Across the Border

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 24, 2005

We set the alarm and got up early at 5AM to see the Theemidhi Fire Walking Festival being held at the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore (located in China Town). It was a struggle to get out of bed and walk through the crowds of people attending and participating in the festival. We had to leave our shoes outside with the thousands of other pairs already outside. Some of the men participating in the fire walking were screaming in pain or walking around pretty gingerly afterwards. Eventually we'd had enough of the new sights and sounds so we headed back to the hotel and back to bed.

We then packed up, checked out and got a cab to Queen St to get a Yellow cab across the border into Malaysia. We completed all the customs forms again and went through the Woodlands Checkpoint. Shopping in Johor Bahru was interesting and we picked up some dodgey DVDs. We also got a cab down to Danga Bay but as it's Rammadan the place was deserted. With no taxi's in site we decided to walk back to the main part of town. It was a very very long walk in 32 degree heat. We eventually got a taxi and headed back across into Singapore. Picked up our gear and moved into the backpackers in China Town. After a shower we felt great, did some washing and figured we'd better update our web blog.

Tonight we're off to a hawker market for some more lovely local food.
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