(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 3…)
At last, we have come to the last installment of my Malacca trip.
That’s a bit long for a two days one night trip, I must say.
Anyway, after boarding the coach at Mahkota Parade, we are finally leaving Malacca and headed for dinner at Kulai.
With nothing to do on a long journey, I nodded off like most of the people on board who got tired of chatting with their neighbors and karaoke-ing.
We must have traveled for quite a while when the coach came to a stop.
“What’s going on? Why are we stopping by the roadside? Are we there already?”
It’s for this!
Delicious yellow fruit!
Why spend thousands on gym packages when you can train your chest opening durians?
After durians, we were on the road again
It didn’t take me long to realize what a bad idea it was to have durians on a long journey
Dinner was at this double-storey building and we climbed the stairs to the second floor. The room wasn’t that big but the deco was nice and cosy.
I loved the wallpaper!
Chants: Sharksfin is cruel
This is nice but the sauce is barely enough
Very fatty but very nice!
I think this is Lemon Chicken
This is uber nice!
After dinner, it’s time to hit the road again
The sky is turning dark
Thank goodness traffic was smooth and we managed to clear the custom without a hitch!
I’m glad to be able to spend quality time with Mum but at the same time, I’m not very happy with the itinerary.
How could I tell people that I have been to Malacca when I have not tasted Chicken Rice Balls or even visited Christchurch? (I have to make my own way there but I still didn’t get to see the Stadhuys and St Paul’s hill due to the lack of time)
It’s like going to China without seeing the Great Wall and leaving England without taking a picture with the Big Ben!
I would love to visit Malacca again for their Chicken Rice Balls and the Cendol from Dessert 88 at Jonker Street. I also hope to return with a better camera so I could snap better pictures of the architecture especially the Orangutan House which I failed to locate.
And with that, I conclude the end of my two days and one night trip to Malacca.
The House of 72 Tenants (1973)
I’ve watched the original House of 72 Tenants starring Hu Ching （胡锦） as the landlady and Lydia Sum （沈殿霞） as the Shanghainese washer lady numerous times on cable.
A 1973 production, this movie was a big hit then because it reflected the current situation (eg, corrupted Government) of Hong Kong at that time, thus striking a chord with the audience, especially those from the lower end of society.
However, you would be pleased to know that 72 Tenants of Prosperity is NOT an exact replica of the House of 72 Tenants. Directed by Eric Tsang, new elements and unexpected surprises have been added along the way.
Here are some scenes from the original film that you can expect to see in the new remake.
This scene in the new movie was played by Lydia Sum’s daughter, Joyce Cheng
The unreasonable landlady. The new role was played by Charmaine Sheh
Firemen asking for bribes before turning on the hose
The 72 Tenants of Prosperity would be better if shown in Cantonese because the effects of the jokes are lost in translation.
For example, you’ll only get the “Try Your Best” joke if you watch it in Cantonese but nonetheless, it will still let you leave the theater laughing.
How is your preparation for the Chinese New Year coming along?
Luckily for us, we started Spring Cleaning early this year. We spread the chores
over the span of several weekends so it wasn’t really a chore to us.
There is no point pushing everything off till the last minute because we still have to do it in the end and not to mention that it’s hard work having to finish off everything at one shot.Recently, my Dad was diagnosed with diabetes but thank God his was just a minor one. No medication needed but he has to watch his diet to keep his condition under control
As a result, we didn’t buy a lot of festive goodies this year due to health reasons.
That means, no Pineapple Tarts, no Bah Kwa and no tainted Melon Seeds from China…
Except for our salary, everything else is going up which includes our glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure…
Therefore, go easy on those Bah Kwa and soft drinks, will you?
Afterall, health is wealth, right?
Happy Chinese New Year!
Pearl’s Center, the tallest landmark in Chinatown
You can find waxed-anything here…
From Lup Cheong (Waxed Sausages)…
…to Waxed Duck and Fish
Okay, maybe NOT everything…
What do you call 佛手瓜 in English?
Accessories for you to hang on the Pussy Willow
Customized car plates!
I loved these little tigers!
What are these?
Festive red everywhere!
Trishaw outside the Chinatown Heritage Centre
People queuing up for Bah Kwa outside Lim Chee Guan
Even foreign workers are queuing!
I think they were under orders from their boss to queue for the BBQ pork.
Here’s wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Are you ready for…
(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 2…)
My heart sank like the Titanic after learning that we will not be visiting anymore historical places!
How can this be happening to me? This is totally NOT the historical tour I was looking for!
Image from Google
As reality sets in, I began frowning all the way from Restoran Hikeng.
While we were nearing Mahkota Parade, the coach suddenly cruised past the Dutch Square and the Maritime Museum!
“Noooooooooooooooooo…” I screamed silently as they faded out of sight.
So near yet so far!
I can’t just sit by and do nothing?
Think! I must THINK!
And so, a plan was conceived…
My plan is this: While the group is shopping at Mahkota Parade, I shall take the time slot to visit the Christ Church instead.
All I have to do is to return to Mahkota Parade before the two hours are up and meet up with the rest of the tour group at the entrance. I informed my horrified Mum of my impromptu plan and left her in the care of her colleagues while I retraced my steps to the Dutch Square alone.
