I’ve always wanted to celebrate my birthday abroad but I always felt that the timing bad, I didn’t have enough money or I couldn’t think of a good place to visit. But I decided that this year, I must be out of the U.K. in an exciting destination, preferably far flung and completely different to London.
Back in the sweet month of June, after much planning and getting my girls to be on board and come with me, I decided to celebrate my birthday in Asia and the four of us jetted off to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
After 13 hours on a reasonable Emirates stopover flight, we landed in Singapore and were greeted with balmy, humid temperatures. We stayed at Village Hotel Katong, which is attached Katong V, a small shopping mall and also has a decent amount of restaurants nearby, even a Nandos.
Although exhaustion settled in, we were all excited to be in booming environment as Singapore is one of the most developed and popular destinations in Asia. Going around the city and different areas, we used almost all forms of transport and Uber was our favourite as it was affordable and extremely available around the city.
Seeing and visiting the iconic sights of Singapore including Marina Bay Sands complex, Gardens by the Bay, the many malls along Orchard Road and Singapore Botanic Gardens were eye-opening, especially with the hustle and bustle of locals and unique skyscrapers dominating the city skyline.
As I spent my actual birthday in Singapore, I particularly enjoyed zip lining down the forest to the beach on Sentosa Island, touching and holding a snake for the first time conquering my phobia, strolling through Gardens by the Bay during the night time and being surprised with a lovely birthday treat at midnight by my girls.
After a couple days spent in decent weather and exploring most of Singapore, we travelled overnight to Kuala Lumpur.
The overnight journey to KL wasn’t so bad, however we wished it was a direct train instead of us hopping on and off 3 different trains. However it was cheap and not too unpleasant compared to using coach or flights.
Arriving in the early morning, we checked into our 2 bed apartment at The Face Suites in Bukit Bintag, which was conveniently located near Quill City Mall, which has a lot of restaurants and stores. Going around KL was a bit more haphazard than Singapore due to an influx of frequent traffic jams. We opted for the ridiculously cheap Uber transport throughout our entire stay.
I loved visiting the various religious sites and tourist hotspots consisting of Petronas Twin Towers, National Mosque, Thean Hou Temple, Batu Caves, Symphony Lake and Wilayah Mosque.
Despite hearing about the UK Brexit news back home, we all indulged in some much needed retail therapy by visiting the huge malls and haggled for some bargains during the night at Petaling Street and treated ourselves to soothing treatments at Mandara Spa.
Our apartment had the most amazing views of KL’s skyline including KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers from the rooftop deck and infinity pool; the weather was glorious during our stay so I had many picture perfect opportunities.
I enjoyed KL more than Singapore due to its wonderful sites and extremely affordable food and transport, however I do wish I spent more time to wander around both cities and visit other points of interest.
Visiting Singapore & Kuala Lumpur for my birthday with my close friends was full of laughter, enjoyment, a lot of Snapchat posts and money spending but it was so worth it and easily up there as one of the best holidays I’ve had.