We left Singapore in a bus to Melaka and let’s just say they are Angry Birds crazy. Anyway, my flip-flops broke and we bought some more. We found our guesthouse that will be our house for the next week it had an open area with large kitchen and a relaxing atmosphere.
It was in Chinatown and the whole district had open drains and was therefore very smelly.
The people here are not very friendly and it was a shock compared to Indonesia.
Melaka is full of different cultures from chinese, to Indian, to Malay – it is hard to know where you are.
I liked it there because of all the attractions. We went into a pirate ship; well actually it was a maritime museum housed in a replica of the “flora del mare” a portuguese ship that sailed the merchant trade routes to Europe.
We also went onto a WWII naval ship, probably not as great AS THE HMS Belfast but nonetheless it was great.
We saw lot of turrets and helicopters and there was a mortar turret that you could control. I stayed on it for a long time while waiting for the rain to stop.
Melaka used to be a very big trading port and when the portuguese came, in jealousy they destroyed almost everything. The Dutch arrived and took over from the Potuguese and you can see their influence in the design of the buildings. In 1795 the British arrived and saved the town from destruction and rebuilt what could be saved.
this is Porta de Santiago, the entrance of the Portugueuse fort that the dutch destroyed but Sir Raffles saved.
this is the Stadthuys, the Dutch civic hall where all the trishaws awaits you, all as madly decorated as the others. this one had a whole music system installed on.
In Chinatown we stopped at a small café to try some dumplings and their were 6 or 7 chinese ladies singing karaoke which was pretty funny, .
To refresh ourselves we went to a water park in a shopping mall.
This is us having fun .
Next to our guesthouse their was a chinese cemetery, the biggest one in the world outside China. There were lots and lots of gravestone, some really old and some not. Their were all nicely spaced out. I felt relax and at peace, I didn’t have the feeling that we were in town more in the middle of nowhere as it was so quiet.
on our way down from the hill, we came across miniatures model of a Chinese temple, the Flora del Mare, and the Stadthuys.
For our last night we went down to Jonkers Street where they close the road for cars so it looks like a big market of Chinese paraphernalia and food stalls. But one car took my fancy…..
Before we left for Kuala Lumpur, we went down to the river to see if we could see the massive monitor lizard that Mum said she saw. It was a giant one, bigger than her. We didn’t see it, but we did see a smaller one.
That’s it from me and Melaka. I will try to write again soon of my experiences in Kuala Lumpur – or KL as we locals call it!
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