Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Kuala Lumpur

After a six hours flight, we arrived at Kuala Lumpur at 7am. Full of ambition naivety, we had scheduled our bus to Singapore mid-afternoon, so that we have time to explore the city. Yet, we didn’t take into account two important factors.

The first was that weirdly, after a night in the plane, we were tired as hell – that kind of killed any exploring instincts we had.

The second was our bloody backpacks. Those things feel like they weight 100kg each, and it seems like they are getting heavier every step we take. We wanted to go see Batu Caves, 200+ stairs to get there, forget it.

Backpacking around the world, what a great idea! We spent half an hour trying to think of the reason why we are not “luggaging” around the world instead.

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Yes, I do look happy. Because I’ve just put that freakin’ bag down.

Nevertheless, we did see the impressive Petronas Twin Towers, tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 (until they got surpassed by Taipei 101), and enjoyed witnessing Malaysian consumerism in the huge malls.

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The Petronas Towers, 451,9 meters high

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This mall was 10 levels high… and had a buit- in attraction park!

Singapore

We took a 5 hours bus to go from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Boring? Amazing! Comparable to first class seating in a plane, busses there have nothing to do with European ones. To my friends in America, you might think your busses are pretty luxurious, go try the Asian ones 😉 .

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Exhausted but happy to get to sit down and relax

After repaying taxes at the border for the bottle we brought as a gift for our host (doubling its price – welcome to Singapore), we finally arrived at Yves’ place. He nicely offered to put a roof over our heads during our stay in Singapore, and we had a great time with him and his roommates. Thanks Yves!

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The Raffles Hotel, one of the most famous hotels of the world

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Just to give you an idea on the price of alcohol in Singapore

Singapore was also the occasion to catch up with Ben, my Singaporean ex-roommate from New York, who took us around Marina Bay and its park.

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The Marina Bay

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The Marina Bay again, seen from Gardens of the bay

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And the view from its club at night

On the next day, Ben took us to Sentosa Island, a “Resort Island” with a Universal Studio theme park, restaurants, bars and artificial beaches.

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Ben and Thomas, goofing around

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Overall, Singapore didn’t strike us as a touristic city, but more of the kind of place you want to be working in. It is one of Asia’s main business hub (supporting entrepreneurship), a huge industrial harbour and a cool happening city with a nice nightlife (we loved Singaporean rooftops!). It’s also just a few hours away by plane from Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand, so you can’t seem to get bored there.

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We would definitely think about moving there if the opportunity comes up.

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