Skip to main content

Baby's off to the tropics!

I've been rather slow in posting this, but we are off to Singapore and Malaysia at the end of the month. B wants a holiday before she returns to work and was rather envious of the dishes I ate while in Singapore recently.

Qantas has had some absolutely amazing airfares lately and so we decided to take advantage of them and fly the A380. Accor also had some great hotel deals. I really wanted to show her Belgium, but the costs and the logistics of taking a 9 month old baby across so many timezones were prohibitive. So we settled on Singapore, with the chance of taking a low cost carrier elsewhere in Asia.

Hong Kong? I so wanted to stay in the Novotel Citygate again and walk the heritage trail. Taiwan? Never been there. China. Err, not with a baby, plus the need for visas. Plus the above locations are all typhoon targets this time of year (indeed China and Taiwan have had severe flooding in the past week).

Thailand was tempting. Bangkok - been there and didn't face taking Alex to the places we hadn't yet visited. Phuket? Looked like a total tourist trap and there were transport issues, important with a small child. The Thai destinations were primarily selected by air service.

In the end we stuck with Malaysia. It's amazing, but B has seen remarkably little of her country of birth, basically only the Peninsula's west coast. I was seriously thinking about Kuching in Sabah. There are interesting museums, a scenic waterfront, old shophouses and a nearby orangutan reserve. I'd love to visit there one day.

In the end we decided that we would have try to include some genuine relaxation in this holiday. Normally we race around sightseeing, eating, experiencing everything. Maximising the day and night. Relaxation is for the rare Queensland holiday where there is bugger all to see anyway. But this has been a tiring year, and we have a young child who needs to spend time pottering around and sleeping.

The last two times I have visited Singapore and Malaysia all I really wanted to do was spend the day eating at hawker stalls and relaxing in the golden afternoon light.

I forget what originally made me think about visiting Kuantan and Teluk Chempedak beach. There's a couple of resorts there, beachside food stalls and beach. It's cheaper than Langkawi, supposedly quite boring, but that sounds nice for being lazy. I think it was the food stalls that sold us. No shopping, just relaxing and eating. Perfect.

I hope its as good as I imagine it to be. But I'm not imagining much.


EatTravelEat said…
Can't wait to read your trip reports next month :)! Discovered you through Don't have an account there though.
Frank said…
you're right - nothing to do at chempedak except relax and eat. KK and Kuching are entirely fabulous and easy to do with a baby. Like I imagine peninsula Malaysia was 15 years ago. Much more relaxed and very friendly. Highly recommend! Our photos are here:

Popular posts from this blog

Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An

The easy way to get to Hoi An from Ho Chi Minh City is to fly to Danang then go via car for the final leg. Then there's my way. We had to wake at 5.30 am to get ready for a 6.15 departure from the hotel. A hotel car took us the few kilometres to the domestic terminal at the airport, where we checked into our Vietnam Airlines flight to the central Vietnam city of Hue. The airport was nothing flash, but it seemed functional. Alex had sandwiches (refused banh mi) for breakfast, then we went to the gate. Our blue Airbus A321 was parked at a remote stand, which necessitated a packed shuttle bus ride. It was nice to be aboard a full service airline again, even if the service was just a cup of water. We took off over the hazy skies of Ho Chi Minh City and for most of the smooth flight were cruising over a carpet of cloud. We descended over mountains poking their heads through the cloud, across lakes and paddy fields and over the beach. It was lovely scenery.

The Carlingford Line

We close the year and the decade with a local adventure to mark the closure of a railway line. On the January 5, 2020, the Carlingford Line from Clyde will close to be partially replaced by the Parramatta Light Rail. This is Sydney's quietest line, a single track branch for most of its length from the industrial centre of Clyde to the northwestern suburb of Carlingford. According to Wikipedia, power supply and signalling issues mean that only a single four car train can utilise the line at a time. Newer Sydney trains run in fixed eight car configurations. This will be the first and last time I traverse the Carlingford Line in its current configuration. The weather of the day is certainly appropriate for an ending, the brown smoke haze lending an apocalyptic air to proceedings. I drive to Padstow and catch the T8 line to Central, followed by the T1 towards Parramatta and Penrith. The historic homes of the Inner West give way to industrial complexes, rail storage yards and t

A lazy day at the beach

It's 2am and somebody is still setting fireworks off on the beach in front of the hotel. I can't see the explosions as I have the window shuttered, but I can still hear them. I've wanted to have a lazy day and today was the closest I got. I woke up in the night from a very sad dream. Dreams follow crazy paths, but this one resolved itself as so. An entity had been causing disruption of computer systems around the world. It turned out that this entity had emerged from the computer networks and had been struggling to gain access to more computing power so that it could live. The entity had taken on the persona of a woman. The protagonist who had "defeated" the entity discovered that it was alive, spoke to it. Ultimately fell in love with her. But his prior actions would lead to its death. As a gift to her he downloaded his memories so that she could experience life even as she died. I know it sounds like a pulpy sf or technopunk plot, but dreams are about feelings,