Went on a short getaway during the Labour Day long weekend with my girls before my next flight trip~! Decided to go budget so we opted for the coach instead of plane and it turned out to be a major mistake! =O
The last time I took a coach was like 5 years ago and it was also to Malacca~ But I think I had forgotten the ordeal of the 4-5 hours ride, which I definitely got reminded again after this trip.
8.30am @ Queen Street Terminal!
All ready for our trip together again!😀
But never did we expect that after 4-5 hours, we were still stuck at Malaysia’s custom!!! We were supposed to have reached Malacca by then but the traffic jam was so bad that we only managed to reached the custom at 1pm plus! And it didn’t help that the human jam was equally bad
and inefficient. Holy cow!
I only managed to catnap a bit because I’m really not the kind that can fall asleep easily on a moving vehicle (unless I am really really really tired), so you can imagine the ordeal I was going through during the journey. And it took us another couple of hours before we finally reached Yong Peng for some foodddd!
My friends on ads!
Hot yummy mushroom & char siew 烧饼 from Limin!
Despite finishing ALL the snacks I brought (so I was practically eating non-stop), I was still hungry somehow! Got myself some nice beancurd which tastes very much like Lao Ban‘s!😀
And then it started raining heavily, which means the traffic got even worse…
So guess what time we finally managed to reach Straits of Malacca? 6.30pm! 10 FREAKING HOURS!!!!!! It was definitely way beyond our expectation because we didn’t know it would be more than double the travel time! So in the end our 3D2N trip was only left with 2D2N😦 In fact, we only had 1 full day there because our coach back was in the noon~
Checked in and heading to our room! Ours is located at the 19th storey, which is part of the premier floor, which means more atas!
We had absolutely no complaints about our room at Hatten Hotel because it was spacious and beautiful! Most importantly, clean and strong wifi! Haha!
View from our room! ^^
And I requested for my extra bed to be placed right beside the window so that I can wake up and go to bed to this view ((:
Did not have much time to waste anymore so off we went for dinner! Wanted to bring the girls to try the zi char that Lyn recommended but the queue totally scared us away~ After 10 hours of coach ride, I think none of us wanna be stuck in the queue anymore ._.
Was in a dilemma of walking to Jonker Street or to wait for the hotel shuttle bus, which is another 45 minutes later. In the end we opted for the latter because everyone was pretty exhausted already.
The signature clock tower~
Super crowded Jonker Street!
It was so damn crowded that it’s kinda difficult for you to stop to get something. We still did, nevertheless, and lost each other in the midst, but of course we reunited in the end.
Hungry me getting some street food!
Cheese sausage & quail eggs!
No tutu kueh but found putu piring!
Interesting “egg” ice-cream!
Limin fed us very well by coming back with something new each time she disappeared, so I actually got quite full eating all the shared food~
The girls’ appetite kinda scared me too because I was like so full already but the food kept coming!
End of Jonker Walk! (:
Made our way back but not before dropping by the famous Geographer Cafe first!
It’s the chill out place that Chii Hian was excited to visit because she did not manage to do so during her trip here few months ago~
With live performance too! (:
But we were given the indoor seat which I think we didn’t mind, since we were all in need of some aircon~ We were still able to watch the “live” performance through the screen!😛
Second time drinking together! Hehe!
Happy that they have my Midori drink!
Kai Bin and Abby’s huge glass of beer~ Definitely reminded me of the days with Mommeyyyyy!
Giant head and giant beer!
Taking a sip~
Limin was the only one with a mocktail, but still can do some photography with the beer right? xD
With the red face Kai Bin after some beer! Hahaha!!!
Had no choice but to walk back to hotel because the 8.30pm shuttle bus was the last~ Thank god for GPS, I managed to get the girls back safely! And it wasn’t as far as we had thought, so we figured that we could just walk there again the next day instead of accommodating to the shuttle bus’ timing (:
After an exhausting day! Good night!
The view I slept with~
Woke up 1 hour before the end of breakfast! Why do hotel like to have their breakfast timings so early @.@
Anyhow, according to Chii Hian, who had stayed here during her recent trip, our breakfast was served at a different level from her previous trip, because she wasn’t staying at the premier floor. So supposedly, ours is more atas, but Chii Hian actually said that the food at the “commoner” floor is better =/
Nevertheless, we had nice view while enjoying our breakfast at the rooftop lounge! (:
Not as much food choices as compared to our Batam hotel, or maybe we just came down too late~
View from level 22!
A pity we did not have enough time to enjoy our hotel pool in the end😦
Oh there’s even sea view! xD
The girls after a full breakfast! Some of their appetite is really scary, especially Chii Hian, who went for a few rounds even though she claimed that she’s not gonna eat too full so that she can enjoy more food at Jonker Street ._.
