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Summary

I have been away from home for 280 days. I've been on trains, monorails, JR lines, buses, taxis, aeroplanes, minibuses, ferrys, cable cars, ox cart, funicular railway, elephant back, dolphin fin, and a bullet train.

I've been on 14 flights and gone to 11 different countries; America, Mexico, Cuba, Taiwan, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

I've been to zoos, museums, national parks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, hotels, hostels, pyramids, theme parks, malls, restaurants, Pokemon Centres, ziplines, beaches and arcades.

I've had good days, bad days, boring days, fun days, exciting days, early days, midnight days, shattering days.

I will be really, really, really glad to get HOME.

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Japan

Kobe
We got up early and caught the shuttle bus to the airport. Web flew to Osaka. We flew with Jin Air and it only took an hour. We then caught a shuttle bus to the ferry port and the ferry to Kobe airport, where we caught a train to central Kobe. We had chicken curry for lunch. Our room was small, but large by Japanese standards and the toilet had a remote control. We were so tired that we went to bed before 8 o'clock.
The breakfast was amazing and had pastries and lots of different fruit. We walked around Kobe and visited Ikuta shrine which dates back to AD201. We also saw a wedding taking place. We went to the Maritine Museum where we learnt about container ports. There was an earthquake in 1995 which destroyed most of Kobe, and Kobe's port was the first container port in the world. Next we went to Kawasaki Good Times World where I flew an airplane, drove a motorbike, and drove the world's first bullet train, and Kawasaki makes trains, motorbikes, power plants, planes and robots. We had apple, cinnamon and ice cream crepe.
We went to Nunobiki falls where we walked over 4 hours and covered over 8 kilometres. We also had an amazing view of the city from the top of the falls. We had lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant where you sit around a semi-circular counter on stools. We had delicious curry with fish, rice and jellys. We had a strawberry crepe with cream for dinner. We were very pleased to get back to the hotel because we were exhausted.

Video games Japanese style

Video games Japanese style

Eating in Japan made easy, there are often plastic replicas of dishes outside the restaurant

Eating in Japan made easy, there are often plastic replicas of dishes outside the restaurant


Washing hands at Ikuta Shrine, Kobe

Washing hands at Ikuta Shrine, Kobe

Kawasaki Good Times, museum of Kawasaki products and engineering

Kawasaki Good Times, museum of Kawasaki products and engineering

Dining in Yoshinoya (Japanese equivalent of fast food)

Dining in Yoshinoya (Japanese equivalent of fast food)


Driving an advanced metro train, Kawasaki Good Times

Driving an advanced metro train, Kawasaki Good Times

Himeji
We caught a train to Himeji Castle. On the train journey I saw a really gigantic suspension bridge and massive skyscrapers. The castle ws really impressive and was 6 floors high with a big bell at the top. It was a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and they had just finished restoring it after 5 years of working. But I thought it was just too perfect and a pity that they hadn't just left some of the original tiles and walls. The castle had 997 tiny holes called sama which were in different shapes and they were for shooting bow and arrows and guns at the enemy. They also had stone drop holes and samurai hiding places where they would jump out at their enemy. We had really amazing seafood pasta for lunch but we had to eat it outside because the restaurant was really smoky inside. We then went to the Japanese Garden which was beautiful and tranquil, and had lots of massive carp. Mum had a tea ceremony but me and dad stayed outside and talked about Clash Royale tactics, and I fell asleep on the train back to Kobe. We had delicious seafood sushi for dinner.

Plastic replicas of sushi and sashimi, Himeji

Plastic replicas of sushi and sashimi, Himeji

Sama (holes to shoot arrows through) in Himeji Castle walls

Sama (holes to shoot arrows through) in Himeji Castle walls

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Getting friendly with the carp, Koko-en Garden

Getting friendly with the carp, Koko-en Garden

Kyoto
We caught an S Rapid train to Kyoto station. We checked into our apartment which had a kitchen, microwave and washing machine and was very modern and was sparklingly clean. We had chicken and vegetable curry in Coco Ichyban for dinner. We visited the Pokemon Centre which had massive statues of pokemon which you could take a picture with and it had an expansive selection of pokemon toys.
It rained all day long and it was the first rain for 9 months other than Chang Rai. We walked to Nanzen-ji which is a Buddhist temple complex which our Lonely Planet guide tells not to miss, although I thought it was just some buildings and was very boring, and even my mum and dad were disappointed. The garden at the temple was very small and just a normal garden plus you had to pay to go in, and we didn't bother paying to go to the 2nd floor of the unimpressive temple gate. We walked back to dry off and had Yakisoba, which is a noodles dish with squid and vegetables, for lunch. We walked down the covered shopping street which had fans and other Japanese souvenirs. We then spent ages in the pokemon centre to decide, and finally I bought a cuddly Pansar.
We bought a bus pass and went on 8 different buses. First we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine which had endless rows of red tori gates. It was so crowded, but the further you got up the mountain, the more the crowd disappeared. We walked through massive bamboo gardens where it was very peaceful. We went to the train station and bought bullet train tickets for the Nozomi, the fastest bullet train. After that we had buffet pizza, which had a delicious dessert pizza which was coconut, pineapple and mango. We went to Sanjusango-do Temple. We were very tired so only mum went in the temple to see the 1000 life size Buddha statues. We next went to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This temple was very colourful in bright red, and llots of people were dressed in kimonos but we didn't stay very long because we were very tired and I fell asleep on the bus.
We caught the bus to Arashiyama where we went to the monkey forest. The monkeys in the forest were Japanese macaques which were friendly, gentle and cute and we saw lots of baby monkeys because they had just been born in spring. We fed the monkeys apple slices and peanuts off the palm of our hand. We walked to Arishiyama Bamboo Grove but it was very crowded and it wasn't as goos as the bamboo grove yesterday. We caught the bus back to Kyoto. We went in a restaurant where you had to order on a computer. We had pork katsu and cold green tea for lunch. After lunch we went to the Imperial Palace Gardens which were very unimpressive. We just managed to walk back after three jam packed days.
We were quite tired so we had an easy day. We walked to Gion where we saw some Geisha whio paint their faces white. Their shoes are big slabs of woodwhich make quite a noise on the pavement and they wear traditional kimonos. We had Indian which was really nice because we had massive naans and we hadn't had Indian in a long time. We did some shopping and I bought a bullet train pen and my mum and dad bought a traditional Japanese print.

I'm eating the Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki

I'm eating the Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki


At the start of Torii (shrine gates), Fushimi Inari-Taisha

At the start of Torii (shrine gates), Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Among the bamboo, Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Among the bamboo, Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Bamboo grove, Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Bamboo grove, Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Ready to board Nozumi (fastest bullet train in Japan), Kyoto to Tokyo

Ready to board Nozumi (fastest bullet train in Japan), Kyoto to Tokyo

Tokyo
We killed time until 10 o'clock. We then caught a bus to the station and caught the fastest bullet train to Tokyo. The train lent every time we turned a corner and it didn't actually feel very fast although we were going at 300 kilometres an hour. We had fried chicken and hamburger in sweet and sour sauce. We checked in to our hotel which had a bunk bed and was a lot nicer than we'd expected. We walked to Akihabara which is the geek area and was the home of manga and anime (Japanese comics). It is also the Electric Town because it sells lots of electronics. It also has lots of cranes which are almost impossible, but we did get some free gos.
We spent the day exploring different parts of Tokyo on the subway. First we went to Shibuya to see Shibuya Crossing whihc is famous but I've never heard of it. Next we went to KiddyLand which is a 5 storey toy shop. It was a very wierd toy shop with 4 storeys of Japanese stuff which I probably wouldn't want even if it was free. We were going to eat at a Thai restaurant but it was smoking, so we found a chinese restaurant 1 floor down in the same building which was lucky. We had peking duck and sweet and sour pork for lunch. We went to Shinjuku where we went to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices observation deck which was 45 storeys high but still seemed a bit tame compared to Taipei 101. Next we went to Ikebukuro where we went to the Mega Pokemon Centre where I bought a massive plushie Hawlucha EX. We saw a Japanese boy band live on stage with all screaming girls in the crowd. By the time we got back we were shattered.
We caught the subway to see sumo wrestlers training. Some of them were really fat and it was also really exciting watching them wrestle. We then went back because we were really shattered because we got up at 6 o'clock to see them. We had delicious prawns in chinese fried rice. We walked in the rain to the Tokyo National Museum where we saw sharp katanas and massive suits of samurai armour. We also made some fans with Japanese caligraphy that we painted with a black marker. The Japanese word that I chose was protection. We alos used a computer which you controlled by moving your hands in the air.
We caught the monorail which weaved between the skyscrapers and the mini statue of liberty to Odeiba. We went to the robot museum where we saw ASIMO the most realistic human robot in the world, and when he first ran out it really looked like a real person running. There was an amazing game where you had to save the world by moving the world towards the future without hitting any obstacles on a massive video screen. We went inside a real space craft which had come back from space and we saw a toilet with vaccuum suction pipes and the food which was tiny and looked disgusting. We also learnt that chimpanezes have photographic memories which means they can do some things better than humans. Next we went to the water museum. We played a game to build earthquake proof pipes. My mum also felt an earthquake in the night, but me and dad slept right through it.
It was out last day in Tokyo and our flight was at midnight. We went to Ueni zoo which was very old and I thought all of the cages weren't big enough for the animals. The giant pandas had a baby 3 days ago so we couldn't see them, but we did see giant panda balloons amove one building because it is very rare. We saw an amazing street entertainer who did really good miming and magic, and it also really funny when I got picked out of the crowd to help him. We were really pleased when we made it on to the plane. Japan is my favourite country and the only one I'd live in. We have 5 days left to shop in Malaysia and have tasty food before I get home.

