Given that I'm still waiting for my investment
and I was in Singapore for 81 days, I thought why not
take a mini holiday? And start the "clock" again, until I figure out what's next.
Given that I'm a budget, the most affordable and closest place for me
to go on a holiday was Malacca, Malaysia.
A small, touristy town, that was 2 hour bus ride from Singapore.
And for once, I told myself instead of being an "explorer" I would
act like a tourist, do "touristy" things, and not work.
Being a Tourist
Being a tourist meant, doing group tours
eating at over-priced touristy restaurants, taking over-priced taxis,
buying souvenirs, and hanging out with other people at my hostel.
And I did all the touristy stuff, with the exception of buying souvenirs (I've been to Malaysia before).
The city of Malacca, was the perfect place for my last minute holiday, turned adventure.
I booked my bus ticket at easybook.com, booked a hostel on hostelworld.com
packed my big backpack and at 7AM on Monday morning, I was off to Malaysia.
So close to Singapore, 3.5 hours later, after a smooth bus ride,
and walking 45 minutes from Sentral Bus Station (because I'm cheap and not paying for taxis!) ,
I arrived at my hostel, which was conveniently near Jonkor Street, a walkable street
with all tourist shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and historic buildings.
Once I checked in, I signed up for the sunset bicycle tour organized by the hostel
and went to explore Jonker road and find vegetarian friendly place to eat.
Going with the flow
As much as I like to plan everything,
this mini holiday, I just went with the flow, and was open to new experiences.
So the bicycle tour was a great start, to get to know other travelers and see
the city of Malacca in the evening.
Walking most of the afternoon, I felt like a real tourist,
embraced the fact, it's okay just to freely roam a city,
I looked into shops and genuinely consider buying things,
and took pictures of monuments, temples, and cool touristy stuff.
Sunset Bicycle Tour
Most of the tourists on the bicycle tour were in their gap year,
or fresh graduates from university, which was initially annoying but
I embraced it, because once upon a time, say, 5 years ago, I started my
travels and I questioned why more American university students
are not encouraged to travel or take time off to travel before they enter the
workforce (conversation for another day).
But, we cycled for about 35 minutes, before watching the sunset at the
Melaka Straits Mosque, which lit up at night, quite cool!
A Chinese Wedding?
After the sunset tour, the hostel volunteer leading the tour, shared there was a nearby festival
and we could get free food.
Interestingly, earlier in the day, I did see a stage and tables being set up
but, it wasn't a festival. Turned out, when we got there it was a wedding reception!
The couple were both wearing red, standing on stage, and the guests were
dressed up and the reception was nearly over.
But, as we walked through the reception area, it wasn't over, as
some guest brought up beer and other snacks to eat, so we
could join. And we weren't the only tourists there!
So for the next hour, we joined the post festivities, said our
congratulations to the wedding couple, and hung out and as a token
I took a balloon (they were everywhere, and people were popping them).
It was fun to "crash" the wedding, and things started to die down after an
hour, so we decided to go for dinner at a cheap restaurant on Jonker Rd.
3 French Men
I had a big lunch and the restaurant the group went to didn't have many vegetarian options,
so I went off to 7 Eleven to find a snack to eat.
Carrying my balloon with me, I hardly noticed that it brought any attention,
because the wedding was down the street.
But when I was in 7 Eleven, wandering the aisles for food, I was approached
by this very handsome French tourist, who asked me for my name and asked why I
had a balloon?
Now, after being in Singapore, I had to put my guards back up, because
it's so safe, you forget your basic instincts.
So, I was immediately suspicious, and asked if he was a human trafficker,
and to my surprised, he totally got it, I'm an attractive female, traveling alone,
and kind of went on with the joke about being a human trafficker.
I eventually told him my name, and explained that there was a wedding down the
street, hence why I was carrying the ballon, and completely unbothered by
my paranoia, he invited me to get drinks with him and his friends.
And, the evening we talked about politics, life, and I even got to
practice my French!
Day Trip to Kuala Lumpur
Now, outside the US, it's not unusual to join a group of strangers to travel.
Talking with the 3 French men, one a police officer,
the handsome one a financial planner for a French company in Togo, and the third
one working in high tech, I got a sense of positive energy.
So when they invited me to hang out again and join them to travel
to Kuala Lumpur, I was like, okay!
Better to travel to a big city, like Kuala Lumpur with a
group of people, than alone. Plus they booked an airbnb and had extra space, so
I wouldn't have to worry about finding a place to stay.
They were cool, and in my experience, people are genuinely good,
there are few bad people in the world
so I was perfectly comfortable with this day trip with strangers (I wouldn't recommend unless your an experienced traveler and are very resourceful).
So the next morning, we had lunch at The Hard Rock Cafe (I know super touristy)
and I packed my bag, and went to the bus station (with a Grab taxi)
and I bought a bus ticket (14MR), and off I went onto my second adventure with
Kuala Lumpur is like any big city, lots of tall buildings, malls,
traffic, pollution, street vendors, and few side walks.
To be honest it wasn't my favorite city, after being in Singapore, I was annoyed
that I couldn't walk around without having to take a taxi. And there was so
many over passes, pollution, and one green space in the city.
What made it a great experience, was exploring the city with
a group of new people.
Aside from that, the highlight of my day trip was seeing the Petronas Towers
(it was featured in the movie Entrapment).
After a day of walking, eating, and exploring, I took the bus back to Malacca,
and then from Malacca I returned to Singapore.
I'm more refreshed from this holiday, and making new friends.
What's next for me in Singapore?
Well, stay tuned :)
As always, thank you for reading!