06 February 2011

Malacca In A Day..

We were supposed to make a day trip to Malacca yesterday, but a bout of diarrhea put paid to that.

We reached Malacca at noon with thoughts of having lunch at one of the chicken rice ball shops. Alas, we found Jonker Walk swarming with cars from Singapore and Johore. Not wishing to be caught in the ensuing ruckus, we made our way to Melaka Raya where Brendan found a chicken rice ball shop.

EE JIN BAN Chicken Rice Ball in Melaka Raya

Patiently waiting for our food

Couldn't help noticing the murals

Pretty interesting stuff

We had a side order of sotong sambal as well

Cat trying to ask for some non-plastic utensils

Brendan has this every time we visit Malacca

Absolutely delicious sambal sotong

For dessert, we headed to Bukit Cina for some iced cendol. The stall is located at the foothills and is surrounding by gravestones!

Cendol!

Eerie..

The place was packed, so we ate on our feet

We found some vacant stools later

Our tummies full, we took a drive and found ourselves at Ujong Pasir (Portuguese Settlement, my spiritual homeland). We took a walk along the Benteng and took in the sights. Its been awhile since our last visit and we were pleasantly surprised to find a jetty there.

The jetty

Some kids were fishing here before we came

The Malacca Straits in the background

Posing..

and posing..

My fav shot!

One last shot before we left

Lisbon Hotel at the far end of the pier

How Ujong Pasir has changed

Brendan's sunglasses broke soon after

Crowd or no crowd, Brendan would have been crushed if we did not pay a visit to St. Paul's Hill, our next destination.

Where else?

But St Paul's Hill

Brendan comes here religiously

Quite packed that day

Cat looking lovely as ever

Making a wish for his exams

My stylo-milo son

And his artso-fatso dad!

Me taking a photo of Cat..

.. taking a photo of me.

Spooky

She loves self-portraits

The iconic A Famosa

Inside..

Didn't know this place existed

right beside the hill, apparently
Last shot before leaving our beloved Hill.

Later that evening we parked our car some distance away from Jonker Walk, and made our way to the open air night market area. We found a quaint and rustic kopitiam right in front of the stage where people gathered each weekend to sing and dance.

It even has a boutique hotel at RM180 per night

Having an early dinner

Brendan loves the decor

Waiting..

.. for our food to arrive.

Brendan amused himself with the stool and barrel outside

Dinner is served

Brendan had the nasi lemak

I had the fried rice

While Cat had the curry mee

Brendan goofing around with my beer

Till he accidentally swallowed some!

Cat and Brendan then went gallivanting around the night market, while I stayed back at the kopitiam to enjoy my beer, the sights and sounds of karaoke from the stage nearby.

The 'japanese garden'

They stumbled upon this at Jonker Walk

A Dragon, an Ox..

and an Elephant.. we had no idea what it meant

It was already dark when Cat and Brendan got back from the night market, by then I was halfway though my second bottle of Guiness Stout.. (hic!)

(hic!)

Seriously, two small bottles will not render my senseless..

Brendan with his new sunglasses

After some hot cups of coffee, we left Malacca late that night. This was actually our first time doing a day trip, and I think we'll be doing more in the future.