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Published: February 10th 2009
The first day of Chines New Year started well, We said goodbye to Mr Stephen from the KL Chinatown2 hotel and loaded our hungover heads into the minivans that would take us to Port Dickson which should only be 2 hours away, but because Port Dickson is the nearest beach resort to KL the Chinese new year tourist traffic put us back by another few hours.
The hotel we stayed in was quite full of people celebrating the New Year, although it was all very strange to see the pool and beach full of fully clothed people. I'm not sure if it's because I'd been spoilt by the beaches of Thailand, but the beaches of Port Dickson seemed really bad with large areas of what I assume was coal and you have to go out about 100m before the sea comes past your belly button. Also because it is a predominantly Muslim resort, we couldn't get a beer anywhere.
We past the first evening playing cards, drinking coke and eating crisps. We had heard that there was a small secluded beach about 30 mins walk away, so we spent most of the next day down there. We had the
Monkey on a string
Saw this guy from my balcony
beach to ourselves for most off the day but swimming proved to be a bit troublesome with all the sharp rocks quite close to the surface threatening to cut our arms and legs to shreds.
The next day we headed down to Melaka, which is more of a happening place, with more of a small city feel to it. Kate gave us a quick guided tour of the city and left us to explore the the central area and Jonker Street which I found very good for cheap t-shirts. Alot of the restaurants where still closed because of Chinese new year and the ones that where open were fully booked, but we did manage to find one small one open, but unfortunately turned out to be one of the worst meals of my travels. Everyone's order was wrong and the food that did come was almost inedible. It was all a bit of a shame because it was the last meal we would have together as a group. We ended the night drinking rum that I'd smuggled from Thailand and playing cards in the garden of the guest house we where in.
We were all up for 6am
Ashley & Emily enjoying our free welcome coconuts,
the next morning to catch a public bus down to Singapore, my last stop before heading home. I spent the afternoon with the girls in a shopping mall before we headed over to the Raffles hotel for Singapore Slings in the famous Long Bar. I'd heard from everybody that it was the one "must do" thing in Singapore. Personally I was a little more interested in trying to work out which parts of the city were used for the F1 Grand Prix (but that's just me being sad). It took a while to find the bar, we started off in the normal hotel bar, and it took me a while to convince the girls that the place we wanted had peanut shells all over the floor, anyway we eventually found it and paid the equivalent of £14 each for our cocktails (they were good, but I'm not sure they were worth £14). The rest of the evening was spent at the Clarke Quay area which is full of theme bars and restaurants but it was quite expensive and not really my scene so I left after one drink.
I was supposed to spend two nights in Singapore, but I
was able to move to an earlier flight for free which meant that I would be able to have a couple of days recovering from jetlag before I went back to work. So I had a 13 hour flight home and jumped on a national express back to Coventry to a very surprised Pam (who was supposed to be driving down to Heathrow the next day to meet me).
I guess that's it then, until my next trip...
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