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!
|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.
|Some kids were fishing here before we came|
|The Malacca Straits in the background|
|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.
|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.|
|She loves self-portraits|
|The iconic A Famosa|
|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|
|.. 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!)
|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.