Tall Stuff!!!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another flight for us was next up (we're gettin posh now!!) from Krabi to Kuala Lumpur which took just over an hour. We touched down, ate a MacDonalds, checked into our 'prison' hostel then we dropped our guard! We've been 'UBER' cautious for 4 months now to keep ourselves out of mischief, so when a random man on the street offered us a random bus ticket that he WROTE the date on himself, saying that the bus station (which was right across the road!!!) didn't sell bus tickets (what???).....why did I say 'OK, cheers mate!' I know why, because I'm a plank!! Would it be £20 down the drain?.....Hopefully not!
Anyway, our second and final day in Kuala Lumpur had a very straightforward itinerary attached to it.........'look at big buildings!!!' First up was the KL Tower. It is the 5th tallest communications building in the world and stands at a pretty big 421m. We had a wander around the viewing deck, where we could get a decent view of the city (obviously) and were able to easily pick out the more famous 'Petronas Towers', which, continuing my 'film theme' from the last blog, were featured in a film called 'Entrapment', where Zeta-Jones and Connery basically nick stuff! Down from the KL Tower and Kala held an iguana (random....she's changed!!)! We took the short walk over to the Petronas and were not disappointed! Standing at a colossal 452m, this was once the worlds tallest building (1998-2004) until one from Taipei was built to surpass it (its the 6th largest now). We were impressed! A very good-looking pair of towers! Then it tipped it down (happening alot at the mo!) and we ran inside and the shopping mall is ENORMOUS!! (so are the prices though!). I couldn't find Primark so didn't buy anything!! We even had a wander back over to see them lit up at night and they were accompanied by a water show which made for some good viewing!
Right, the next morning we checked out and just had a wander to see if, by chance, there was actually gonna be a bus there for us! Not only was there one there, but it was kitted out with air-con, fully reclining massive seats and a flip-up foot rest!! And it got us to Singapore at a decent pace! The moral of the story......always buy tickets from strangers in the street!!!
So, Singapore. We didn't have much time here either so our itinerary here was also basic - look at stuff from a tour bus!! We basically did a lap of the city and then 'hopped on and off' the bus where we wanted to see places in a bit more detail. It's a beautifully clean city, not very densely populated but with enough people to create a bit of a buzz around the place. Although we couldn't be further from home, its got a very 'English' feel to it. The British have a bit of history here and you can certainly tell! Easy travelling...I like it! Christ it's not cheap though!! A trip on a big wheel thingy cost about £25!! No chance! The skyline is gorgeous - the best we've seen! They have a luxury hotel called the Marina Bay Sands hotel that looks like a giant ironing board! Weird, but it works!! By night we went to have a look at the newly developed 'Super Trees', which are man-made structures made to resemble trees that take and use all of their energy from entirely natural resources. They also power (again, naturally) the rest of the 'Gardens by the Bay' attraction. Impressive stuff. The light show they put on at night though......shit!! Just light em up and leave em....that's what I say!!
The following night we watched a mini half-hour concert (free!) of a pianist who played songs from the movies. Heavily featured were the Lion King, Pocahontas and Land before Time. He was excellent actually! Something we wouldn't normally do, but because we're both tight as cramp, we see 'free' and we're there!! A water show infront of the Singapore skyline was a fitting end to our short stay here. Our fave city so far!
To finish, we'd just like to wish Amanda and Si a MASSIVE congratulations on the birth of little Chloe Sophia! We can't wait to meet her!! X
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Dave & Julia Porter on

Hi Paul and Kala
Have tonight received your blog address from your Dad Paul.
Having read some of your blog entries and had a look at some of the photos, looks like you are having an awesome time!
All well here. Very cold I'm sure you've heard.
I wanted to try this message first to see if it goes as I am not on Facebook.
Here goes
Dave & Julia

Chrissie on

Fab pics looks stunning at night with lights. Xx

paulandkala on

Thanks Chrissie!
Hi Dave and Julia! Paul's dad said he'd given you the info! Yes we are having a great time thanks! Hope all is well at home! See you later this year!

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