Founding city of Malaysia

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Monday, May 17, 2010

After my 'restful' nights sleep in the dorm I just didn't feel ready to head off just yet. I chilled out over breakfast figuring that the hostel was probably one of the most sociable I had been to with beanbags and TV and free breakfast that I might meet someone going the same way.I met a welsh girl who was heading to Perth so hopefully have some company when I get there. I also got chatting to a couple of guys while I was playing around with the laptop. Mungo (haha especially for you Holly) was 18 but seriously must have some money behind him as he was already on his 3rd trip of the gap year (skiing, Africa then an Asian tour). And Erik who was also 26 and Dutch. It's odd but being that bit older it is exciting to meet people who are around the same age. After lunch I ended up convincing Erik to come to Malacca with me as he had no set plans until a flight from Bangkok on the 24th. So we followed the hostels instructions and walked to the bus station which felt like miles in the humidity.
   Boarded a bus with very little idea whether it was going the same way or where we needed to get off. I have kind of come to accept that many journeys are in the lap of the Gods and to just trust that you arrive. Erik however had only travelled Australia so this was his first Asian journey. It feels good to realise how far I have come in getting used to Asia when you see someone who is not used to it!
   The bus finally arrived at the Singapore border. Everyone off and a rush to the immigration post. Then everyone had to queue up to get on buses the other side. None of the chilled out seating arrangements of the first bus this was a case of back as many people in as you can. So we had to carry the backpacks, daypacks and everything else for about 25 minutes on the journey between the borders. Even more fun in a moving bus which throws you around just to make things interesting!
   Finally Malaysian immigration and various questions about why I was coming back so soon. Then another bus to the main bus station which we managed to get rid of the bags. Then the main bus station. 300 touts come running up to you as soon as you get off the bus which is a little disconcerting. Trying to work out how to get to Malacca which bus it was, how much it costs (I heard 80 Ringett when it was 18) and where it left from was all part of the fun. I was so glad I had company for the journey especially male as I seem to be particularly attractive in Malaysia and stared at almost constantly. The bus made it all worthwhile however. It was the nicest bus I have ever been on. Huge seats - like first class in an airplane. Aircon and reclining seats - perfect!
   When we arrived the taxi into town was 15 almost the same as our 3 hour bus ticket. The first hostel was full the second was desserted - literally hung around for about 10 minutes and there was no-one around. Finally headed out for some food and Erik had literally the strangest milkshake ever with jelly at the bottom - gross!
    We ventured into town the next day and discovered a bus was going to take 6 hours to the Cameron highlands. Fun day ahead tomorrow then! It was boiling hot and wasn't a huge amount to see. Lots of old colonial buildings from both the Dutch and English and a small Chinatown. I had the strangest drink ever with small green jelly like things floating in it which is Malacca's drink. Not a nice sensation or taste but least I tried it. We ended up back in the shopping mall after the heat got too much. I had a hairdresser tell me my hair was too much of a mess to do anything with. It has kind of put me off trying to get my hair done in Asia. So rude!
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Mmmhm, congealed milkshake, my favourite!

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