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Arashio Sumo Stable morning practice, Tokyo

Arashio Sumo Stable morning practice, Tokyo

Largest Pokemon Centre in the world, Tokyo

Largest Pokemon Centre in the world, Tokyo

Another day, another fantastic lunch set in Japan

Another day, another fantastic lunch set in Japan

Thomas chooses to write 'protection' on his Japanese fan

Thomas chooses to write 'protection' on his Japanese fan

Samurai Armour, Tokyo National Museum

Samurai Armour, Tokyo National Museum

Asimo, robot demonstration, how robots will change the future

Asimo, robot demonstration, how robots will change the future

Street entertainer, Ueno-koen

Street entertainer, Ueno-koen

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South Korea

Seoul
We got up at 4am and caught a bus to the airport. We weren't expecting much from Air Asia (after our Bali Air Asia flights), but because the flight was an Air Asia X flight it had a lot more leg room and the 2 meals were really nice. It was 6pm when we checked in even though we had left Malaysia at 6 0'clock in the morning. We had traditional twigam which is stuffed chilli pepper and crab stick. We also had ddeokbokki which is rice and fish served in blow your head off sauce.

We caught a tube to a palace called Gyeongbokgung. The Koreans made it their capital in 1392. We saw lots of people in traditional Korean dresses called Hanbok. We saw the changing of the guard where you could take pictures of soldiers with spears, swords and bow and arrows. The palace complex was gigantic with 2 museums and a complex just for storing jars with soy sauce and chilli sauce. We went to Ghonnyeonghai Hall which was used by Empress Myeongseong, who was murdered in 1845 by the Japanese. We had really spicy squid bibimbap, cutterfish, hand made steamed dumplings and loads of unidentified side dishes. We walked up Bukchon cultural hill where we saw lots of traditional wooden houses. We saw a royal well where only kings and queens could drink. The well's water was known for being fresh and clean. We went to a museum which supposedly had an amazing piece of art which "should be better known", but what I thought was that it was just as boring as the other pictures, paintings and statues. We caught a tube back and had more twigam and crispy chicken from the street vendors.

We got up really early to catch a tour bus to the DMZ which is the Demilitarized Zone. It is a 4km gap between North and South Korea. Our tour guide was a happy and friendly man who enjoyed making jokes. We had a lovely group of people who came from Canada, Malaysia and the Philippines. We saw a train which had approximately 1000 bullet holes in it. We bought a limited edition piece of the DMZ barbed wire fence. We saw the Freeedom Bridge where the prisoners of each of the Koreas swapped back and forth. The Axe Murder Incident was where the Americans tried to cut down a tree which blocked the view of the North Koreans, but 4 North Koreans killed them with axes. So the Americans responded by sending 600 armed soldiers to cut down the tree, which was from my point of view a bit of overkill. The third tunnel was 73 metres underground and we went right under the DMZ. It was dug by the North Koreans who claimed they were looking for coal after they painted the rocks black. Although it is more likely that they were using it to invade. We went to the Dorasan Observatory Deck where we looked out over North Korea through binoculars and we saw the North Korean flag. At the observatory deck, the Koreas take it in turns to play music, although the speakers are so bad I doubt they can hear each other's music. We went to a train station which had a massive board showing all the people who were trying to see their separated relatives and had paid donations to build the train station. This was very sad. We then caught our bus back and had fish chop which was delicious, and the man was very nice to me. We then went into another palace where we saw a machine which could shoot 100 arrows at a time, and the palace's name was Deoksugung Palace.

We caught the tube to Changdeokgung Palace which was exactly the same as the other palaces, and it was just courtyards and buildings. We then walked a long way to the same restaurant as yesterday for fish chop and ice cream. We then went in the secret garden at the palace with a English tour guide who we couldn't understand because she spoke English really rapidly. The garden was just lots more of the trees and buildings.

Seoul Metro System

Seoul Metro System

Changing of the Guard, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changing of the Guard, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Girls 'wearing hanbok', Gyeongbokgung Palace

Girls 'wearing hanbok', Gyeongbokgung Palace

The Library, Gyeongbokgung Palace

The Library, Gyeongbokgung Palace

Bibimbap, traditional Korean dish and main staple (ours had braised squid added)

Bibimbap, traditional Korean dish and main staple (ours had braised squid added)

Side dishes served with Bibimbap including kimchi (this will blow your head off with the spice level)

Side dishes served with Bibimbap including kimchi (this will blow your head off with the spice level)

Third Tunnel of Agression under the DMZ

Third Tunnel of Agression under the DMZ

What's over in North Korea?, Dorasan Observatory

What's over in North Korea?, Dorasan Observatory

Dorasan Station, railway line connects to Pyeongyang in North Korea but no trains are running

Dorasan Station, railway line connects to Pyeongyang in North Korea but no trains are running

