Updates for the next few weeks will be all about Canada sponsored by Big Blog Exchange, Hostelling International and HI-Canada so I hope I won't bore you guys hehe.
So before I start, something happened during my 4-hour transit in China which made me felt like a criminal.
I literally face palmed myself, but I wasted no time to find an alternative solution.
Only after I managed to access Facebook and Twitter through a Proxy software, I felt fear creeping into me. What if I am caught and deported back to Malaysia? Or what if other people sees me surfing those banned websites?
I literally felt like a criminal. D:
It has been a while since I have blogged and I am sad because I think this will be my last post on Chee Ching’s blog. But alas, I can’t put this off any longer. I still have my last two days in Malaysia to tell you about!
After Josephine called to have me woken up (which I still feel super bad about!), we got to the bus station and Sophie and I took off for Malacca. It took me awhile to figure out that Malacca is the English spelling of Melaka. It wasn’t until I actually asked Noh on our way out of Malacca (or Melaka) that he explained that they were the same place. Anyway, we got to Malacca with little issue, although we were almost two hours late.
Sophie and I met Noh and Mimi at the station. We had some lunch and made our way to the Hotel. I was super excited to have a shower because I didn’t have the opportunity to take one in the morning.
We toured around the historical site of Malacca in the evening and took in a lion dance. I’m not sure if it is called a lion dance or a dragon dance because I always thought it was called a dragon, but I am pretty sure everyone called it a lion dance... Anyway, whatever it was, we saw it. And it was amazing. Each dance was about five minutes of jumping and drumming and costume. It was incredible. We went to Noh’s favorite Indian food place. I was captivated by the guy making the naan bread; imagine your goal in life is to make naan bread, or maybe it is a secret family recipe and he is the only one who knows it. I told Noh about my theory, but as it turns out, they rotate the position. We took off to the night market and had a beer before heading back to the hotel.
Saturday was the most relaxing day of the trip. We woke up a little late, had breakfast and headed off to the beach. We spent most of the day there. We had some snacks and Sophie and I took a swim in the ocean. Before heading back into Malacca, we stopped for supper. It was a lovely meal until it was time for dessert; I had a durian ice cream.
Ice cream is cool, sweet, and delicious. Durian is none of those things. I know durian is a local favorite, but it taste like a cross between awful and death. I sat beside someone on a bus who smelt the way durian tastes. I really can’t explain this better. I am willing to take this topic on with anyone who is willing.
Anyway, back to Malacca. We walked along the water until we found a place to have some drinks. I know it doesn’t sound like much but it was a perfect way to cap off the day. We stopped for some food before calling it a night. I can’t remember where we went; however, I do remember that it was probably the spiciest food I have ever tasted.
The next day we had to drop Sophie off at the bus station. Before we dropped her off we did a little bit of souvenir shopping and had breakfast at White Bean Coffee. For those of you who have not been to this eastern part of the world, White Bean Coffee is a lot like Second Cup if Second Cup served food. It was pretty delicious. They served “egg toast”, which in Canada, we call French toast.
We went back to the bus stop and waited for Sophie’s ride. The bus was running late, but we waited until the bus was on its way.
After Sophie was gone we went for a massage. I have never had a massage before so it was a new experience for me. It isn’t that we don’t have massage parlours in Canada, but I have just never thought to get one. It was pretty... new. At one point during the massage, the girl got me to sit up and climbed on the table then grabbed my head. She pushed the back of my head and pulled my jaw which cracked my neck. My first thought was that I was going to die on the table, which would have been bad in itself, but what would have been worse was the girl would have walked out of there yelling, “The American is Dead!” Now I am unsure if you, the reader, are a Canadian or have ever met a Canadian, but it is really insulting to call a Canadian an American. It is like calling Pepsi Coke, or saying Star Wars and Star Trek are the same thing.
We left the massage parlour feeling relaxed and ready to drive back to Kuala Lumpur. Which we did. I napped. When we got to KL we got some food, dropped off Mimi and Noh and I checked into the hotel.
The next morning Noh and I headed to the airport and checked me in. We said our goodbyes and I went through security.
I’m back in Canada now. It took about 36 hours, but I got home with little incident and little sleep. I’m still getting back into a routine and recovering from the jetlag.
Wow, it is almost over now. I only have a couple things left to write about.
Thanks for taking part in my adventure with me. It has been really fun and I am looking forward to seeing you again soon!
I want to thank the sponsors of the Big Blog Exchange, Hostel International, along with my host National Association, HI-Malaysia, and my own country's HI National Association, HI-Canada.
To Noh, Mini, Josephine and friends for showing me around.
To Sophie for being a great travel buddy and inspiring me to keep traveling.
And to you, the reader of these blogs! Your support and energy kept me going!
