Day 31 – November 11th, 2011…Malaysia
We received emails that there’s snow at home! We’ve officially been away for one month. It’s hard to imagine snow since we’ve had excellent weather the entire time we’ve been travelling.
We arrived in Malaysia today and temperatures were hovering around 36 degrees. We scheduled a tour for today through the ship, we took a bus into Kuala Lumpur and were dropped off at the Petronas towers. The downtown felt very reminiscent of downtown Toronto. We grabbed a bite to eat outside on a patio below the towers and sat and watched the fountains. Thankfully the restaurant was covered as it was extremely sunny, hot and humid.
After wandering around for over an hour we decided to check out the aquarium to beat the heat. The aquarium was fairly inexpensive and certainly worth it! We felt completely safe wandering the city and did not experience anyone approaching us or hassling us. Despite the city’s warnings, we were left alone!
After wandering around the city for the day, we returned to the ship in time for another delicious dinner and our first taste of a baked Alaskan.
Day 32 – November 12th, 2011…Singapore
Today is the end of the first part of our cruise. Majority of the passengers are disembarking today and a new group will be joining us. We didn’t have anything planned today so we packed a backpack and decided to wander Singapore. From our ship we could see Orlando studios and the Hard Rock Hotel. The island looked like a lot of fun, we should have checked it out, however, due to timing issues, we had to pass on going there.
We grabbed a cab (which was very reasonably priced) and asked them to take us to the Raffles hotel. We wanted to try an authentic Singapore Sling. The Raffles Hotel was very beautiful, it had a European feel to it.
The day started out very overcast and as we ordered our Singapore Sling (yes, singular since they were $30.00 US), it started to drizzle. The drink was worth every penny.
Foolishly, we decided to push our luck with the weather and walk to a market downtown. We were able to make it about 5 minutes before it started pouring rain. Water covered the streets and crept up to the sidewalk level within the blink of an eye. It became next to impossible to grab a taxi. Thankfully, one of the vendors at the market was selling rain ponchos, so we grabbed the ponchos and started running back to the ship.
Singapore was beautiful, we can’t wait to return!