Sokcho
We caught a first class bus to Sokcho. The bus was really nice with leather reclining seats, lots of leg room and and amazing aircon. It also stopped to let us have an ice cream and stretch our legs. We then walked to our hotel where we checked in. We then had lunch which was fish sizzled on a grill in front of us with rice and vegetables. There were 7 types of fish including squid and mackerel.
We had loads of eggs and cereal for breakfast. We caught a bus to Seoraksan National Park where we walked 5.6km. We took the waterfall trail which passed 2 gigantic waterfalls. We also climbed 850 steps to an observation deck where we looked out through binoculars at Sokcho. It took about 3 hours for us to climb up and down the waterfalls which were called Biryong Falls and Yukdam Falls. Climbing up the falls was very hard because it was very hot, although we were high up. We had pot noodle and gimbap which is seaweed wrapped around rice and chicken, beef or fish.
We had even more eggs and cereal for breakfast and caught the bus again to Seoraksan National Park. We walked to Heundeulbawi Rock which can be rocked by large groups of people even though it weighs 16 tons. we walked more than 800 steps to the top of Ulsanbawi which is a 873m granite crag. The legend has it that a North Korean giant rock fell asleep and never woke up. It was on its way home when it fell asleep on the Seorak Mountains, It came from Geumgang Mountains in North Korea. We walked a total of 7.km and it took 4 hours. We has Lotteria which is a Korean fast food brand. We had shrimp burger and maybe the reason why the Koreans aren't fat is because there is no bad option. Also, over here I am 11 because when you are born you are 1 year old.
We caught the winch ferry where you use a metal hook to pull yourself across. We caught it to Abai Island and it was 15 pence each. On the way back a Korean lady helped me pull the ferry.

Comfy seats on Korean bus to Sokcho

Comfy seats on Korean bus to Sokcho

Fish cooking over the charcoal on our table, includes squid, mackerel, flounder, saury, sailfin sandfish and yellow rockfish

Fish cooking over the charcoal on our table, includes squid, mackerel, flounder, saury, sailfin sandfish and yellow rockfish

Side dishes accompanying our fish meal including kimchi

Side dishes accompanying our fish meal including kimchi

Biryang Falls (Dragon Falls)

Biryang Falls (Dragon Falls)

View from Observatory Deck, Waterfalls Hike

View from Observatory Deck, Waterfalls Hike

Heundeulbawi (the Rocking Rock) 16 tonne boulder

Heundeulbawi (the Rocking Rock) 16 tonne boulder

Abai Island winch ferry

Abai Island winch ferry

Jeongdongjin
We caught a bus to Gangneung which was where the song "Walk on Gangneung Style" was made. We then had to wait 2 hours for the next bus to Jeongdongjin because we just missed one. We found a "Love Motel", not realising at the time that it was a Love Motel. We were expecting another bed, the but lady gave me a pillow, a Korean mat and a blanket to put on the hard wooden floor. The train staion in Jeongdongjin is in the Guiness Book of Records for being the closest to the sea in the world. There is a massive hotel shaped like a cruise ship on top of the cliff.

We changed from the motel to a hotel which had 3 beds, a kitchen and a lovely sea view. We then caught a bus to Reunification Park. We saw a wooden boat that 4 North Koreans had used to escape to South Korea. We also saw a captured North Korean submarine which somehow could fit 30 people on board. When we went on board it smelled fishy and had no kitchen, toilet or bed inside. We also went on a gigantic South Korean warship where I got to sit down on a massive gun. We saw tanks and planes and the planes used by the 1st South Korean president. We had cuttlefish stuffed with rice and vegetables, kimbap and crispy chicken for tea.

We had a day that didn't go our way. We were disappointed by breakfast because they didn't have noodles, only toast which I don't like. We caught a bus to Gangneung. The train station was just a hole in the ground because it was being rebuilt for the Winter Olympics next year. We tried to find a supermarket but the whole area was being redeveloped so we walked 2km to the bus station and had a chicken burger. Then we walked another 2km to a supermarket but it was so expensive, For example a single watermelon cost 15 pounds. We then caught a bus to Haslla Art World where we walked around the sculpture park which was rubbish. Although we did get to see cow dung art, but it was pants. We were very pleased to get back to hotel after everything that had happened.

North Korean submarine intercepted by South Korea on a clandestine mission, Gangneung Reunification Park

North Korean submarine intercepted by South Korea on a clandestine mission, Gangneung Reunification Park

Dark Destroyer 916 used in the Second World War, Korean War and the Gulf War, Gangneung Reunification Park

Dark Destroyer 916 used in the Second World War, Korean War and the Gulf War, Gangneung Reunification Park

On the deck of the 120m long destroyer, Gangneung Reunification Park

On the deck of the 120m long destroyer, Gangneung Reunification Park

Sun Cruise Hotel (ship hanging precariously from the top of a cliff)

Sun Cruise Hotel (ship hanging precariously from the top of a cliff)

Cow Dung Art (it didn't smell too good), Haslla Art World

Cow Dung Art (it didn't smell too good), Haslla Art World

Featured in the Guinness Book of Records, closest railway station to the sea, Jeongdongjin

Featured in the Guinness Book of Records, closest railway station to the sea, Jeongdongjin

