From Malaysia to Taiwan (Jan 29-30)

I left for the Melaka bus station at about 1pm and walked to the clock tower to wait for the #17 bus to take me to the bus terminal. I had read that if I caught the bus there, it would take an hour to get to the bus terminal because the bus goes all the way around the city. There was an alternative option to walk all the way down Jonker Street and catch a bus at the end of the street, which would only take 20 minutes to the station. However, since I wasn’t in a huge hurry plus I couldn’t be bothered carrying around my backpack in the heat, I just decided to enjoy the longer bus ride. I paid 2 ringgit (65 cents AUD), arrived at the bus station around 2:10, and they said that the next bus to Kuala Lumpur would be at 2:30pm for 12.10 ringgit ($3.95AUD). I asked if there were any later ones since I still hadn’t eaten lunch and they said no (there were likely other ones with different companies but I didn’t want to check), so I quickly ran to McDonald’s and ate a burger and fries as fast as I could before getting on the bus. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 4:30pm in the TBS station and then had to take the metro to KL Sentral, which is where my hostel was located since it has direct access to the airport. I paid 6.50 ringgit for the metro ($2.12) and as soon as I got to KL Sentral, it started POURING rain. My hostel was only a few blocks away but I knew I’d be soaked by the time I got there, so I put on my rain jacket and ran over. I was staying at PODS Backpackers Home & Cafe for $9.83, in a 4-person female dorm. I only had a few hours to kill so I dropped off my stuff and made my way to Hard Rock Cafe because I collect drumsticks from every country I go to (that has a Hard Rock). The trip was a bit out of the way but luckily, they had some drumsticks that I could take home! Afterwards, I had to find an A&W nearby so I could finally have my long-awaited A&W. The closest one was about a 20-minute walk and because it stopped raining, I decided to just walk over. Much to my disappointment, they didn’t have the burger family like back at home, with the baby burger, teen burger, mama burger, etc. However, they DID have curly fries, which was new! I got a cheeseburger with curly fries, and a huge root beer float, and it was just what I needed!

After dinner, I walked to the nearest metro stop and took the metro back to the hostel, where I sat and visited for awhile before going to bed.

I had to wake up at 6 on Wednesday morning so that I could get ready, pack up my stuff, and have a quick breakfast (toast and coffee) before walking to KL Sentral to catch a bus to the airport. I got to the station at about 7:15, bought a bus ticket for 12 ringgit ($3.92), waited less than ten minutes for the bus to fill up completely, and arrived at the airport an hour later. I had already checked in online so I only had to get my documents checked but when I went to the counter, she said that I didn’t have to do anything and I could just go straight through customs, which was the first time that has ever happened. There were guys with scales standing at the front of customs and they were getting everyone to weigh their bags before they could go through. I panicked because I knew that my bag was now over the limit, but it seemed like luck was on my side because just as it was my turn, one of the guy’s coworkers came to talk to him so I was able to sneak by without having to weigh my bag. I then went through customs and had some noodles to eat before my 11am flight.

I was flying with Air Asia again, which meant no entertainment and no (free) food, so I needed to make sure that I ate enough before being on the plane for the next 4.5 hours. The plane ride seemed really long for me – it’s weird because I can handle really long bus and train rides but when I’m on a plane, I feel more antsy. I arrived in Taiwan just after 3:30pm and even though I flew 4.5 hours east, the time in Taiwan is the same as the time in Malaysia. However, instead of the sunset being just before 7:30pm like it is in Malaysia, it’s just after 5:30pm here.

Malaysia is a very multicultural country, mostly comprising of Malay, Chinese, and Indian people. Therefore, you’ll notice the influences of each culture in every city. Most cities have a Little India as well as a Chinatown. And you’ll often find churches, mosques and Buddhist temples within close proximity to each other. It’s difficult to get sick of the food there, since you can switch between many cuisines (and I definitely took advantage of the Indian and Chinese cuisines most of the time I was there!). I definitely enjoyed my time there (some places more than others), and would like to return to explore the eastern region at some point! Love always

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