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November 26th 2009
Published: November 28th 2009
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my one even had a teddy bear on the front!
After leaving Kuala Lumpur we took the bus for about 3 hours south to Melaka where we stayed for one night. As we didn't have much time we hopped straight onto a rickshaw (a bicycle with a side car) and we had a guided tour around Melaka. It is a very old city with a lot of history and the guides made every effort to fill us in on the stories behind every building and every street. We stopped off at 'harmony street' - taking that name because there area Chinese, Islam, Anglican and Hindu places of worship all on one road. Located in the Chinatown area of Melaka, harmony street was interesting not only because it was far removed from the mainstream tourist area but because within 100m of street there were people of all major religions walking around, talking and getting along. It really seemed to me to be an extremely peaceful and relaxed area. We even learn't that when the first explorers reached Melaka they were surprised and even became unstuck with the large amount of crocodiles in the rivers! That evening we went of for our last group meal and saw Melaka at night - even quieter than the highlands! Bright and early the next day we caught our final bus of the trip down to Singapore. When we arrived we firstly crossed the border out of Malaysia, then traveled over the bridge onto the island then we passed through Singapore customs. It all went extremely smoothly and after arriving at our final (and very nice) hotel...probably the last hotel we will stay in for quite a while...we went to the Kopitiam food court which served any dish you could think of. Singapore is a very clean and tidy island with lots of tall buildings and a stylish quay lined with bars and restaurants. It was however...extremely expensive! 8 pounds for a small beer came as quite a shock so we took it very easy for the free day we had and made full use of the free gym and swimming pool at the hotel! Overall i have really enjoyed my time in South East Asia. A lot of new experience to take away and some cool memories having met some really fun people. But, as ever it was time to move on and start the next chapter of the trip. That brings me to today...where I am currently in Australia! We arrived in the early hours of this morning and we are staying with some of my family in Perth in Western Australia. First impressions are great and I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be an awesome week


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