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Fancy 'Gardens' and Exploration of the Rich - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, Singapore

Fancy 'Gardens' and Exploration of the Rich - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, Singapore

And i thought Nanjing, China was expensive? Bangkok luxurious?  Well i guess i will need to be original with my astonishment to see all this posh posh, modern modern, luxury, luxury, expensive, what is this?! Indeed, originality with blog names and blog description for luxurious experiences is key. Well i haven't yet limited my writing for a luxury blog, so why not start?

(Oh and if you're a loyal reader you probably already know that whenever i enjoy a place, it always means that photos are VERY limited. So let me return to more...writing. I take back the last sentence from the last paragraph. So this blog unfortunately, will include writing, and will be just like any normal luxury blog... Sorry:))

So welcome to Singapore everyone. Instantly, getting off the plane was like...more modern than i have ever seen an airport before. It had these artworks that moved in forms of waves and decoration with really new technology. Everything had rules and were so orderly and proper. People spoke Mandarin, Cantonese and English so we had no problem getting around. 

Everywhere is clean and has one of the lowest levels of crime rate. But also, chewing gum is completely banned in this clean country, if you're caught it would be a 1000$ fine. That is honestly ridiculous. This fine also included (thanks to the internet and a few Singapore bathroom warnings) to flying kits, playing music on the streets, littering and spitting. Flying kites and playing music would be called "annoyance to the public" and "gets in the way of people." After a few trips to the public bathrooms made it clear to me that flushing the toilet is an #1 top priority.

We had a three day stay in Singapore and finding cheap eats were hard. Finding cheap accommodation was even more difficult. We payed 100$ per night but it was a really basic hostel and was at the edge of the island. WiFi was excellent but what's the point of staying indoors if all the Singapore reviews say to visit the Gardens by the Bay?

So off we went to search for the Gardens by the Bay. I am not very sure what this "garden" is. Despite my lack of knowledge we sort of went...so here is a link! And here's another blogger's blog who actually explored the gardens by the bay.  Click here to see some pretty lights.

(Wow i'm such a bad blogger, giving you guys another girl's blog when you want to read this one.)

Night life in Singapore is crazy. Well not exactly crazy as in Chinese (even though people look Chinese) or like the Malaysian night markets. But as in light shows. Everything is perfect, bright and artificially lit. Perfect for people who want their Instagram to look bomb and well dressed youth. Technically me but i was too busy admiring the squeaky clean sidewalks and pretty lights.

To the gardens by the bay, you need to go through this HUMONGOUS mall. I would like to say around the same size as the South End of Regina but that would be, impossible. It is very large. Then you must take a long (i would like to say a 5 min but that would be very long,) escalator to the roof before walking around the crescent shaped mall to the other side. 

 Outside of a building

Outside of a building

 Half of the indoors

Half of the indoors

 Outside of the Building...

Outside of the Building...

Yes we did find our way to the Gardens by the Bay, eventually. What did we see? A bunch of flashing lights on wire structures. Thousands of Chinese visitors and foreigners with their phones recording. Music in accordance to the flashing lights. Impressive? Yes but not like the Angkor Wat. One time my friend had that in her yard during Christmas. Perhaps smaller but what we saw was only a portion of the Gardens.

We visited 2 historical museums, all about the creation of Singapore (in 1946) and the invasion of the Japanese around WW2. I did a short live with some of my friends, miss them but when do you go to Singapore while your parents pay for your ticket?! I'll take it and see my friends later!

So that was all we did in the short 3 day stay, then we departed through a bus to-

Kuala Lumpur

In Kuala Lumpur we stayed at a "homestay" where the host just rented a whole apartment for our family. Sadly we only stayed 2 nights but, man it was a super comfortable place. The building had beautiful workout facility (that i didn't use) and a beautiful pool with a play structure next to it. And a yoga room.

