E: Tropical Forest in the City

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Bukit Timah is a nature reserve smack bang in the middle of Singapore. There’s a mountain biking track and numerous trails if you want to get away from the endless high rises in Singapore. It was a nice walk, nothing particular amazing to see. The summit of Singapore is pretty laughable so getting there took roughly 15 minutes. We did see some pretty funky plants though. After that it was a quick bus ride home to finish the endless assignments that come with the university’s elearning week. IMG_9087IMG_9003IMG_9101IMG_9111

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E: South Pacific

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Despite the unrealistic surroundings, another factor which amazed me on Pulau Tioman was how the colours shifted during different points in the day. Early evening was uniquely special. The sun peeking through the mountains left beautiful reflections across the coast. Rays of light danced behind the palms eventually finding themselves across the golden sand. The photos taken in those two days required little to no editing, Malaysia as a whole continues to be ridiculously photogenic.

We spent our time based in a small village surrounded by locals in little tin shacks. Our beach huts blended in perfectly to the rustic feel of the place. To my surprise not only were they air-conditioned the restaurants nearby even had Wi-Fi. We were in the middle of nowhere yet somehow there’s still a wireless hotspot. Is it really that hard to get off the grid in the 21st century?

Back in Singapore we’ve been facing groggy weather. Yesterday morning I woke up to the biggest thunderstorm I’d ever experienced. Was pretty exciting. Lessons are proving difficult and last years late nights stumbling around clubs have evolved into far duller late nights in the study area listening to Theme Park, Winehouse and Jessie Ware on repeat. Most of the photos of me were taken by Alex, so many thanks to her. Unfortunately she can’t return the thanks for the photos of her as she really can’t take a bad picture so no credit should be directed at me. Enjoy the photos and the last set of Tioman pictures should be up soon!

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E: Rainforesting

IMG_8286 IMG_8284Still uploading pictures from Tioman, whilst we were there we went for a little hike to see the waterfall. The waterfall was beautiful, the trek totalled roughly three hours. What never occurred to me about being in a rainforest is everything surrounding you, wants to kill you. I got some lovely cuts from the vines and even the palm trees were loaded with thorns. When finishing there was nothing better than jumping into the sea, of course from the amount of sweat on my shirt it seemed as if I’d already had a swim.

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E: Pretty Near Paradise

IMG_8116Above and below are some more pictures from my time spent in Tioman. They can give you a rough idea of how beautiful it was, unfortunately I can’t give you a sense of how soft the sand was and the sounds the birds made. I can’t get over how special and lucky I felt to be there. Anyway I’ll be posting some  more pictures soon.
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E: Back of a Pick-up Truck

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I have just got back from literally 24 blissful hours in Malaysia on the island of Pulau Tioman. It was the most captivating place I have ever been in my life (sorry Colombo). After a painful 3 hours by coach from Singapore and 3 more hours on the boat we finally arrived on the island. Within a few steps we arrived at a few parking bays. “Ok who’s going in which car?”. The pick up trucks were for us! Complete surprise.

It was probably one of my favourite parts of the trip. We sat being shaken uncontrollably by the dodgy Japanese built concrete tracks as we climbed up some of the steepest roads I’d ever seen. All the while surrounded with abnormally large plants, bird song and stunning treetop scenery. Was not what I was expecting in the slightest.IMG_8061 IMG_8033 IMG_8057Below are some photos from near the port in mainland Malaysia

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E: Pulau Ubin

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The first thing I did once I touched down here was grab a water taxi and head to the little island called ‘Pulau Ubin’. It’s an island where the typical sort of Singaporean building isn’t allowed. People have called it a window into the old Singapore. When you first set foot on the island you arrive at this bustling village full of tourists, restaurants and bike rental stores. However the buildings are like shanty houses. The contrast between this island and the city is quite beautiful. I got a better feeling about this part of the world when having a look round Pulau Ubin.

My Dad was actually with me for this trip and we rented out bikes, he said the trees and the rainforest was much like when he visited the Seychelles. The first 10 minutes of the bike ride were my favourite, you leave the village through a little back street and end up next to this quarry (shown above) then 3 minutes later you’re surrounded by these tall coconut palms.

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I got the chance to see some wild boar, which didn’t seem to wild when the tourist buses came to feed them. I also saw some monkeys scurrying along the road, it was really exciting because it’s the first time I’d seen wildlife like this in its native habitat. It’s the sort of thing you see in a documentary.

I also had my first experience drinking coconut water. It’s so refreshing it can’t be put into words. Because the coconut was fresh though, the actual white flesh of the fruit was a bit like jelly. Different from the imported coconuts we get at home. I think a return visit will be appropriate in the next coming weeks to escape some lab report stress.

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