It's Chinese New Year, and at the stroke of midnight a myriad of fireworks erupted everywhere in Melaka town. From our Airbnb we had a quite spectacular view of the pyrotechnics.
With nothing planned we slept in since it rained the whole morning anyway.
I woke up at 9:00am and began working on the videos from the past few days. We eventually left the Airbnb at 11:00am and hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM9.00 (approximately USD/EUR2) to Waronk Melaka. We hoped to have brunch there only to find it closed. In hindsight we should have checked with Google first, for we would have found out it only opens at 12:00pm.
We then began an impromptu walkabout along the Melaka River before arriving Arang Cafe. We took our seats but soon experience another denial of service (DOS), and so we walked away. "You cannot sit here" are not words any customer wants to hear. The sheer petulance was stunning, and we pray that the bespectacled waitress be more courteous in the future.
We went in search of brunch and settled on Nasi Kandar Ali Akbar. We both had the Nasi Kandar, I tried the Fried Chicken while Cat had the Curry Chicken. Together with a round of drinks (and a banana) our brunch came to RM34.50 (approximately USD8/EUR7).
Our perut (bellies) sorted we continued with our walk along the river and soon arrived at The Shore. The elastic of Cat's socks wore out and it sagged badly so we headed into The Shore Shopping Gallery. We found a suitable replacement and Cat was soon walking comfortably again.
We then took a walk along Lorong Bendahara past the old Ramada Plaza Hotel and waited for a Panorama Melaka Bus in front of Hotel Orkid. A #17 bus soon arrived but did not stop for us. The traffic along Jalan Bendahara headed to the Red Square was getting gnarlier by the minute so we decided to take another impromptu walkabout.
We turned left onto Jalan Munshi Abdullah past the old Emperor Hotel before eventually arriving at the Old Well of the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po that for some strange reason is now called Sultan's Well. We explored the well and the neighbouring Poh San Teng Temple before hailing a Grab car to take us back to the Airbnb.
Alas no drivers were available so we continued walking along Jalan Munshi Abdullah and trying the Grab app again. After several attempts we finally managed to hail a Grab car for a fare of RM9.00 (approximately USD/EUR2).
At the Airbnb we began reading news reports of heavy traffic in and around Melaka so we decided to stay in, weighing our options of walking out to dinner or ordering in with the Grabfood app.
In the end we decided to walk across the street to Amigo Steak & Grill. Another favourite of ours, we scanned their QR code and quickly placed our order for:
- Fish & Chips
- Mushroom Chicken
- Extra Large Honey Dew Juice with Milk
- Extra Large Carrot Juice
Weather permitting we might catch a river cruise tomorrow morning, so please stay tuned!
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host
Waronk Melaka - https://goo.gl/maps/6vaKEe92qK2HLVudA
The Shore Shopping Gallery - https://goo.gl/maps/J9RFSbzvay7thRPE9
Nasi Kandar Ali Akbar - https://goo.gl/maps/CZQWSeGknPLP365S7
Hotel Orkid - https://goo.gl/maps/T77w27ZiE7FjnJdg8
Sultan's Well - https://goo.gl/maps/Y64XvBQYrx3n5SY56
Poh San Teng Temple - https://goo.gl/maps/A4vhnUvmZW8rTQSaA
Amigo Steak & Grill - https://goo.gl/maps/u4QoN47TqDZsUJGfA