Guard Post along the coast, the South Koreans have to be ever vigilant

Guard Post along the coast, the South Koreans have to be ever vigilant

Gyeongju
We walked along the beach which was very windy and had massive waves crashing down thanks to last night's storm. We killed time playing cards in the hotel's lobby room. We then caught a train with big, comfortable, swivel seats for 6 hours to Gyeongju. We checked into our hotel which had 3 beds and a computer in our room.
We got up really late, then walked around dirt shaped domes where kings and queens were buried. We then walked back because for some reason we felt really sleepy. We had my favourite meal in Korea so far which was pork katsu with vegetable curry. We then cycled to the park on bikes from our hotel. We bought a kite which we flew and it went at least 100 metres up in the air because the wind was so strong. It was like a tug of war.
We went to Tumuli Park to see Silla Dynasty burial mounds. We went inside the Tomb of Cheonmachong. It had over 12,000 artifacts when it was first discovered. The tombs were wooden boxes with gravel, stones and dirt piled on top. We then walked to the park where I was impressed by how well my tiny little drone flew. We tried traditional Korean rice cake which is like a jelly coated in powder which is horrible. We walked through the park to Gyeongju National Museum. The museum was all about the Silla Dynasty which was from 57BC to 935AD and had 56 different kings in the dynasty. I didn't find the museum very interesting because it was just gold pots and pans and had no interactive buttons to press, although I did get to strike a bell and the sound was amazing. We then walked back to a food street where we had twigam and my favourite twigam was the squid.
We cycled to the park. It was very sunny which meant it was scorching. We used the kite, but I didn't use it for very long because it was so hot. We tried to cycle to Namsan but I started to get hayfever and it was just so hot. They are restoring a bridge which is the entrance to a massive Silla tomb. It has taken them 5 years so it will be reafy for the Winter Olmpics in 2018.

Boarding the train at Jeongdongjin

Boarding the train at Jeongdongjin


Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb)

Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb)

Inside the burial mound, Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb)

Inside the burial mound, Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb)

Cycling round Gyeongju

Cycling round Gyeongju

Striking a traditional Korean bell, Gyeongju National Museum

Striking a traditional Korean bell, Gyeongju National Museum


Kite flying, Gyeongju

Kite flying, Gyeongju

Busan
We caught the train to Busan. We then caught the subway and MRT to our hotel which was a traditional Korean hotel with futon mats and a quilt instead of beds.
We spent the day exploring downtown Busan. We went to Jagalchi fish market. It is the biggest fish market in South Korea and it was full of prawns, lobsters, squid, fish, shellfish and other weird things which wern't identifiable. We went to Yongchisan Park which had loads of outdoor exercise machines which I did with the old men. We went to the Modern History Museum which was rubbish and pants because it was just boards and no interactive activities. But there were videos which were funny because the English was so bad.
We walked up an extremely steep hill to Democracy Park which had memorials to the soldiers who died in the Korean War, and we also looked out over Busan through binoculars. We walked up to Jungang Park and saw the Monument to the Fallen Heroes and there were photographs telling the story of the Koran War. We changed hotel to Busan Airport Hotel which was very nice and had a whirlpool bath which was big enough to fit all three of us in, and had 2 computers in our room. Tomorrow we have an early morning flight to Japan.

Jagalchi fish market, Busan

Jagalchi fish market, Busan

Traditional South Korean bedroom, Busan

Traditional South Korean bedroom, Busan


Exercising in Busan

Exercising in Busan


Korea's equivalent of fast food, meal from Hansot which includes kimchi

Korea's equivalent of fast food, meal from Hansot which includes kimchi


Huge whirlpool bath in a bathroom the size of our bedroom, Busan Airport Hotel

Huge whirlpool bath in a bathroom the size of our bedroom, Busan Airport Hotel

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Malaysia (again)

Kuala Lumpar
We woke up really late and went to breakfast. We caught the monorail to a shopping mall where I bought 3 SkullDuggery Pleasant books, and booked some meals for a flight. We walked to Berjaya Times Square where we found loads of cheap toys, pokemon cards, and and indoor theme park. Mum found a hairdressers. We walked for a very long time to get to the botanical gardens. We had an ice cream, then played it in the park. We were hoping to go on a boat on the lake but there weren't any. We had sweet and sour for dinner, and oreos and dragon fruit in our room. We caught the train to the bus station to book our bus ticket for tomorrow. We went to a food street for dinner but it was disappointing. We had crab stick dim sum and chicken satay. We got up early the next day and caught a luxurious bus to Malacca.

Nasi Lemak, traditional dish, KL Central Market

Nasi Lemak, traditional dish, KL Central Market

Lychee shaved ice dessert, KL Central Market

Lychee shaved ice dessert, KL Central Market

Chinese Festival in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpar

Chinese Festival in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpar

Malacca
Our hotel was lovely with free sweets at reception. We had very spicy chicken curry for dinner. We looked in tyoy shops with loads of fake lego. We went to the maritime museum. It was a model of a Portugese ship because the Portugese were in control of Malacca at that time. Then the Dutch took over, and then the British took over in the 1880s to the 1990s. We had delicious noodles for lunch. I bought loads of pokemon cards in a very cheap toy shop and got loads of EXs.

