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Malaysian Buses: First Class Travel by Fridgidaire

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Your bus is awful.  Sorry, but it is.  It has 4 seats to a row, with chairs designed to fit only half of your rear, and that’s to say nothing of the fat guy next to you whose rear is spilling over from his seat into yours.  It has worn out, uncomfortable seats that incline a total of 1.27 degrees and don’t even have enough legroom for a double amputee.  Plus, it smells of some mixture of sweat, shame, and …

Why Melaka is Amazing

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Sitting at the entry to the straights of Melaka.  this small town has had an enormous impact on the area and was a strategically important port for the Dutch, Portugese, and British (yes, Melaka got around).  It’s port saw trade from everyone in the world as swarthy captains went in search of valuable spices so they could make their fortunes back home.  Now, it has lost its strategic importance, but it’s heritage is still very much alive, and having been …

Food in Melaka: Pak Putra

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Arriving in Melaka, Malaysia, the first piece of advice that the manager of the guesthouse had for us was to go to Pak Putra, and the man was not wrong.  Ranked on Trip Advisor as well, Pak Putra not only offers your standard Indian curry fare at very reasonable prices (7 ringit or about US$2), but they have the best tandoori chicken on the planet.  So juicy, you might as well be eating underwater, and so perfectly spiced that you …

St. Paul’s Hill in Melaka, Malaysia

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Overlooking the main historic area of Melaka is St. Paul’s Hill, an elevated position that looked over the former harbor.  Resting on the crest of the hill is St. Paul’s church, an old relic built by the dutch so that God above would hear the prayers of the colonists.  Now, the area is popular with tourists and with Malaysians taking wedding photos.  We saw at least 3 different couples doing a shoot in the short time we were there, and …

Chinese Night Market in Melaka, Malaysia

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A common string running through a large part of Southeast Asia is the existence of that frenetic beauty known as the night market.  It’s like entering a casino, where you might just happen upon that perfect souvenir, or the perfect pair of “Reybans” for $5, or you might just end up seeing 500 of the same Angry Birds T-shirt.  That being said, the market in Melaka was one of the better ones that we found in all of our journey …