09.03.2015 - 20.03.2015
It took about a week, but we all managed to recover from the flu/virus and start to feel like doing anything again! Thanks very much to the lovely staff at the Fenix Inn for letting us stay in the two bedroom apartment for longer, it made managing everyone being sick so much easier! Poor little Cameron, he looked so terrible......
We got out and about a bit more before we left Melaka, mostly due to our lovely new friend Wayning, who we met at the Starbucks nearby. She showed us a couple of the local eating places in Melaka, places we would never have found (since we don't have a car!) and really made an effort to show us some of the local cuisine which, by the way was delicious. Love that fresh-made naan bread and coconut shakes!
We also checked out an exhibition at one of the local museums (there are heaps of museums all in the one area in Melaka), which was about the Muslim inventions and developments through what we know as the "Dark Ages", it was brilliant. This is actually a replica of a clock that one of the best Muslim inventors made (I can't remember his name unfortunately!). It all operates on water, fantastic.
Around the same area as the museums is the local clock tower and Christ Church, built in 1753, and how else can you top off such a cultural experience other than getting a family photo on a Hello Kitty bicycle?
So unfortunately, after over two weeks in Melaka, it came time to leave. Bummer! We were really impressed by Melaka, but we can't stay there forever, on to the next destination, Kuala Lumpur! This bus trip wasn't so long, about 2 1/2 hours, but it was still a big day once we actually got to our hotel (since we didn't actually know where it was and had to work out how to get there on the Metro system!).
So we stayed in Chow Kit, and explored KL. I've noticed how quickly we adjust to places as we've been moving around, when we first arrive somewhere it takes a bit of time to get our heads around the idea of being somewhere new, but we learn very quickly as we explore and we get used to the neighbourhood where we stay quickly too. Chow Kit is a part of KL that shows how the majority of the KL population live, away from the glitz and glamour of the business centre and shiny shopping centres. There is a makeshift market permanently located on the streets outside of the hotel (which freaks Lachie out a bit with the different smells!), and a mosque somewhere nearby that issues the call to prayer at about 5.30 every morning (sigh). Amazingly though, I started to not hear it after a couple of mornings. I think this photo, taken from our room, shows the contrast between the two areas.....
We've also checked out the glitzy bits too though, the Petronas Towers have a great park on the area outside with a large shallow community pool, and we discovered a great food court in one of the shiny shopping centres that we've been back to a couple of times (got our fix of veggies with a noodle and veggie soup, awesome).
We can't forget the Sunway Lagoon Water Park! What a day, we spent 11-6pm going up stairs and down waterslides, and must have gone on one of the rides about 10 times (I can't remember the name but it involved us all sitting in a round raft and going down a slide into a huge cone where we'd slide backwards and forwards, very cool! Photo below!).
We've now moved to a friends place in a different part of KL, and we're enjoying the hospitality of our lovely friend Abu and his family. We have one more day in KL, then on Friday we're flying to Phnom Pehn, to start our Cambodian chapter of this adventure!