Singapore: the sun, the beach and the jellyfish! – Part 2

First time travelling to Singaland via train!

Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, modes of transport I took before was buses and airplanes. This time, since I wanted to sleep comfortably throughout the journey at night and reach only in the morning, I opted for train for my journey to and coach for my journey back from Singapore. Both modes took longer hours if compared to flight, of course, but I wanted to recharge and did not want to feel sluggish and tired upon arrival, kuat main punya pasal!

It was my negligence to purchase the train ticket only a month in advance, naively assuming that train would not be such a popular choice. It ended up that all 2nd class sleepers were sold out and I was forced to give myself a splurge with first class deluxe sleeper. So, if you are travelling on a public holiday, make sure you plan ahead and buy your train ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment or spending extra.

I bought the ticket for upper berth but I got to have the whole cabin by myself! A pleasant surprise!

The corridor outside of my cabin

Presenting the premier night deluxe sleeper cabin!

Presenting the premier night deluxe sleeper cabin!

The comparison between upper and lower berths:-

  • Upper berth is cheaper but narrower and does not have window view.
  • For light-sensitive people like me, I would advise to go for lower berth to ensure a good night sleep. Besides the light is radiating considerable amount of heat to the upper berth when it’s switched on, it could be quite uncomfortable.

Upper berth and the light

The compartment to put your baggage and a TV, which wasn’t working

Complimentary toiletries and a bottle of mineral water. The attendant will collect the towel back before reaching JB

Complimentary toiletries and a bottle of mineral water. The attendant will collect the towel back before reaching JB

Included in the fare is a simple packed meal. The choices are nasi lemak, fried rice or fried meehoon

Included in the fare is a simple packed meal. The choices are nasi lemak, fried rice or fried meehoon. This nasi lemak was nice! I like the sambal!

JB CIQ officials at your doorstep! Unlike taking bus we do not have to personally alight from the train, enter the CIQ and board the train again 🙂

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Please skip this part if you do not want to read about my lecturing :p

Someone criticized/queried my choice of taking bus back as well as visiting Singaland a bit too frequent, quoting, “Do you know flight tickets are very cheap now?” and “Do you know SG currency is very high? Why don’t travel further?” I knew he meant good, but what I did not tell him was that, in the endeavor of making a more balanced decision (for myself! Different people have different priority), we should not look at cost alone! Instead we should look at both cost and benefits! Benefits like more hassle-free to be picked up and dropped off, the TOTAL hours took from the moment you set off to the point of pick up to the time you reach home, the companionship, etc.

I did my cost-benefit analysis!

I did my cost-benefit analysis!

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Part 1: before the trip | Part 3: the sun and the beach! (a), (b) | Part 4: -ing SG!

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