We have spent 4 lovely days here in Singapore. Generally wandering around seeing some sights.
Saturday the first job of the day was to get one bike box, Jerome and Claire already had one for us from another cyclist they have hosted. There were three close by options, the free one had nothing so we ended up paying S$12 for one, this was very mean we though charging for something you would normally throw away. But we now have two boxes ready to be filled with bicycles.
Boxes and our backup scooters and bike
After a luxurious night of sleep, the bed here is the most comfortable we have slept in for a long time, it was breakfast time. Our breakfasts are included in the price here, they were served over the road in their other property, it was a nice “american” style cereal, toast, jam, tea, coffee, etc.
The old and the modern
Over the last three days we have wandered around Kuala Lumpur. It is amazing how fast the week has gone, we decided to extend our stay here a further three days.
Sunset from the balcony
Another tourist day today and a visit to the Petronas Towers, cost RM80 per person. You can book online, picking a time slot and you are sent a QR code for each person which is scanned on entry.
View up just before you enter the towers
A day for some sightseeing, the Batu Caves. This is both a natural cave system and a very holy Hindu Temple.
A lot of information about the caves and temple is on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves.
It is very nice just to relax in a very comfortable apartment and just go for a stroll during the day.
A view towards the Petronas Towers from the apartment roof
Happy Chinese New Year, it is the year of the Pig.
The Chinese New Year is a national holiday here, nearly 21% of the 31,000,000 population of Malaysia is of Chinese ethnicity. This meant the roads were all very quiet as we cycled in to Kuala Lumpur, the short 22 kilometre cycle turned out to be really nice not the chaotic stream of cars we were expecting.
Lots of construction everywhere
We had booked an extra night in the Magpie Residence so decided to cycle out to Penang Bridge.
The bridge is 13.5 kilometres long and was completed in 1985, you cannot cycle across it so we must leave Penang the same way we arrived, by ferry.
We got up again around 12:30 am to walk out to Jalan Burma where the third and final day of Thaipusam has the silver chariot pulled by oxen due between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. There were the huge piles of coconuts still waiting by the roadside, the earshattering music being played, the food and water being given out from roadside booths, hundreds of people finely dressed all waiting.
Everyone awaits the chariot
This was the second night / day here, spending the morning and lunch just relaxing, sitting around doing some reading and planning the next couple of days.
Strolling down Cenang Beach