Seeing as how the internet deemed my last blog entry worthy of saving I think I'll try pushing my luck and get myself fully up to date... what a challenge.
Incidentally, I am loving the free internet at this hostel. Sadly, however, they have neither Skype nor headsets, and so I can't call home from here.
On this day we had a lovely five hour bus journey from Penang to Kuala Lumpur. KL is awesome. We stayed in Chinatown, on Jalan Petaling (which is where the night market is.. you can get copies of designer *everything*). It has the same manic energy as Thanon Khao San in Bangkok, but with an even greater sell sell sell mentality, if that can be believed.
Dinner at Nando's, which was good. I feel bad that we keep visiting so many western establishments, but it's nice to have familiar things, especially as we have been moving from city to city so much in this last week.
The evening's entertainment was provided courtesy of Slumdog Millionnaire, which is every bit as good as the hype suggests.
Sunday was a long day, but a lot of fun. The twelve of us bundled into taxis and went t the KL Tower... and then up 250m of it! The views were spectacular! There were people abseiling down the side and lots of runners at the bottom as we were there on the day of an event called the Towerthon.
After the Tower, we hit the shops in the form of the Times Square Mall. There was a theme park in it! Including a rollercoaster! And then we got the monorail back to Chinatown!
The evening was intense. All thirteen of us went out in the pouring rain to a local Chinese restairant and then to (another) reggae bar. Much alcohol was consumed by all, and there was much dancing to follow... all the way until 2am. Good times. Lots of photos coming (fairly) soon.
2nd and 3rd March:
After our two manic days in the big city, we were taken to Port d*** on (still in Malaysia) for a couple of days to sit by the pool and unwind. Which is literally all there was to do there. There was a beach, but the sand was so wet that you couldn't sit on it, but there were no shops or anything else. So we swam a lot, I sat and drew things, and just generally chilled out.
We did do one very exciting thing on the second night though... have a barbeque on the beach! Lots of food, lots of alcohol, drunken beach volleyball, and far too many mosquitoes to count. And then some people (myself not included for once), having had one too many, went for a midnight swim in their underwear... much to the amusement and horror of the hotel's other patrons. They then went back to our apartment and played drinking games into the night. :D
Yesterday we drove from Port d*** on to Melaka. Having read up a bit on Melaka, I was quite interested in going there, but didn't really see the point as we were literally only there for one night (being as we left at 7am today). I was wrong, as we actually managed to see quite a lot yesterday, including a mall, Jonker Street (which is in Chinatown and has some lovely boutique shops and restaurants), an archaeological dig, a very old church, and lots of beautiful Dutch colonial buidings.
As it was our last night together as a group we all went out for dinner again. I tried a traditional Malaysian dish called Nasi Lemak, and then followed it up with tea and some of the most amazing cake ever (no this blog is not just about food, why would you think that?).
Which brings us to... today! Hurrah!
Up at 6:15, having slept very badly due to the itchiness of my legs and the fact that the room was hot. On the bus at 6:45. McDonalds at 7, and then onto the coach. I slept for most of the journey to the border, for which I am very grateful, and listened to my ipod for the rest of it.
On arrival in Singapore my Intrepid trip ended, so we had to say a few goodbyes and a whole lot of see you laters (as most of us are going to try and meet up again in various different places). I'm now in my hostel, tired but excited about my couple of days in Singapore.
And on Saturday night.... I'm flying to Australia!!!