personal notes on a nomadic style round the world trip.
Cooling our heels in Malacca (Melaka) and a fleeting visit to the powerhouse of Asia, Singapore.
(In the time it has taken me to write this WordPress has had a bit of a facelift, so the images are displayed in two different formats, the new one starts in Singapore).
After Medan we flew back to Kuala Lumpur, hopped on a bus and made our way to Malacca (Melaka). We were both looking forward to delicious food, exciting ramblings about the old UNSECO old town and just generally recovering from the lack of sleep and stress of Sumatra.
So we arrived, found our place to stay, Casablanca Guesthouse and negotiated a week rate (this is a thing you can do which we hadn’t realised up till now). had a bit of a wander around and found a hawkers stall. Unfortunately this first meal of Wan Tan Mee from the Jonkers Street stall was not up to Penang standard. Greasy.
The following morning (well early afternoon, we were quite tired) we awoke to find out some “lovely” individual had robbed my completely battered 8 month old Teva sandals. How could this happen you ask? Well all over Asia it is customary to remove your shoes when you enter someones home, we have done this in the many guesthouses and homestays in every country we have visited and there has never been an issue….until now. So not the best start to the day. We eventually found a Teva stockist and got them replaced at a massively discounted rate of £21. There was some weird 50% off sale on. My new ones are nice but I am still miffed about the other ones, plus I have to break in a new pair of shoes again- the agony of blisters.
We expected Malacca to be quite like Penang, alas it is nothing like it. It is touristy, incredibly touristy. Unfortunately this means, for the most part, food and drink is expensive and the quality is poor. However we did find some good places and the Weekend Jonkers Street Market was quite good for food (but other than that it was mostly tat (i.e. Made in China cheap souvenirs, electronics and cheap toys) being sold).
The old part of Malacca is quite nice to wander around also but again full of trinket stalls, luckily there was the odd artist there too.
Over all we used Malacca as a base to recharge and make a rough plan for our travels up to the end of the year… we toyed with going to the Philippines but in the end decided we wouldn’t have enough time to do the country justice so decided to concentrate on Malaysian Borneo and Indonesia round 2- see the Komodo dragons in Flores, chill out in Lombok and maybe find somewhere relaxed in Bali before our flight to Sydney..
Then it was off to Singapore. We had a very flying visit here and were staying with some friends, Romain and Aishling, due to some clashes of commitments we didn’t get to do everything we would have wanted to do here but still saw some nice things. Unfortunately an overpriced cocktail in Raffle’s Hotel did not happen-maybe next visit.
I also wasn’t feeling 100% here, picked up an infection along the way and had to go to the doctor, it was not cheap and I was put on antibiotics and as I asked about my ears, I was also put on antihistamines (no hope of decent decongestants here) which turned me into a bit of a bitch after a few days (according to Gav), he was very happy once I finished the course and was back to normal. From my end they just made me exhausted. I’ll be avoiding those particular ones in future.
It was also unfortunately the time when the attacks happened in Paris where some of Romain’s family live (they were thankfully ok) so we went off and did our own thing a bit to give them some space.
There was also a trip to the zoo:
So that was our fleeting visit to Singapore- next stop.. Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo!