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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Melaka Day 6 (Going Home: Baba Charlie │ Lao Gan Bang)

Melaka Day 6!

All good things must come to an end, and we woke up bright and early to pack our bags. We checked out of the Airbnb at half past nine looking to end our Melaka trip where we started it at Odeon Western Food but as expected it was closed for Chinese New Year.

We then drove a few kilometers to the original Warong Baba Low Café at Tengkera but the place was full. We then drove on and tried Baba Charlie Cafe a short distance away as well but it too was full. We then decided to have breakfast at Lao Gan Bang Kopitiam at the opposite end of the row of shop houses.

I had the a packet of Nasi Lemak while Cat had her customary Fried Beehoon (Rice Vermicelli), and together with drinks our breakfast was only RM10.00 (approximately USD/EUR2). I loved the packet of Nasi Lemak so much that I took away another six packets at RM2.00 each (approximately USD0.50/EUR0.40).

After breakfast we walked back to Baba Charlie Café and got ourselves RM63.00 (approximately USD15/EUR14) worth of Nyonya sweet cakes.

We then set off on our drive back to Kuala Lumpur.

Like what we did for our Penang trip, to commemorate our stay in Melaka we pieced together highlights of our five days into a short montage that we hope you will like.

The drive was uneventful, so be sure to catch our previous vlog dedicated entirely to this relatively calm three hour drive.

We reached home at half past one in the afternoon, and began unpacking. With that we end these series of vlogs on our trip to Melaka. Please stay tuned as we make plans to visit Brendan in a month's time at Kuching!

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📍 Location:
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host 
Baba Charlie Cafe -
Lao Gan Bang Kopitiam -
Dengkil R&R (ELITE Expressway North Bound) 

Melaka Day 6 (DJI Action 3 Hyperlapse: 3 Hours in 21 Minutes)

Melaka Day 6!

We ultimately began our drive back to Kuala Lumpur after we left Baba Charlie Café. 

After leaving the Air Keroh Toll Plaza we drove for about an hour before exiting the North South Expressway at the KLIA turnoff. We then continued along the ELITE Highway and made a pitstop at the Dengkit Rest & Recreation area. We then refueled Puteh at the Petronas station a short distance away and continued our drive.

We exited the ELITE Highway at the Putrajaya turnoff and entered the Maju Expressway bound for Kuala Lumpur. 

This video will showcase the entire three hour drive shot in timelapse mode and condensed into twenty minutes.


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📍 Location:
Baba Charlie Café -
North South Expressway (Melaka to KLIA) 
ELITE Highway (KLIA to Kuala Lumpur)
Dengkil R&R (ELITE Expressway North Bound) 

Tuesday 24 January 2023

Melaka Day 5 (San Shu Gong │ GravyBaby │ Melaka River Cruise │ Kook Thai)

Melaka Day 5!

Our penultimate day in Melaka and we finally managed to wake up early. We got ready and left the Airbnb at five to nine and hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM11.00 (approximately USD3/EUR2) to the Melaka River Cruise ticketing office.

Although it was supposed to be in business at 9:00am but the rain meant that they erred on the side of caution and temporarily suspended operations until the weather improved. 

Unperturbed we took a walk along the river and across the Tan Kim Seng Bridge to San Shu Gong to get several bottles of Kaya (Coconut Jam) as well as a few packets of White Coffee as souvenirs for our neighbours. Our little spree came to RM52.70 (approximately USD12/EUR11).

We then left San Shu Gong and proceeded northeast along Lorong Hang Jebat to see if our favourite breakfast spot was open. Alas Lung Ann Refreshments was still closed since it was only the third day of Chinese New Year after all.

We then headed back to San Shu Gong and walked up a flight of stairs to have breakfast at their mezzanine floor, but they only served drinks. We then walked across headed southwest along Lorong Hang Jebat in search of an alternative breakfast venue.

We then chanced upon GravyBaby, walked in and were enticed by the riverside seating at the far end of the restaurant. We got ourselves seated at a couple's table and perused the menu before settling on:

  • The Big English Breakfast
  • The San Francisco
  • Hot Latte
  • Hot Ginger Lemon Tea

Our riverside breakfast came to RM114.85 (approximately USD27/EUR25) which by our standards was quite steep. We consoled ourselves with the fact that it was a special occasion, we paid a premium for the riverside seats and we would probably skip lunch!

