Apologies now to all those (3 or 4) people who are avidly following what I promised to write regularly and have been too busy getting drunk and sweating to actually get down to doing.
This trip has been amazing and enlightening even in the few weeks i’ve been out but I suppose I should get back to the point and rewind a bit. I will summarise Singapore and then move on to the other similarly brilliant places i’ve been to since leaving the boredom and tedium of England (sorry to my friends, no offense meant).
Singapore is a big hectic beautiful city/country, it has it’s share of issues (same as any country) as pointed out Callan Tham and the others but it stands out in so many ways. The hustle and bustle of the city is kinda scary at times but because it is relatively small it is so very easy to get around. The people that I came across were nothing but friendly and helpful to an extremely humbling degree. It has made me realise that the English could learn a thing or two sometimes, stop being so arrogant and rude towards strangers and travellers who only ask for advice and nothing more. I saw lots of beautiful things and people, including the botanical gardens. which I have to point out to people at home that this park is the size of Banbury easily and homes an entire rainforest, many lakes, open spaces, all kinds of things to see which would take days to see all of it. The only thing you have to pay for that I found was the orchid house at 5 singapore dollars (about £3) is a bargain for the chance to see so much beauty and nature.
Next thing I would like to say is how helpful Callan, Jun shen, Jing wen, Dave, Far han, Kevin and Rizal (again if i leave anyone out let me know and i will amend this) were with my photography and belief in my ability to get a good photo. They taught me only a few things but they have changed my perceptions of photography forever, THANK YOU GUYS, I will always owe you a massive debt of gratitude for that.
OK so if I carry on with this much detail about everything it will take weeks to catch up.
When it came to leaving Singapore I was sad but knew the time had come as it is not a cheap place to be and I had already overspent by not booking my train in advance and having to stay two more days in an attempt to get things sorted.. Fortunately when I needed two more days I had to move to another hostel over the road and happened across a lovely couple (Siraj Kumar and Winter ash) from Malaysia who said they were going by bus and would show me the way to go and get me on the right bus to Kuala Lumpur. Little did I know that they would, like the others in SG, go out of their way to help me and for that again I will always owe them more than they know. So it was Pretty hectic and without their help I may have got myself into some trouble. It wasn’t an easy trip getting a bus, getting out of the bus, out of SG, back in the bus, over the bridge, out of bus again, into Malaysia, back in bus and on to a very busy, loud bus station. They took me to a little booth, ordered my ticket for me and then took me to get some money changed so i didn’t need to do it in KL (wouldn’t have been able to when I got there anyway, too late at night). They then stayed by the bus waving erratically and fervently with childlike excitement which made me feel like I was on a school trip and it was my parents waving me off, was such a nice feeling to get such love from two people I had only met one day earlier.
That was me on my way to KL for more learning and meeting really very nice people yet I had already learnt so much and met so many people in a short time. I wanted to get some sleep on the bus but my Paranoid ex-weed addled mind would not allow me to do so. I had an interesting ride watching all the palm oil plantations go by on the motorway as our crazy driver overtook, undertook and generally drove like a mentalist to do what should have been a 5 hour drive in 3.5 hours! I was warned by Siraj that drivers are a bit crazy here but that was eye opening. Once I arrived in KL, at a big empty bus station with a handful of Malaysians who spoke very little english to point me in the right direction, my mind went a bit loopy thinking that I was going to get lost or mugged or both. Thankfully I kept my shit together and followed some very random signs, managed to get myself to within two stops of where I needed to be before having to ask someone who immediately knew where I was going without me even needing to ask him (sweeet). A little later than planned I got to one of my favourite Hostels of the whole trip so far, Matahari lodge. Full of really nice friendly people including a guy from Birmingham who when finding out I was heading to Cambodia gave me a sim card he bought and didn’t really use and 3,500riel (about 75p but still), such unquestioned generousity was lovely and again very humbling.
Still I carry on with the detail but never mind, For now that will be all. I shall endevour to do more catching up in the next few days before Leaving Bangkok so watch this space.