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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

Day 203: 22nd August
Forting About
The flag of Malaysia

Kuching, Malaysia

As a couple of boy soldiers, we were keen to check out the fort we'd seen so impressively lit up last night. We took a sampan - a traditional type of boat thankfully still living on as water taxis (albeit sponsored by Lipton Tea) - across the river and wandered up to the fort. On the way we passed a hall building from which practice music was parping. I had a sudden, unsettling flashback; the building and the music reminded me exactly of my old Primary School's hall, and for a few seconds I'd "time-travelled" and was right back there.

The episode passed as we moved on to the Fort. The music turned out to be the Police marching band, and other things associated with the Malaysian Filth and its history were scattered about, such as old Land Rovers and, er, cannons.

As we approached the fort it started to look less grandiose than last night. Indeed it was shabby. The chap on duty there looked slightly surprised but glad to see us; evidently the visitors aren't battering down the doors to get in. We were the sole two tourists for all the time we were there.