HopOn HopOff Bus - They don't go too often
Just don't plan your day around one of these buses.
Had a great brochure and was told they were operating - saw one bus. Waited an hour, finally rang the no. to be told they weren't going today - not enough people....
Not too worry - you can do the same for not much more on the great local bus services.
Probably wouldn't waste my time trying to get one of these tours again......
Driving in Malaysia
Driving in Malaysia could be at least strange for occidental peoples, but could be very dangerous, mainly with 2 wheels engines.
- Don't trust on the traffic lights, even if green for you
- Speed down in case of rain
- Have your maps (or GPS?) ready (indications are not so good)
2 Wheels are for me VERY DANGEROUS, crossing you on the left and on the right at the same time, sometime in the opposite order and without lights.
On the highway, take care on the trucks (position light missing), specifically when raining a lot and raising.
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Uneffective Panorama Melaka Bus!!
I got the Panorama Melaka Bus map frm d information counter at Melaka Sentral. We bought our tickets onboard frm d bus driver. Blue line is d route 4 single decker buses wit 23 interestin stops. Red line is routes for double decker buses wit 13 stops. We took d blue line RM2. Melaka Sentral is d startin point n also d 22nd stop in d map. We stopped at d 3rd stop- Jonker Walk enjoyed Hoe Kee Chicken Rice, 88 Jonker Chendol, LW pineapple tarts. Aft havin a great time we headed 2 d 3rd stop wher our nightmare begun…We waited 40 mins wen a Panrm bus finally came. As we stepped into d bus, d driver said tat he is goin 2 Sentral instead of d followin stop. Isn’t d Panrm bus supposed 2 follow the blue line route 2 the next stop? I asked d driver. He didn’t even ans my question but tol us 2 get off d bus! I made a call 2 PMCT. But d answer i get was “Mungkin traffic jam! Tunggulah 30-40minit lagi!” OMG! If ther's a sun-shade, mayb I’ll b willing 2 wait. But no We had 2 stand under d sun 2 wait 4 d bus. Lookin at my mom, aunt n uncle faces turnin red n shirts bcum wet, I felt so guilty bringing them 2 Melaka. Aft waitin 4 another 20 mins, we stopped 2 taxis 2 bring us 2 Afamosa. 1 taxi charged RM12, another 1 RM10 but it’s ok, at least d drivers r being polite n tellin us the interestin places along the way. We visited d historical buildings, crossed the hill 2 Studthuys, took pictures wit d trishaw. Then we found d Panrm 5th stop sign right under d big tree in front of Studthuys. We decided 2 hav a drink and hav a rest 4 a while as there’s a place for us 2 sit near the stop. Aft being at Studthuys for about 30 mins, I walked 2 d tourist information opposite 2 Studthuys. It was 2pm. unfortunately ther’s a notice “Closed 4 Lunch until 3pm”. We waited 4 another 20mins n d bus nvr show up.. Frustrated, Disappointed.. Wit d guide of a helpful local couple, we took a bus back 2 Sentral costs RM0.80. Tat’s d end of our day trip 2 Melaka. Usin Panorama Melaka bus is d worst decision 2 make 4 a 1-day visit 2 Melaka!
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PLUS Highway - From Seremban to Ayer Keroh
The highway from Seremban to Ayer Keroh Melaka is having a very massive expension upgrading work. The 4 lanes highway (2 lanes fro and 2 lanes to) is being upgraded to 6 lanes. This upgrading work is necessary as the traffic flow at this area usually very heavy especially during weekends and holidays.
The danger part is, as the upgrading is taken place kilometre by kilometre in partial upgrading processes, the lane will be reduced to only 1 lane on each side. Bright color cone with reflector is being place along the closed lane this lately causing dangerous situation especially to those vehicle that travel in a very fast speed as the cone sometimes 'moved' to the open lane and causing vehicle to either 'near missed' or occuring accident.
Be extra careful if you are travelling using the highway from Seremban to Ayer Keroh vice versa as personnally I myself nearly hit the cone several times as the cone is not at the place its suppose to be and even saw accidents due to this road upgrading.
