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Feb 15, 2006 - Kuala Lumpur - Melaka (Malacca)

Kate, Danielle, Pamela and 3 kids went to Sydney airport to board our flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Austrian Airlines would not let us board, because we did not have ongoing tickets out of Malaysia. Did you know that you cannot buy airlines tickets at the airport? We finally bought some cheap tickets to Bangkok over the web and they let us on with only just enough time to board. It was very stressful!! I I wanted to take a stroller on board with me as when we disembark it would be late at night, and Benny would be fast...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Seremban & Melaka

After we left KL, I surprised Chris with a quick stop at a town called Seremban to see a well preserved example of the traditional Minangkabau-styled architecture. The house we saw had the trademark steep, pointed, curving roof gables. Quite impressive. Then it was onwards to Melaka (also spelled Melacca), a port town on the south west coast of peninsular Malaysia. We really enjoyed this town (thanks Stuart!) and spent a couple of nights here at a nice hostel. The town has a large Chinatown and again we were surrounded by the New Year...

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Jan 14, 2006 - Melaka

FRIDAY 13 JAN: IT'S NEARLY A HORROR MOVIE It is official: today I pass the half way mark on my trip: day 78 out of 155. And on Friday 13th! It is a bright and sunny morning, which does not surprise me one bit: I am convinced KL is just trying to rub me up the wrong way once again. The morning nearly becomes a disaster. I availed myself of the catering facilities in my esteemed hostel and set off to pack my stuff for the escape from this unlovely city. As fortune would have it, a notice on the notice board (a good place to put notices I...

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Jan 9, 2006 - Melaka City, Malyasia

About 3hrs from Kuala Lumpur, on our way to Singapore, we stoped for 2 nights in the city of Melaka. As a former power house port (due to the Strait of Melaka which leads into the Indian Ocean and divides Malaysia from Indonesia), Melaka has been highly influenced by Dutch, Portuguese, and English influences and therefore more closely resembles a European town. That said, Melaka also has a really interesting Chinatown that is stocked full of antiques from its glory days.

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Dec 27, 2005 - Melaka - Happy Birthday!

We celebrated Rahkee's and tour leader Charlie's birthdays here...with scrumptious chocolate mousse cake...ummmm! Text and photos to follow... UPDATE: Yes, these tuk-tuk like festive buggies were unique to Melaka. Some of them even played Christmas carols! This was the town we will remember by the birthday parties we celebrated. It rained a lot in Melaka and we were all still a bit tired from the Christmas festivities. #7 is a photo of the friendly hotel manager who despite a dodgey knee, performed the New Zealand Rugby Haika Dance for us....

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Nov 29, 2005 - Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka is a great city located within the Straits of Melaka in Malaysia. The town is quite small and feels very historical...brick roads, a fort, a sultan's house, and best of all, the Museum of Beautification--a disturbing collection of photos and memorobilia relating to the various things that women (and some men) do to themselves to be "beautiful" according to their society. Everything from lip plates, foot binding, piercing and tattooing to scarring...very interesting, and quite gross in some instances! But definitely a must-see in...

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Nov 22, 2005 - Melaka

Last night in Singapore Sunday the whole gang went to visit the Singapore Night Zoo. What an amazing experience! It's a complete Zoo with all the usual (and a few unusual) animals, but they are only open at night and the place has been designed so you can watch the animals?nocturnal activities closely. We started out with a light dinner accompanied by a herd of water buffalos. The restaurant was set right by a waterhole (lit by football stadium size lamps of course). So we sat there consuming noodles and chicken while taking in the sounds...

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Nov 8, 2005 - Nightmare bus journey to Melaka

Left Tasik Chini after brekkie. Rajan drove us straight to the bus terminal in Kuantan cos he was off there anyway so that was good. Got bus bound for Melaka, thinking we;d stop regularly for toilet breaks and a food break too. But oh no....the bus didnt stop ONCE. Not even for a toilet stop! Needless to say the journey was agonising and utterly boring. James gets in FOUL FOUL moods when he's hungry and bored and he cant read cos there were no lights! The journey took about 7 hours and we arrived in Melaka around 9:30pm. Straight to the...

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Oct 23, 2005 - Melaka

Right now we're in Melaka. We just arrived on the bus a few hours ago and are excited to see the town. It's a nice breath of fresh air (literally) from the big city. We only have two more days with Brent and Brian and are amazed at how fast the first 2 days have gone. It turns out that our hotel in Melaka is only 1 block from the night market, so I think that Christine might manage to shop a little this evening. I'll get pictures up as soon as possible. Ryan and Christine

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Oct 17, 2005 - Melaka, Malaysia

We purchased a bus ticket to Melaka and departed Singapore on Sunday October 16th. It was pouring rain the entire way there but that makes for a good bus ride in my opinion. Melaka is a historic port city that has been under the rule of just about everyone who at some point or another has tried to control the trade routes through the Straight of Melaka. Therefore it has a very multi-cultural feel but with a purposeful emphasis on the Malay culture since this is after all Malaysia. We were sort of just passing through; two nights, see some...

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Sep 20, 2005 - KL update and more San Fran pics

so we have arrived in kuala lumpur!! we are staying at helen and jack's place (friends of my dads) for 2 nights. last night helen and her daughter mikayla took us to chili's for dinner. the restaurant was in a 10 floor mall - jenny was in heaven. it was nice to order a meal that we recognized. after singapore we took a 3 hour bus ride into malaysia to a town called melaka. our first impression of the place was a little sketchy. garbage and open sewers everywhere. we dropped off our stuff at the hostel and ventured around town for a few...

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Sep 18, 2005 - Malacca / Melaka (10-11/09/05)

Malacca est un peu un passage obligé sur la côte ouest de la péninsule malaisienne. Cette ville très touristique, qui a donné son nom au détroit entre la péninsule malaisienne et l'ile indonésienne de Sumatra, est pleine de reliques des époques coloniales portugaise, hollandaise et britannique. Le centre historique (voir photos) est agréable et animé, en particulier par les conducteurs de trishaws qui veulent absolument balader les touristes dans leur engin. Chinatown est également un quartier très sympatique à visiter, notamment le soir...

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