An hour later we emerged from GravyBaby and thought we would take a second stab at the River Cruise. We were in luck since the boat services had resumed and we gladly bought our tickets from the ticketing office for RM25.00 each (approximately USD6/EUR5). Please be informed that it will cost non-Malaysians a little extra, that is RM35.00 each (approximately USD/EUR8).

After a half an hour's wait we boarded the boat! We took a timelapse video of the entire boat ride that we hope you will find interesting. 

We disembarked at the Hard Rock Cafe Jetty and walked across the Tan Kim Seng Bridge and then across Jalan Laksamana. We then took a seat under one of the trees in front the Dutch Square and indulged in some people-watching as we waited for a bus.

We caught the Panorama Melaka bus No. 17 at Muzium Belia bus stop and for a fare of RM1.50 (USD0.40/EUR0.30) took us past Dataran Pahlawan then to Ujong Pasir before doubling back and depositing at the bus stop in front of Taman Hilir Kota.

We walked approximately 650 meters to the Airbnb where we stopped by the mini mart to get more bottled water. We got back to our apartment and pondered our dinner plans, since we would be skipping lunch after the extremely hearty breakfast at GravyBaby.

We skipped lunch as planned and emerged from the Airbnb in the evening for dinner. Not wishing to go very far we walked across Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, checking out both Palsaik Korean BBQ as well as Wok & Pan but the long queues dissuaded us.

We eventually settled on Kook Thai and after a quick scan of the menu settled on:

  • Grilled Pork (Moo Ping)
  • Minced Pork Omelette
  • Seafood Tomyam
  • 2 servings of White Rice

together with a round of drinks came to RM70.70 (approximately USD17/EUR15). After dinner we walked back across Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz and back to the Airbnb.

We will be going back to Kuala Lumpur, and to be honest we miss our home terribly!

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📍 Location:
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host 

Monday 23 January 2023

Melaka Day 4 (Xiang Ji Satay │ Dutch Square │ A Famosa │ Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar)

Melaka Day 4!

A day after Chinese New Year and we wanted to go on a cruise along the Melaka river. Alas we woke up at close to 10:00am and by the time we left the Airbnb it was past 11:00am.

We walked out of Imperio Residence to catch a Panorama Melaka to Jonker Street in front of the flats at Taman Hilir Kota 1. It duly arrived and for a fare of RM1.50 (approximately USD/EUR0.30) each the bus took us to Jalan Kubu.

We disembarked and were greeted by the Jonker Walk archway. We strolled along Jalan Tokong before turning left onto Jalan Portugis headed north until we reached Xiang Ji Satay House. 

It was a day after Chinese New Year, and they were swamped with take-out orders, so we were lucky to arrive before orders were closed. This place is a favourite of Brendan's so we will be sure to bring him here during our next trip to Melaka.

We ordered 30 sticks of satay with a serving of Nasi Himpit (rice cubes?) together a round of Coca Cola for RM45.00 (approximately USD11/EUR10).

We then resumed our walkabout headed back south along Jalan Portugis before turning left onto Jalan Tokong. We then turned left onto Jalan Hang Kasturi before darting into an alley where the Melaka Street Art (The Well) was situated.

At the end of the alley we emerged onto Jalan Kampung Pantai and we darted into another alley that took us directly to the riverside. We then walked across the Kampung Jawa Bridge and turned left but alas the café Sin See Tai was closed.

We continued our walkabout onto Jalan Bunga Raya headed south then walked over to Jalan Laksamana. Here we continued walking southwest until we arrived at Dutch Square or Red Square. Here was the Melaka Clock Tower, The Stadthuys, Queen Victoria's Fountain and Christ Church.

We then continued our walkabout along Jalan Kota right up to its end before arriving at the most popular landmark in Melaka, the A' Famosa.

The weather was hot, so we dashed into Dataran Pahlawan's north entrance before exiting its south entrance. We then walked into Starbucks and spent the next half an hour cooling down while enjoying some beverages.

