It is currently 1:19am, Saturday, December 14, 2013. I am currently sitting downstairs in The Explorers Guesthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia sitting alone in the dark in the main lobby trying to quickly type out a blog post before I head to bed. The people who I am traveling with have already crashed since we had an exhausting day, but strangely enough I am awake.
Throughout this trip, I wanted to blog so badly. I wanted to open my laptop at the end of each night and write a detailed description about my crazy adventures but having jam packed days make blog writing absolutely impossible. I tried my hardest to write posts in Singapore the first two nights but my mind and body was completely drained out due to the amount of activities we powered through. The next few nights were spent in Langkawi, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where we spent the majority of the day exploring beautiful islands, visiting waterfalls, eating hawker food, splurging on cheap meals, and partying until the sun rose.
Not having internet on my phone also means I am unable to update my friends and family on my whereabouts. My social media updates have been zilch in the past week, so today is going to be the day I finally write about my trip! I will try my hardest to spill out my favourite moments but there has been too much going on that it is difficult to fit it into one post. It is hard to track back to the past days but I could surely do that in the future.
All right – here we go!
THE TRAVEL CREW
Our travel crew is a funny bunch and we have a fun, let’s-go-do-everything culture. Dan, Kate, David and I met each other through volunteering at AIESEC, a student-run organization at Monash University. We have only known each other for four months, but have developed a strong bond that make us inseparable; or as we like to call it, “needy”. Paul is Kate’s best friend and was invited to join the adventure as well. Although we have only known met him a couple of times before the trip, he fits in well and is always down to do anything!
DAY 1 & 2 – SINGAPORE
Last week I hopped on a plane with my friend, Dan, to fly to Singapore from Melbourne before meeting with the rest of our travel crew in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We were only there for a day and a half so we made a list of things to do and powered through as much as we could. We ate hawker food in Chinatown, explored the extremely touristy Sentosa Island, took amusing pictures with the famous Merlion, hiked for about 2 hours around Southern Ridges, visited the many Christmas-decorated malls, watched the “Wonder Full” Marina Bay Sands light show, and drank a Singapore Sling at the place where it was first created – the Long Bar in The Raffles Hotel.
DAY 3, 4, & 5 – LANGKAWI
On Monday morning, Dan and I caught a bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (KL) where we were reunited with our friends from Melbourne. Kate and Paul flew in from Melbourne and David flew in from Indonesia. We dropped our large bags of luggage at Dan’s cousin’s house in KL, then headed to the airport to fly out to Langkawi.
Langkawi is very touristy and is a small island that is easy to travel around (if you have a car). We hired a car for 180 Ringgit (about $60 USD) for a day and a half and traveled to tourist attractions across the island. We ate a fancy seafood dinner, went island hopping, rode a long cable car ride to the top of a mountain, splashed through waterfalls, swam in a freshwater lake, and got attacked by wild monkeys.
It is hard to fit everything into one post, so I will write more and post more pictures later! My mom has been nagging me to post something on Facebook or on my blog, so this post is dedicated to her! Sorry mom for assuring you that I am alive, healthy, and safe through quick small chat and not pictures. I hope this will be okay for you!
We will be in Kuala Lumpur until the 16th then catch a plane to explore Laos! I’m so excited to head to Laos, but I’ll have to be lugging my rolling luggage around because I still have all of my bags from living in Melbourne for five months. Oh the life of an exchange student…
Hopefully I have more down time to post more, see you later!