Plan for 2020 – London – Singapore – Krabi / Ao-Nang – Ko Lanta – Ko Muk – Ko Lipe – Langkawi – meet Gill back in Singapore – Melaka – KL – Penang – Singapore and home.
It’s time to depart again, after holding on until November to see if I get a job, no, so amuse myself with a LOT by booking flights to Singapore, returning on March 6. The cheapest flight is Royal Brunei, but it is not ready to compromise by putting money into the homophobic economy, and cannot face long stops somewhere in China, BA said, ordering in December, 4 months slower than last year and far more expensive. The price looks OK but now the luggage needs to be added separately, a sneaky trick. The price of their seat selection has also gone up a lot, especially for 2 shared seats on the side, now an additional £ 72 one way!
So the morning of departure began very, very badly, with the inlay flying out of my teeth. There were no numbers (which should say I was in pain but honest) or googling the emergency dentist produced one on Sunday, so I felt quite depressed towards Heathrow with inlay in my handbag and a big hole in my teeth, hoping that I could find someone to saw me in Singapore first before having to return to the airport for 12. Google found three possibilities at the Clarke Quay shopping center, opened at 9, 9.30 and 10. I intend to try it in sequence, hoping they will be able to put it back together. If not, it will be far more complicated and must be done in Thailand. Gulp! I was quite hopeful that they would ask for volunteers to resign due to excess orders so that I could go home and see my dentist myself. No luck like that! I. It should have an emergency dental kit in Boots, which in theory should have let me put it back in a while but won’t use it unless I’m desperate. We leave on time and I have an empty seat next to me, always a bonus. When I got there there was a man next to me, the only one sitting in the entire backside, but he was wearing crutches and in the middle seat, so the flight attendant came and moved him. I am very happy! However, it was the coldest flight I have ever visited. Luckily I ordered an extra blanket. Everyone is wrapped up. I asked for the heat to turn on and they said it was hot but froze. People keep wearing their coats!
I took MRT to the city, even though it took about half an hour and a taxi. I put a little credit on my mrt card and arrived at the hotel around 8.30 after landing at 6.45 at night. Going through immigration is very easy, zero queues and it takes about 2 minutes. Last week in New York it took an hour and a half, the staff was extraordinarily rude and his habits were just as painful. No wonder I love Asia! Newark and JFK airports are terrible, expensive and messy. When you come to the place of arrival there are signs everywhere for Jewel, a new shopping terminal, which has all kinds of activities. Gill and I will go there when he comes out at the end of February.
Hong Kong Street is an excellent choice for budget accommodation. It’s right across Clarke Quay but you can get a room at £ 65-75 easily. I am in Clover 7 (there was also Clover 5 which I accidentally went to but they gave me reception for both). Didn’t bother paying for breakfast, fortunately, because I was afraid to eat. I got a room without a single window for £ 61 and not for the tightness. The double room looks similar, the owner is a lot for a bag except half sliding it under the bed and you have to launch you into it from the end. But it is clean and has everything you need, a kettle, fridge, hair dryer and a very good bathroom. Even free slippers, flipflop style! Also very quiet. This will not be good for a long period of time because there is no place for your belongings but as an overnight without unpacking I’m very happy.
Turnover is fast and it’s very good to go to warmth. Smells very familiar. I returned to Clarke Quay to try to find 3 dentists, which was very difficult. I ended up at the information desk and he was very helpful, looking for them and showing me the elevator I needed. You must use an intercom and enter the floor and unit number. They have all gone home, but at least I know where to go tomorrow. I have to be at the airport no later than 12, so I’m on a mission …. Go home via 7-11 to get instant porridge for breakfast. May cross for tomorrow! Y AirAsia’s flight to Krabi was at 13.40, so hopefully I was ready and in order at the time.