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!

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
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.
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.

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