So yep, off we went to Jonker Street again! This time round it’s to the day time Jonker, without the street stalls and all, since some of them had not been to before. Dropped by this area where I know Chii Hian the ultimate cam-whore would wanna take some photos! Actually I had also taken pictures here 5 years ago…hehe.
I posed with her because she doesn’t like to take photos alone😛 But catch the 3 photobombers!
Got《衝上雲霄》 feel? xDDD
A proper picture with the aeroplane!
With the fire engine now!
I seriously don’t know what weird pose I was doing -_-“
I think I was meant to do this but lean on the wrong side…LOL
Last but not least, with the train!
Remember a superhero tried to stop a train in a movie? Well, we did it too!😛
Chii Hian pole-dancing???
Group photos with the fire engine, aeroplane and train!😀
The iconic red building – Christ Church Melaka!
I remember this river because I think I took photos here before!
Jonker Street in the day was as crowded as night; slightly less human, but lots of cars because the road only closes at night~ I don’t really fancy the daytime Jonker because there’s actually nothing much without the street stalls, and it was so damn hot…OMG! The girls got tempted and got themselves a USB fan too after seeing me with one! Hahaha! Seriouslyyyyy hottttttt.
We managed to find some treasures though, like this freshly-made ondeh-ondeh that we waited quite for! Because they are handmade! Hot and nice!!!
Oh it was really so hot that the girls kept buying drinks~ It’s like after a few stalls, they would get a new drink to share. So much that I got really bloated after drinking all these sugary stuff. Of course I would very much prefer plain water to all these, but it seems like it’s solely my preference =/
And this was one of the drinks they bought and it got me “irritated” and naggy each time I see these 3 bottles -.-”
The thing is we had already had lotssss of drinks prior to this but Chii Hian and Limin were attracted by these 60’s fruit tea (which very much taste like our normal Pokka fruit tea ._. ). And they decided to get 3 bottles because it’s cheaper -.- But the 3 bottles lasted us till the last day in bus because we couldn’t finish them!!!
I refused to drink them because I really never had so much sugary drinks in my life before. So until the point when we were checking out, the girls were still pushing the remaining drinks to each other, because nobody wanna bring home. So moral of the story: You don’t save RM2 by buying 3 bottles, you waste RM6 for buying extra 2 bottles that you don’t want/need -_-|||
Apart from the crowded Jonker Street, the famous eateries were all super long queue too~ We didn’t even have time to queue for all those chicken rice balls and etc, but we did queue for the famous Jonker 88. We spent quite some time queuing there and apart from conquering the queue, you gotta camp and wait for tables as well. Zzzzz.
The legendary Jonker 88 chendol!
Looks different but it’s the same chendol.
Even though it’s really famous, I’m still not a fan of chendol because coconut milk is on my hate list, so I chose the durian ice-kachang instead (:
I was still full from breakfast but Kai Bin got tempted by the assam laksa, which is also famous there, so we ordered one and share~ Indeed very nice!
Spotted a funny long bee!😀
With my bee friend, photobombed by Kai Bin!
With the Mamee monster!!!
So nostalgic! So happy to see him! ^v^
If you don’t remember, he is actually the character from our childhood 20 cents Mamee snack and there’s a museum of him there!😀
Kai Bin was missing because she was buying instant noodle from the Mamee museum, which in the end she realised was a rip off =/
Ended our sweaty Jonker trip with souvenir-shopping at 三叔公！Then headed back to hotel to unload our loots before we were out again in no time because we only had less than half a day left! D:
Loving this view of the hotel~
Went to the sky lounge first to enjoy our complimentary welcome drinks first because we were too late to do so the previous day~ Super shiok to have icy cold fruit punch after such a hot day!
Then finally it was shopping time! There were mainly 2 malls there – Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade. Our tour guide – Miss Chii Hian told us that Mahkota Parade is a better place to shop, given her experience from previous trip, hence we started off with that.
Again, we split into 2 groups to speed things up and Abby and I were rather looking forward to the shopping! But after finishing 2 levels, we were like, “Why like not many shops selling clothes here ah?” In the end, Chii Hian explained that her definition of “better place to shop” is that it’s EASIER TO FINISH, because the mall has NOTHING MUCH!!! Faint~!!! Trusted the wrong tour guide -_-|||
Nevertheless, we each managed to get a few stuff from the Daiso there to console ourselves~ Then off we went to check out the nice mille crepes at Nadeje that Lyn bought for me during her 2 trips here! But once again, I got turned off by the queue!!! Zzzzzz. Felt like Hong Kong trip, queuing everywhere we go.
