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A Penang Suntan...

So tonight is our last night in Penang unfortunately, onwards and upwards tomorrow as we continue north to Langkawi. We've really enjoyed Penang, we do seem to say that about everywhere we go however...maybe I ought to get a thesaurus for my kindle...

We've wandered Georgetown, where our oddly white guesthouse is, and today we got the bus to Penang Hill. It may disappoint some people (mum and dad) to know, but we did in fact NOT walk up the 700m hill, as the thermometer was well over 30, and it was far, far too hot! The train was great though, SO steep. The views from the top were spectacular, and there was a lovely breeze too which was great! We could see all the way over the bridge to mainland Malaysia and all across Penang, very pretty.

The people here are so friendly, and nobody is content in knowing we're from England, they have to know where exactly, to which someone has taken to saying 'Manchester' which I don't appreciate! Everyone's heard of Liverpool! We were relaxing on some large steps with an ice cream and some water, chilling with the breeze, admiring the view, when a friendly family came over and wanted a photo taken with us! So beware, you may well see the worst photo of me ever circling the internet with a very happy looking Malaysian family...!

We ended up eating in a little Indian place (I don't seem to be able to call it 'restaurant'!) 2 nights on a row, as it was amazing food. Main meals, naan bread, roti, drinks...£5 :) I wish it was so cheap back home! We're genuinely quite sad that we're not able to go back there again!

So, on to Langkawi we go, the next step in our trip, so it's time to pack our bags, plaster up our feet (which aren't quite used to the new flip flops bought in Melaka) and hope that our next place has a laundry shop nearby (sorry Elaine, there are no rivers nearby to wash stuff in, sea alone in our next stop...)

I WAS going to put a couple of lovely photos on, my sd card is in the netbook, and for some annoying reason, it isn't reading it (though it did the other day!), one of these days we'll see a photo! But look on my facebook, as we've put on a selection of our Singapore photos :)

p.s. Abby, I haven't used any of your present yet!

Posted by Jen90 04:49 Archived in Malaysia Comments (1)

Melaka

Hello hello! So here we are, our first morning in Penang, after an amazing sleep, those 7am starts are going to be REALLY hard back in England...! Our hotel (Chulia Heritage Hotel) is a bit bizarre, everything is white, no exaggeration, everything! It's nice though, and our shared bathrooms all have rain showers in them, perfect!

The getting to Penang was by coach, thank goodness they're nothing like national express, because it was 8 hours! Our time in Melaka was only short whicvh was a shame because we really enjoyed it. turns out our guest room, not only did it have glow in the dark stars in our room, in the corridor it had glow in the dark stars and multicoloured disco lights, so random! We ate in lovely restaurants that were ridiculously cheap, including the Geographer's Cafe, which we felt required a trip, the music was good, the food was amazing, and we think we're pretty cool with our Geographers Cafe cup we bought...!

We went up their equivalent of the Radio City Tower (for non Liverpudlians, it's a tower, and erm, the local radio station is based there...) except this one moves up and down and rotates (the doughnut part, not the whole tower). The views were great, and we didn't even realise we were so close to the sea! We even took this great video of it which I then, very stupidly, deleted by mistake...idiot!

Our coach ride took us past the Cameron Highlands, which were amazing. The original plan was to go and visit them too, but we wouldn't have had enough time there to have done it properly. We do however, think they look so good that we'd come back just to go and see them!

Today we're going to go and explore Penang, buy our ferry ticket to Langkawi, and go and taste some of Penangs raved about street food :)

Posted by Jen90 18:35 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

Animals, fireworks and more animals...

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.

Posted by Jen90 03:07 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

Animals, fireworks and yet more animals...

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.

Posted by Jen90 23:57 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

To The Airport I Go...

So here's my delightful 11 kg bag, all ready and waiting for someone who is not me to put it in the car (as it's too heavy, oops!) but it's ok, I'll get used to it, and 11 kg for 3 months is pretty good I think!

I feel like I've remembered everything, which is pretty good going, I just need to check in online, which I'll do in the car (as I'd forgotten about it until just now).

My poor little Maisy is feeling pretty abandoned, but she's going on holiday too while I'm away!

So, I shall see you all in 3 months time, hope you enjoy the blog :)

Posted by Jen90 02:21 Comments (0)

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