25.02.2012 - 29.02.2012 27 °C
Well here we are on the second half of our journey. We can hardly believe that its been 51 days already and what's even harder to believe is that we only have 53 more days until we are back on our home turf! This trip is flying by so fast, and we are enjoying every minute of it!
Before we get started we should mention that Sarah has been short-listed for the Master program at SFU for next fall and we are so excited! Congrats Sarah! She interviews on March 7th at 3pm (which on our time is March 8th at 6am) it will be tough, but she's ready :D
We left off at the end of our Australian travels where we said goodbye to new and old friends, and farewell to any type of western comfort. We flew out of Australia on February 25th on the 8 hour luxury flight (it was the United Arab Emirates version of Pan Am) to Singapore and landed that evening to start the next leg of our journey. The exchange rate is once again in our favour, and it feels so good!
We arrived at our hostel in Singapore, only a short walk from Little India and Chinatown. We walked over to an outdoor food market on the water front for a look around and some dinner. The next morning we walked into Little India and took in all the exotic sights and smells, which took some getting used to. We headed towards some food stalls for a taste of the local fare for lunch and then headed back to the hostel for some refreshing AC. That evening we walked into a small pedestrian village for dinner and took a look at the shops and store fronts. After a quiet night we went to bed with plans of renting bikes for the following morning. We awoke to rain and clouds, so we decided a walk around the city would be a better idea. Singapore is a very small city, so it wasn't long before we had more or less seen it from every angle. We walked through the Asian History Museum and learned a lot about Singapore's short history and development. The city is orderly and clean with modern buildings and beautiful parks. We strolled around the waterfront and city streets before hoping on our bus for our new destination and next country.
After a 5 hour bus ride and a short stop at the Singapore-Malaysia boarder we arrived in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. We got in late so we took a cab to our hostel and headed down the road to a backpacker pub for dinner. The morning of the 28th we set out for a fully packed day of tours, sight seeing and exploring! The day started with a free walking tour around the city and learned about some of the oldest buildings in Malaysia and their significance. We visited a mosque in the heart of the city and a Chinese temple used for prayer and well being. After the tour we headed to the KL tower and took a short ride to the top where we got a great 360 degree view of the city. We walked into a business district for lunch and had amazing food and iced coffee! Next we walked to the train station and hoped on a train for the famous Batu Caves. When we arrived we were greeted by large statues of Hindu Gods and wild monkeys. the monkeys roamed free and were definitely the highlight of the caves. They climbed around everywhere, roaming for food and playing. At one point we made the mistake of taking a granola bar out of our back-pack. We were quickly swarmed and forced to throw it to the monkeys...terrible decision all around. The caves themselves were amazing, but there beauty was overshadowed by the volume of tacky lights and tourist shops. We hopped back on the train and made our way back to our hostel for a short rest and to change for dinner. We headed back out that evening to the backpacker's bar for a tasty dinner, some drinks and shisha. We met some friendly locals and had a few drinks with them before heading back to our hostel for the night.
Today we are taking a bus to Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Word on the street is that its pretty quiet, so we plan on doing some tours of local fruit and tea farms before heading further north to Georgetown.
That's all for now! We love reading comments so keep them coming and we will update again in a few days when we reach Thailand.
Love and miss you all,
Sarah & Jess xoxo