My first exploration to the land North of Singapore, is to the historic Malacca or Melaka in Malay. Its a great place to start as Malacca is the craddle of what is now the nation of Malaysia. It was one of the first state in what is now a 13 state nation, the first to endure colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and English. It was also here that the independence from the British was first announced. Its a city rich in history, with a special place in the heart of Malaysians.