Blog Day 110 Wed 24th August 2011
At 8.15 John and Madeline knock at the door. We are nowhere, near ready or awake, so we throw on some clothes brush our teeth and meet them at reception. It is great to see them again, and funny how all the way from Vietnam we have crossed paths a couple of times. They say that last night they walked around the Bukit Bintang area, which is full of bar, restaurant and shopping malls. So that's where we head for breakfast. We find a lovely café and sit in there for a few hours catching up and swapping experiences, breakfast is lovely too. They are flying out to Oz today so once breakfast is done with we say our goodbyes with the promise of dinner when we are both back in the UK. Looking forward to that!
We head off for a wander around Bukit Bintang. John and Maddie were right, the place is full of bars, restaurants and especially shopping malls! It seems like you can't walk more than 400m without finding one. Not a good thing when you have very little money.
There is also a multi-story strip of bars and restaurants that is meant to get pretty packed of an evening. We go for a walk around one shopping mall called The Pavilion. This place is like the posh side of Bluewater, with all the big names and all the big prices. It's a real swanky looking place and we feel pretty important walking around there, that is until we catch sight of ourselves in one of the huge windows. Feel important, look like bums.
After wandering around The Pavilion we walk down Bukit Bintang (street) through another shopping mall and find ourselves back at Time Square. What commences is a walk around all 7 floors of this shopping mall, looking at all the weird and wonderful stuff that's on sale. This mammoth window shop sees us end up in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, rubbing our feet and stuffing our faces.
We get back onto the LRT (overhead railway) and make our way back to the hostel. To get there we have to walk through Pretaling Street, which is a huge market famous in Singapore. Here we pick up a little Buddha statue, a real small little thing, and pay way over the top for it. A moment of madness really, our heads must have been dizzy from all the walking around shopping malls today, we also hadn't quite got our heads around the exchange rates.
With our 'bargin' statue we head back to hotel for cheap and cheerful pot noodles and bed.