The route I took
I walked along Jalan Merdeka towards Jalan Quayside and as I turned the corner, a magnificent view of the ‘Flora De La Mar‘, a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of
Malacca in the 16th Century came into view.
Majestic looking ship!
It is a Maritime Museum showcasing Malacca’s history as a trading hub
It’s an exact replica of the real thing at 34m high, 36m long and 8m wide
entrance fee of RM2 applies and I would love to go in for a look but
due to time constraints, I had to go off in search of the Christ Church first.
A walk further up brings me to this newly constructed watermill.
The Malacca Malay Sultanate Water Mill located beside the Malacca River
I can’t find any info on this watermill except that “it used to fuel Malacca’s booming port
This watermill is a replica and no longer functioning
Newly constructed and it’s not working already?
The Santiago Bastion
utilized to the advantage of any of its rivals.
After following the map for 30 minutes, I finally arrived at the Dutch Square!
Was this the Mousedeer that inspired Malacca its’ name?
A windmill – to commemorate the Dutch’s presence in Malacca?
Erm… People returned to China already and it’s still hanging there?
Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower
built by Tan Jiak Kim in 1886 in memory of his father, Tan Beng Swee.
You may or may not have heard of Tan Beng Swee but surely his father Tan Kim Seng, the Philantropist rings a bell?
The Queen Victoria Fountain
Now, behind this fountain stood the famous…
*starts playing dramatic music*
YAY! YAY! YAY!
The bazaar beside Christ Church
It was time to bade farewell to the Dutch Square for I have tomeet up with my Mum and the rest of the tour group at Mahkota Parade.
I found her waiting anxiously for me at the entrance who was worried sick about me and I felt remorseful for causing her distress.
Look out for my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 4: The Final Chapter!
(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 1…)
After leaving the Sam Po Kong Temple and Hang Li Poh Well, the coach brought us to a Laughing Buddha Temple an hours’ drive away. We were there for quite long as some people wanted their fortunes told while some prayed for (money) luck.
I was getting edgy because time is running out and I wanted to visit more places yet here we are wasting precious time.
We finally left the Laughing Buddha Temple and headed for lunch at Restoran Hikeng.
Lunch was here at Restoran Hikeng
Can’t remember what this is…
Egg Tofu with Oyster Sauce
Fish Maw Soup with Fishball
The four heavenly kings – Aubergine, Okra, Winged Beans and Petai
On that fateful day, poor me did not expect what awaits inside the washroom. The moment I pushed open the door, I was greeted by a scene of epic proportions which I thought I could only find in a disaster movie!
The toilet bowl was choked to the brim and the slightest ripple would cause the water to overflow. Worst of all, there were lots and lots and lots and lots of yellow “submarines” in it!
You gotta believe me, at that point of time, I was fearing that this would happen…
Run for your lives!
I returned to the table, traumatized and trying hard to erase that horrendous scene from my memory.
So, after lunch, we boarded the coach and was told that the itinerary for the remainder of the day will be shopping at Makhota Parade followed by dinner at Kulai and then straight to the second link.
We came all the way to this historical place rich with heritage and we are leaving without visiting the Farmosa, Christchurch and Stadthuys?
This is totally NOT the kind of historical cum heritage tour I was expecting!
Malacca Trip Day Two Part 3 coming up next!
(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day One Part 4…)
Before returning to our rooms the previous night, we were told that the hotel breakfast buffet would be available from 7am onwards.
The first round (L to R) Beef Rendang, Mee Goreng and Hashbrown
Second round: Porridge
Third round: Mini pan cakes
Fourth round: Nasi Lemak
Come to think of it, the breakfast selection is quite ‘heavy’ due to the spices and coconut used.
Seems like I have eaten quite a lot but I had a bit of everything in moderation. I don’t have the habit to eat too full during long journeys as I’m afraid I can’t find a toilet in the middle of nowhere.
Anyway, our first itinerary for the second day was the Sam Po Kong Temple and the Hang Li Poh well. Well, we are going somewhere historical and that’s a good start for the day.
Sam Po Kong Temple
One of the versions I read was that in the olden days, many Chinese traders flocked to Malacca with dreams of making it big. However, some died in this foreign land before they could fulfill their dreams. Thus, Sam Po Kong Temple was built to take care of their graves at Bukit Cina, many of whom have no descendants to care for because their families did not travel with them.
Another version I heard was that this temple was built in dedication to Admiral Cheng Ho, whose other name was, you guessed it, Sam Po.
Admiral Cheng Ho
Didn’t know he’s a hobbit
The Hang Li Poh well was situated right next to the Sam Po Kong Temple
The well water which wouldn’t overflow as demonstrated by the guide
Hang Li Poh Well
Princess Hang Li Poh was married to the reigning Sultan Mansur Shah in
the mid 15th century for diplomatic ties between China and Malacca. The
well was then built at the foot of Bukit Cina – a Chinese settlement
given by the Sultan to the Princess as a gift.
In 1511, the Portuguese conquered Malacca and gained total control of the well, which was the city’s main source of water. In retaliation, Malay warriors filled the well with poison and many Portuguese who drank from it died.
In 1677, the Dutch conquered Malacca and enclosed the
well with a brick wall to maintain their rights over it. The well
was subsequently turned into a wishing well, a situation which
continues until today.
The brick wall built by the Dutch surrounding the well