Friday's fun-filled frolics!!
Hey everybody, I've managed to tear myself away from the idyllic beaches to let you know what's been going on since Oz...... From Cairns we flew to an extremely clean and a bit too perfect Singapore where we spent a couple of days walking around the city's main areas such as the marina, where Dave decides it would be fun to have an 'Armenian Biter' python put round his shoulders - I just took the photos. We gawped at the skyscrapers of the business district and enjoyed the wonderful smells and colours of Little India (an awesome area full of...you guessed it....small Indian shops and restaurants). The botanical gardens were like a peaceful oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. And we couldn't miss out Raffles Hotel whose museum we visited and where we treated ourselves to an overly priced Singapore Sling. It's the poshest place in the city and yet it's the tradition to throw monkey nut shells on the floor after eating them....okay. After our short stay in Singapore we took a bus to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city. This place couldn't be more different to Singapore if it tried. We arrived into this hot, humid, dirty city where rush hour seems to be 24/7. We instantly loved it. The food stalls on the streets serve the best and chepaest food. Chinatown market is crammed with sellers of fake designer bags, clothes, everything! There's also a smarter side to KL which has the Petronis Towers (the tallest twin towers in the world until a few years ago) and various large and expensive shopping malls. We spent a fair bit of our early morning hours following the World Cup matches at our hostel, but let's not talk about that. From KL to the Cameron Highlands, famous for tea plantations as well as honey and strawberry farms. We chilled out in the quiet town for a few days. Trekked to Boh tea plantation where we sampled the different teas and even got told how to make the perfect cuppa! Picked strawberries at a farm and celebrated my 24th birthday (damn it) by watching some World Cup action. There was even a surprise singing of happy birthday by the other folks at our hostel. Very lovely of them. Davide and I then made our way to the STUNNING Perhentian Islands on Malaysia's northeast coast where we met up with Jeremy and Gehan. We stayed at Long Beach which has pretty much one row of hut-like constructions on the beach which are cafes and bars and places to stay. The island hasn't yet been attaked by tourism developers so it's still gorgeous and simple. Jez, Dave and I all completed our PADI Open Water dive course so we are all certified divers now! Yipee! Gehan had been there and done that so he did a course to become a Rescue Diver. Our days consisted of mainly diving, lazing on the beach, swimming in the crystal clear water then going out at night. The locals put on shows of fire poi and fire staff which were awesome. Jez had a go at the poi, he's usually really good at it but this time he managed to almost set his hair on fire. He has still got some hair left though so it's ok. There was also a small limbo party on the beach which was pretty funny. We all had such an amazing time there and met some great people - thoroughly recommend Perhentian Islands for anyone thinking of a holiday in S.E Asia. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Ok so that's it for Singapore and Malaysia....we're currently in Thailand now recovering from Full Moon partying but I'll tell you all about it in the next update! Hope you're are all good and enjoying the heatwave I heard Europe's been having recently! Lots of love, xxx