Ricksaw, Malacca

Ricksaw, Malacca

Traditional laksa, Cafe 1511

Traditional laksa, Cafe 1511

Johor Bahru (and Singapore)
We got up early and caught a luxurious bus with leather seats and amazing air con. When we arrived in Johor Bahru we caught a swift taxi to our hotel. Our room was enormous with a tv, a city view and a safety box. We walked to the shopping mall and had fish and chips for dinner. It rained solid all afternoon until it softened up a little and we made a run for it back to our hotel.
We caught a taxi to Legoland. We got into the park at 9:30 and went on the lego city driving test. Then we went on the boat ride where loads on chinese people were getting stuck. We then went on the new Ninjago ride which was disappointing because you couldn't aim your element properly with your hands. Then we went on a log flume that made you so wet that you could wring your clothes out. But it was so hot that we soon dried out. Then I got stung by a wasp on the way to the star wars exhibition. it was amazing because they had built all of the battles from the star wars films. Lego mini world had minitures of all of the famous sights in Asia including the Great Wall of China. i had lego brick chips and fried chicked for lunch. We went on loads of other rides, and saw a Ninjago out of the shadows show which was boring and rubbish. We watched the Lego Movie 4D whcih was quite annoying because it was in chinese.
We caught a bus to the middle of Johor Bahru and saw Chinese, Sikh and Indian temples, and had chicked satay and dunkin donuts for lunch.
We caught 2 buses to the immigration office, and queued for 40 minutes to get into Singapore. Then we caught another bus to the centre of Singapore. We had the best duck noodles ever for lunch. Then we caught the tube to the Gardens by the Bay. We walked to the play areawhere I got absolutely soaked in a massive water play area. We then did the whole immigration faff again except it took 2 and a half hours to get back to Johor Bahru because it was a Friday night. We decided to wouldn't go into Singapore for the day again.

Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

Wet Play Park, Gardens by the Bay

Wet Play Park, Gardens by the Bay

Wet Play Park, Gardens by the Bay

Wet Play Park, Gardens by the Bay

Mersing/Tioman Island
We caught a slow and terrible bus to Mersing. Our hotel room was small and had a really creaky bathroom door. We had horrible rice and chicken for lunch and booked a ferry to Tioman.
We got up really early and walked to the ferry port. We were really unlucky because the first ferry was full, so we had to wait 2 hours to get on the second ferry. I welt really queasy. We then caught a mini-van to our hotel. Our room was large with 2 separate bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and bathroom, and 3 air-conditioning units. We had fish and chips for lunch. We then went in the gigantic pool which was really hot.
I felt really ill, so only went snorkelling for 15 minutes. When we went snorkelling, we could see colourful fish and beautiful coral. We walked back to the hotel because my tummy was aching. We had fish and chips and went in the pool later, but didn't do much all day because I felt really ill.
We went to a seaside view restaurant and had amazingly good thai style squid for lunch.
When we had breakfast 3 monkeys came along and stole coffee from the girls on the opposite table. When we walked down to the beach we held sticks because we had been warned about the monkeys. We swam a long way out with lifejackets and snorkels and saw more amazing fish, coral, sea cucumbers and rays. We had sweet and sour chicken for dinner. A monkey came right up to our window and was looking into our room to see if he could get our food. He wasn't even scared when we went right up to the window.
It was our last day on Tioman and the staff were weird because we borrowed the life jackets for the third time, but this time they said there was a charge for borrowing them. Then when we went to pay the bill, they tried to charge us for extra breakfasts which my dad refused to pay. We also found that every day the plates of breakfast were different so one had no toast, another had no sausage. And the plates would always be brought up with the cutlery lying in the beans. Dad said they needed to go to a hotel school, like the one we saw in Cuba.
We got up really early and caught the ferry which was really disorganised again. Even the man at the jetty didn't know the ferry was there even though it was the only boat there. We then stayed in Mersing again and had a tasty kfc dinner, and went to bed early because we were really tired.

Bunut Beach, completely deserted every day, could wade in to fabulous reef for snorkelling

Bunut Beach, completely deserted every day, could wade in to fabulous reef for snorkelling

Bunut Beach, Tioman

Bunut Beach, Tioman

Bunut Beach, Pulau Tioman

Bunut Beach, Pulau Tioman

Kuala Lumpar (again)
We caught a cold 6 hour bus to Kuala Lumpar. When we got to KL we were really weary and had sweet and sour chicken. We cheked into our hotel and went to sleep. We had breakfast and walked to a department store where we got stuck because it started raining, We walked for a few miles because we had been travelling for 2 days. We watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in the cinema. It was action packed with a good story line. We then ran back in the rain and got soaked.

