So my last week or so in Malaysia was a bit of a whirlwind. I decided Kuala Lumpur was getting a bit small and that I had to go and explore round a bit.
My first stop was Cameron Highlands, a quite touristy town set high in the mountains of Malaysia. After a nice windy bus ride on roads that reminded me of driving to Gisborne, we arrived in town. We was Emmanuel and I, who was a friend who I’d met at the Reggae Mansion in KL. Most of my time spend in the highlands was on a guided tour around the mossy forest and through the tea plantations, for which they’re famous for.
Getting from the highlands to Penang the next day was a chore, as it was a public holiday, a weekend and a school holiday. Traffic jams EVERYWHERE. But I had a great road trip with the minivan driver, as I was the sole passenger and sat up the front. I got into Penang and settled in a hostel, then headed out for some street food, which Penang is famous for. More on that later.
The next day or so, I bumped into friends from the highlands again, and while touring the street art (above is probably the most well known one). We all decided to rent out scooters and have a tour round the island. The next day we arrived ten-strong at the rental shop and got our biker gang started.
We spent the day swerving in and out of traffic because apparently, as motorcyclists, road rules don’t apply to us (except for the golden rule: size = right of way). We explored the jungle, checked out the beaches and almost got peed on by a monkey. But all too soon it was time for my night bus to Singapore.
I arrived in Singapore the next morning and found Jono, a mate who left IQ (where we worked before). We then proceeded to eat for the next 24 hours. Jono MAY be into his food a bit (a lot) and showed me round all his favorite spots to eat in Singapore. I’ve recently read his post about eating around Singapore: that’s here if anyone’s interested.
In the times I was full, however, we did manage to do a bit of sightseeing around Singapore. We had a look at the malls, checked out the Marina Bay Sands, the skyline by night and the lights show. The city seems as if the designers weren’t concerned with continuity, they just went with whatever suggestion was the most expensive. It’s a beautiful city though, very clean and green and a massive change from Kuala Lumpur.
All too soon though, it was time to bus back to KL for one more night, and then fly to London. I feel there’s so much more I’d love to explore in south east Asia, and I’ll definitely have to come back in the future. Maybe after Europe! One thing I’m not gonna miss though: the mozzies. They loved me though.
But before I sign off, I’ve realised I haven’t really mentioned the food I’ve been eating. Below is a hawker centre, where I’ll buy most of the food I eat (restaurants are expensive!), and then here’s most of my food from Penang to Singapore, give it a scroll!
I will detail this first picture though, which I had with Jono; this is frog leg congee (porridge), pork ribs with cereal and a century egg. Not too fond of the egg, but the others were very nice.