Melaka....an old town.

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Ringo's Foyer Guest House

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

So back into Malaysia which i looked forward to as i enjoyed the people very much and felt like i didn't get to witness the culture and people as much as i liked to the first time around.

Melaka is a historical town with a small old town that can be wandered around in a few hours..lovely, red buildings dating back to the 1600s from the old dutch influence, some old churches and a view of the sea as well. There's a mix community of chinese, malays, indians, some portugese. The old colonial buildings and homes are lit up by red lights are night which makes it pretty.

Anyways back to Melaka...so i had a nice day of wandering around and taking lots of pictures, talking to some locals. Then the next day, i literally took it easy and relaxed/tanned on the hostel's rooftop terrace...and went to the gym..haha! Felt like exerting some energy so went to the local gym and i do belive i met a past Mr. Universe, who owns the gym...i got a lot of stares but enjoyed, see it's not all fun and games..haha. And my hostel had the most gracious lovliness host, Raymond, an older man, who worked/lived there and was sooo welcoming and friendly. He introduced everybody to everybody, showed us to a good Indian restaurant then Chinese the next night...i love lovely people! I also noticed, and now just mentioning that Asian homes do not have couches/sofas. Run of the mill wooden chairs/benches or in most cases just the wooden floor will do just fine (we're soo spoiled) and hammocks of course..and in many cases that is where the family sleeps as well...talk aboot bringing the family together.

My orignial plan when i booked all my flights was to take a boat from Melaka straight to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia as there is a boat that goes everyday, made sense as it was soo close but i luckily reconsidered that...as my border crossings usually never go stright forward and i wasn't feeling it. I discovered that i may not be able to get a visa on arrival at that border crossing like you can at many of the main crossings..some people said yes but i still didn't feel certain and hadn't met anyone that had gone that way. And i also realized after looking a bit closer at Indonesia in my handy book that it is huuuugeeee...and so is Sumatra...and i would have 2, 30 hr bus trips ahead of me to get where i need to be and i don't have that much time left... blah blah blah. So i booked a flight from Kuala Lumpar instead and felt good aboot that decision, not debacles for me at this border!

Alrighty roo...i'm off...
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