Today was my last day in Singapore for this trip. Not to break tradition, I had the same breakfast as the other days except that I found out today that they do freshly squeezed juices at breakfast (took me 4 days to work that out). The choice this morning was carrot or apple. Who drinks a vegetable for breakfast? So obviously I went for apple. We really do need to get a juicer like that – the apple juice was very good.
My last meeting was from 8am until 12:30pm today. Normally this meeting starts at 8:30am but due to the length of the agenda it started at 8am. We were warned numerous times that it was an 8am start. At 8am everyone was present except the President who chairs the meeting. At 8:15am he breezes in and says “sorry I thought it started at 8:30am” – seriously!?! And he is German – there goes that stereotype. The meeting went on so long that I eventually had to leave because I had to check out of my room by 1pm and it was still going on at 12:50pm.
My flight to Kuala Lumpur was only at 6:45pm so I had a lot of time to kill and not really anywhere to go. After considering it for while I eventually settled on going to the airport early because I could at least use the lounge there and get some lunch for free. Singapore Airport is one of the best in the world. It is very organised, well laid out etc etc. The photo is of inside the terminal building. They have a whole orchard garden inside. Quite amazing.
I just spent the time in the Singapore airlines lounge which had everything I needed – food and Wifi. The only other thing I did was go to the toilet. What is it about countries toilet habits?! “Please mind your step – squatting pan” … I didn’t dare try that out.
I flew from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on Singapore Airlines. (Helen you can skip the rest of this paragraph and just go onto the next one.) Where do they find so many good looking air hostesses?! I thought it would be rude to take a photo or two but was tempted to prove my point. This was only the second time that I have flown Singapore Airlines and there service is ridiculously good. The air hostess offered to help me put my suitcase in the overhead compartment. She said “We can do it together”!?! I really didn’t think I was looked that weak! I saw another air hostess stand on a chair to help someone put their suitcase in the overhead. And just in case there is any confusion, this was on economy class for an hour flight. They really do impress me. When you fly an Asian airline you get another whole view of what service should be like.
We left exactly on time and arrived exactly on time. KL airport is a long way out of the centre of KL itself. We (I am with the branch manager from Singapore) got through passport quickly and then we took the train from the airport to KL (takes about 30 minutes without stopping). Then a taxi from the station to the Shangri-La Hotel (http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/shangrila/) which is a very nice hotel (better than the one in Singapore I would say).
This is my first time to Malaysia and hard to get an impression in the dark but it seems quite well developed and well run. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. By the way this is country number 38 for me. If anyone can tell me exactly which the 38 countries are then I will buy you a gift from somewhere during the remainder of my trip.
I usually do my summary of a country when I leave but I will keep it until my last blog and cover all the countries in one summary this time.