If you like reading about my adventures in South East Asia, you'll love reading the other winning blogs on the Big Blog Website! www.bigblogexchange.org
So, the last time when I bribed you guys, you guys accepted it and helped me became one of the bloggers for The Big Blog Exchange. I am currently in Canada now!!! :D
And today, I have shamelessly entered this blog for Blogger of the Year at the DiGi WWWOW Awards.
So, besides bribing, what can I do for you to spare me some votes?
Get you loads of maple leaves?
I love soups! Do you? I bet you do!
Ah shit, these are still bribes right?
Pleaseeeee vote for me at the WWWOW awards! It will be super meaningful!!
With this title, I feel like I am about to write another book in Douglas Adams’ series, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy. Well I am not. I am going to tell you about Singapore!
I do have some quick stories to tell you about. First off, you are probably wondering why I was in Singapore as I won the Malaysia trip. As it turns out, Malaysia and Singapore a separated by a bridge (for my North American readers, it is not unlike the bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan). The HI National Associations of Singapore and Malaysia were kind enough to work together to plan a trip for Sophie (the winner from the UK visiting Singapore) and I were we got to meet in Singapore then head off the Malacca in Malaysia for a couple days.
So on Wednesday morning, I packed up my things, got into a taxi and headed for a bus station in Kuala Lumpur. HI-Singapore hooked me up with a room at their Costa Sands Resort in Downtown East. It was my first time saying in a hostel style hostel although there was no one else in my room. It was a really great place to stay though! The lounges were awesome and had computers you could use. Check it out for sure next time you’re in Singapore!
Josephine, from HI-Singapore, picked me up from the bus station and showed me the sites of the city! She also taught me a lot about backpacking and traveling abroad. You see, I have a nervous mother and although I usually try to be rock when she gets nervous about something in my life, I was actually pretty nervous for this trip. You may have noticed the huge backpack in some of my photos; this bag is filled with a lot of stuff I don’t really need for two days in Singapore. Josephine also gave me the rundown of how hostels work in Asia and why it has been slow for them to gain popularity which you can read about in my post, Hotel VS Hostel.
I chatted with my friend, Steve, about going to Singapore. Steve used to work on cruise ships and made in over to South East Asia a couple of time. He told me about a bar he found while in Singapore that lays claim to the creation of a Singapore Sling. This beverage was created in the Long Bar and the Raffles Hotel by a bar tender named Ngiam Tong Boon in the year 1915. Not much has changed there since, including the peanut shells on the floor, except for the fact that I needed to find that place. It was actually really easy because Josephine show me. You can see Sophie and I having a taste in one of the photos.
After we left the long bar, Sophie and I hung out for a bit, had a beer and a really good chat. I was exhausted by the time I head off to bed. So much so that I slept through my alarm and got a call from the Hostel’s management tell me that Josephine just called wondering where I was. I was supposed to meet up with here and Sophie at the bus stop ten minutes before. Anyway, I gained a couple experiences and lessons from the event; it is really great to make friends while traveling by yourself, everyone mistakes while traveling which may result in running for a bus, strangers can be some of the most helpful people in the world, and buy a damn travel clock! It was a really good thing I had Josephine watching my back or I don’t know what I would have done.
Anyhow, another late night, another early morning tomorrow!
PS- I realize I’m not the best photographer. I’ll need to work on that for next time!
I want to thank the sponsors of the Big Blog Exchange, Hostel International, along with my host National Association, HI-Malaysia, the host of my couple days in Singapore HI-Singapore and my own country's HI National Association, HI-Canada.
And of course, HI-Singapore and the great staff at Downtown East. Great time! (Josephine, I'm sorry for putting us late.)
If you like reading about my adventures in South East Asia, you'll love voting for me on the Big Blog Website! www.bigblogexchange.org
Hello!! Just last year I started being more active. Began joining the gym and started running again.
I joined my first marathon last July and never kinda stopped.
Rexona has recently come up with a fantastic idea called Rexona Move where you will get to start moving, and get to contribute to underprivileged children at the same time! The total KM ran will be converted into donations!
So one fine morning, I woke up extra early to do my part (Partly also because I had a huge dinner the day before)! I chose jogging, but there are many other options such as badminton and dancing.
The best part? Even shopping is included ahaha!
All ready to move! ^_^
The app allows you to track the your movement, and tadah!
Not bad eh? :P
You can earn badges the more you run, and that made me ran more. I cannot wait to earn all the badges in the upcoming marathon!
And only after 3 weeks after the launch, we have reached the whole Malaysia woohoo! :D Thank you for the support everyone (And if you haven't join, please do! Hehe) Let's not stop moving cause the more KMs we accumulate, the more children we can help. :')
If you wanna know more about this fun initiative, watch this! :D
I am going to go cover more distance nao to get all the badges!!