Our Last Day in Asia, ready for a change?
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Cheryl and Siongs House
At 03:00 the alarm started going off and now with only one button on my watch could do nothing other than press the button (which happened to be snooze) every ten minutes when it went off. The consequence of this was about 3 hours sleep (following on from another very bad nights sleep the night before). Feeling wrecked both physically and mentally we headed to the airport in Medan to head firstly to Kualer Lumper, so back to Malaysia. A fairly uneventful journey really and we landed in Kualer Lumpur on time. After flying through all the security we checked in for the next leg down to Singapore and went and sat in McDonalds to make use of the free wifi whilst trying to make a small coke last for around 2 hours. You can imagine the slight frustrations with the blog at the moment and in an effort to get the bloody thing moving and back on track only at boarding time did we start to move towards the main airport building to catch the plane.
As realisation took hold we were soon running through security to see about 5 immigration officials and a huge queue of people. Now really panicking and really mad that their is so much to do on the blog we spoke to the chief guard an explained our plane was just about to leave. After a two minute dressing down / telling off by a rather strict lady we were allowed to choose from the Malaysian Nationals queue and therefore no wait what so ever. We sprinted down to the gate and made the back of the small queue for boarding. The plane was however delayed slightly as someone checked in but failed to get through imigration in time therefore bags had to be taken off. If the lady had not let us use the Malaysian Nationals desk we would not have caught our flight and then may even have missed our Australia flight early tomorrow morning, therefore rendering the rest of our round the world ticket invalid. Now that would have been a major event.
After a few metro stops we soon arrived back at Cheryl and Siongs and being a bit earlier than we thought just caught Cheryl coming out of the door. Having done a bit of washing I headed off to pick up a few dim sum from the food court, then we ate, and blogged and blogged and blogged, and downloaded pictures and blogged.
Anyway I suppose this marks the end of our Northern Hemisphere expedition taking in a huge number of countries in Asia (as well as Russia obviously). It certainly has been a fantastic six months but I think we are probably ready for a change now. There is little doubt that SE Asia is changing at a rapid rate (well apart from Myanmar that is!) but our time here has shown great contrasts between rich and poor and old ways of life as well as the new ways, perhaps a more articulate way of saying this is again an extract from the lonely planet (SE Asia guide which we found quite moving when we read it the other day) "South East Asia sticks to you. The tropical climate is so humid that the air becomes something akin to goo........... Strangely though, the journey can be more moving than the destination. Beyond the bus window, the rolling landscape is fed by the monsoon rains, which impart the kind of fertility that occurs only in the absence of winter. But the soothing agricultural rythems of Southeast Asia - where a season of hard work is rewarded with bounty and rest - are morphing into an urban tempo. Farmers are becoming factory workers, roads are replacing ditches and shopping malls are shoving out open-air markets. Your visit is well timed to catch a region in flux as an old way of life belatedly yields to the 21st Century".
This certainly has been a hell of a six months, we cant wait for the next six months.