We then walked back into Dataran Pahlawan all the way to its east entrance where we hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM9.00 (approximately USD/EUR2) back to the Airbnb.

We spent the afternoon indoors and a thunderstorm rolled in. Later in the evening we tried to hail Grab car to Alai, to no avail so we hopped in Puteh and went on a leisurely drive east along Jalan Padang Temu onto Jalan Permatang Pasir to Alai where we planned to have an early dinner at Haji Nasir Ikan Bakar. 

A favourite grilled fish restaurant of ours, we've been coming here since way back when for its picturesque settings and the delicious food, of course.

However outdoor dining was not permitted due to the unpredictability of the weather so that put paid our intentions of capturing the sunset. We browsed the various fresh seafood items on offer before settling on:

  • Grilled Siakap (Asian Sea Bass)
  • Prawns in Sambal Sauce
  • Fried Flour-Dipped Calamari
  • Salted Kailan (Chinese Broccoli)

together with a round of drinks came to RM65.00 (approximately USD15/EUR14). Not our first, never our last time to Haji Nasir's Grilled Fish restaurant, we would recommend them to anyone looking for a picturesque dining experience with reasonably priced seafood.

We then hopped back into Puteh and made our way back to the Airbnb. We are firm in our resolve to catch a river cruise tomorrow morning, so please stay tuned!

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📍 Location:
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host 

Sunday 22 January 2023

Melaka Day 3 (200th Video Special! Melaka River Walk │ Perigi Hang Li Po │ Amigo Steak)

Melaka Day 3!

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

that came to RM72.95 (approximately USD17/EUR16). We enjoyed our dinner immensely but made a mental note to share the extra-large fruit juice the next time we're here. We then walked back across the street and back to the Airbnb.

Weather permitting we might catch a river cruise tomorrow morning, so please stay tuned!

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📍 Location:
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host 

Saturday 21 January 2023

Melaka Day 2 (Nasi Lemak Royale │ Kocik Heritage │ Jonker Walk)

Melaka Day 2!

Eve of Chinese New Year and we slept in. We emerged from our Airbnb late morning and decided to take a random drive. We eventually found ourselves along Jalan Hang Tuah and thought that we would give Nasi Lemak Royale Kedah a try.

Cat tried the Nasi Royale (yellow coloured rice) with regular Fried Chicken while I tried the same rice with Honey Fried Chicken. Together with a round of drinks our brunch came to RM22.70 (approximately USD/EUR5).

I had bought a pair of shorts the previous day and was looking for a tailor to do some minor repairs so we spent the next hour or so driving around. Alas, we could not find a tailor with it being Chinese New Year Eve and all.

We spent the entire afternoon at the Airbnb while I worked on the videos of the past day or so. So as evening came we hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM14.00 (approximately USD/EUR3) to Kocik Heritage for our Sa Cap Meh (Chinese New Year eve) dinner.

Our reservation was at 6:00pm and since we were half an hour early we decided on an impromptu walkabout along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. We walked northwest to its end before making a loop around onto Jalan Kubu then onto Jalan Hang Jebat and into Jonker Walk.

We took in the sights of this very familiar stretch of road and walked along headed southeast for a few hundred meters making a right onto Jalan Hang Lekir then another back onto Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and back to Kocik Heritage, which was by this time open for business.

Our dinner here was a sumptuous affair which deserved a vlog of its own so do check it out!

After dinner we continued with our impromptu and headed back along Jalan Hang Lekir before turning right back onto Jalan Hang Jebat into the very heart of Jonker Walk. With the aid of the DJI Extension Rod we were able to hoist our camera above the heads of the revellers that hat flocked the Night Market thus having an unimpeded view.

We walked along Jalan Hang Jebat headed southeast to its very end past the Melaka Zero Mile roundabout before continuing onto Jalan Kota. We were glad to see the plentiful and elaborately decorated rickshaws doing rip-roaring business and marvelled at its sight (and sound).

We continued along Jalan Kota headed south and made it to Dataran Pahlawan. Here we walked into a Brand's Outlet store to look at some T-shirts that had caught Cat's eye yesterday. We walked away with a pair of couple's T-shirt because that is how we roll, so please don't judge!

