Welcome To Channel Erk!

Welcome to Channel Erk Podcasts. Produced in Sydney, Australia, Channel Erk features a mix of podcasts including music podcasts primarily featuring indie/unsigned music. There are also talk podcasts based on interests that Erk has including talking, news, current events, travel, transport, TV, entertainment & more.

 

Erk (a train driver by “day job”) has been podcasting since May 2007 & started being a music podcaster in January 2009. Apart from his home studio in Sydney, Erk has podcasted around Australia, in New Zealand, North America, Europe, the UK and parts of Asia.

 

There are various music shows produced weekly which are released on specific days. Talk shows are produced as required & generally are released on days that music shows are not released (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). All shows & all episodes are all free for you to listen to & enjoy.

 

The current podcasts making up Channel Erk are shown below.

 

EFMM 950 X 150 April 2013
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  • Release Day: Monday
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • First episode: October 2011
  • Last episode: current podcast
  • Theme Music: Metal La La La by Nanowar (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Metal (in its various forms) from Australia & around the world
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Not available via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk FM: Metal Monday information 

 

Erk FM INTL 950 X 150 April 2013

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  • Release Day: Wednesday
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • First episode: December 2011
  • Last episode: current podcast
  • Theme Music: Music Is Life by Cyber Snake (Creative Commons)
  • Companion podcast to Erk FM: Australia
  • Expect to hear: Various styles of music from around the world (except Australian artists)
  • Subscription to Erk FM: International now separate to subscription to Erk FM: Australia
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Also available separately via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Episodes are odd numbered only (even numbers are Erk FM: Australia episodes)
  • Erk FM: International information

 

Erk FM OZ Banner 950 X 150 August 2012

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  • Release Day: Friday
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • First episode: December 2011
  • Last episode: current podcast
  • Theme Music: Music Is Life by Cyber Snake (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Various styles of music from around Australia
  • Companion podcast to Erk FM: International
  • Subscription to Erk FM: Australia now longer includes subscription to Erk FM: International
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Also available separately via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Episodes are even numbered only. Odd numbered episodes are Erk FM: International episodes
  • Erk FM: Australia information

 

 

Erk Pod website banner 950 x 150 September 2011

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  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: 2-3 times a week
  • First episode: May 2007
  • Last episode: current podcast
  • Theme Music: Erkenntnis by Guerillabeatz (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Travel, news, ambient noise, soundscapes & whatever else Erk feels like
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Available via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk Pod information

 

ETTDR 950 X 150 April 2013

Creative Commons License

 

 

  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: August 2012
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: TV Star by Predator (Creative Commons)
  • Expect to hear: Talk about TV, entertainment & more
  • Subscription available via iTunes, RSS or searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Available via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The Diary Room information

 

OTR With Erk 950 X 150 April 2013

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  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: May 2013
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: November 85 by Red Yak (Creative Commons) with additional sound bytes
  • Expect to hear: Various facets of railway/railroad/rail transit operations & travel
  • Subscription available iTunes & RSS. Also available by searching your podcatcher of choice by the show name
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • On The Rails With Erk information

 

Courtesy Phone 950 x 150 banner March 2014
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  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: May 2014
  • Last episode: New podcast
  • Theme Music: Battle Plane by Territory (Creative Commons) with additional sound byte.
  • Expect to hear: Travel tips, suggestions, features, guests. 
  • Subscriptions are available via iTunes & your podcatcher/app of your choice. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The White Courtesy Phone information

 

 

Erk Power Play 950 X 450 May 2014

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  • Release Day: Thursdays
  • Frequency: Weekly during Australian ice hockey season (April – September). Occasional during Australian off-season.
  • First episode: May 2014
  • Last episode: Current podcast
  • Theme Music: Away Game by The Zambonis.
  • Expect to hear: Discussion about the sport of ice hockey in Australia (AIHL) and North America (WHL, NHL)
  • Expect to read: Match previews, match reports, opinions. 
  • Now available on iTunes or your pod catcher/app of your choice. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The Penalty Box information

 

Recent Episodes Across Channel Erk

 

Erk FM Metal Monday 168 – Happy Metal Annihilation (part 1)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 168. On this episode, Erk features a selection of songs from a free sampler released by Asher Media Relations. You can download the sampler for free. Some of the artists have been featured on Erk FM: Metal Monday before & others are new.

