To the East Cape

Callum (who we met in Dunedin on the South Island) met us in Gisborne and joined us on our journey to the East Cape.


We stopped at Tolaga Bay Wharf, a really long jetty reaching out into the ocean.







Our home for the evening is a campsite over looking the beach.




The facilities consist of a drop toilet inside a corrugated box on top of the hill. For 6 bucks a night, you can’t go wrong. 


We had plans to wake up early for the sunrise over the easternmost part of the land.


Was such a clear night, the moon lit up the place.


Over 800 steps to get to the lighthouse to watch the sun come up.





I was very out of breath at the top. 
Luckily, it was more than worth it.






Moved onto Whakatane where we caught the moonrise. 



We treated ourselves to a bit of ‘normality’ and went to the cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Exploring Singapore

 
I’m staying in a shared female dormitory in Coziee Lodge. When I first arrived there was only one bed occupied so I was hoping that it would be pretty empty.
When I got back after dinner last night there were a few more occupants. Only 4 including me which isn’t so bad. The air conditioning is on over night, but one of the girls thought it also best to have the fan on too.
 I was freezing! 
Made worse by the fact that when I left the room the heat would hit me like a wall. 
I did get some sleep, and this is the kind of stuff to be expected at hostels. 

I wanted to find out where the hawker centers were so I knew where I could eat cheaply.
I found them, they looked pretty cool, but for now I needed a place with wifi so I could budget and plan the rest of my trip now I’m officially a nomad.
I found a cafe called Bravery Cafe, close to the Kampong Glam area. 
The all-male staff seemed to be big Mariah Carey fans, blasting her greatest hits and singing along! 


The prices here are similar to eating in a cafe back home, so not too extortionate. When my food came, I was actually shocked at the amount of smoked salmon they had stuffed into the ciabatta! 


Had a bit of a panic when I couldn’t access my savings account. My whole To-Do list was based on my being able to actually see how much money I had to play with! 


As there was nothing more I could do at this point I walked towards the Kampong Glam area to see some sights.




I found the Parkview Square, a building that looks like something straight out of Gotham City.


There was an art exhibition on inside, On Sharks and Humanity.
A collection of artists had teamed up with WildLife in spreading the message about killing sharks for things like shark fin soup.















Really enjoyed this exhibition. Probably because it was about saving a misunderstood and endangered animal. Made me think again about volunteering, probably not this side of June, but definitely when I come back traveling again.
I then explored Arab street, the smell of Indian food is intoxicating, and the whole area, although it was described to me as ‘hipster’, I would just say ‘arty’. 





All walked out, I went back to the hostel to shower and have a nap and wait for the banks at home to open.
Once I had contacted them and moved some money I could relax a little, and went for a massage! 


Massages are cheap out here by U.K. Standards, so I like indulging. Plus actually carrying big bags around now is making me ache! 
I went to a place called Green Apple, they have multiple relaxing chairs in one room facing a giant screen with a film projected onto it (Riddick wouldn’t be my choice of film to relax to by any stretch of the imagination!) 
An hour and a half later he had pummeled away my pain (and created more!) it was then time to go see Beauty and the Beast with Nizer. 
After the film we went to Little India.


It was my last night in the hostel tonight, I was supposed to be staying with a Couchsurfing host but he kept changing the times so in the end I looked for a private room in a hostel, and found it was about the same to stay in a hotel with a pool! 

Exploring Singapore

 
I’m staying in a shared female dormitory in Coziee Lodge. When I first arrived there was only one bed occupied so I was hoping that it would be pretty empty.
When I got back after dinner last night there were a few more occupants. Only 4 including me which isn’t so bad. The air conditioning is on over night, but one of the girls thought it also best to have the fan on too.
 I was freezing! 
Made worse by the fact that when I left the room the heat would hit me like a wall. 
I did get some sleep, and this is the kind of stuff to be expected at hostels. 

I wanted to find out where the hawker centers were so I knew where I could eat cheaply.
I found them, they looked pretty cool, but for now I needed a place with wifi so I could budget and plan the rest of my trip now I’m officially a nomad.
I found a cafe called Bravery Cafe, close to the Kampong Glam area. 
The all-male staff seemed to be big Mariah Carey fans, blasting her greatest hits and singing along! 


The prices here are similar to eating in a cafe back home, so not too extortionate. When my food came, I was actually shocked at the amount of smoked salmon they had stuffed into the ciabatta! 


Had a bit of a panic when I couldn’t access my savings account. My whole To-Do list was based on my being able to actually see how much money I had to play with! 


As there was nothing more I could do at this point I walked towards the Kampong Glam area to see some sights.




I found the Parkview Square, a building that looks like something straight out of Gotham City.


There was an art exhibition on inside, On Sharks and Humanity.
A collection of artists had teamed up with WildLife in spreading the message about killing sharks for things like shark fin soup.















Really enjoyed this exhibition. Probably because it was about saving a misunderstood and endangered animal. Made me think again about volunteering, probably not this side of June, but definitely when I come back traveling again.
I then explored Arab street, the smell of Indian food is intoxicating, and the whole area, although it was described to me as ‘hipster’, I would just say ‘arty’. 





All walked out, I went back to the hostel to shower and have a nap and wait for the banks at home to open.
Once I had contacted them and moved some money I could relax a little, and went for a massage! 


Massages are cheap out here by U.K. Standards, so I like indulging. Plus actually carrying big bags around now is making me ache! 
I went to a place called Green Apple, they have multiple relaxing chairs in one room facing a giant screen with a film projected onto it (Riddick wouldn’t be my choice of film to relax to by any stretch of the imagination!) 
An hour and a half later he had pummeled away my pain (and created more!) it was then time to go see Beauty and the Beast with Nizer. 
After the film we went to Little India.


It was my last night in the hostel tonight, I was supposed to be staying with a Couchsurfing host but he kept changing the times so in the end I looked for a private room in a hostel, and found it was about the same to stay in a hotel with a pool! 

Bush Tucker Trials

I have finally booked a bus and hostel in my next destination, Battenbang.
What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
I met Aussie Ben for breakfast in the restaurant opposite my hostel, and he suggested the cinema as it was air conditioned and actually showing current movies! So here I am in Cambodia watching Lego Batman! 
When we emerged from the cinema it looked like it had been raining. We had managed to miss the storm! 
We had a little wander around the markets but seeing as neither of us want souvenirs, it gets boring pretty quick. 
People selling insects to eat on the street.

After lunch I met up with Miles and we went back to the cafe with Predator outside to have a chocolate milkshake. 



Here we met Elise from Boston and Miles dragged us to the Bug Cafe, he seems to have a craving for invertebrates since he saw them sold in the street!


I was only partially ready to eat insects. I was still full from lunch and milkshake and had no idea what to expect.


We ordered a platter which had a selection of everything the restaurant had to offer, Spring rolls with ants, which were tasty and you wouldn’t really know there was ants inside, Tarantula samosas, not too bad, and silk worm savory cupcake, which was tasty. 





Miles and Elise managed way more than me, but at least I tried what I could! 
Ben came to join us and Miles left to catch his flight, Ben had heard of a hip hop night in one of the bars on pub street.



Was pretty good, there was even a rapper they had shipped in from the U.K. I had never heard of him before, but it’s not like I’m an avid follower of the U.K. Hip hop scene.


This was my last night in Siem Reap and I am sad to be leaving, I am really enjoying Cambodia so far.