Monday, February 2, 2009

Bus from Singapore to Malaysia


From Singapore, we took a bus to Kuala Lumpur. The Backpackers hostel we stayed in would be HELL for a lot of people but it was pure heaven for me!

First thing - it was OLD. Second, it was filthy! When i reached my room (more like a box with no windows) i thought to myself, I think I'll have to lock the door (looked a bit dangerous) - while trying my best to lock the door, the door fell on me.

BUT I LOVED IT. the owner was an artist and so art was EVERYWHERE. People were amazing. I remember an gentleman from the Middle East wanting to share his newly cooked noodle soup, a couple of Japanese drummers who looked like samurais! We met a super friendly Aussie surfer, a stunning French woman, a Filipina at the crossroads of her life - all sorts of interesting wonderful people.

A companion of mine doesn't speak very good English (in crazy Philippine standards) and he's quite insecure about it. BUT this time, around Japanese, French, Germans - they were all SO impressed by his English. He shined. We had a grand time!

8 comments:

ate joy said...

you ARE an adventurer! your experience sounds surreal...and a lot of fun!

No. 8 Paraclete House said...

Wow. Great art project, great trip, great adventure. Singapore happens to be my favorite city. I've never stayed in a hostel though. The most modest digs I got was a Hotel 81--would've wanted something cheaper but I was with my wife and two kids. Also, the Hotel 81 stay was an emergency... we missed our flight back to Manila and had to scrimp on what was left of the budget. On the way to the Hotel 81 in the Geylang area, the airport taxi driver was shaking his head, "Tsk, tsk. Hotel 81 in Geylang? Oooh, not a good place for kids." As I understood from his Singlish, Geylang is a red light district!

the sketching backpacker said...

Thank you very much for your comments!!!! thank you for sharing!

blue said...

i love what you see in every nook and cranny of the place and being observant on people and things make you a great artist thanks you're an inspiration :)

blue said...

i love what you see in every nook and cranny of the place and being observant on people and things make you a great artist thanks you're an inspiration :)

Anna Maria G said...

I remember our conversation about how traveling as the best education - about ourselves and the world around us. It's always inspiring to meet fellow travelers!

fpj jr said...

you're a true blue adventurer, and you draw pictures of cool things along the way...I love traveling ang drawing too so that`s why I love your works!

the sketching backpacker said...

Thank you SO much for your VERY encouraging words! As I've always known and said - The people who support, encourage and believe in me are the reasons why I am able to do all that i do.

Parents - DO support, encourage and believe in your children. It is the ONE thing that will make them believe in themselves.