31.12.2012 - 02.01.2013
I am now sat in our guest room in Melaka (our first stop in Malaysia) after a 4.5 hr coach journey. I'm actually using a computer, instead of our little netbook, as they supply one in each room which is bizarre, but handy! The room also has glow in the dark stars on the ceiling! Anyway...
We were pretty sad to have left Singapore this morning, as it was an amazing city, but hey ho, we wouldn't exactly be travelling if we stayed there for 3 months (also couldn't afford it...!). We visited the Singapore Zoo, did the night safari, visited Gardens by the Bay, saw the new years eve fireworks, and had a general explore, now we're knackered!
The first day was slightly crazy in terms of weather, we thought we'd be really clever and buy our bus ticket to Melaka which was right next to a bus stop where a bus would take us direct to the zoo. But all best laid plans fail at times, and after giving up on the bus (which was 15 minutes late) we decided to get the metro instead, only for the bus to overtake us all of a minute later...ridiculously annoying! A very long journey later we bought our tickets (20 pounds each) for a combo ticket (zoo and safari), thanks mum and dad, best present!! We arrived in time to see the white tigers being fed which was amazing, the pygmy hippo (and her little baby!) being fed, and the elephant show! All who know me best will know, I'm sure, that this was a perfect day for me, and it was! However, half way through the elephant show, the heavens opened (for the second time that day), but we though, well, tropical rain and all that, it'll be over soon like before. HA! how wrong were we! The show was cancelled though the poor elephants were seemingly slightly confused as they were definitely still continuing by themselves! We decided to make a run for it in the rain, the likes of which I have genuinely never seen before, it may rain heavily in Liverpool, but it has nothing on this rain! So anyway, we were making a run for it, got soaked, so decided to get a bright green singapore zoo poncho, we looked fetching, naturally. Despite the thunder and monsoonal rains, we saw loads, all of the animals were still out, and even when they were sheltering, the shelter was placed in a convenient place for us to see the animals.
New Years Eve is crazy in Singapore, the fireworks were at Marina Bay and there were so many people there it was insane, we had to hang around for a bit, but it was worth the wait as they were the best fireworks I've ever seen, the atmosphere was great too, everyone was cheering, and shouting Happy New Year (though there was no shaking hands of random strangers or singing Auld Lang Sine (despite the incorrect spelling I'm sure you know what I mean) like back home)! Walking back to the hotel took forever, as routes had been fenced out, which meant that everyone had to walk slowly, and there was a lot of pushing and squashing going on, alas!
Gardens by the Bay were pretty cool, it was a massive garden (slightly obvious), but has these huge metal trees...it may sound weird and ugly, but they were pretty impressive, and there was a walkway between them so we got great views of Singapore. The night safari was equally as impressive as the zoo, we were so close to all the animals (including lions, tigers, elephants, hippos and rhinos!) and the fact it was in the dark just seemed to make it better!
So that was our time in Singapore, we're now just stopping off in Melaka for 2 nights, we have a 9am coach trip (lasts 7-8 hours) on Friday which will take us to Penang. Thankfully theyre nothing like National Express (though National Express should be more like these coaches), as they have a footrest, leg rest, can lean right back, and are genuinely just huge! There's only 3 seats per row, so you can curl up really easily to fall asleep. It might just make the long trip bearable..!
I was going to add a couple of photos, but this desktop doesn't have an SD card reader and I left my cable at home, so I'll just do it next time when I'm using the netbook.