I spent Wednesday afternoon hanging around a friendly guesthouse in Kota Bahru, playing with their newborn kittens and fuelling up on Malay food, whilst waiting for the night bus. It took 15 hours to get to Singapore, the last stop on my travels, and it was very luxurious - business class in fact. Arrived in the morning and found my way to a hostel recommended by a guy I'd met in Malaysia, and tried out some braised duck at the local hawker stalls.
To be honest, there's not a huge amount of things to do in SP so I spent the day wandering around the temples in Little India, and then hit the shops on Orchard Road. Just so happens I've timed it so I'm here during the Great Singapore Sale, what a coincidence, although I managed to restrain myself and only bought a pair of very pretty but sure to be painful shoes. Then I had a mahusive Indian dinner served on a banana leaf, not sure of what half of what I ate was, but it was less than 3 quid and more than filled me up.
Luckily I felt less bloated come the evening and I got all dolled up, it's the first time I've worn a dress and high heels for 8 months, I even brushed my hair... properly! Off I trotted, very slowly as it was like trying to learn how to walk again, and got curb-crawled, which definately doesn't happen when I'm in my baggy pants and flipflops.
Found my way to Raffles Hotel using the MRT (tube) and went to The Long Bar - home of the Singapore Sling. Sat myself at the bar and made the most of the free monkey nuts, throwing the shells on the floor like everyone else. Very much enjoyed my $27 cocktail (cost more than my new shoes!!), especially because it was pink.
Got chatting to a really lovely guy my age from California who's here on business, then we left together and wandered around the hotel's rather pricy mall, nearly gate-crashing a wedding, which I reckon we could have got away with we were so well-dressed. Then we went to the courtyard of Chimes and sat at a bar called Hogs Breath (not as classy sounding as Raffles, but still swish) and he kindly treated me to passion fruit mojitos and we shared a strawberry milkshake as both had dairy cravings.
It was a wonderful night with wonderful company, the perfect way to round off my travels. Just a shame I went to sleep to the sound of the Indian man in the same dorm phlegming...
Now it's the day of my flight home, I jet off at 2.20am so am having a lazy day finishing my book, checking out the performances on the esplanade, and no doubt doing some more shopping, although I'm going to try and save myself for Duty Free. The airport also has a free cinema which I'm rather exicted about.
248 days, 6 countries, and over 60 beds. Next stop: home...