We could not resist the three T-shirts for RM55 (approximately USD13/EUR12) offer, so with our mini shopping spree done we hailed a Grab car for a fare of only RM6.00 (approximately USD/EUR1.30) back to the Airbnb.

As midnight approached the window of our Airbnb erupted with the sight of numerous fireworks being set off, a sight that we will share in our next vlog.


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📍 Location:
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host 

Kocik Heritage (Sa Cap Meh Dinner)

Melaka Day 2!

We had made reservations to have our Chinese New Year Eve (the Hokkiens call it Sa Cap Meh or 'Thirtieth Night') dinner at Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock somewhere near Jonker Walk. Knowing that it was perhaps the busiest night of the year we booked well in advance.

A very long time ago Kocik Kitchen used to be our mainstay for Nyonya Cuisine at the Jonker Street area. Then it closed down and we had to look elsewhere.

During my work posting to Melaka we often stayed at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and always enjoyed the Nyonya restaurant Manis J nearby. Then the pandemic hit and Manis J found could not cope, culminating in its eventual demise last year.

We kept in touch with its proprietress Jennifer (the "J" in Manis J we guess?) and found out that her family had recently acquired the old Kocik Kitchen and rebranded it as Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant.

So as evening came we hailed a Grab car to Kocik Heritage for our Sa Cap Meh (Chinese New Year eve) dinner. However we were early so we took a stroll around before coming back at a little after 6:00pm.

We walked in and where glad that very little changes had been made to Kocik Kitchen (now Kocik Heritage) and the very old-world charm of its architecture and layout was still very much evident.

It was like taking a step back in time for us who grew up around the Peranakan lifestyle. Oh, and by the way 'Kocik' means youngest or littlest auntie in the local dialect. 

Our dinner set consisted of:

  • Assam Fish
  • Ayam Pongteh
  • Sambal Prawn
  • Steam Ladies Finger with Sambal Belacan
  • Ngoh Hiang (Fried Meat Rolls)
  • Mixed Fried Vegetables
  • Dessert of the Day

that with a round of drinks and cendol came to RM164.00 (approximately USD38/EUR35) which in our minds was very reasonable. We had been keeping an eye on Chinese New Year eve dinner rates and found that most restaurants in Kuala Lumpur will charge that same price, but on a per pax basis!

With that ends our vlog on Kocik Heritage, do pay them a visit if you should ever be in the area to experience authentic nyonya cuisine set in authentic nyonya surroundings!

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📍 Location:
Kocik Heritage Nyonya Restaurant -

Friday 20 January 2023

Melaka Day 1 (Dataran Pahlawan │ Imperio Residence │ Seri Sahabat)

Melaka Day 1!

We woke up at 5:00am in the morning and was on the road an hour later. Apart from a few side-swiping morons the drive was largely uneventful, and we reached the Air Keroh toll gates at about 8:30am. Be sure to catch our previous blog dedicated entirely to this peaceful and calm two hour drive.

First order of business in Melaka was breakfast, so we headed to Odeon Western Food at Melaka Raya. We scanned their menu and quickly settled on the convenient breakfast sets; Cat ordered the Set A while I opted for the Set B with a side order of a sausage.

Our breakfast with a round of drinks came to RM17.50 (approximately USD/EUR4).

We then drove to Dataran Pahlawan and parked at the basement hoping to while away our time at a cafe. Alas none were open at 9:00am so we walked out and headed to a small stall nearby where we had drinks.

We re-entered Dataran Pahlawan at 10:00am and walked around looking for a manicurist. Again no luck. We then decided to treat ourselves to a foot & shoulder massage at Thai Wadee Reflexology for RM85.00 per person (approximately USD20/EUR18).

An hour and a half later we felt rejuvenated! We then continued our walkabout before eventually having lunch at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng. We had the:

  • Chinese 5 Spice Fried Rice for RM13.60
  • Honey BBQ Pork with Fried Rice for RM14.90
  • Fruit juices for RM7.50 each

that came to RM50.45 (approximately USD12/EUR11). After lunch we left Dataran Pahlawan and went in search of bottled drinking water. We eventually found a 99 Speedmart along Jalan Ong Kim Wee. With half an hour to go before we were allowed to check into our Airbnb we made our way to Imperio Residence.

