Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day two: Don't Mess with Melaka

The second day of our trip was more relaxing than the first, but only for one reason - it was mostly spent on a train to Melaka in Malaysia.
I'm always a sucker for a train trip! I love trains and we really don't have that many here in New Zealand. It would have been quicker to get to Melaka from Singapore by bus - but we opted for the train. It was a little disappointing though - you didn't really get to see much, it was all plantations.



The other annoying thing about taking the train is that it doesn't actually go to Melaka! So you have to get a taxi from the train station. When we arrived there was a chap only too willing to take us to our hotel in his circa 1970's BMW - it was a pretty amazing  vintage car, too bad it didn't have air conditioning. It took about 45 minutes to get to our hotel from the train station and cost about 80 riggit (about $NZ30).

We arrived at our hotel and it was pretty awesome - such a great room, staff and also look at that view (It's the Wana Riverside Hotel if you're ever in Melaka).
So if you're staying at Wana Riverside hotel what's the first thing you should do? Well check out the river OBVIOUSLY!




There were a lot of murals and street art along the river which made me so happy - I love vibrant art in public spaces.





One of the main reasons we decided to travel to Melaka on a Saturday was so we could attend the night markets, so we decided to head over to Jonker Street.






These tri shaws are all kinds of amazing - they are decked out in the most overly cutesy designs and when it gets dark they play music (usually horrifying pop music) and have lights too. Oh and there are a TONNE of them - its the thing to do around Jonker Street.



Sadly this place had shut down, well it was sad for me. Rich was relieved I'm sure.
By the time we got to the markets things were getting started, but they weren't really in full swing yet.




So we decided we would walk around and head back to the Jonker Street Night Markets a little later on. 




By the time we got back to the markets it was so busy it was impossible to take photos! But I did at least get a photo of my dinner. 

Making important adult life decisions.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Singapore Part I - ALL OF THE THINGS

Rich and I both love to travel, but when we travel together we have a bit of a problem. That is we try to see and do as MUCH AS POSSIBLE each and every day. Sounds great right? Well yes and no - I love that we are both keen to get out and do as much as we can and not just sit around a pool. 

However, there is a problem with our attitude to travel, that is we do and see so much we just end up exhausted to the extreme. I guess its because we are from New Zealand and whenever we go anywhere we always think "but what if we never make it back here - I don't want to miss anything". 

When we talk about our "extreme" tourism aka trying to do EVERYTHING in one day, we often talk about "that day in Tokyo" where we did so much I was physically exhausted for about two days afterwards and to be honest my brain was kind of fuzzy in a "can't take in any more history or culture" kind of way.

Well our first day in Singapore was pretty close to "that day in Tokyo" we did a whole LOT of stuff! Just as well much of the following day was spent on a train to Malaysia.

Anyways on our first day in Singapore we woke up pretty earlier, mostly because of the jetlag and we took the MRT to City Hall Station (just like I did a couple of years back to meet up with Chloe).

First stop was checking out the whole waterfront type area, including the Merlion. I can never get enough of the Merlion.





We also met up with a ele-corn or a uni-phant near the merlion and I  was quite taken by him!

We continued walking around the bay, before we had left on our trip our friends Kai and Diane had told us there were amazing views from the Marina Bay Sands and we should go and check it out. They were totally right - it was awesome. 







Then there was more walking, more walking and more walking - obviously!





 We stopped for ice cream sandwiches - delicious!







Finally we arrived in China town - which was really vibrant, so much happening!










 







We had lunch and plenty of ice tea in China Town and decided we wanted to head to Robertson Quay, along the way we stopped off in a mall. In New Zealand we NEVER go to malls, but they are  air conditioned and its great to visit the mall for a few minutes when you're melting from heat. Once we left the mall we did see this cute little "wall of love". 
Then it was time to check out Robertson Quay - by this stage, we realised how far we had walked. Too FAR! SO HOT!


So we stopped off and bought a drink, one of my favourites when I'm traveling in this part of the world - a milo dinosaur. We decided to take our drinks up to Fort Canning and check out the park. The park was a lot of fun, but I've got to admit it felt a bit like being a terrarium - mostly because of the heat.






After this it was time to slowly make our way home, but we did make a couple of more stops along the way including the National Library of Singapore - Rich IS a librarian after all. Here's the view from the library.

 On the second day of the trip we left for Malaysia and as we took the train it meant we could sit down for most of the day. Which was kind of awesome for obvious reasons!