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Erk FM: Australia 510 – Scudley Flashback

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 510. On this episode, Erk combines what were formerly 3 separate Erk FM episodes. The episode opens with Peter Renzullo from Scudley Records, based in Perth. His aim has been and continues to be to promote live & original music in Perth. Like many other musicians and promoters in Perth, Peter has found that distance can be an issue for bands from eastern Australia to travel to Perth so to counter that, the local music scene must be strong.   After the interview, Erk features local Perth artists that Scudley Records were working with at the time of the interview in early 2010. The Scudley Records produced album that features was called Folklore. 

Erk FM: International 509 – Shhh, Erk! English Bands Talking!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 509. This is another interview episode from the Erk FM archive from 2010. Two of the bands (Triphazard & Emerald) are no longer together however the various musicians may be working on other projects. The Fuse, however, are still together and are gigging and touring. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 167 – VMX 2011 (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 167. Erk presents a metal gig that originally predated Erk FM: Metal Monday - A Very Metal Xmas (VMX). It was truly a highlight of the western Sydney metal scene. Like many of the bands that appear on the episode, VMX no longer exists. This episode features live recordings and interviews at VMX 2011. 

Erk FM: Australia 508 – Erkstock (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 508. On this episode, Erk features one of the best nights of his life so far - Erkstock. Despite it being his party, Erk selected the bands and interviewed them during the night. A good time was had by all. August 2012 seems like such a long time ago!

Erk FM: International 507 – Shhh, Erk! Ladies Talking!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 507. On this episode, Erk again features two of his favourite Erk FM interviews. The first interview was with then New York based Latino singer/songwriter Cupero. She sings in English and Spanish and her guitar work while singing is outstanding. The second interview is with Leah Finklestein. Erk had technical issues and therefore his voice is not heard at all during the entire interview. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 166 – VMX 2010 (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 166. Erk presents a metal gig that predates Erk FM: Metal Monday - A Very Metal Xmas (VMX). It was truly a highlight of the western Sydney metal scene. Like many of the bands that appear on the episode, VMX no longer exists. This episode features live recordings and interviews at VMX 2010. 

Erk FM: Australia 506 – Musical Ladies of Sydney (Flashback)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 506. Now that Rocktober & Norockvember are completed, Erk is looking back over the last 6 years as Erk FM: Australia's last episode will be on Friday 2 January 2015. On this episode, Erk features 3 of his favourite interviews, all recorded on location in various parts of Sydney.   The episode opens with Erk's interview with Alison Avron who is a singer/songwriter, singing coach & a venue owner in Sydney. The second interview is with Helen Perris who is a singer/songwriter, a music coach and also a mother - the latter becomes plainly obvious during the interview but was entertaining nonetheless. As becomes clear in both interviews, Alison & Helen work well together and enjoy each other's company on & off stage. Finally, Erk features Lee Safar who apart from being a musician is also an entrepreneur. Most notably, Lee has just launched her new clothing line along with other merchandise & accessories.

Erk FM: International 505 – UK 2011 Flashback

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 505. With Rocktober & Norockvember completed, Erk has 5 episodes of Erk FM: International remaining before ending the show. The final episode of Erk FM: International will be on New Years Eve 2014. On this episode, Erk features two of his favourite international interviews from outside Australia. Both interviews/features were recorded on location in London in 2011. In the first section, various music podcasters from the Association Of Music Podcasting try to get Erk drunk on warm English beer. Despite this, a good time was had by all. A few days later, Erk interviews guitarist Matt Stevens.   In 2014, Erk repeated the trip and was able to catch up with several of the people you'll hear on the first section of the episode before heading across town with Ro from DarkCompass to watch Matt Stevens live. 

