DAY 70: BYE MALAYSIA, BYE SINGAPORE
Hi my friends!
I am now at Singapore!!
I changed my plan, the idea was going to Melaka and then taking a ferry to Dumai in Sumatra, but I met a group of nice friends at Tioman, and at the end I decided to go along with them to Singapore.
I must say that I was hesitating to go to Singapore as I was not in the vibe of big skyscrapers and high tech civilization but guys, this city is amazing, I am so glad I came!! It is much more expensive than the rest of SE asia (at least for a cheap backpacker like me), but the place is so nice and the architecture so refined….it is really worth it. At least for a couple of days. I left Tioman 3 days ago, at the end I stayed8 days, I think this and the perhentian are the best things I come across at Malaysia, again crystal clear waters, great people, nice resorts (much better than perhentian long beach), and amazing diving!!!!
Talking about diving, I am in the phase where I am starting to be aware of the amount of dangers within the water: guys, forget about sharks, there are A LOT of small very poisonous fish, and at SE asia they are easily seen. Stonefish and scorpion fish are all around the place, so you as a diver must be responsible enough to keep away from them, so the best thing you can do is: DONT TOUCH ANYTHING!!! As well, try to keep away from the rocks, at least be sure that you dont touch them as in many of them you can find a perfectly camouflaged and highly poisonous fish just standing on the rock waiting for an unaware diver to make his day…and the poison is just a killer.
Now just to make you feel better, I again saw plenty of beautiful black tip reef sharks, turtles,blue dot sting rays, and a huge bumpfish again that just appeared from a coral island in an unexpected moment, when i saw it I almost lost my breath as it just appeared next to me!!!
We stayed at Air BAtan village (ABC), highly recommended, you have a long but narrow beach, it is very chilled out and it is cheap, be aware of the monkeys in the path a long the beach, one day we saw a cute little monkey and when we started taking photos to him her big mom just appeared screaming and showing us their teeth…I didnt offered any resistance, and I started running away (no way I am going to risk a monkey bite) and the monkey got inmmediatly braver and was running wild after us for 60 m….we couldnt stop laughing afterwards, but it was kind of an experience being prosecuted by a pissed of monkey!!!
ok my friends, I fly tonight to indonesia,to the island of sumatra, already started with my first antimalaria pill…will let you know if there are any special side effects 🙂