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Jan 14, 2010 - Add a couple Melaka Pictures

We had a few more pictures I did not add on the last entry. We were ready to leave Melaka..perhaps it was our state of mind but ..oh well. I am missing Amy at Stay Fit Studio as I had a message at the hotel in Melaka and had my skin rubbed off with a towel. I asked for a firm message to help my neck, and I learned to not ask for anything special. The lady asked for a extra $20 and proceeded to hurt me. 5 days later I have healed!!! Do not ask for firm or spicy food..just take it the way they want to give it to you!!!

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Dec 28, 2009 - Peninsular Malaysia

Monday 28th December 2009 Time to move on from Singapore today, and we got an early morning coach for the 4-hour journey to Melaka. Crossed the border from Singapore to Malaysia without too many hassles, apart from the hassle of getting off the bus to leave one country and then again when you arrive in the other country 2 minutes later! There was an English guy on the bus who had just started a 6-month trip so we imparted some our travel tips/tales along the way, but he wasn’t very impressed when we chose to go to McDs for lunch when we...

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Big trip home!

Dec 11, 2009 - Malacca, Controlling the Straits of

‘Whoever controls Malacca controls the strait of Malacca; whoever controls the strait of Malacca controls the price of cloves in Europe’. That logic was not lost on the Europeans looking for spice riches in the 16th century and beyond and keen to break the Arab monopoly on the overland route. First the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the British made sure they had a finger in the pie. Malacca had already been an important trade hub between India and China since medieval times because of its strategic location along the Malacca...

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Oct 30, 2009 - Melaka

I arrived in Melaka today and have already decided to leave. It is not just one thing but a number of things that i don't really like about this place... I had already bought a bus ticket for this sunday so was willing to lose the 12 ringgit i paid for it in order to go back to KL early but as luck should have it a girl in my hostel wants to get a bus on sunday! Sunday is apparently a bad day to travel without a pre-bought ticket as many weekend and day trippers come from KL and leave on a sunday. Hopefully i don't turn up to the station to...

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Where am I now?

Sep 7, 2009 - In Hollandhausen

An diesem wirklich schoenen Tag bin ich auf mir Melaka anzutun. Und ich muss sagen, auch wenn es von Hollaendern, also Gebaeuden, dominiert wird, ist es echt ganz schoen. Das Staedtchen hat Charme auch wenn an jeder Ecke gebaut wird oder ein Gebaeude zerfaellt. Auf dem St. Paul's hill, den Ruinen einer alten Kirche, sassen in den Ruinen der alten Kirche zwei Malaysier und haben froehliche amerikanische Evergreens getraellert. Danach erstmal in ein weiteres Shoppingungetuem um einen Rucksack zu finden. Mit Ausdauer die neotig war um in dem...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Melaka

Melaka ist beschaulich und pittoresk - da kommt einiges mehr Ferienstimmung auf! Zusaetzlich zum typisch malayischen Malaysia-Indien-China-Mix kommen noch hollaendische und portugiesische Einfluesse aus der Kolonialzeit hinzu. Dieses spannende Kulturgemisch wurde auch gebuehrend geehrt, indem Melaka zum Weltkulturerbe ernannt wurde. Das Chinatown, wo ich uebernachte, ist ueberschaulich und der touristisch interessante Teil laesst sich in einem lockeren 3stuendigen Spaziergang erkunden. Fuer Melaka typisch sind sogenannte Nonyas,...

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Nina in Malaysia

Jun 4, 2009 - Malaysia part 1

So, as per the last blog; our first 2 days in Malaysia were spent with the Tweedie Family. They generously put us up for the night and in the morning, took us to the neighborhood restaurant to experience our first taste of Malaysian food. The Malay breakfast traditionally includes Roti, which is a flat bread similar to Indian Naan. This roti can be plain (roti canai), or dressed up with egg, onion, cheese, etc. The roti is usually served with a lentil curry (dhal) to dip the bread in (roti prata). Then to drink you can have tea, coffee or...

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May 1, 2009 - Melaka

When we arrived in Melaka we had no idea where we were going to stay as usual so we ended up walking around with our bags on in the scorching heat trying to find somewhere. It took us about an hour but we found a really nice little place and the guy was really friendly so it was all good. We didn,t really get to see that much of the place as we weren't even there for 24 hours. We were told to go to this particular indian restaurant but it wasn't that great and took us ages to find it. The only good thing was that we got to see a bit of...

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Mar 2, 2009 - Melaka

A return to the former Portuguese then Dutch and lastly British colony and now small but neat city of Melaka 11 years on, and initial impressions are how much Chinatown has changed. After booking myself into the Eastern Heritage Guesthouse which does its business from a well-kept old building in Chinatown, I started my afternoon with a wander around the rest of Chinatown which I remembered being wall-to-wall antique shops, but economic development has meant that the overpriced antique shops have now been largely replaced offerings of...

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Where's Malcolm?

Feb 22, 2009 - Riding a rickshaw!

On an extremely hot day, and pretty tired from walking to and from museums most of the day, I tried took a rickshaw ride. In some of the images, you can see how elaborately decorated some of them are. In the video, you see me riding down the street in the rickshaw and hear the music the driver played during the ride. Hilarious!

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Feb 22, 2009 - Melaka museums

For a small city, this place has a huge number of museums. They have a couple maritime museums, museums of history, a museum devoted to the main political party, a museum of kites, spinning tops (I'm not kidding), human beatufication, government, and many others. By the end of the day, I was definitely museumed-out, but I saw many of them, including an arquetecturally interesting one that is a replica of an old Portugese ship. The first several photos are of and inside that museum. Notice the sign outside of it about shoes. In Asia, you...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Chinatown in Melaka

For a small city, Melaka has a pretty impressive Chinatown. Every weekend they have an outdoor street market that stretches for blocks. The following images show the market. I even picked up a few small items myself that night. The last photo has nothing to do with Chinatown, but did you know that McDonalds' in Asia actually do deliveries?

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