Day 12. Pulau Ubin Island, Singapore

At breakfast this morning along with my usual yoghurt and fruit, I sampled some fried carrot cake.  This tasted quite good but I'm unsure how it gets its name as it is neither a cake nor does it contain carrots!  It bears no resemblance to the sweet carrot cake popular in the west but is …

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Day 11. The Fullerton Heritage Tour and Singapore’s Civic District

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's Crystal Cafe where we were tempted into sampling many Asian delicacies, we took the MTR to City Hall station.  Just outside the metro station stands the anglican St. Andrew's Cathedral so we started our day there as we were slightly early for our planned activity. The cathedral was …

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Day 10. Singapore’s cultural enclaves and a visit to Supertree Grove

After a good night's sleep, we were interested to find out what breakfast would be like.  Although the Orchard Grand Court is a serviced apartment, it also offers guests the option of an inclusive breakfast in its Crystal Cafe.  Unlike the apartments which have a contemporary feel, the Crystal Cafe is a traditionally furnished restaurant …

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Day 9. Arriving in Singapore

It was our final morning in Kuala Lumpur and we started the day with a relaxing breakfast.  We then returned to our room to finish off our packing before checking out of the hotel. The lifts were still out of order at the nearby monorail station so once again we had to manoeuvre our heavy …

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Day 8. A visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia

It was my favourite morning at the Holiday Inn Express as I noticed that the delicious flatbread roti canai was on the menu and I couldn't resist having several slices along with my usual selection of cheese, fresh fruit and yoghurt. We had planned to spend the day in Putrajaya, 25 km from Kuala Lumpur …

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Day 7. Batu Caves and the Menara Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Alongside my usual breakfast selection I couldn't resist a bowl of bread and butter pudding and custard, a little heavy for so early in the day but delicious nonetheless.  Weighed down with our puddings we took the monorail to KL Sentral to transfer onto a KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves located to the north …

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Day 6. Malacca, Malaysia’s UNESCO heritage city

We were up bright and early as we didn't want to have to rush our breakfast as we'd arranged to be picked up from the hotel at approximately 8.45 a.m. for a day trip to Malacca.  Although we usually travel independently, getting to Malacca and seeing all the main sights scattered around the city isn't …

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The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

Location This handsome stone inn stands proudly in the small village of Ben Rhydding set amid leafy lanes and in the shadow of the famous Cow & Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor. The hotel lies 18 miles north west of Leeds and just one mile from the Victorian spa town of Ilkley which oozes charm …

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Day 5. Exploring Kuala Lumpur’s Civic District

We slept really well, not waking until our alarm went off at 7.30 a.m. despite the five hour time difference from Qatar.  Breakfast was served in the large, airy restaurant on the first floor, a little too airy perhaps as on future mornings I planned to wear a cardigan!  There was a large variety of …

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Day 4. Qatar Airways Doha to Kuala Lumpur

It was just after 2.00 a.m. when we boarded our Qatar Airways A340-600 flight at Hamad International Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur with a journey time of 7 hours 55 minutes.  Our selected seats of 21A and 21B were situated on the second row of the economy cabin and the seating configuration of 2-4-2 meant …

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