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Malacca Trip Day Two Part Four

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(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!

The smell of the durians have aroused every senses in us! Everyone felt tired no more instantly!


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

I smelled durian farts and we are all trapped in the coach! Cannot open windows somemore! *fan for air*

After more hours of traveling (I’ve lost track of time) on the endless highway, we finally reached Kulai!

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!

Very classy, very elegant! I like!


Must.resist.sharksfin


Chants: Sharksfin is cruel


This is nice but the sauce is barely enough


Very fatty but very nice!

I don’t usually eat fatty meat but this one just melt in your mouth…


I think this is Lemon Chicken


This is uber nice!

The knotty thingy is Fu Chok! Anyone know the recipe or the name of this dish?


The dishes


After dinner, it’s time to hit the road again

This time, we are headed for the immigration checkpoint.


The sky is turning dark


Singapore!

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.

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Malacca Trip Day Two Part 3

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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…

After alighting the coach at Mahkota Parade, the guide told us that we have two hours to shop and we are to gather at the main entrance by that time.

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

An
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
trade”



This watermill is a replica and no longer functioning


Newly constructed and it’s not working already?


The Santiago Bastion

Built by the Portuguese in 1512, the Fort was thought to have been destroyed by the British so that it could no longer be
utilized to the advantage of any of its rivals.


The Bastion was part of a larger fortress, the A Famosa

However, this portion of the wall was unearthed in 2006 during the construction of the Taming Sari Revolving Tower (another website said it was Dataran Palahwan) which prompted the authorities to start a rescue excavation.


After following the map for 30 minutes, I finally arrived at the Dutch Square!


Was this the Mousedeer that inspired Malacca its’ name?

One theory how Malacca got it’s name was that one day, Parameswara witnessed a white Mousedeer outwitting his hunting dog, sending the dog plunging into the river. He sees this as a good omen of the weak overcoming the powerful (remember how he was on the run from the Majapahit Kingdom and Siam?) therefore naming it thus.


A windmill – to commemorate the Dutch’s presence in Malacca?

I was attracted by this huge banner which was screaming for attention shamelessly.



Erm… People returned to China already and it’s still hanging there?


Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower

This clock tower was
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

This fountain was built by the British but funded by local Chinese to celebrate the anniversary of Queen
Victoria’s Coronation.

Now, behind this fountain stood the famous…

CHRIST CHURCH

*starts playing dramatic music*


YAY! YAY! YAY!

I have finally found the Church I have been thinking about for the past 17 years and I cannot believe that I am staring at it straight in the flesh brick! Unfortunately, the Church is closed to tourists on Sundays so I was unable to see the legendary roof beams that was “carved from a single tree trunk and constructed without joints.”

The Church was constructed by the Dutch in 1741 and is recognized as the oldest functioning Protestant Church in Malaysia though it was once converted for Anglican use by the British.


The bazaar beside Christ Church

I was thrilled that my wish of visiting the Christ Church was finally fulfilled but due to the lack of time, I was unable to visit St Francis Church as well as the Stadthuys.

It was time to bade farewell to the Dutch Square for I have to meet 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.

Sorry, Mum!

Look out for my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 4: The Final Chapter!


Malacca Trip Day Two Part 2

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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


Mixed Platter


Can’t remember what this is…


Pork something


Egg Tofu with Oyster Sauce


Fish Maw Soup with Fishball


Steamed Garoupa


The four heavenly kings – Aubergine, Okra, Winged Beans and Petai


Lemon Chicken

As a standard routine, I would always visit the washroom after a meal to empty my bladder.

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 back out of the washroom slowly, not daring to make any sudden movements which might cause that ripple to occur!

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.

WHAT?

We came all the way to this historical place rich with heritage and we are leaving without visiting the Farmosa, Christchurch and Stadthuys?

How can?

This is totally NOT the kind of historical cum heritage tour I was expecting!

Malacca Trip Day Two Part 3 coming up next!

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Malacca Trip Day Two Part 1

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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

The Beef Rendang and Mee Goreng were very appetizing but the Hashbrown was a little soaked up with oil though. How I wished I had taken more servings of the first two items!


Second round: Porridge

Nothing fanciful. Just plain porridge with extremely salty ikan bilis.


Third round: Mini pan cakes

Cute as a button.


Fourth round: Nasi Lemak

Nice sambal but the rice was a little ‘rough’.