Yet again, being refrained from remaining indoors 24/7 was the fault of the great sight seeing place in the capital of Malaysia. Not Gardens by the Fountains, but the Petronas towers. Once the tallest building in the world from 1998-2004, it still is the tallest, twin towers in the world haha! Take that Dubai! Something including bragging rights and towers that does not have you in it! Just kidding, we were going to visit your tallest tower, so peace out. (This tower is also the 12th tallest tower in the world right now.)

Now here are some pretty fountains right by the base of the towers. The fountain also had a magnificent fountain show with music but these were taken afterwards.

Sorry to say but we did not go up the 12th largest tower in the world. Why? Well there was another one closer to our house. We weren't lazy to walk, but to get there, it would have been a great inconvenience. There was only 1 more ticket available and it was at an outrageous price. We had to walk 4km around all sorts of construction just to reach it. Apparently if you look at photo of the Petronas Tower, the bridge that connects the towers together, that's basically where you would walk on. So...definitely would not be worth it.

This older tower is called the Menara Tower, while the big and booming Petronas Tower is 491ft high, this cheaper version is 420ft high. But remember, you can only go halfway between towers for the Petronas one! By the way, this Menara Tower is much closer and wayyyy less touristic. (And may i add that the Petronas tower only allows you a limited time inside.) Menara tower, SOLD

 In Level with the Petronas Towers

In Level with the Petronas Towers

Notice these binoculars, oops, spying is fun.

On the way back, i met my uncle. Well not actually my uncle but my mom's cousin on my grandpa's side. So my...mom's cousin. Uncle? Relative? Ummm...but he's nice. Uncle called us when we finished our visit in the tower to ask us where we were. 

" The Menara Tower. " We had replied.

Well search up menara on google translate from Malay to English, and you'll find that menara means tower in malay. After some confusion, he came to take us to a delicious Japanese Restaurant for lunch. Using iPads to order the food, it was soon delivered. Prices were expensive on a Malaysian standard but the Canadian Price was a cheap 32$ meal. I looked practically pregnant when i was done. No gift in my stomach but instead, probably the cause for my chub.

He then went out of his way once again to drive us to this pewter museum and later (after our KL stay) to drive us to the airport. This pewter museum was informative and our guide was very patient and took the time to explain stuff to our inquisitive family. Especially Eli.

There was a market next to where we lived and everything was soo cheap. In comparison to Singapore, we just had to buy everything. After walking around and visiting towers (one tower) we spent the night shopping for food at the market before bringing them home to eat! 

Mainly all these photos are of passionfruit. Surprisingly even Eli's skewered one. But this is real passionfruit, not those fruitful fakes in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Time to play Drake.

Because he's Canadian and because Passionfruit track. HAHA.....i thought i was funny... Just playing with words, alright back on topic.

 Main Lobby

Main Lobby

During the night, dad realised that the tv in the livingroom had a setting where you could literally watch any movie available. So the day we were leaving, during the time we were packing, we watched Moana. 0$. Free. Personally, this place was way too cheap for such travel luxury but i can understand if you're competing with other buisnesses, circumstances would be different.

 Waiting for the train.

Waiting for the train.

So after KL, we flew to a whole diffferent country. INDIA. WE WERE GOING TO INDIA. The excitement and stress levels were high but we did not know what to expect. Rumors of Vietnam being totally unsafe were not encountered at all. And we've all seen photos and stories about the country, what to expect?

Photos from the plane ride. 

From the last flight with Air Asia, we left for new experiences and a bunch of new stories. Goodbye and Farewell Malaysia. You were an amazing country full of modernization, culture, nature and life. (Singapore as well but you were too posh posh for me.) Anyways, i certainly will be back to Malaysia obviously, probably with some other friends and with a new pair of shoes!

BYE!

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Visiting Monkey Island with a few Carnivorous Plants - Bako National Park, Malaysia

Visiting Monkey Island with a few Carnivorous Plants - Bako National Park, Malaysia