Good <insert appropriate salutation here>!
I am currently sitting in the lovely uncomfortable chairs of the Malaysia Kuala Lumpur LCCT airport, listening to extremely irritating announcements by people who do not know how to properly operate a microphone. 🙂
I’m not actually as irritated as I sound, but it is kinda annoying. Anyway, I checked out of the hostel today – I will say that the hostel was terrific, very modern, good internet, rooms were nice and really well air conditioned, staff was very friendly and helpful, and it was as centrally located as I think you would want. So if you do venture out this way – BackHome Hostel, highly recommended.
Oh and they have free breakfast, which I grabbed this morning just before heading out. Not too bad of a journey, a quick train to Sentral Station and then a hour long bus from there for I think 8 MYR, so a pretty good deal. Airport was a little strange, I had to pre-screen my baggage before I could even check in, which is new, and then of course go through the normal security checkpoint (I’m an old pro at this now!). The one thing I don’t understand is why you need to go through customs on your way OUT of a country. That doesn’t happen in Canada or the US… you do customs going in, or you’ll be pre-screened by the country you’re arriving at in the originating airport, but Canada doesn’t have you go through immigration to get OUT. I’ll have to find out why that is.. it happened in Australia, and I remember it in Europe too.
Anyway – passed through, life good, no issues. They have a huge duty free shop here which has all sorts of chocolate and stuff – I DID manage to avoid this. Switched over my remaining MYR for some Singapore Dollars (SGD), though I’ll need to get some more once I get there too.. I think they need payment at the hostel in cash. Weather is supposed to be rainy for the rest of the week (it is rainy season out here), but it said that in Kuala Lumpur too and it only rained a bit, so I’m not too too concerned.
Looking forward to moving on – I’ve heard good things about Singapore, it sounds nice and looks like a good place to spend a bit of time. Directly after that I’ve got two very non-english speaking countries (Japan and South Korea), so I’ve got to spend a bit of time preparing for that. Still need to book hostels in both places, and I think Japan is going to be a bit expensive. That being said, it should be a lot of fun, and then after that I’m back with Shauna and her family for Christmas!
Hopefully there’s a little more of a Christmas atmosphere in Singapore (music anyone?? come on!), but we’ll see how it goes. I’m staying in Chinatown, which should be quite interesting.
Anyway I think that’s it for now… sorry for the general lack of pictures, to be honest… there wasn’t anything that really blew me away to take pictures of. Hopefully Singapore will be a bit different, but if not I can guarantee that Japan will be!
Ta ta for now, happy belated Thanksgiving to my US friends (and Black Friday… yech!).