Drive slowly once approaching warning signages and always be cautious of unexpected cones flying in the middle of the road especially at night.
I will take out this warning once the highway upgrading project has been completed.
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Malaysia firmly enforces its strict drug laws and their legislation imparts a mandatory death penalty for those convicted of drug trafficking. Any person who is arrested with 15 grams (1/2 ounce) of heroin or 200 grams (seven ounces) of marijuana in their possession are alleged by law to be trafficking in drugs.
Melaka do have lots of traffic light. Some comes with displayed timer and some are not. Some do give blinking indicators before turning to yellow then red and some just a normal traffic light from green to yellow to red, no blinking effect. Becareful with this one as you may loose in judging which will blink and which will not. It is not guaranteed that after passing a blinking traffic light, the next traffic light will also blink. Control your speed when approaching traffic light and slow down while driving in town area to avoid accident.
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If you drive to Melaka , parking at the road side make sure you to put the parking ticket on your car . Even it is on Sat, Sun . There's 2 types of ticket. 1 is RM 0.40 for half and hour and RM0.60 for 1 hour .
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Candid Camera or Candied Camera!!??
Ants are attacking my camera. Since it's nowhere near a Nikon service centre, I have to blow those nasty little buggers from my camera.
My advice is keeping your camera with proper storage casing. Airtight container will be most appropriate.
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Fake Lonely Planet and Synthetic Food
At first sight you might think that this establishment has some relationship with its famous near name sake. In fact most of the people who visit this place are backpackers with LP guides in their hand.
They also advertise good portuguese food..a dubious claim.
Why settle for second class food when the very best is available in so many places?
in january 2006, this place has closed. Even the backpackers have a bit of taste, it looks like..
Reptile Alert at the Dutch Square
The next time you're in the Dutch square in Melaka, resist the urge to pose with a cranky-looking iguana. Why? Well, if you must know, my local friend told me that several tourists have been bitten by this reptile. And unlike the iguana's tail, your finger doesn't regenerate once it is bitten off...
Note:Iguanas don't out of the way to bite humans, but they'll show their sharp incisors when they're threatened or simply tired of being petted the whole day by enthusiatic tourists..
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Narrow streets with no sidewalks
There are no pedestrian walkways in the historic district of old Melaka. You are at the mercy of all the motorists. From motorcycles to huge tour buses. Just be careful and make yourself visible to them. Like encountering a T. Rex, do not make any sudden moves!
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Barely any sidewalks!
The sidwalks are very tiny! The streets of Melaka were meant to be for horses and carriages, not one-lane (or even two-lane) cars! Thus, watch out for any car coming by. The streets are very very narrow.
The melaka streets are very narrow. It could be dangerous if the traffic is heavy. The car could just pass beside you with 10cm distance apart..
becareful when walking on the streets in the old town.. dont play play..
Beware of Vampires
Local legands abound about the 'Pontianak' - beware !
The 'pontianak' is a sort of local vampire who is always of the female gender. In the old days there were many reports of sightings of the 'pontianak' perching from large trees waiting for her next victim and sometimes you could hear her menacing laughter piercing into the night like a Banshee's wail. When she appears to her victims, she always manifest herself as a beautiful young lady in some sort of need and when her victims guard is down, she would pounce on him and suck his veins dry. There is a popular story among the elders that tells of a man who once managed to capture such a creature. According to the story, when the 'pontianak' approached to seduce him, he tricked her and managed to drive a nail through the back of her head and she remained in her human form as beautiful young lady. He married her, lived happily together and even had a child. One day, after many years, their child noticed what seemed to be a tick on the mother's head. When the child tried to remove the tick, it turned out to be a nail. With the nail removed, the spell was broken and the mother returned to her true form, the 'pontianak' and flew away with the sound of her menacing laughter. It was said that she was still seen from time to time after that waiting to pounce her next victim but all her poor husband and child could do was lament on the lost of their wife and mother.
I was going to add a packing tip about crucifixes, garlic and steaks - but that was going a bit far !
As the streets are vey narrow, as old time where, be ware of the cars, you dont have many space to walk so you will have to step to the vestibule of a house to let then pass throught. More carefull at knight that is very few light.
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