A group of 19 FlyerTalkers met at the Concord Hotel and then went by bus and MRT to a dock where we hopped on bum boats and took the one-hour ride to Malaysia. We had to go through exit and entry procedures in both countries, but it was fairly painless. Once at the dock in a little corner of Malaysia, we took taxis to a town with a well regarded seafood restaurant. Along the way our friendly drive pointed out rubber tree plantations, a family of monkey frolicking by the side of the road, and military “pillboxes” set up to defend against the Japanese before World War II.
Apparently Singaporeans make the trek there regularly because the prices are so much cheaper. We enjoyed a long and leisurely lunch with a variety of seafood and other items. The restaurant was more of a Chinese restaurant than Malaysian, and the soft shell crab was particularly outstanding. The town itself did not appear to be particularly prosperous.
After a ride back several of us shared a taxi straight back to the Conrad, where we enjoyed evening snacks and beverages in the Executive Lounge along with upwards of a dozen other FlyerTalkers, and called it a night.
This morning we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast in Oscar's Restaurant, and are now catching up quickly on the Internet before heading to the Jurong Bird Park.
It's great to be back in Singapore.