After collecting the room key and paying a deposit of RM100.00 (approximately USD23/EUR22) from the Host's counter at Tower B we drove up to Level 7 and took an elevator up to Level 26.

Home for the next 6 days our little studio apartment complete with kitchenette and washer/dryer only cost us RM897.18 (approximately USD210/EUR193) or RM179.50 (approximately USD42/EUR39) a night!

Like we said, we were up since 5:00am and by 5:00pm we were fast asleep and snoring away. We awoke four hours later and drove out to the Bunga Raya area where we stopped by another 99 Speedmart for some provisions before having supper at Seri Sahabat nearby.

Our dinner of Naan bread, Tandoori Chicken and Fried Beehoon (Rice Vermicelli) with a round of drinks came to RM22.50 (approximately USD/EUR5). We then headed back to Imperio Residence where we hoped to have an early night, eager for a right proper walkabout tomorrow morning.

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📍 Location:
Odeon Western Food -
Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall -
Thai Wadee Reflexology -
Wong Kok Char Chan Teng -
Imperio Residence Seafront by Perfect Host

Melaka Day 1 (DJI Action 3 Hyperlapse: 2 Hours in 20 Minutes)

Melaka Day 1!

We woke up at 5:00am in the morning and was on the road an hour later. We reached the Air Keroh toll gates at about 8:30am and were in Melaka town half and hour later where we had breakfast at our favourite Odeon Western Food restaurant.

This video will showcase our two hour drive shot in timelapse mode and condensed into twenty minutes.


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📍 Location:
North South Expressway (Kuala Lumpur to Melaka)

Saturday 14 January 2023

DJI Action 3 Tests (Bestari Sri Hartamas, Jovis Music PLT)

We're going on a drive around!

It's been two weeks since we came back from Penang. In that time we managed to get our condo repainted while I resumed work on an important project at the office.

The weekend arrived, and so too did the replacement for the suction cup mount for our DJI Action 3 that had broke previously. We had plans to visit our friend Jack the master luthier anyway to pick up a couple of my guitars so we figured we would try out the hyper lapse mode of the Action 3.

We arrived at Jack's place before 10:00am so we decided to head on over to Nasi Kandar Bestari for breakfast. I had the Dosai while Cat had the Roti Canai, and together with a round of drinks our meal came to RM11.70 (approximately USD/EUR3).

With breakfast sorted we walked back to Jack and picked up the guitars, but not before giving both a proper sound test.

We then headed to the Petronas petrol station to fill up Puteh before making our way back to our condo. 

We would be wise to stay home this weekend since it’s the last one before Chinese New Year and roads will be heavy with shoppers.

We ourselves will be celebrating Chinese New Year in Melaka so please stay tuned!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Havironia Music -
Nasi Kandar Bestari @ Sri Hartamas -
Jovis Music PLT -

Sunday 1 January 2023

Penang Day 7 (Going Home)

Penang Day 7!

Our  final morning in Penang, we arose at six in the morning and checked out of Hotel Penaga soon after that. We hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM30.00 (approximately USD7/EUR6) to Queensbay Mall where we were catching the Aeroline bus again back to Kuala Lumpur.

Cliched as it sounded but time sure did fly by when we're having fun, slipped disc notwithstanding. We had an amazing six days in Penang and we were sad to leave, to the point that we overlooked that today was New Year's Day. To commemorate our stay in Penang we pieced together highlights of our six days into a short montage in the video below that we hope you will like.

We boarded the bus at 8:30am and departed five minutes later. It was a largely uneventful journey, we stopped at the Petronas petrol station in Simpang Pulai two hours later for a biological break and the bus resumed its journey.

Two hours after that we were within the city limits of Kuala Lumpur and arrived at Corus Hotel at five past one in the afternoon.

With that we end these series of vlogs on our trip to Penang. Please stay tuned as we make plans to visit Melaka in a few weeks time for Chinese New Year!

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