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

There were numerous versions regarding the existence of the 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

To most people, this is just an ordinary well but to me, there is a greater significant. As I mentioned before in my Pre Malacca Trip Thoughts, I loved history and I like to check up the history of a place before I visit so that I could better appreciate it.

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

After visiting the Sam Po Kong Temple and Hang Li Poh Well, it was time to board the coach for our next destination.
Where will we go next?

Find out more at my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 2!


Malacca Trip Day One Part 4

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The sky was just beginning to turn dark when we stepped out of the Nyonya Gift Shop.

We boarded the coach and was told that we’re headed for the last itinerary of the day – Jonker Walk.

Whoopee! We are finally going somewhere touristy at long last!

I have long heard about this street in Malacca, a popular destination with both foreigners and locals alike!


After alighting the coach, we turned the corner and neon lights that spelled “Jonker Walk” greeted us


It’s interesting to know that Jalan Hang Jebat (the street where Jonker Walk is located) was named after Hang Tuah’s childhood friend.

According to Wiki:

Perhaps the most famous story in which Hang Tuah is involved is his fight with his closest childhood companion, Hang Jebat.
Hang Tuah’s deep loyalty to and popularity with the Sultan led to
rumours being circulated that Hang Tuah was having an illicit affair
with one of the Sultan’s stewardess
dayang.
The Sultan sentenced Hang Tuah to death without trial for the alleged
offense. The death sentence was never carried out, however, because
Hang Tuah’s executioner, the Bendahara, went against the Sultan’s
orders and hid Hang Tuah in a remote region of Melaka.

Believing that Hang Tuah was dead, murdered unjustly by the Sultan
he served, Hang Jebat avenged his friend’s death. Hang Jebat’s revenge
allegedly became a palace killing spree or furious rebellion against
the Sultan (sources differ as to what actually occurred). It remains
consistent, however, that Hang Jebat wreaked havoc onto the royal
court, and the Sultan was unable to stop him, as none of the Sultan’s
warriors dared to challenge the more ferocious and skilled Hang Jebat.
The Bendahara then informed the Sultan that the only man able to stop
Hang Jebat, Hang Tuah, was still alive. The Bendahara recalled Hang
Tuah from his hiding place and the warrior was given full amnesty by
the Sultan and instructed to kill Hang Jebat. After seven gruelling
days of fighting, Hang Tuah was able to kill Hang Jebat.
(Source)

It’s always useful to find out more about the history of a place before stepping foot in there. At least, you won’t sound so ignorant if people were to ask you about it.



Some karaoke activity going on with the Chinese community


Hugeass pineapple tart that was awarded the Malaysia Book of Records

That’s one tart long past it’s expiry date!


Ice lollies

I had the Sarsi one…


Fresh-out-of-the-oven 马蹄酥

My Mum bought three packs (10 pieces in a pack) to be distributed among my siblings back home.


I like the dragon-on-the-beam and intricate carvings on the windows of the Hokkien Association

Unfortunately, a stall set up right in front of it prevented me from taking a proper frontal shot of it.


The trademark of Jonker Street


San Shu Gong

At the end of Jonker Walk was this San Shu Gong shop selling local produce. From traditional biscuits to cuttlefish and chocolates, they have everything under one roof!


Oriental design on the window


Preserved mandarin oranges


Medicinal products


An old-school bench and table outside San Shu Gong

I wish I could bring this home!


Attempt to take professional architecture shot failed

Couldn’t take a steady shot with several shopping bags swinging from my arms…


I wished I had a DSLR at times like this…

We were given three hours to shop but unfortunately, my Mum and I covered the entire Jonker Walk in just one hour. We spent the remaining two hours on the coach waiting for the rest of the people to come back.

I was a little disheartened after visiting Jonker Walk because there wasn’t as much stalls as I had thought. My Mum said there were alot more stalls and variety during her last visit here. Most of the stalls I observed are selling repeated items like hand-held fans and magnets.

I wished I could have taken more architecture shots of Jonker Walk but there were way too many people around. Perhaps I should return during the day when there are lesser people.


I returned to the hotel feeling unsatisfied

I am pining all my hopes on the second day and hope it doesn’t disappoint me…


And so, that sums up the first day of my Malacca trip.

Day Two Part 1 of my Malacca trip coming up as soon as this entry reaches 1K views!

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Malacca Trip Day One Part 3

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(a continuation from Day One Part 2…) RIP JOHNNY DEPP DIED IN CAR CRASH BORDEAUX, France?

My apologies for the delay of this installment but the Qishan Abused Dogs are more important!


Magical healing in process…

Here’s a recap from Day One Part 2.

We were brought to this old shophouse not far from the hotel for a miracle ear-pricking session which is said to improve our eyesight.

I was sceptical over its’ claims. How does pricking ones’ ears aid in improving the eyesight?

I was getting restless waiting for them and it seems like forever when it finally ended.

“Surely we can go visit somewhere now?” I thought.


But I was dead wrong…

I was aghast to learn that the next activity won’t be till two hours later and the only thing we can do in the meantime was to take a rest in our room due to the long journey we had earlier. I could have ventured out myself for that two precious hours but my Mum wouldn’t hear of it and is worried that I might get mugged lose my way and can’t get back in time.

So, after much grumbling and two hours later, we gathered at the hotel lobby and were brought to Dataran Pahlawan for an hour’s shopping.

Shopping doesn’t arouse much interest in me as the stores are more or less the same everywhere. The only thing that managed to trigger my interest was seeing A&W but regrettably, dinner was next on the itinerary so I must leave my stomach alone.

Painful decision.

After leaving the shopping mall, dinner was at the following restaurant.

Seroni Nyonya Cuisine Restaurant
No 60 & 62 Taman Melaka Raya I,
Jalan Melaka Raya 25, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia


The interior


Nyonya Chicken Curry


Nyonya Chap Chye

Pardon the blurriness because my hands were shaky someone was turning the lazy susan.


Sambal Fish or something


Sambal Okra


Udang Nenas


Cendol for eight in a large bowl


The aftermath

I’m fine with Peranakan food but having a similar menu for both lunch and dinner all on the same day seems abit too much.

After dinner, we crossed the street and turned the corner to this shop…


Little Nyonya Gift Shop


It sells a variety of local produce


A cuttlefish’s worst nightmare

There’s nothing Nyonya about this shop.

No salesgirls dressed in Kebaya, no Nyonya Kuehs, and no one singing Pantun.

It’s just one of the many shops selling local produce.

I’m getting pretty fed up because we’ve been taken nowhere the whole day except to places where the tour guide can earn his commission.

Where will we go next?

Malacca Trip Day One Part Four coming up!

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Malacca Trip Day One Part 2

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So, after a satisfying lunch at Nyonya Manis Sayang, we proceed to check in our luggage at Bayview Hotel where we are going to spend the night. By then, it was already 2pm, half a day gone and we have not even started our tour!


A decent room for a night’s stay



The only complaint was the malfunctioning TV remote control and the lack of TV channels

After a short rest in our rooms, we gathered at the lobby awaiting for the first highlight of the day.

“Surely we can start our tour proper now?” I thought anxiously.

Boy, was I wrong…

We were brought to this shop which was a stone’s throw away from our hotel.

According to the tour guide, the shop owner possess a very special skill and not everyone is able to learn it. It seems, you must be ‘gifted’ to master it.

So, what formidable skills does Uncle actually have?

You may not believe it but he has the ability to improve your eyesight! Allow him to make a few pricks behind your ear and your short-sightedness/astigmatism would be gone – forever.

All he needs is a needle and RM5 per ear and you can bade farewell to your glasses...

Sounds incredible but there is no lack of customers queuing up to have their ears pricked. Other than the people from my group, there was actually another tour group before us.

Have you ever heard of this trade before?

I don’t see the logic behind it hence I didn’t go for it and while waiting for them to finish, I went round shooting the surroundings…


The ‘weathered’ door


The shop used to be a teahouse


Next door


I like old signboards because there’s a story behind everyone of them

When I was young, Mum told me businessmen in the past value their signboards very much because it represent ones’ reputation and credibility.


A corner inside Uncle’s courtyard


My grandparents used to have this food cabinet at the old house too!


Zinc roof in the courtyard


Mirror reflection

I overheard one of Uncle’s regular customer telling another that he ran into Mediacorp star Pan Ling Ling at the shop when he was here during his last visit.

Oh, did I mention in the previous post that I saw Jeanette Aw?


There she is – the last ‘jade girl’

The uncle is a fan of iWeekly!

There are stacks of it on the table to entertain us while we waited.

By then, I was getting quite fed up of waiting.

I don’t know about you but when I go traveling, I want to maximize every single minute to explore as much as I can and not wasting time doing nothing!

Where will I go next? Will I get to visit the Christ Church before it gets burned down?

Watch out for my Malacca Trip Day One Part 3!

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