Yet tempted by these cakes x.x
The girls got tempted as well and we decided to takeaway a few pieces to try~ Who knows when it was finally coming to our turn to order, they screwed up all the back orders and had to clear them first before they could serve us!
At first we were told that it would take 10 minutes to clear, so we waited, or rather, Kai Bin and Limin waited while the rest of us decided to head over to our dinner place – Old Town Coffee first in case there’s also a queue. But the 10 minutes prolonged to at least another 30 minutes and even the most patient Kai Bin got pissed! The whole wait from the point we started queuing till we finally got the cakes probably took close to an hour >.>
Enjoying the cakes while waiting for dinner to be served! Hehe!
Who ask me to be a sucker for mille crepe cakes, which happen to be so damn expensive. So when there’s much cheaper option, the more I can’t resist!
Only had some small bites for dinner because I was still full from the breakfast + all the drinks. Shopping is more important than eating! Hahaha! Rushed off right away from the girls to conquer the other mall, which is so much bigger and has so many more shops to shop! But only left with 2 hours D:
I had already “aimed” some shops when we walked past in the afternoon, so the first I chiong-ed to was Padini! In the end I stayed till the shop closed, and so did the girls, who had joined me after I told them the store is having a major SALE!!! Glad that everyone bought stuff there and a few of them even got broke because of the sale! LOL!
For once I am the richest amongst all during an overseas trip! Usually I will be one of the first to be broke and have to borrow money from the rest. Thank goodness I frequent JB, so I had changed more than enough money and managed to be the loan shark this time!😛 Although I was also broke eventually on the last day after I had lent all my money away…hahahaha!!! But at least everyone managed to get what they like, that’s more important! Hehe!
Ended the long day with a
good massage and even though it’s not really cheap as compared to Batam, at least it’s still cheaper than Singapore and we needed one anyway~ Had my very first foot scrub there too! A little painful but totally worth it after you can’t stop touching your legs xD
I wouldn’t say it was a good massage and I wouldn’t recommend it either. It’s not that anything bad happened, but the quality of massage was just not up to my expectation. All my problem areas were not really fixed and even though I do feel more relax after that, I think it could have been better. And I think the massage only lasted 45 minutes even though we paid for the 1-hour one >.>
No ginger tea nor anything after the massage either. In fact Shuning commented that they were a bit unprofessional because her masseur wanted to massage her head right away after massaging her feet, without washing hand. Zzzzz. Don’t deserve any tips of course.
Back to our room to join Kai Bin and Limin for our party night~! Our initial plan was to head up to the sky lounge to enjoy some cheap cocktails, but since some were broke from the shopping, we decided to go even more budget by getting drinks from the supermarket! xD
While waiting for the bottle opener…
Look who’s the millionaire! Hahaha!
With our drinks! (:
Yay! Cheers again~!!!
Before the trip, we were excited about drinking together. In fact, we mentioned about getting drunk together. But in reality when it finally came to the trip, we were simply too exhausted to even drink. LOL! We were all like falling asleep while drinking @.@
And very soon, it was the last day of our trip😦 Had my huge breakfast again that’s gonna last me for another 10-hour ride?
Spent the last 1 hour plus going our separate ways to shop again and I’m glad that my determination brought me back to Padini again – I found the shoes that Sis wanted in her size! I was like digging and finding, going back again and again to the shelf to double-triple-check for her size but couldn’t find. Luckily I went back on the next day to try my luck again!😀
Managed to do a quick browse around the mall but did not really buy anything. Did not manage to finish the mall either nor visit my H&M as it was time to gather back to the hotel~ In the end, all the 5 shopaholics were late and I was the only one who came back hotel on time!!! 3 of them even shopped till the checkout time then came back….Zzzzzz. No discipline…hmfp!
Found our coach shortly after we checked out but somehow after it has past 1 hour from our departure time, the bus was still stationary! The driver seemed to be waiting for some other passengers and so we wasted an extra hour there…Zzzzzz. All of us were keeping our fingers crossed that the journey back wouldn’t take as long, especially me, whose mille crepe cakes only have a lifespan of 8 hours! T.T
In the end, it was indeed shorter, by 1 hour. Zzzzzz. 9 hours of coach ride back including the extra 1 hour of waiting! Thank goodness my cakes survived! But Malacca seriously needs to build an airport~
Welcomed by the sweetness of Shuning’s beau!
It’s super cute and 有心 please!!! And even though Shuning only stays like 1 station away – Lavender, he still insisted on coming all the way from Tampines to fetch her and even offered all of us a ride! 加分！！！(: