Planes, Trains & Automobiles.....and a bus or 2
Mar 14, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
Where I stayed
. As we checked in the owners 2 year old daughter spotted my teddy bear on my bag and tried to free him from his restraints. Her father side tracked her with paper on the other side of the desk. We were shown to a really nice room and dropped off our bags and wanted to get something to eat. We haven't had a chance to get anything to eat all day and I only ate a small airline meal because I was starving. The only thing open was McDonalds and Burger King, I don't to the King so we headed to McDonalds a couple of blocks away. In front of us was a group of 3 young guys, the one in the center was being assisted by the other two. He promptly turned around and exclaimed "Hi, Im drunk" His friends weren't so amused, because they had to keep rounding him up, we of course thought it was hilarious. I got fries and an ice cream cone and Jessie got the local favorite, it looked like gruel and from what she said it was kinda like grits with chicken bits. So after 8 buses, 2 monorails, 1 sky train, a plane and a taxi, being lost in Singapore and 15 hours of travel, we find out Kuching means Cat.
We hopped up the next morning around 11 and decided to try and make it to Mukah. After a bit of research we found out there was a boat to Sibu at 12:45. We packed in a hurry and rushed down to the desk to find out there was only one bus at 8am and the 12:45 boat no longer was running (we have found out bus schedules are iffy at best)
. We could take the bus but that was about 8 to 10 hours to Sibu and another 4 to Mukah. The desk clerk Seamus offered to makes some calls for us and see what info he could find our for us. We went to get something to eat and walk around the city while he did this. We took turns deciding what to do. Jessie choose massages and we opted for reflexology with a back alignment. We were given large roomy long shorts to put on and asked to lay down on our sides, free ear candling came with the massage, so we had candles stuck in our ears and lit on fire, I have never had this done before and the sizzling and popping was a bit distracting it but I survived it, I guess the heat dries up the wax in your ear. Now on to the massage, after being bent, cupped and twisted like a bunch of yeast, they disappear and reappear with what looks like curved abacus. They help us lay down on them under our back and then strap our legs together at thigh, knee and ankle.....what? So we are not sure if this is the part were we are hung from the ceiling or our purses stolen....after about 10 mins we are released from bondage. Feeling pretty good a this point. We did what we do best and went shopping after this. Found some great deals on stuff we really needed and found out where all the Ladyboys shop. Ate some more mall food and went back to the room to relax. We met with Seamus and he laid out our trip for us and even booked a hotel for us in a city that was completely booked full. Gave us different ways to get where we were going and even booked a taxi for us for in the morning and pointed us to a restaurant that served Laska a breakfast food served in the mornings. We had to hit up Mickey D's again, this time I opted for a happy meal.
We are now headed to Kuching. We caught a bus to the bus station and this was the longest trip we have been on yet. It went a something like this. Bus from hotel to bus station (bus 1), from bus station to Semebran (bus 2), from Semebran to bus stop (bus 3), to gas station (bus 4), transferred to another bus(bus 5) bus to Singapore (bus 6) off bus at Malaysian border, back on bus, off bus at Singapore border, back on bus, off bus at Singapore border to be scanned, back on bus, new driver who cant drive bus (almost thrown to floor on several occasions) we also spent about 2 hours lost in Singapore because the driver and his assistant couldn't find the bus station, there were only 3 passengers left at this time and we were all sitting at the front of the bus, me on the steps taking pictures, the other guy called his friend to have him tell the bus driver where the bus station was located. When we finally made it to the bus station, we had to find a money exchanger, caught one sky train towards the airport, caught a second sky train to the airport, caught a bus to the budget terminal (bus 7), no flights, caught a bus to the regular airport (bus 8), sky train to Terminal 1, Air Asia flight to Kuching (with 45 mins to spare), once in Kuching we caught a Taxi to Brooks Terrace Hostel to read a sign on the door that says they don't check in anyone past 7pm without a reservation...guess what we don't have a reservations, we were buzzed in and luckily they had a room available