Tears and traffic: A road trip in Malaysia yields plenty of pleasant (and not so pleasant) surprises

Journalist Louisa Lim (far left) and her husband (second from left) reunited with her in-laws after more than two years. PHOTO: SIMMON CHEONG
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Apart from the lone busker doing a cheerless jig in an ill-fitting Winnie the Pooh costume at 8pm, the once-bustling streets in front of the Dutch Square, Melaka's most famous landmark, are quieter than I remember.

We drop a few notes in Wretched Winnie's coin box out of pity and he perks up significantly, waving his arms at my two frightened children.

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