Reminiscing about South East Asia with a montage

It’s been almost 2 years since we left New Zealand and set off through South East Asia for two months. We went through Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and at the time we thought we would struggle to live out of a suitcase for that long.  We thought wrong.

I think that trip was the best I’ve been on (which is a tough competition) mainly because it was longer and that allowed us to really soak up the place and relax.

We’ve been throwing ideas around of future longer trips we could take and also getting nostalgic for our trip; back when we didn’t have jobs, a lease on a flat or many possessions.  Life was simple and fun then (not that it’s particularly bad now though!).

We’ve been looking at buying a GoPro for recording some more travel clips along with other gadgets and have been wishing we took more video when we travel.  I spent a bit of time digging around on the computer and I found a treasure trove of video clips from our trip back in 2012.  Most of them are pretty poor quality (I’d like to blame our cheap little camera but mostly its my poor camera skills at fault).  We did manage to do up a bit of a montage of our trip anyway.

Hopefully we get back there one day as this video makes me miss the place!

Singapore Slings and Public Farts

We have arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after catching a train out of Singapore early this morning.  It was a reasonably bland, uneventful train ride that was livened up by Dayna and I completely losing it, laughing until tears streamed down our faces and keeping this up for a good 10 minutes.  I think our fellow passengers thought we were a bit odd.

So what prompted the laughing fit?  It must have been some quality, highbrow humour to amuse such cultured minds as ours right?

Well, a nice little old local lady was seated in the aisle opposite us.  She had already proven herself quite entertaining with her loud voice, intense hand movements and tendency to launch in to long conversations with people who have no idea what she is saying including me (I’m sure she had some good tips on how I should stow my luggage or something but I just had to smile and nod, none the wiser).  Even just pottering about the cabin, she proved quite funny with her exaggerated movements.  Dayna and I were mature and polite though – we just kept nodding and smiling at her.

That all fell to pieces pretty quickly when she got up to go to the bathroom and unleashed a huge roaring fart in our direction.  Nobody else made a peep but Dayna and I were in hysterics.  Farts are funny.  And yes, we are 12.

Funny farting lady

Funny farting lady

And now time for a quick recap of the rest of our time in Singapore…

We got off to a great start in Singapore but it wasn’t all smooth sailing unfortunately.  We wasted an afternoon and evening due to a string of errors and bad luck.

First, we made a special trip in to town to change our extra Singapore dollars into US dollars for later in the trip when all the money changers were actually closed (it was a Sunday).  We took this in our stride though and left to get an early dinner at a hawker centre (giant food court basically) before the highlight of our evening, which was going to be watching the sunset at 1-Altitude (roof top bar, 63 storeys up).

Unfortunately, none of the stalls at the hawker centre were actually open yet (other than a few dodgy looking ones) so we ended up having to settle for Wendy’s (our first lapse in to western food albeit forced).

Lau Pa Sat in the middle of flash buildings

Lau Pa Sat (hawker centre) in the middle of flash buildings

We shook off the disappointment of dinner and left, excited, to go see a beautiful sunset over the city.  However, some inconsiderate (and rich!) people had booked out the whole bar for a private function so no rooftop bar for us.

One Raffles Place

One Raffles Place - no rooftop sunset for us!

Turns out there was a Wendy’s 2 minutes walk from our hotel too so we could have saved ourselves a lot of time by just going there!

So you don’t think we are complete idiots, I should mention that we have had some very successful trips around Singapore and have managed to: visit the Zoo (and see a white tiger playing in the water, chasing a turtle – awesome), visit the Night Safari (we don’t have any photos because, well, it was at night but it was very cool), have a Singapore Sling (for $30! – most expensive drink ever) where it was created – the Raffles Hotel, go up to the top of the architectural achievement that is Marina Bay Sands, see the Light Show on the waterfront, and eat lots of yum local food.

You know those nightmares you get where you go to work and it’s only when you get to your desk that you realise you forgot to wear pants?  Well, we had a real life run in with this while up at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark so here’s a little video to show you what I’m talking about (apologies to Dayna for the crude boob shot that starts this video – I’m still very much a rookie with this little video…that’s the excuse I’m sticking to anyway):

 

And here are a few (of the HUNDREDS) of photos we have already taken (and as always, there are a lot more up on Flickr):
White Tiger 5

Ben & Jerry's!!

