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Published: August 30th 2014
For the last part of our journey we left the sleepy island of Tioman and headed over to Melaka, took us ages to get there on the bus but it was well worth the journey, its a lovely place full of different cultures and lovely things to see.
We stayed in a lovely hotel right on the river and got to know our neighbour quite well, he was the biggest monitor lizard that we have ever seen and liked to sunbathe in the private garden a couple of doors down.
Melaka was definitely the place to do some final shopping and boy did we we shop! Treated ourselves to some lovely things.
In between shopping, eating lovely Nonya food and having a beer or two by the river we had a river cruise at night which was lovely and relaxing. Went up the Menara rotating tower (for me that was a massive achievement as Im rubbish with heights........ and flying.... and water......gosh what a big Jessie am I....!!) Fantastic views up there and once you got used to it spinning around so high up it was amazing.
Had a ride on the most ridiculous
looking trishaw, rode by the legend DC! What a guy he was, full of stories.....
Its the Malaysian Independence day on Monday so the place was decked to the rafters with flags and all the preperations was in full swing. The Malaysian army (I think) was our practising and we was so lucky to see it, the timing was perfect.
Treated ourselves to a blind massage, these really are worth the money and you feel wonderful afterwards (we had a few on our trip last year so was really exited to find one this year) plus help the blind person earn some cash for themselves. Im no expert in these things but Im sure you get a better massage from them as they go on touch alone and seem very in tune with your body?.....
The Portuguese/dutch influences can be seen all over the place and the churches and ruins are really lovely to wander around.
We found a lovely traditional Baba Nonya place called Nancys Kitchen for eats and ended up there a couple of times, there are queues outside all the time so must be good? We enjoyed it anyway.....
So the time
came for us to pack up our rucksacks and start our journey home....as always when we are travelling this is always a time for mixed emotions. We are read to see our loved ones that we have missed, especially Brodie and Knicks but on the other hand we both always want to keep on travelling.......we really do love the nomadic life.....exploring.....immersing ourselves into different cultures.....meeting lots of people with lots of different backgrounds.......it feels good for the heart and soul.....and most importantly makes us appreciate what we already have.......
Malaysia is a beautiful country as are its people......we couldnt help but feel a bit sad for them in light of the recent airline tragedies as this has had an affect on their national airline and many jobs have been lost, tourism is a big part of their economy and it was good to see that tourism didnt seem massively affected by it, at least from what we could see anyway?....all over the country we saw touching tributes to MH370 and MH17 and all those lives that have been lost are in everyones thoughts and prayers, it only seems right that the final note for this trip and the end
of the blog is to pay our respects for the victims of both MH370 and MH17, RIP to each and every one of you.
Peace and big love to you all too, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed just as much as we have enjoyed our summer in Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore xx
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