Have you heard of Ekspres Senandung Malam? No, it's not some corny 80's love song. It's the name of the overnight train that travels from KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur) to Tanjong Pagar (Singapore). Wonder why KTMB gave it such a mushy name :-p
This time around I decided to go to Singapore by train. I had never traveled in Malaysia (let alone Singapore) by train before, except for those short distance ones like Komuter, LRT and Monorail. Hence the journey itself was a new adventure for me.
This way or that way?
Owh, Gate B for south-bound trains.
A big crowd waiting for the gate to open.
Amongst the crowd, there was a group of teenagers of four boys and girl. I overheard the girl asking the boys, "Eh serious ah, KTMB from Malaysia how to go Singapore? The train go underwater ah? Really ah?". One of the boys answered, "No laa..". That was it, no further explanation. I bet he didn't have a clue either.
For those who are just as clueless (pardon my sarcasm), the train goes into Singapore via Tambak Johor, a causeway built many years ago to connect Malaysia and Singapore. People use it to travel by road, rail or even foot if they wish. Wait, I'm not sure if they still allow you to walk on it, but at least when I was a kid it was definitely possible.
It reminds me of a friend who doesn't know that Tambak Johor is a causeway (built on elevated land), not a bridge. I think the name itself is a dead giveaway, unless you don't know what "tambak" means. When Angah and I were kids, my mum told us that the causeway would shake if anyone that Sultan Johor disliked traveled on it. "Don't anger the Sultan, the causeway's gonna shake!" she warned us. I still wonder if it's true. Oh well, true or otherwise, she did succeed in making us sit still in the car and effectively reducing my dad's stress level while driving!
Since the waiting area was full, we just hanged around near Dunkin Donuts.
Two KTM officers (in blue) manning the gate.
Finally, it was time to board! Our coach was L5 - second class berths.
A view inside the coach. The entire left and right walls were full with bunkers.
My bed - no. 37 on the upper bunk. To the right was Hz's bunk, to the left was the exit door.
Each bed was equipped with a pillow, a thin blanket and a curtain for privacy.
Getting ready to sleep. See the shoe compartment to my left? Never leave your shoes on the floor underneath the bed. You don't want to arrive in Singapore barefooted, do you?
Nighty night! Saya mahu bersenandung malam :-D