For a reason I don’t fully understand, my hotel provided down comforters to each of the rooms. For those cold in the 80 – 90 degree heat, they could safely curl up in bed sans probleme. Unfortunately, I had a tendancy to wake up at about 4 – 5 a.m., wide awake and sweating. Even tossing off the blankets at that point made no difference.
An early rise and pleasant breakfast under my belt, I headed off to Changi airport to fly up to Kuala Lumpur. First Class on Singapore Airlines was a treat, with attentive service and access to the phenomenal First Class Lounge, where a chef prepares snacks for members and a small buffet spread is laid out. On our short 55 minute flight featured a quick meal and more entertainment and service than some US transcontinental fares. And for less money than the comparable transcontinental fares.
Kuala Lumpur itself was covered in haze.
The car ride in to the city took about an hour, with a pleasant driver playing US songs, to my amusement. Asking after the cloudy skies, he suggested it might be related to wild fires around the city, driven by the nature of the dry season currently underway.
At the hotel, I crashed hard, sleeping for three hours while watching the latest American Idol episodes from the states. The hotel lobby was swinging when I woke up in search of food. A Chinese group was singing a collection of American hits, dancing literaly on top of the bar.
And then, it was 1 a.m. and time to sleep again.