Lumut/Pangkor
We caught a comfortable bus to Lumut. It took much longer than we expected because there was a traffic jam and the driver stopped to deliver a package. We had Dominos pizza then caught the short ferry to Pangkor. Our hotel was really nice with a swimming pool shaped like a boat. The buffet breakfast was the best breakfast since Dury Inn. The beaches were disappointing because the water wasn't clear enough for snorkelling and there was still some rubbish on some of the beaches. We had amazing chicken chop with black pepper sauce, and tasty fish and chips. We fed the hornbills that fly around the trees, and watched monkeys stealing from the hotel bins.
We had to change hotel on our last day because the hotel was full. The new hotel wasn't as nice, and had karioke until midnight so we felt very tired when we caught the ferry back to Lamut, and stayed in a hotel in lovely Lumut.

Feeding wild hornbills, Pulau Pangkor

Feeding wild hornbills, Pulau Pangkor

Hornbill, Pangkor

Hornbill, Pangkor

Taiping (again)
We caught a local bus to Taiping and went back to the same hotel in Taiping. The chinese lady on reception was very nice and remembered me. We went back to the lake gardens but we didn't go on the peddle boats because it was too hot. We went back to the lego shop and bought some more mini-figures. We had tasty chicken satay at the night market.

Nasi Goreng, Taiping Food Night Market

Nasi Goreng, Taiping Food Night Market

Taiping Food Night Market

Taiping Food Night Market

Seremban
We caught the train to Kuala Lumpar and then Seremban. There wasn't really anything to do at Seremban but dad said we needed to kill some time before going to South Korea. Our hotel room was very comfortable, but it smelled smokey so we went through a load of faff while they moved us. We caught a taxi into the centre. We started to walk round the lake, but got bitten to pieces by mossies so got a taxi back to the hotel. Then we played House of the Dead 4 in the arcade and Team Fortress 2 in the internet cafe.
We had amazing buffet breakfast then caught the train back to Kuala Lumpar.
Next we fly to South Korea and Japan, and then I will be really pleased to get home because I am getting a bit fed up with travelling.

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Bali

Kuta
The people from our hotel met us at the airport and drove us to the hotel where we fell asleep immediately. We played catch in the pool and I did some running on the treadmill in the gym. Then we had delicious chicken soup for lunch. When we got to the beach it had a disgusting line of rubbish which made us not want to swim in the sea. There was a man sitting on a sun lounger in a pile of rubbish which was disgusting. We had tasty nasi goreng from a little local restaurant on the corner from our hotel.

Soto Ayam (chicken soup), Kuta

Soto Ayam (chicken soup), Kuta


Not what we were expecting, Kuta Beach

Not what we were expecting, Kuta Beach

Yet more rubbish and it's floating in the sea, Kuta Beach

Yet more rubbish and it's floating in the sea, Kuta Beach

Sanur
We caught a 30 minute taxi ride to Sanur. We had a massive room with it's own kitchen and siting area. We had a horrible Korean ramen at a restaurant, which was just a pot noodle with an egg. We were really annoyed when we walked along and fpund much better, cheaper places to eat. We found a really nice place to eat where we had tasty mango fruit smoothies and chicken satay. We walked along the seafront to see all of the expensive resorts. We also watched Marvel Age of Ultron which I thought was really good. We had miniature fish and chips for dinner. We went for a run and dived in the pool afterwards. I had a weird Balinese rice pudding for tea.

Beautiful accommodation in Bali

Beautiful accommodation in Bali

Local green taxi minivan to Pandang Bai

Local green taxi minivan to Pandang Bai

Padang Bai
We caught a rickety rackety cab to Padang Bai. We had a room with 3 beds at last, but it came at a price because the room smelled musty and mouldy. We got past the 1km long ferry queue because the other ferry was not working. We had spicy sweet and sour chicken for lunch, and played ball in the massive pool back at the hotel.
We had a delicious pineapple pancake for breakfast. We found a beach but didn't go in the sea because there were no waves and there was lots of rubbish in the sea. We found another beach with big waves but we didn't go in the sea because it was getting late. We had delicious seafood and chips for dinner.
We went back to the beach with big waves but didn't stay in the sea for long because dad got stung by a jellyfish. We played in pool and had massive fish and chips for lunch. We had delicious chicken wings for dinner.

Another amazing hotel in Bali, Padang Bai

Another amazing hotel in Bali, Padang Bai


Path to White Sand Beach (not very welcoming or enticing), Pandang Bai

Path to White Sand Beach (not very welcoming or enticing), Pandang Bai

Blue Lagoon Beach, Padang Bai

Blue Lagoon Beach, Padang Bai

Candidessa
We caught a taxi at 11:30am just before the ferry arrived so that we weren't stuck in a queue. Our hotel owner was really pushy. We asked if we wanted to go diving immediately when we arrived even though it was not the right time for diving, and he called his staff over to try and force us into eating lunch in his expensive restaurant. Our room was dark and was an absolute mossie fest. We had a bony fish satay for lunch. I met a 5 year old boy from Sweden, called Owen, who I played with in the pool with my lego. We had delicious special fried noodles for dinner.
When we were playing in the pool, I jumped onto the sloping bit and really hurt my foot. I had creamy carbonara for dinner and a red velvet magnum on the way back.
We caught a taxi up to a little village. The village sold weavings and lots of wood carvings for different Balinese gods. We met a man who showed us the smallest bees in the world which were defenceless. We also tried mango honey, tea honey and sweet and sour honey. He also showed us how to weave a brown basket and how to use the roots to make it black. We found a new restaurant on our extremely hot walk back. We had sumptuous carbonara for dinner.