Erk FM Metal Monday 165 – Bed, Bath & Beyond Comprehension!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 165. On this week's episode, Erk features more Canadian metal courtesy of Asher Media Relations and a song or 3 from Psychostick that you really need to see the videos for to get the full experience.

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Erk FM: Australia 504 – Norockvember Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 504. This episode is the final week of Norockvember and a re-presentation of Erk FM: Australia episode 292 which was recorded in November (thank you #captainobvious) 2012. After this episode, there are 1 month of episodes of Erk FM: Australia before Erk calls stumps, draws the curtains, closes the door on Erk FM: Australia after 6 years.

  Music supplied by AirPlay Direct & the artists directly.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 503 – Norockvember Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 503 which is the final week of Norockvember. This week's episode will feature more vocals than some of the more recent episodes because Erk is playing music from a different Jamendo playlist.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 164 – Snakes Alive!

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 164. On this episode, Erk finds a series of hard rock & metal bands with a theme in their names - snakes! And seeing as though the weather at Erk FM: Metal Monday HQ will be very hot & very snake like, it seems an appropriate theme for this week's episode. Despite the common theme, there's a range of styles in the hardness stakes with the episode starting & finishing with classic rock. 

    Music supplied by AirPlay Direct.

    Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 502 – Norockvember Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 502. It is the 3rd and penultimate week of Norockvember which has been the theme for November after Rocktober. Erk's on a mysterious last minute mission so re-presents an episode of Norockvember from November 2012. 2 years ago, Erk is just back from the Whiplash tour which went up & down the east coast of Australia. Apart from a lot of memories (good, bad & indifferent), Erk also picked up a wicked case of pink eye on the tour. Norockvember was the perfect thing to do while Erk recovered!!!

    Music supplied by Radio Submit.

  Song list:

Erk FM: International 501 – Norockvember Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 501. Norockvember continues on Erk FM: International as the episode number goes north of 500. The episode starts with some electronic music before ending with jazz & classical. Hopefully a good time was had by all. 

    Music supplied by Jamendo.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 163 – Black Metal Before Blue Mountains Trip?

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 163. On this episode, Erk is preparing for a possible deployment on fire duties so is recording early just in case. There are fires in the lower Blue Mountains reasonably close to Erk's house but not much of the Blue Mountains is black, luckily. This week's episode features black metal from across the world courtesy of AirPlay Direct.

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Erk FM: Australia 500 – Norockvember Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 500! Erk had no idea that when starting this podcast in January 2009 that there would be anywhere near 500 episodes! There have been dedicated Australian & International episodes since December 2011. On this episode, Erk continues Norockvember with several of his favourite artists to see live. Unfortunately, Erk has not seen any of these artists for some time.

  All music supplied directly by the artists. 

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Erk FM: International 499 – Norockvember Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 499. Norockvember continues to the delight of at least one Canadian as Erk FM episode 500 is rapidly approaching.There's a variety of styles and band locations on this episode but no rock in Norockvember!

  Music supplied by Jamendo.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 162 – Erk Has A Huge Metal Fan

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 162. On this episode, Erk features a series of tracks that he has sitting on his button pushing software. As a result of being in Erk's button pushing software for some time, these bands & artists have been featured on Erk FM: Metal Monday before. Many of these songs are played while compiling playlists for all Erk FM shows so why not play these songs again for everyone's benefit?   In unrelated news, it is nearly 1am on Monday when Erk started to record the episode & it is still hot in the Erk FM: Metal Monday studio. Lucky for Erk, he has a big metal fan above his head.     Song list:

Erk FM: Australia 498 – Norockvember Week 1

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 489. This week's episode sees the farewell of Rocktober and the start of Norockvember courtesy of AirPlay Direct. There's a range of artists who have been raised in Australia as well as those who have settled here later in life. 

