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Day 250: Krakatau

For us in Europe when you speak of Indonesia most people think of aromatic coffee, the resort island of Bali, and the loudest ‘bang’ in the history of the mankind – Krakatau. It had been a childhood dream of Nic’s to one day visit world’s most famous volcano – ever since seeing the disaster movie [...]

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Day 248: Oh! Jakarta!

We spent a day in Pekanbaru, deliberating over the difficult dilemma of how to cross Indonesia. The facts were: 1. We had to cover 4000kms 2. We had to do a minimum of 6 ferry crossings from island to island to get to Timor (some ferries only running once a week or less frequently) 3. [...]

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Day 244: Slow boat to Sumatra

We caught the highly efficient Singapore ferry from the World Trade Centre, to the Indonesian island of Karimun – a slightly unconventional jumping-off point for Sumatra, but much nicer than the traditional stop-by island of Batam, just off the coast of Singapore. In true Singaporean style our departure at the ferry terminal was highly clean [...]

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Impressions of Singapore

Singapore…as all the tourist t-shirts put it: “A fine city”. It is indeed a city of ‘fines’ – one for almost every conceivable public offence. Some quite expected, but some really obscure… There is for example a hefty fine for not flushing a public toilet, for chewing gum (anywhere in the whole city!!!), or even [...]

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Day 241: Couch potatoes!

We were on the cusp of leaving Singapore – though some of our admin was still incomplete – when Sedef got in touch with Andrew Tinney, an old boss back in the UK, who now lives in Singapore. It was rather unlikely that we would hear from him since he travels a lot for work. [...]

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Day 237: Viva Singapura

We arrived in Singapore a day later than we expected, on the 23rd of March. It had taken us 2 weeks to cover Malaysia, no mean feat considering we covered over 1000kms and a whopping great mountain in the middle. We were tired but happy to know that we were to have a little rest [...]

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Day 236: Oo-er… shiny new blog…

You may have noticed that our blog changed recently! All thanks to Mail2Web! So please feel free to leave comments to our posts and add yourselves to our subscription list (which means you will receive an email every time we update our diary) – or email us and we can add you. You can even [...]

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Day 234: Impressions of Malaysia

Our first impressions of Malaysia were rather jumbled as in three days time we went from a flashy expensive island resort (Langkawi) to a heavy Chinese influenced city (Georgetown) and then the predominantly Muslim mainland. We had expected Malaysia to be very similar to Thailand foodwise. However we were surprised to see how much the [...]

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Day 232: Series of Unfortunate Events

After a couple of day’s rest in the cool of the Highlands, we thought it would be fairly plain sailing down the mountains towards the East Coast of Malaysia. We wanted to cycle south to Singapore by the 22nd of March latest – to stay with friends Dean and Jessica who have a house down [...]

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Day 224: Cameron Highlands

Not far out of Butterworth we were advised by various people to take the motorway rather than the busy and narrow highway to Ipoh. We followed the advice, and ignoring the all too clear ‘No bicycle’ signs went past the tolls with no problems – in fact the police waved at us and took photos! [...]

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