This is where the slumming starts...
Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
66Trip End May 29, 2011
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No. 8 Guesthouse
Up early this morning to catch a flight to KL. As I didn't sleep all night as I guess my body clock is still adjusting – getting up early for once wasn’t a problem. One word of advice if anyone is planning on doing something similar and you bank with LloydsTSB: change bank, change to First Direct. LTSB are a pain in the @rse. Their phone banking is s l o w (which is a cost issue when you’re phoning from o/seas) and basically bloody unhelpful. Things that you can do online or over the phone with other banks is beyond LTSB.
Anyway up early to get to Changi T2. Claire generously gave up her window seat to me, a gesture that proved redundant almost immediately as it was p!ssing with rain and as we flew up thru’ the clouds SG and MY were rendered invisible by the cloud cover
The expected hair-raising, one hand on the wheel, constantly on the mobile taxi-driving lunatic finally dropped us off at our first stop in MY; No.8 Guesthouse. Somewhat at the other end of the scale to R&F’s 5-star SG apartment, No.8 is in the wheezing heart of chaotic KL. Described in the Lonely Planet as a 'stylish’ guesthouse with ‘boutique-hotel quality bathrooms’ I can only assume that either a) the author has never been to a ‘boutique-hotel’; b) the author never actually went inside one of the cells in No. 8 or c) the review was written 3yrs ago and the owner of No.8 hasn’t done one iota of maintenance since the review.
In the afternoon took a bus-tour around KL. Same kind of tour as the hop on/hop-off tours you get in London. As it was getting so damned hot we only hopped-off at a couple of stops, one the National Place (this actually means just outside the gates) and the other the Petronas Twin Towers. We’ll finish the tour tomorrow before our 24hrs runs out.
Back to No.8 Roachhouse to de-louse the room and catch up on some sleep. Tomorrow we get our programme joining instructions and will be taken to the house in the zoo where we’ll be working – This is where the trip really starts.