Getting into Malaysia

Well we did finally manage to leave Tatyana’s early(ish) on Sunday morning. It was easy to get onto Robinson road which took us straight into the city. There was some kind of car free event going on because the road was closed to traffic and there were people on all sorts of bikes riding together along the street. Over the past few days in Singapore we saw more fancy cars than we’ve ever seen, and this was kind of the biking version – people were cruising by on Pinarello, Wilier, Cervello and Felt bikes, to name a few. We ended up doing a lap with these riders because it seemed easier than trying to cross the stream of cyclists. Continue reading

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Exploring Singapore

Well we did manage to set up our bikes, but we haven’t actually ridden them yet! Tatyana has been generously hosting us, not only letting us stay in her awesome (and cool) apartment, but also showing us some of the sights of Singapore. On our first night she took us to the top of her apartment block, 50 storeys up where we watched a stunning sunset before racing down to the supertrees at Marina Bay. These are giant structures planted with vertical gardens that light up twice a night in time with a musical performance. We walked back along the bay and returned home shattered to sleep. Continue reading

We made it to Singapore!

Despite New Zealands best attempts to keep us, we’ve made it to Singapore and are writing this from Tatyana and John’s 42nd floor apartment near the center of town. We managed to pack up our house and shift it home with more than a little help from Sarah and Bryony’s Mum Kate. The problems started two days later when packing the car for the Dunedin farewells and the bikes refused to fit in Bryony’s parents car. No worries, we just got dropped at the airport for our big OE with our luggage in the horse float. James’ Dad Peter picked us up in Auckland in a functional Subaru station wagon with plenty of room for the bikes. After a few days catching up with the McKellar family, including new niece Amelia we piled into the same red Subaru station wagon only to find that it refused to start. Luckily with a push start we could get it to go, so didn’t switch it off until we reached Auckland airport and farewelled James’ Mum in the rain in the car park after reverse push starting the car. Continue reading