Posted on 15 April 2012 by brett
Sir. Stamford Raffles
Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has grown leaps and bounds at 9% per year. It is now the second largest Asian economy by per capita GDP. The island lies at the southern tip of Malaysia and is super crowded with over 5 million people (1.4 million are non-resident foreigners). This makes Singapore the second most densely populated independent country in the world. The population is multicultural with 74% Chinese, 13% Malay and 9% Indian. English is the national language, although we heard Chinese more often. This diversity infused with a work hard, live healthy lifestyle creates a tremendous energy and buzz. Whether its shopping, exercising, talking technology or constantly eating… Singapore offers an ultra modern version of our New York City. Continue Reading
Posted on 10 April 2012 by brett
Melaka was a wonderful unexpected surprise. There were a plethora of great places to eat, sleep, shop and sightsee. Since its founding in the 1400’s, this quaint little city exchanged hands through the centuries from the Chinese, to the Portuguese, to the Dutch and then finally the British in the 1800’s. Hence the melting pot of people; Chinese, mixed Indian/Malay, and Eurasians (Malay/Portuguese). The dramatic differences in architecture is also predominate throughout the city.
As happens frequently in Asia, Melaka wasn’t part of our original plans. Our rental car once we got off the Perhentian Islands fell through last minute leaving us with no transportation to drive through Malaysia. The original plan was to pickup our rental car at the travel agent once we arrived to the mainland and drive through Malaysia down to the Singaporean border, stopping off at various spots such as the Cameron Highlights. However, the speedboat was three hours late picking us up and although our hotel said they called the travel agent, our hunch is that they gave our car to someone else. Our only option was to take a taxi one hour to Kota Bahru airport and rent a car or try to get a flight out. As it was getting too late to drive to the Highlands and pick strawberries and tea, we decided to hop on the next flight to Kuala Lumpur (the only place you can fly). Once in KL airport we decided to hop a bus to Melaka, which is 2.5 hours south of KL, getting us into Melaka around 8pm. Continue Reading