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Brickfields: Little India, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

First timers to Kuala Lumpur, like myself, might make the mistake of thinking that Brickfields is a specific place, but it’s not. Brickfields is an area to explore, a suburb, and so when we got our Grab driver to ‘drop us anywhere that’s good’, he let us off at the top of what seemed to be the main street.

We went at night, and I honestly feel that was the best time to go. The heat and humidity died down, the dinner queues were lining up, the shop fronts were blaring competing techno-Bollywood tunes. The whole place was a cacophony of sound and colour. Brickfields is famous for their multicoloured structures and street decorations and I found that wandering the streets at night just made everything more festive, with lamplight and fairylights coming from everywhere.

There’s no shortage of Indian diners to eat at. We found one that was packed from the back and spilled out the front, with bain-maries of curries and rices, and al a carte options. There’s street theatrics as master chefs make dosas and teh tahrik for the public.

Go to Brickfields for dinner, it’s a sonic and culinary experience.

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9PM in Little India and things are ☆ĹOUD☆

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Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park is a vast expanse with wildlife and opportunity for safari. It’s ideal around sunrise or sunset as that’s when all the animals are most active. There seem to be plenty of safari options available, and I wouldn’t enter the National Park without being on a tour (perhaps you can).

The downside of this is that a mass of jeeps all tracking around trying to see animals in their natural habitat. The whole adventure seems a bit congested and forced- but what else can you do? If you a good driver, they’ll take less populated routes and stop to show you something your untrained eye would miss; see on that branch? There’s a chameleon. See, in that tree? There’s a leopard. I’d never have known by myself, the animals are so well camouflaged!

There is a huge elephant population, and it should go without saying that tourists are advised against feeding them because it messes with their familiarity with humans then upsets their natural feeding routine.

That said, I spent a few hours here seeing animals “in the wild” and it was really magical. Water buffalo, elephants, peacocks, it was a pretty spectacular experience.

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Gentle ♡

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Bird watching in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

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Kampong Glam, Singapore

Kampong Glam is worth a wander. Kampong Glam is a whole block, and the whole are definitely should be explored. The main street extending from the Mosque is a mess of stores and restaurants, with people trying to entice you every which way. I found that the other little streets and lanes, like Haji Lane, were more interesting as there were little boutique stores offering a host of handicrafts, clothes and smaller cafes and restaurants. There’s awesome street art and the vibes are more relaxed the further from the mosque you go. It’s also a very short walk from the MRT, and things don’t really open until late morning.

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Cafe Punto, Galle, Sri Lanka

At Cafe Punto, my partner and I had some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine of our trip. We tried roti and buffalo curd and a fish kottu and so much more. Ah, the food was so tasty and reasonably priced, so we kept ordering until we were full. It’s an unassuming little restaurant, but always busy. They serve Western meals to, but I figure, when traveling, do as the locals do.

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Sri Lankan Buffalo Curd and Honey? No whey!

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Fika Swedish Cafe, Kampong Glam, Singapore

In the heart of Kampong Glam, you’ll find this Swedish cafe. I was traveling with people who were a bit nervous to try the middle-eastern and cheap local food that was around the area, so this Swedish cafe offered an interesting western meal. I had an elderflower and blueberry drink, which was perfectly refreshing in the Singaporean humidity. For food, we shared hasselback potatoes, swedish meatballs and a salad. Halal and decadent, the food was earthy and buttery, I’m not someone who usually has Swedish cuisine, so I was very excited to try and very glad that I did.
The restaurant has wifi, aircon, a clean bathroom and ample seating. My only concern would be that it tends to echo with large groups and can get quite loud.

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Chinatown Seafood Restaurant, Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown Seafood Restaurant can be summed up in three words: reliable, cheap and cheerful.

In the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, this restaurant is located on the more touristy side so it catches the flow of foreigners who come out of the train station looking for a feed. It’s a large establishment and serves local delicacies alongside chinese staples like fried rice and wok-fried vegetables.

The food is tasty and reliable- you’ll be able to find something you like even if you’re a tentative traveler.

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City Sightseeing Bus, Seville, Spain

We did a City Sightseeing tour through Lisbon and loved it, so we thought the company would be reliable in Seville. We didn’t read the reviews first- big mistake. We probably just had an unlucky trip, but by all accounts, it could have been run better by the company.
Firstly, our bus broke down around one of the neighbourhoods. There was no guarantee that a second bus would come and save us, and we had a huge load of people. My friend and I decided to walk to the next bus stop and wait there- our second mistake. The map we were given was hard to read and difficult to decipher so we ended walking through strange backstreets and around behind vacant lots. Turns out, the bus stops are completely unmarked as they stipulate a vague area where the bus will stop.

This isn’t true.

We stood at bus stops and the buses drove past us, because apparently the stop is ‘out of use’. We ended up wandering the Expo area- a huge industrial park which has very limited anything, in the dead of Sevillian summer. We only got a bus because my friend downloaded the app and we found other tourists who were at a loss as well. The bus stopped only for a big group.

My advice would be: consider your need to travel with City Sightseeing Seville, download the app if you do, and don’t get off the bus.
We ended up having a sweaty 3 hour ordeal on foot purely because the bus stops were unmarked and buses drove past at 20min intervals.

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