Honey Farmer of the world's smallest bees, Tenganan

Honey Farmer of the world's smallest bees, Tenganan

Mosquito bees on the bottle of honey they produce - it tastes of mango and is fantastic in tea

Mosquito bees on the bottle of honey they produce - it tastes of mango and is fantastic in tea

Ubud
I said goodbye to Owen before we caught our taxi to Ubud. Our resort was amazing. It had a bath, DVD player, safe and a massive comfortable bed. We caught the free shuttle bus into the centre of Ubud. We landed right in tourist central. We walked down a side alley and found a local restaurant where we had amazing sauted mushrooms and chicken satay for dinner. We watched Marvel Civil War on DVD which I thought had an amazing storyline and was action packed.
We had delicious fried eggs and bacon for breakfast. We walked around town and bought food for the day of silence. In the evening we took pictures of all of the massive monsters which were in the festival. We also bought a large shaved ice but left when it got too crowded and smoky.
Nyepi is is the Balinese New Year. It is a day of silence to convince the bad spirits the island is uninhabited. You even have to close the curtains when you turn on lights. We had to stay in the hotel and play in the pool and on Clash Royale, and watch DVDs. We ate Pot Noodles and other snacks from the convenience store.
We walked around town and saw rice paddies which were beautiful and we looked in lots of wood carvers. We had an extremely thin pizza for dinner. In the rice terraces they have a clever system of making each rice paddie get its own water. They put a lump of mud to stop it flowing one way and take it away to make it flow a different way. We also had a mango and strawberry smoothie while we were in the rice paddies. We had a horrible Japanese okonomiyaki, Japanese pancake, for dinner.
It was my mum's birthday yah! We walked round some more rice fields and saw a sign warning us about cobras. We stopped walking early because there wasn't much to see and it was very hot. We went in the hotel pool instead. We had the best bbq ribs ever with a bubble gum milkshake for dinner. We watched Doctor Strange on DVD, which was highly disappointing and the worst Marvel film yet.
We met 2 American girls in the pool who I played with and chatted with. They lived in Japan and taught us some Japanese. We had chicken katsu for dinner. I also bought some Yugio cards which turned out to be my best cards yet. I played chess with one of the girls after dinner.

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations, Ubud


Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations

Ogoh Ogoh for Nyepi celebrations


Rice fields, Ubud

Rice fields, Ubud


Beware of snakes, rice fields outside Ubud

Beware of snakes, rice fields outside Ubud

Sideman
We caught a long and comfortable minivan to Sideman. We walked through lots of lush, long, beautiful rice terraces. We also walked in the burning sun to find a shop. So when we got back we fell into the swimming pool. We had very spicy yellow curry for dinner.
We had delicious pineapple pancake for breakfast. We walked down a quite muddy track to a hidden paradise. Mum was going crazy taking millions of photos. We then played a game of catch in the pool. We had a filling hawian pizza for dinner, but unfortunately mum was sick afterwards.

Luxury villa in Sideman, Bali

Luxury villa in Sideman, Bali

View from our villa, Sideman

View from our villa, Sideman

Exploring the rice terraces and avoiding the snakes, Sideman

Exploring the rice terraces and avoiding the snakes, Sideman

Rice terraces near Sideman

Rice terraces near Sideman

Ahmed
We caught a taxi to Ahmed. The journey was bumpy but we stopped at the most amazing lush, green rice terrace views. I also felt really sick a lot of the time because of the bumpy motion. Our room was a lovely thatched cottage with a separate upstairs room for me. We played wall ball catch in the swimming pool. We had delicious chips and calamari rings for dinner.
We had delicious museli, pancakes and fruit at a buffet breakfast. We went walking, but after 10 minutes it started raining, so we went into a warung and had an orange juice which tasted like water. We walked back and had our hair cut in a high quality and cheap barbers. I won a quick game on monopoly, then we went back out and found my hat which I had left at the barbers. We then had ridiculously strong and garlicy sweet and sour for dinner. We caught a 3 and a half hour taxi back to Kuta, and bought 30 dvds. We played transformers, house of the dead 4, and strike force ghost at the arcade. We went through immigration and customs and got an a late flight back to Kuala Lumpar. We arrived at 11 o'clock at night. Then we caught a taxi to our hotel and went straight to sleep.

Cottage in Amed

Cottage in Amed

Coastal view, Amed

Coastal view, Amed

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