Saturday, January 26, 2008

Border crossings

Every time you cross a border in SEA, you'll have to fill in a form with your name, passport number, address, etc. Half will be stamped and will go into a pile of paper waste, and another half will go there when you depart. In these times of electronics, the only practical use is to help you memorise your passport number and expiry date.

Yesterday, I had to cross to Malaysia and backwards, cause I was about to become illegal in Singapore after I had returned my trainee pass. And - nice surpirse - no more forms from the 1st of January! Hurray to Malaysia, thumbs down to Singapore - it does not seem they are going to stop collecting paper.

JB is quite a big city right across the border, and the only "attraction" is royal palace with a big garden (Istana Besar). Of course, plenty of nice street food in the center as well :) Malaysia is definitely my favourite, people are not fed up with tourists yet, they talk to you and wave you and make you feel of some importance :D Even the guards in the palace!

Some last sunny pictures here.

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