02.01.2009 - 06.01.2009 34 °C
Well after a month we finally headed out of beautiful Thailand. We said our good byes to Brent, Monique’s brother, and headed our separate ways. Seeing as it was New Years the night before, the 5 hour boat ride we had lying ahead was a rocky one, for some. Michael spent majority of the 5 hours looking over the edge with a green face. But he made it! Good thing because a long day of travelling to Malaysia lie ahead of us. We started the day of travelling at 6; 30am, by 6:00pm we were finally on the last bus to take us to Malaysia. We were very optimistic as it was a very nice bus with barely anyone was on it.
We easily crossed both borders, well that is the passengers on the bus easily passed through. It turns out our bus driver decided to smuggle alcohol and fire crackers (both contraband in Malaysia) across the border. This lead to him AND our bus being taken away. Two hours went by and no word, Monique as usual was panicking and Michael stayed calm and reassured Monique it would come back. However one of the problems was that no one on the bus spoke English, they were all Malaysian. Finally we found one man who spoke enough English to explain to us the situation with the bus driver. He said he was told we were either going to “camp it out” over night at the border or have to get a hotel ‘in town”. Monique didn’t like either of these options. So we just kept waiting it out, luckily 4 hours later the bus came rolling back and everyone literally cheered for joy ( there were pregnant women and children waiting for this same bus, we felt bad for them).
Nonetheless we finally made it to Kuala Lumpur at around 4am. We hopped off the bus half asleep and were attacked by taxi offers. Being cheap we walked it out instead. We walked around with our bags for a while until we came across China town and found a cheap, “prison like” hostel to stay at. After some much needed rest we explored China town and the surrounding areas. As usual, Chinatown was an insane market style area where you can literally purchase anything.
Chinatown with the massive of people
Chinatown at night
We quickly realized that Kuala Lumpur didn’t have that much to offer for the 5 days we would be staying there. Once realizing this we decided to make Malaysia an administrative, cheap and sober adventure. (Sober because alcohol is so expensive due to it being a majority Muslim country). We spent the next few days eating $1.50 meals and practically spending less than $10.00 a day, which included our accommodation. Which in the beginning was stellar, but turned a little sour when we realized we were on top of the “pumpin” reggae bar that played music until 4am each night, AND that we had house guests, not one but two gigantic golden cockroaches!
Reggae Bar and our Hostel
Monique enjoying her $1.50 meal
While in Malaysia we managed to tour the city’s highlights like the downtown and colonial areas. We also managed to get our Chinese Visas for our stopover in Beijing on the way home. So overall Malaysia was relaxing and we accomplished a lot, but we were both more than excited to make our way to Singapore to catch our flight to Manila (Philippines). With only a short 5 hour bus ride we made our way to Singapore hassle free and even managed to get to the airport with no problems. This was a first for us, so it made us even more excited for our next adventure… meeting Michael’s friend Andrew in Manila!
Monique looking at a map, as ususal
Petronas Twin towers, once the tallest
Monique and Michael
City and Palm trees, beautiful
Flag in Independence Square
The Big City
Mother and Daughter
We also toured a beautiful garden:
Monique playing with the plants
Monique in the garden car
Some of Michael's beautiful stiched photos: