Thai green curry

Trip Start Nov 06, 2013
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Trip End Nov 15, 2013


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Flag of Malaysia  , Selangor,
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oh! The irony - splashing out an extra $40 for an Air Asia hot seat so I could have lots of room to stretch my legs out and wouldn't have to struggle past my row-mates to get into the aisle. Alas, hot seats don't have arm rests that can be lifted, they have little walls, permanently separating the punters. So even though I had my row to myself I couldn't stretch out along the seats!
I had pre-purchased my Thai green curry, water and apple juice, and would have to say it was the best airline meal I've ever had!. Surprisingly, the curry actually had some bite and the rice was fluffy and coconutty and delicious.

Coming in to land in KL the sky flashed with lightening every couple of minutes or so - I started to get excited at the thought that. I am somewhere else in the world than where I've been. Also as we descended I fancied I could smell the air change; damp heat, flowers, bread.

0715 am and I'm sitting in KL waiting for my flight to Singapore.
Interesting experience in going to the loo. On the third try I found one with some paper, however the paper was not on a roll but strewn on the floor and shelves and questionably moist. I should have chosen the squat one.....my flight is at 8.30 and only takes an hour.

10.23am

Well...... Here I am still in Malaysia, having missed the shout out for the peeps at my gate - T6 - who had to be herded to a special Other Gate, Y2, which is not visible from Gate T6 as it's entry is upstairs. Apparently they don't include the flights that don't actually leave from T6 on the T6 info board........who'd have thunk? One just has to guess when the special portal opens and be ready to dive through. Incidentally, that's where I am now after going through customs and buying another flight. I am sitting on the floor looking at the closed and barricaded International Departures Hall, but I'm not concerned because there are others standing around looking bothered, doing the worrying for me. My flight is at 12.40. At least I now have a visa stamp in my passport for when we go to Melaka! I really really really wanna go to sleep but cannot risk missing the next portal opening and spending eternity on this side of it. It's 10.50. gaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh

After landing at Changi I navigated my way to the trains, bought an Ezy-link card ( just like a Myki) and rode to Bugis, where I alighted and within FIVE minutes of walking up Victoria St to the Santa Grand Hotel Bugis, what did I spy? That's right! Street Art!!! This takes care of Tojo's kitten, too, I think it's fair to say. Don't worry Toje I'll find you a live one too....yeah it's not really street art as it was probably commissioned, but I'm hopeful.....
When I checked in and saw the room I danced around a bit gleefully - it's a gem! Loved my first walk, very enamoured of Singapore so far.......

So I had a nap, then set off to find my tea and meet Viv at the airport. Rani had let me know via FB that Viv's flight had been delayed by 6 hours and would now land at 10 pm; I figured Viv would be in no mood to negotiate public transport in a new city.
I had a fish curry and a glass of lime juice at Zam Zam, a Muslim cafe directly opposite Sultan Mosque, where I met John, a guy from Virginia who spoke to me because he was incredulous that I seemed to be enjoying what he perceived to be an extremely hot dish!

The curry was delicious and I happily paid my $5.50 and headed for Bugis MRT station to surprise Vivvy.
When I saw her coming I hid behind a couple of obliging women, then called out 'coo-ey' - three times before the penny dropped and she turned around!

We were walking leisurely home from the station, checking out shops when lo! Is that..................a tag?! Yes! Even more evidence that Singapore has some kind of youth and/or underground culture.

We have really picked well with this hotel, it is surrounded by interesting buildings and history. The Old Malay and Muslim cemeteries are across the road; so is the bus stop. A small supermarket is at the end of the street and there are several massage studios, cafe/bars, and beauty parlours all within walking distance as well.

We decided to finish off the night with a dip in the rooftop pool and spa, and the staff person who came out shortly for a cigarette gave us 5 more minutes before letting us know that the pool shut at 10, or 9 or something. Being 1am we agreed to oblige and got out. We'll be back tomorrow!

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Frank Scopelliti on

What an adventure and what flair with words you have. I am truly envious in more ways than one!

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