I am a huge reality show fan. I am glued to the TV set, watching "American Next Top Model", "Survivor", "Fear Factor", "Project Runway", "Apprentice" and not forgetting "The Amazing Race" whenever I can!
What amazed me, in "The Amazing Race" was, how some couples manage to tolerate each another, encourage and support one another and while some, break up after the show.
After spending almost the entire relationship living together, we decided to take on a road trip to KL, our own "Amazing Race", to test our patience for each another (We seriously don’t have that gift) and to anniversarize our abilities to get on each other’s nerves thru out these 5 years.
Driving to our destination, The Royale Bintang at Jalan Bukit Bintang of KL, without a proper map (my brother’s gf passed us the JB map, when we are supposed to be driving up to KL), only with the help of a GPS that always give us the wrong instructions, prove to be hell lots of challenge! It’s a challenge for us, because one of us cannot drive, and the other, can drive but get lost even in Singapore, at times.
Here is Paul, happy to start the journey as this gives him the reason to drive at neck-breaking speed, without having to worry that I might scream at him.
Is it the sun or am I feeling apprehensive about this road trip already?
Looking at the rain clouds gathering and seconds later, it begins to pour like nobody’s business. And our GPS… all I can say is, "it is not spoilt, whether it is working or not… it doesn’t matter".
For the price of S$80, it quite a steal for this hotel, The Royale Bintang. Love the location, it is walking distance to many shopping and food heavens.
Our first night is spent, shopping at Sungei Wang, Lot 10 and the nearby complexes.After having a feast of prawn, frog legs, clams and vegetable, we end the night at Zouk KL, clubbing. While I prefer the atmosphere in Zouk Singapore, he give credits to the malaysian DJ in Zouk KL.
In "The Amazing Race", there are times whereby we need to complete a certain "Detour" or "Road Block". We chose "Detour", it’s a task, where the both of us must get to KLCC to shop and eat, only travelling by public transport. We took the Monorail, then LRT, asking our direction with strangers we met. For Paul, who hasn’t been taking train for the last 3 to 4 years, it seems like the journey is a pain to him.
It was lucky for him to escaping crossing that bridge of the twin tower, as it was closed already when we reached. And there goes "Fear Factor" for Paul.
Our shopping from KL. Quite controlled already, we only spend less than RM$500 on clothings.
It’s 2.30am and we are checking out of the hotel to embark on a journey of home-coming. Yes, did we forgot to mention that we choose to leave in the wee hours, because Paul wanted to speed thru the night, so that he can be back to do some work on Sun afternoon. What a workaholic! He sure would make a good "Apprentice" for Donald Trump.
We were back at the Singapore Causeway by 6am in the morning. I am so shacked. Are we still in the running for "The Amazing Race"? Find out soon…
13th March 2006: WE HAD BROKEN UP AFTER 5 & HALF YEARS.