Day 154

Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Woo, a new country! (well city-state at least).

I caught the train from K.L. Sentral at eight thirty am after tip-toeing out of the dark dormitory room. It was satisfying being on the train. It's a much nicer way to travel than the bus. Our cabin had a tv in it and was showing one of the Harry Potter movies. I wasn't interested and began dozing off. After two hours I realised we were probably beyond Melaka and I that meant every mile we went was one mile further South than I'd ever been before.

The train journey lasted eight hours in total which was an hour longer than planned and four hours longer than the cheaper bus journey I'd rejected. I needed food in that time and found the buffet cart and got a toasted sandwich with a strange sweet almondy butter filling. It was pretty good and I felt like enquiring what the filling was but to what end? I'd never be in a position to order it again would I?

Before the boarder, Malaysian officials boarded the train and gave us our exit stamps quickly before letting us continue on. We crossed a waterway by a bridge that was shared by two carriageways of queuing traffic and I knew the next land would be Singapore. We stopped at a station and were asked to take our bags with us to go through immigration and customs. That all took about half an hour and we were let back on the train which took us to the main station at the South of the island.

That station only serves one destination - Malaysia. Singapore of course is the tip of the Malaysian peninsula so it didn't see too strange that this station should have only one platform! My next job was to find the MRT. That's the underground transport system that would get me to my hostel in Little India. As that train had come through the island I had already had glimpses of the money in Singapore - lots of nice apartment blocks, good cars and clean streets.

I entered the immaculate MRT station and got my bag searched for flammable objects of all things. There were warning notices area - don't do this, do that, please keep your hand on the rail as you use the escalator.

The Inn-Crowd Hostel had something of a reputation, lot's of Northern-bound travellers had recommended it along with the instruction to book in advance as it's nearly always full. I got checked in and met a few people and enjoyed some drinks in the bar area. I wasn't going to do any sight seeing on this first evening so I just got to meet a few faces and relax in my new surroundings.
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