on Monday. We went to the main square, to see the world’s highest flag pole, where a celebration of an Indian holiday, Vaiskahi, was taking ... read more
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1/5/2011, Jan After finishing with all the packing and cleaning we left our home of the last 2 years. It was a weird feeling, knowing that we will never set foot in, what was our first flat where we lived alone. We spent the last day at a Pete’s, watching movies and playing FIFA (well Polona, was more of a cheer-leader). Chris proved once and for all that he is the FiFA master of the family, a fact Pete just didn’t want to accept. The flight went smoothly. There were quite a few empty seats, so we each had two seats to sleep on. We arrived in KL at 7pm and were welcomed by 29 degrees and a work colleague of mine, Yean Yean and another Synovator, Susan. From the airport Yean 2x took us out ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington April 21st 2011

Here we go. In a week’s time we will be on a plane, heading to Kuala Lumpur. There are still some things to do, like storing our stuff, packing our backpacks but we are pretty much there. Before we actually leave I just wanted to take this opportunity and write a “Q&A” section. Trust me, same questions have been asked over and over - some of them I would never ask. Q: Where are you going to? A: we are heading to South East Asia and India. Check out the map on the main page Q: How long for? A: We don’t know. We have a budget and we will have to wait and see how long it lasts. I am hoping we can do a year. Q: Are you going to work? A: See, this ... read more




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