The home strait

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 10, 2010

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Apa Kaba

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Monday, March 8, 2010

So now it's really starting to feel like the clock is counting down. We can almost see the finish line. When in New Zealand Will told us that South East Asia would be the icing on our travelling cake and so far I have to say that it's looking very promising. We left Singapore at about 11am, heavy bags in-tow, on a bus bound for Melaka (Malacca), and arrived just after 4pm. Our first shock on arrival was the unexpected sighting of a super-large Tesco - surely a sign that the end is nigh. Then began the multiple challenges of deciphering the journey to our 'Guest House'. Challenge 1: locating the correct bus and getting on it. This would have been completed with relative ease had it not been for the cumbersome weights on our back and the sweltering heat. Nonetheless, with the help of some friendly locals we did scrambled aboard the correct bus. Challenge 2: disembark at the correct bus at the correct stop. We had been instructed by the guest house to dismount next to a huge shopping mall, so challenge 2 was easily overcome. Challenge 3: locate the guest house. Again, if it hadn't been for the burdens on our backs and the claustrophobic heat this would have been a breeze - the few wrong turns would have seemed less frustrating. Gem in particular was flagging, and so our eventual arrival at the guest house was doubly welcomed.

From then on things got better. Our host is excessively welcoming and provided us with complimentary bottles of water on arrival and slices of watermelon shortly after. That evening we headed into town to sample the night market. The street was bright with lanterns, all manner of stalls selling tasty food that wafted their fragrances across the scene, clothes and a million strange trinkets. I was particularly loving the undercover furniture - phones that looked like cans of drink or large batteries, pens that looked like makeup tubes and umbrellas that looked like wine bottles - to name a few. There were the obligatory fake watches and 'Hello Kitty' paraphernalia and multitudes of kitsch. Gem was in heaven. Now at this point please forgive me for divulging costs, but while Chris was with us in Australia he requested that we let him know this information despite the risk of it making him jealous. So for Chris's sake...that evening Gem indulged in 10 satay sticks (a Malay speciality) with 2 parcels of satay rice, I had a main course of lemon chicken with rice, we both had a drink and shared a large dessert (which included kidney beans in it - Gem wasn't so sure, I grew to like it a little). That meal cost us the equilavent of about 3 GB pounds. We also tried a sweet from another market which came in at under 10p. We returned to the guest house room that evening feeling like proper fat people.

This morning the owner of the guest house gave us a lift in his car to the bus station so we could visit the main terminal to book out tickets to Kuala Lumpur - just another sign of his welcoming friendliness.

Anyway ... there may be another entry before we move on but if not our next stop is Kuala Lumpur. See you there ...
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g tupper on

SO MUCH food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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