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Jun 22, 2010 - Move to Melaka

We woke up late at 9:00 and got a taxi to the bus station. I am sad to leave Kuala Lumpur. The taxi journey took 4 hours. We passed lots of rural villages. Melaka is much less modern. We then got a taxi to town center. Me and mum ate while dad called some hotels. We went to our hotel. And stayed there until 6:00. We went out to see some shops and eat dinner.

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Jun 4, 2010 - Melaka

lovely, little town...if there isn't the king's birthday on ;-) stuffed with tourists from malaysia and singapore, thankfully only for one day! you can still see the dutch-influence all over the place...the stadthuis is only one of them. not much to do apart from walking around...so i was just enjoying the nice wheather (compared to kl), reading and strolling the nightmarket. went out for dinner with a nice english guy, who is unfortunetely heading the opposite direction...hard to find people with the same mind-set!!!

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May 10, 2010 - Melaka

Met de lokale bus zijn we in 2,5 uur in Melaka, een havenstad waar de Hollanders ooit geregeerd hebben. Het binnenstadje is klein en heel oud, met mooie panden en vele kleuren. Het is rustig op straat, we lopen door de straatjes en zien kerken, chinese tempels en verschillende winkeltjes. 's Avonds gaan we vroeg slapen. De volgende ochtend bezoeken we het 'Stadhuys', waar je de Nederlandse invloeden duidelijk kunt zien. Binnen in het Stadthuys bezoeken we een museum, waar de hele geschiedenis van Melaka te zien is. Ook bezoeken we een kerk...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Melaka

Flew into KL and caught a convenient 2 hour bus from the airport direct to Melaka (did we mention how easy it is to travel in Malaysia?) Spent a few days in the charming town of Melaka, a former Portuguese, Dutch and British colony (now happily independent). Christy had visited ~14 years ago. Much has changed, but happy to report it's still a nice town, oozing with history. Visited Chinatown to enjoy the beautiful architecture, food, Jonker St. night market (very relaxed market) and to see the Cheng Hong Teng temple (1846). Also saw St...

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Jan 29, 2010 - Melaka.....Last Stop before Singapore

Another public bus as they say, same as our Greyhound bus lines so not too bad. We arrived in Melaka, Malaysia. It was another wonderful day. Melaka is a smaller and very cute city, and it is a UNESCO Heritage city. Much slower pace than Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Had a nice Chinese lunch and then went off with Kat to see the sights. We went to an old fort and saw alot of navy memorabilia throughout the area. There are many tuk tuk drivers with very fancy rides, however after a hard day even they need a break. We went to the Bamboo Hut...

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Jan 24, 2010 - Goodbye Singapore, Hello Malaysia

Sometimes it's the little things - take sidewalks for example. Leaving our guesthouse (in a historic building in the Unesco World hertitage town of Melaka) it's two steps down, jump the culvert and.... you are in the street! The first day, we waited patiently for the one way traffic flow to stop before making the jump. The second day, we waited for the traffic to slow before jumping the culvert. By the third day, we didn't care what the traffic was doing, we just jumped the culvert. We slowly realized that car drivers also realized there...

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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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Jan 13, 2010 - Melaka Final Day

We are enjoying our stay more in Melaka. We met 2 wonderful artists Cinmoy and Mi Seon. They own a guesthouse, Da Som Inn and they hand paint Batik material for clothes. I just love there work and they are such great people. We found a small restaurant that we return to everyday. They specialize in one dish clap pot meals, mainly chicken and rice with various herbs. As you can see we had a enjoyable night at our hotel bar, can you pick me out.

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Jan 12, 2010 - Melaka Malaysia

Today we took the Bus to Melaka Malaysia. We had booked the bus the day we arrived in Singapore. The travel agencies in Sinagpore at a special center all bargained on the price...so finnally we found the best price for a nice bus. It had message chairs but no bathroom..I would of taken the bathroom but the chair were nice. The border crossing was really uncrowded. I think we where the only ones at the Singapore check out and a few people at the Malaysia check in point. We did not bring our spears but safeley left them with our hotel in...

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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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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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