Airlines and fear

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On Thursday 17th July 2014, Malaysia Airlines was hit with another tragedy. This year has not been a good one for the said airline with the loss of MH370 and MH17.

What astounds me is people proclaiming they would never fly with Malaysia Airlines – no matter if they have flown with MA before or not.

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Perth: An Underrated City.

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I was lucky to grab a return flight from Sydney to Perth for only $150 (excluding credit care surcharges) with Tigerair when they had their Boxing Day sales on.

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Sing a Pore!

 

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I tried to think up of a witty title for this post, and I lamely came up with Sing A Pore. Better than a boring title, right? ;)

We caught a train from Butterworth to Singapore – there was 6 seats left in the economy class so I had to book 3 seats…fast. The WiFi at our accommodation in Penang was giving me the shits, but I managed to get 3 seats – only for a total of $60! Cheap.

If you’re considering catching a train from anywhere in Malaysia to Singapore, I would suggest for you to book at least a week or few days in advance – book here, but you have to register first.

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Dear Abbott, Hockey, et al.

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The Abbott Government released the Federal Budget for 2014/2015, and I am one of those who will be severely affected by it – if it is passed through the Senate.

I am a 28 year old Australian female who is profoundly Deaf, and I am feeling rather uncertain about my future.

I have always had great hopes for the future – for myself, my family & friends and most importantly, my children. The future is now looking bleak…and I worry about how I would be able to fend for myself, let alone be able to secure a full-time job in the field I want to work in.

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Penang…

…a quaint and unique Malaysian city.

I absolutely love Penang, especially how I have a personal connection to it.

It’s where my mother was born and raised. It’s where my parents met, and where I was conceived.

After spending 24 hours on the train from Bangkok, we embarked at Butterworth – Penang’s main train station and caught a ferry to the island. The ferry only cost us RM1.20 (AUD$0.40) and was a 20 minute ride.

We then took a taxi to our accommodation – Red Inn Heritage, a hostel on Love Lane. We were able to grab a bed for AUD$4 each per night…but it turned out to be a terrible decision. Worst hostel I’ve ever stayed in, although the staff there were lovely. Bed bugs everywhere – we kept on waking up at 2-3AM every night to apply insect repellant. The bathroom was filthy and the showers were just…weird. There were proper shower heads, but they weren’t connected to the water mains…so instead, there were weird water shooters thingies – I don’t know how to explain this one – which shoots water right out of the wall. I can honestly say that this was the most weirdest shower I’ve ever had.

Love Lane is where most hostels are in Penang – and a very popular spot for backpackers. It’s right in the heart of George Town, otherwise known to locals as Penang. Right around the corner on Chulia Street, there is a cute boutique cafe called The Mugshot Cafe. We fell in love with it, and had the majority of our meals there. They have the BEST bacon and egg bagels, and deeeeeeelicious juices! They also do A to the MAZING meatball pasta meals. Ahhh…how I would love to go back there. Penang is relatively small, and quite easy to get around. I would recommend you to do a walking tour of the main town – or rather, George Town if you will. George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is mainly recognised for its unique architectural and cultural buildings – another reason why you should visit! A visit to Batu Ferringhi is also recommended, especially during evening for its spectacular sunset on the beach – be warned, they have big arsed mosquitos so be prepared to swat them away when they attack you ;) You can get a taxi to Batu Ferringhi for approximately RM40 (AUD$13.22), or if you want to do it cheaply, you can catch a bus there which shouldn’t be more than RM2 (AUD$0.66). There are night markets as well – worth having a look, although a lot of the stalls pretty much sell the same stuff. I can say that I prefer Penang over Kuala Lumpur ;) Amineh and Haley said that they didn’t like Malaysia when we left KL, and I said that there’s still Penang to explore on our way back to Singapore… the moral is don’t judge a country based on ONE city ;) I would definitely go back and spend more time there – 2 nights wasn’t enough! It also helps that Penang is pretty cheap – actually, it’s a whole lot cheaper than Kuala Lumpur! Peace out :) S x

Land of Thai

We were sad to leave Cambodia, but we were excited to go to Thailand. Chiang Mai was our first stop, after a layover in Bangkok.

Little did we know, it would be off to a rocky start…

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Cambodia, you have my heart.

I spent 5 wonderful days in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I was NOT prepared for its amazingness, especially when I visited Angkor Wat. So much beauty, nature and history in such a small country.

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