Malaysia & Singapore

Hello everyone.  Hopefully you’re not tired of the updates 😉  Just on our way to New Zealand, so I am catching up on the blog, and then can relax and enjoy the ride 😉

We were on the “overnight” (or half night, whatever you want to call it 😉 ) train from Surat Thani, Thailand, to the border of Malaysia.  I woke up to the sound of Asian chatter coming through my curtain.  Fell back asleep until the train attendant came through and said he would be making the beds back into seats.  Dang.  Had to get up and face the day. We were travelling during Chinese New Years, which was one of the reasons we ended up leaving Thailand a few days earlier than planned.  Originally we were hoping to go back to Phuket to spend some time on the beach.  Then decided on Koh Samui, but by the time we got around to booking train tickets, all dates were booked after February 13. So we left Thailand a few days early and decided to check out Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a few days.  We rented a nice Airbnb apartment with great views of the downtown area.

Anyways, back to the train.  We met a lovely young gentleman who led tour groups all around the world.  He was heading home to visit family for Chinese New Years.  He told us most people travel home to visit family for the weekend, and they bring presents and money, and it is a big family reunion.  It was very cool to hear about the holiday from a local.  When we got off the train in Thailand, and crossed the border into Malaysia, we met a few other tourists who were training it.  Unfortunately, they were heading west, and we were going south, but it was nice to have a coffee and chat with them while we waited for our train.

We boarded the Malaysian train, and again, were the only white people on it.  Definitely felt like the odd men out 😉  And can I also tell you that the air conditioners work quite well on those trains!  Seriously.  We had to dig out our blankets and sweatshirts because we were all freezing on that train!!!  We arrived in Kuala Lumpur, and were quite excited to see some North American coffee and fast food joints….I picked up an Auntie Annes pretzel, and we  grabbed a “grab” car (like uber), and headed to our apartment. So because we were heading closer to the equator, it was getting hotter and hotter outside!  We spent most of the time in KL walking around and checking out the local markets, malls and watching fireworks.  The boys didn’t go to sleep before midnight most nights because the fireworks were going off left, right and centre.  Very fun.

After 4 nights in KL, we took a bus down to Singapore.  We were only there for 3 nights, but met up with friends from a previous cruise the first day, and then hung out with family from my side on the second day.  It was cool seeing sights that were recommended by our friends, and enjoying hanging out and visiting while the kids played and had fun. Thanks for meeting us and taking time to show us around your beautiful city!!

Jo also had his 10th birthday on February 19.  He woke up to the hotel room being decorated by the birthday bunny (a family tradition), and even had some presents and cards to open from home.  He had a lot of phone calls, emails and WhatsApp messages to answer.  Thanks everyone for all the bday love you sent his way.  We managed to squeeze in some time at a waterpark, and then met up with my cousin and his family for dinner, a swim at their place, and then the night zoo.  It was an awesome day/evening, and we had a lot of fun catching up and hanging out with Greg and his fam.  Thanks for hosting us!!!  Can’t wait to see you back in Canada sometime 🙂

So that’s it for now.  After having an “easy” time of two cruises almost back to back, then having most things booked in Thailand, we were really not looking forward to getting back to “work,” and going solo down to Australia and New Zealand.  The thought of researching, booking, and trying to figure out rentals and such was really not appealing. We seriously debated heading back home on two more cruises through Asia and then home, but decided to stick with the original plan (after lots of discussion and talking with friends and fam) and head down to Australia.  And boy, are we ever so glad we did.  We have had a month of rest and relaxation, and have fallen in love with OZ.  Stay tuned for pics and posts from here.  Honestly, it felt like coming home….except for the driving on the opposite side of the road thing 😉 haha.

Alrighty, the boat is leaving the harbour, so I will post this before I lose my signal.  Have a great weekend everyone.  And happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

 

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