Singapore Sling time!

Yum!

Because why wouldn't you have a gondala going through a mall

Because why wouldn't you have a gondala going through a mall

View of the infinity pool

Pose

Marina Bay at night

Sentosa Island and Universal Studios

So Singapore is HOT. It’s a nice change after the rubbish summer we had in Wellington though so I’m not going to complain.

The weather forecast for Singapore seems to be the same everyday (I had been checking it every now and then in the few weeks before we got here) – thunder/lightning and heavy rain showers, hot, and humid. So far we have only had the hot and humid part though and we had a beautiful sunny day today which was perfect for our first day exploring.

Most of our day was spent at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. We got there pretty soon after it opened via a $1.50 ride on the local MRT (which is awesome – super easy to use,cheap and quick) and spent most of the day there going on all the rides.

I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to roller coasters but managed to enjoy them all today. The new Transformers ride along with the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster were definitely highlights. The Transformers one is with 3D glasses and makes you feel like you’re pretty much in the movie. The ride moves along in sync with the 3D action on the screen and it works really well – you almost forget you’re on a ride at times. Only issue was the headaches caused by a bit of motion sickness (mainly for Dayna).

Proof I was there

Proof Dayna was there...

Sentosa Island also held one of the things that Dayna had been looking forward to – Candylicious, a huge candy store. It was actually a pretty cool store – lots of odd candy (e.g. a bottle of liquid sour skittles spray – I’m guessing for people who don’t like chewing) along with all the classics. In huge quantities of course. I would say Dayna was as excited as a kid in a candy store but there were kids there and Dayna looked a lot more excited than them. She restrained herself to only spend around $15 there though (the accountant in me is very proud of her).

Kid in a candy store

We did some further exploring through Little India and a side trip to a huge mall specialising in electronics meant that Dayna finally found the camera lens she’s been trying to get for months (and it was cheap too). I’m sure she’ll have fun testing it out in the next few days.

I’ve decided Singapore is the perfect place to start a trip in South East Asia – you get all the comforts of the western world with flash, quick transit systems along with it being super clean nearly everywhere but you also get a bit of Asian culture, nice weather, lots of attractions and really nice food.

Speaking of food. People in Asia are definitely more adventurous with food that what I’m used to. For example, “Pig Organ Soup” and “Pig Intestines” were both on a menu I was looking at tonight. I like trying local dishes but I am nowhere near ready to try Pig Intestines. The hard part is that this stuff isn’t weird here so some pretty odd things can make their way in to your rather boring sounding meal without you knowing. I’m OK with that though – I just apply a policy similar to the US’s “don’t ask, don’t tell”. If I don’t know what something is then I can eat it no problem but we thought of a new game today that might change that.

Basically, it’s just trying to guess what any weird looking things are in whatever we are eating or drinking. I haven’t decided on what to call it yet but maybe “Pick the UFO” (Unidentified Food Object).

So everyone playing at home can join in, Dayna and I ordered these amazing drink (“Iced Lime Juice with Plum”) and it looked perfect but right before the guy making the drinks gave them to us he dropped in a unidentified brown object. Thankfully the brown UFO didn’t seem to detract from the flavour of the drink.

So – what do you think is in our drink? Any ideas?

Lime and turd drink

As usual, there’s more photos on Flickr too.

Hello Singapore!

Hi everyone!

We’ve arrived safe and sound in Singapore!
It was a pretty uneventful trip – lots of waiting and sitting in uncomfortable plane seats. We managed to catch a quick glimpse of the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands on our way to the hotel and I can’t wait to get a closer look.

Tomorrow we plan on taking full advantage of the hotel’s free buffet breakfast before venturing down to Sentosa Island and Universal Studios!

We’ve just ticked over to being awake for 24 hours (after only getting a couple hours sleep the night before we left) and I’m so tired, I cried while watching that lame Love Actually rip off, New Years Eve! Shame.

So, I’m going to sleep. More posts to come soon!

P.s it’s HUMID here.