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Erk FM: International 497 – Norockvember Week 1

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 497. Rocktober is over and Erk decided in the past that following Rocktober would be a month called Norockvember. For the month of November, that is exactly what you will hear on Erk FM: International & Erk FM: Australia - no rock! There's a lot of music from around the world in a variety of languages as well as several instrumentals. 

  Music supplied by Jamendo.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 161 – Welcome To The NSFW Danger Zone

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 161. On this episode, Erk starts with comedic metal champions Psychostick & features some new tracks from their new album IV: Revenge Of The Vengeance. Moving north, there's a range of Canadian metal for you to enjoy. 

    All songs courtesy of Asher Media Relations.

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Erk FM: Australia 496 – Rocktober Week 5

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 496. It is the 5th and final week of Rocktober before the month long Norockvember which starts on Erk FM: International & Erk FM: Australia from the next episode. And what Rocktober would be complete unless one of the Australian rock legends of all time doesn't make an appearance?

  Music supplied by SGC Media & AirPlay Direct.

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Erk FM: International 495 – Rocktober Week 5

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 495. This week's episode is the final Erk FM: International episode for Rocktober and Erk takes a trip down memory lane to share some classic rock courtesy of AirPlay Direct.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 160 – Swedway Norden II

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 160. On this episode, Erk searches AirPlay Direct for Hard Rock in Sweden & Norway to see how much crossover to metal there is. As Erk has constantly said - if you are a metal band, don't be scared to say that you are a metal band! If you aren't a metal band, don't say that you are a metal band!

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Erk FM: Australia 494 – Rocktober Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 494. Rocktober continues courtesy of AirPlay Direct with this week's episode being the penultimate week of Rocktober. There's some different types of rock this week for your enjoyment.

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Erk FM: International 493 – Rocktober Week 4

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 493. Rocktober continues on Erk FM: International courtesy of Jamendo. As always, it is interesting to see what bands regard as rock as a genre. There's music from the UK, US, Germany, South Africa (that's not common for Erk FM!), Russia, Italy, France & the Netherlands.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 159 – Rock Chicks Rock & Metal Chicks Rock

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 159. Erk isn't feeling very well this week however hearing a lot of female fronted hard rock & metal courtesy of AirPlay Direct might help. If you have been listening to Erk FM for some time, you will know how much Erk enjoys female fronted rock & metal.

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Erk FM: Australia 492 – Rocktober Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 492. Rocktober continues on Erk FM: Australia with a variety of rock tunes courtesy of AirPlay Direct. Some bands/artists have been featured on Erk FM: Australia before but have not been featured for some time.

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Erk FM: International 491 – Rocktober Week 3

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 491. Rocktober continues on Erk FM and gets more towards the volume you might hear on Erk FM: Metal Monday. Music supplied by AirPlay Direct.

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Erk FM Metal Monday 158 – Dangerously Powering Around The World

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 158. On this episode, Erk thought that he would go on a musical voyage of discovery thanks to his music supplier AirPlay Direct and see what hard rock and metal he could find from around the world. These bands come from places around the world that Erk would not normally get submissions from. The internet gods were against Erk however we got through it!

  Sometimes trusting the artists to be accurate in their descriptions of their genre - as Erk finds out from time to time - is dangerous. Sometimes letting Erk use a computer is dangerous - and frustrating!

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Erk FM: Australia 490 – Rocktober Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 490. Rocktober continues with a selection of Australian female fronted rock. Long term Erk FM listeners know how Erk loves his female fronted rock bands and these bands are some of Erk's favourites.

  All music supplied directly by the artists.

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Erk FM: International 489 – Rocktober Week 2

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 489. On this episode, Rocktober continues into week 2 of October courtesy of AirPlay Direct. There's various degrees of rock and bands with interesting song titles and interesting band names. 

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Erk FM Metal Monday 157 – A Zed Or A Zee, Doesn’t Matter To Me

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 157. On this episode, Erk features metal around the world, mostly courtesy of music supplier Radio Submit. Erk had some technical problems but overcome them & featured a range of metal and hard rock from around the world.

