Monday, September 01, 2008

Melaka

melaka has always been on our must go places, and after 3 years of living in singapore - we finally crossed it out of our list!

the town was just under 3 hours drive from singapore, and we arrived just after midnight.

melaka at night

the town surprisingly was still awake - we had a few bottles of beer, a pitcher of margarita, a dozen sticks of chicken satay, some laughs, and i told them the story of the coconut king i saw on the news just the previous night - an old man from melaka who can punch a hole on a coconut using his forefinger! we still had the energy to walk around the sleeping town around 3am.

hotel puri

next day, we had to drag ourselves out of bed. we even missed breakfast! we explored our hotel - and found it very charming. it was a restored peranakan house (peranakan is a mixture of chinese and malay culture), and we really like it. when we booked our reservation online, we were quite hesitant because cath thought it looked like a haunted house. we promised to ourselves we will wake up for breakfast on the hotel's lovely courtyard the following morning.

hotel puri junior suite room

everything about the hotel exudes traditional peranakan architecture except for the rooms which were very modern and comfortable. we loved the spacious bathrooms, the big lcd tv, the wooden floors and the beds :).

lala, cath and anet at christ church melaka

if there was one thing that first attracted me to melaka, it was this red church. melaka was long ago occupied by portugese, then the dutch came and then british. this red church along with the other red building in the square(stadthuys square) was built by the dutch.

from left to right: 1) walking around melaka, 2) a wooden water wheel overlooking the melaka river, 3) maritime museum which was constructed after flora de la mar, the portuguese ship that sank off the coast of malacca on its way to portugal, 4) people queueing up at hoe kee for chicken rice

simon with a wooden sculpture(newspaper holder?) while waiting for us girls look around the shops

from left to right: pineapple tarts, auntie baking pinapple tarts, yummy chinchalok(shrimp paste), assorted dimsum, gula melaka, caramelized fruits, jonker street on a saturday afternoon, chicken rice balls, chicken rice

melaka food! gula melaka and devil's curry was a bit letdown but the rest was quite good, we spent our saturday afternoon just munching along while walking around the busy jonker street.

jonket street at night (on a weekend)

the coconut king showing off his power finger

yes we found the coconut king on jonker street! i couldn't believe our luck hehe. before doing his main act, he did some fancy kicking and fire eating first. we waited for a loong time because he was still gathering crowds and then he saw simon and asked him to volunteer. i guess he was an easy pick being an angmoh among a crowd of asians. he was asked to throw a playing card as hard as he can and of course simon throwed it very girly-like. coconut king showed him the right way, which was throwing it very fast like a blade. then came the main event, the coconut piercing. honestly it was painful to watch, he was really hurting and then he used some oil and the pain magically disappeared. many people from the audience bought his oil(10 MYR) and even we bought some - after all he was entertaining. (and my lowerback hurts, maybe it really works!)

the next morning - simon with a hangover after more beer and a pitcher of blue margarita the previous night

more photos on my smugmug

next stop: portdickson-sepang-kuala lumpur road trip

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