Diving in an aquarium
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
81Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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I was getting a little restless on the beach. It was fabulous but also a little dull being alone and very hot. I spent some time in the water but was also aware that it was pretty hot and that I still haven't perfected the art of solo suncream application and didn't want to get burnt after last year in SA where I fried completely.I checked out the dive shops and got a good vibe off one so signed up for a dive in the afternoon. It was very different to Big Blue where they put all your equiptment together for you which I have never had before. And there wasn't as much focus on safety as the briefing was pretty short and there was only one dive master on the dive
The next dive I booked in for 2 dives as I wanted to head off the island as I had had enough of being too hot. I was going to go to Panang just to fill some of the time up before my parents came. I think I was a little islanded out and I am sure the islands would have made a much bigger impact if I hadn't been on islands in Thailand for the last month. I met a really nice girl on the dive and as we were chatting on the way out to the dive site I was gutted that she was leaving to Singapore that day. She was an awesome buddy - not on top of you like others on the dive who hit me in the head, knocked my reg out and generally kicked up sand. In the course of the dive I got thinking that she was awesome and there was no reason why I couldn't go to Singapore as I have a free schedule and this is the benefit to travelling alone
On the way back to shore I raised the idea of coming to Singapore with Issy and she was enthusiastic about it. It was a rush to shower, pack, check out, pay for dives and get the shuttle to the speed boat in 25 mins. But it was exciting to be on the move again especially as it hadn't been planned. It was awesome to have such great company. Similar to Angelika Issy is someone I would stay in touch with when I got back home. It made such a difference to have someone the same age ish and similar outlook after all the 18 year olds on the island. We spent the day in Kota Baru and went through the shopping mall there about 8 times during the day. There was nothing to do there. The only places to eat were McDonalds or Pizza Hut. We tried to get a massage before the train but every place we tried was up a dodgy set of stairs and they were closed or couldn't do 2 at the same time. Such a difference to Thailand where you can't move 5m without someone asking if you want a massage. The hostel where Issy had stayed before the islands were amazing - he took us to the train station to buy my ticket, dropped us in town, took our bags and picked us up to get the train
The train journey was like being on a sleepover. We sat up for a while eating popcorn and having girl talk. It was so nice to just chill out with someone similar. The train was less full this time and with 2 of us a lot less creepy so I got a lot more sleep than the time before. The border was hilareous. We got to the Malaysian side and Immigration official asks Issy for her exit card. She has no idea what he is talking about let alone where hers is. I just had visions of not being allowed out before she found it. On the Singapore side everyone gets out the train and takes all their bags. You wait in a queue for immigration similar to an airport and get stamped in. Then reboard the train. Nothing like the Thailand Laos border which took 2 and half hours this was completed in half an hour. Got to love civilisation again!