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Erk FM: Australia 488 – Rocktober Week 1

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Australia episode 488. This is the first episode of Rocktober and Erk goes back and re-finds some rock artists that he has featured before. Rocktober is a month-long celebration of rock. It has been some time since Erk has seen some of the artists featured on this episode. 

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Erk Pod 524 – Erk’s Pacamerican Circle Day 56 57 (Singapore/Sydney)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk Pod episode 524. It is the end of this trip with Erk departing Singapore & arriving home in Sydney. It was a lot of fun bringing you along for the ride over 57 days & 5 countries outside Australia. Podcast content was recorded every single day of the 57 day trip with content being uploaded to the internet as an Audioboo message in 5 minute snippets up to 20 or more times a day on most days of the trip. In total, there was content recorded for 73 Erk Pod episodes during the trip, 5 episodes of Erk FM: Metal Monday, 2 episodes of Erk To The Diary Room & around 5 episodes of On The Rails With Erk. In addition, the trip saw the creation of another concept - Erk To The White Courtesy Phone.   Erk hopes that you have enjoyed traveling with him & thanks you for listening to Erk's Pacamerican Circle episodes of Erk Pod. Thanks also must go to the various people who entertained, amused and supplied good times to Erk (as well as a place to sleep in some cases). 

Erk FM: International 487 – Rocktober 2014 Week 1

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: International episode 487 and the first episode for Rocktober 2014. Starting out with some old school rock (no, not The Who) & finishing with a couple of bands that have been on Erk FM before, it's time to rock out! It is interesting some times to hear how some people define the genre of rock and what sub-genres people also include along with rock.

    Music supplied by Deuce Management & Promotion.

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Erk Pod 523 – Erk’s Pacamerican Circle Day 56 (Singapore)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk Pod episode 523. Winding down & thinking of home, Erk is heading ever closer to jumping on a jet plane & heading from Singapore back to Australia. There's a good feeling about going home but sad feelings about the end of a wonderful trip.

Erk FM Metal Monday 156 – Jamming Around The World

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Metal Monday episode 156. Instead of watching ice hockey brawls on YouTube (a personal favourite is 14 Minutes of Pissed Off Goalies - it does exactly what it says on the box!), Erk is bringing you metal from around the world, probably in languages other than English (the bands, that is, not Erk) courtesy of music supplier Jamendo. Some of the tracks are so not in English that Erk's English keyboard can not re-create the letters forming the titles of the songs.

  The first song is called Escape From Dead Halt by Metal Mood. You might listen to the start of the song & think that Erk has gone stark raving mad. Look past the the piano in the introduction and you'll hear some German metal.  

The next band are called ReconQuistA from Russia. Erk plays a few tracks from them but can't translate the song titles into English. Making a return to Erk FM: Metal Monday are Melqart who are from Spain. Erk wonders if the traditional "U follows a Q" rule also applies in Spanish. Probably not.  

Next are ApocryphA from Argentina. Based...

Erk Pod 522 – Erk’s Pacamerican Circle Day 55 (Singapore Malaysia)

by Erk

Welcome to Erk Pod episode 522. On this episode, Erk leaves the city & country of Singapore & heads to Jonor Bahru, Malaysia. Erk's original plan was to walk over the causeway joining the two countries however new immigration buildings on the Malaysian side means that this is no longer possible. Not wanting to hire a car or other vehicle, Erk decides that there is still a way to do this - public transport!   Catching a couple of trains from near his Singapore hotel to the train station near the border checkpoint, he catches a bus to the Singapore exit point. Leaving the bus, he goes upstairs & gets his passport stamped to say he is leaving Singapore. Boarding another bus, he crosses the causeway by road & ends up on the Malaysian side. Leaving the bus again, he goes upstairs to the Malay entry point for another passport stamp. The process is repeated on the way back to Singapore.

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