So I had been yearning for a short trip (again) after 3 months, but it’s really hard to plan for a trip nowadays. In the first place, finding people to go is hard enough; different interest in location, timing issue and of course $$$ as well =/
Then I was approached with the idea of a Malacca trip and I must say that everything was just impromptu from then on. Made decision; booked coach and hotel – all within the same day when the idea struck…haha! 爽快 definitely beats indecisiveness or last-minute change of mind~
Although I was not exactly interested in Malacca (since it’s mainly for heritage and food), I didn’t mind going as I have not been there before and I just wanttttt a getawayyyyyyyyyy! So with that, I shall begin my first Malacca trip experience! (:
24 June 2010 (Friday)
The 4-5 hours didn’t feel thattttt unbearable for me, because soon the coach reached Malacca! Dropped off at the hotel – Aldy Hotel and it’s at a very good location; near to the 2 shopping malls and the famous Jonker Street!
Shopped around the mall – Dataran Pahlawan and the clothes are not as attractive as JB (as in the prices…haha!) Not much sales around, so I was quite empty-handed =/
I still prefer Dataran Pahlawan because Mahkota is mainly those mainstream shops like malls in Singapore, so the chances of picking up cheap clothes are even lesser =/
It’s tested and proven that I shop better when I’m alone, cause I bought stuff after that! Hehe. Went back to Dataran Pahlawan thinking that it’s another mall but it’s not! =/
So I shopped around again and chanced upon a few shops that I missed out and also other parts of the mall. Bought a top and a bottom; very pathetic amount of loots but it’s better than nothing! (:
Bought gifts for my brother and (super) belated birthday gift for TCC as well! 😀
Although it’s like the biggest mall there, Dataran is rather small as compared to Sungei Wang or Times Square. Perhaps only 1/4 of it or even less. So I even went to ask the receptionist to make sure that I did not miss out any parts or other malls…LOL.
Rested for a while before heading to the night market! 😀
But it’s a bit different from what I had in Taiwan because the malt candy smell is rather strong. Nonetheless, I still love 冰糖葫芦! So far I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere in Singapore D:
After a round of eating, it’s time to share the love by buying some Malacca goodies back! And I am, at the most popular shop selling Malacca delicacies!
As usual, this is the part where I spent the most because I bought lots of stuff back for my brother…hehe. Bought some for my colleagues and as gifts as well! (:
There weren’t much gifts to buy there anyway; mainly heritage stuff and useless souvenirs which I think most people have had enough of =/
Back to hotel and watched Ice Age 3 for the third or fourth time!
Never fail to make me laugh!
Then tried to sleep after that but every time I almost fell asleep, something would wake me up -_____- So as expected, migraine attack the next day! x.x
25 June 2011 (Saturday)
It’s not the buffet style kind of breakfast but I kinda prefer this actually. Probably because all the hotel buffet breakfast I had so far are not that nice =/
It’s not my first time having chicken rice balls, but it’s definitely my first time trying the authentic chicken rice balls! The one I tried in Singapore was sooooo normal~
I kinda like it even though I expected it to be better, since everyone raved about it. But as compared to Singapore’s, this is much better and unique!
I bought it despite not being a fan of cheese, and then I know why it’s popular. All I can say is cheesecake lovers will definitely like this! (:
It was even featured in 美食大三通 by the way!
Too bad I’m not a fan of chendol or any other coconut milk stuff, so I kinda lose out when it comes to experiencing the Peranakan flavours in Malacca~
Back to hotel and attempted to rest for a while due to the splitting headache, but it was quite a failed attempt. So I headed out again to explore on my own! 😀
I really feel so much more freedom when doing things on my own (especially shopping!) because I can spend as much time as I want to browse, to choose, and to make decision (which usually takes quite long)!
No pressure from others waiting for you, nor will there any negative remarks or complaints that you don’t wanna hear. Somehow it’s also faster because you know which are the shops to skip (:
Went back to Dataran Pahlawan as I saw this really cuteeeee pair of socks the previous day but did not get it because it’s not cheap for a pair of socks. But I know I just have to get it in the end!
I even made the shopkeeper open all 3 sets to mix and match till I get the most perfect pair…haha!
Bee suit is the next! xD
I’ve always said that I wanna dress my baby into a bee next time (if I ever have one) and now I think I’m having the chance soon! HAHA! (Nope, I’m not pregnant! -.-“)
Walked around the mall again because I was still not convinced that it’s that small! LOL. I even walked to and fro different parts, trying to find the Carrefour because that’s the only part I missed from the map, but I realised it has closed down -_____-
Decided to explore new places as well since there weren’t many other places to go. Malacca is mainly for sightseeing and the food, so other than Jonker Street and the malls, that’s about it =/
Explored this market place but somehow, I was the only Chinese there! For a moment I was like, “Oops! Is this some restricted-to-Muslim kind of places???” LOL. But actually I think it’s because they sell mainly the traditional stuff there~
Visited 1 of the tourist attractions – Menara Taming Sari though it doesn’t really interest me. It’s just like the Sky Tower in Sentosa which you can have a panoramic view of the place~
(It’s too high to be captured in 1 shot, but I realised the 2 pictures can be joined together somehow…haha!)
Went back to Jonker Street‘s side because I was attempting to find the bean curd place that is recommended, but it was quite a failed attempt x.x
Okay before the hotel sues me for defamation, I better make it clear that it’s just me pretending to be Sadako (again)…haha!
But it turned out that warm durian in the spring roll doesn’t taste too bad and the cold durian crispy roll is a little like durian ice-cream kind. Seems like anything with durian just wouldn’t go wrong…haha!
Finished the night market earlier this time round and back to the hotel for an attempt to sleep at 10 plus! Haha! Cause I know I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep immediately, so I needed that 1-2 hours of “buffer time” to try to fall asleep xD
I guess it kinda works because although I don’t really know what time I finally fell asleep, I woke up the next day feeling much more energised! 😀
26 June 2011 (Sunday)
Attempted to find the bean curd place again (because I really wanna try the authentic Gula Melaka bean curd!) and even asked the
polis police for direction… But after much exploration, I got to know from this noodle stall auntie that it’s quite far away D:
Back to Jonker Street once again for the last walk and to get my durian puffs as well…hehe. How I wish I could buy them back~
Nonetheless, it’s still a pretty nice getaway especially when I’d tried so many delicacies!
But I think 2D1N seems enough for those who are not interested in sightseeing. Just be sure to go during Friday or weekend because that’s when the night market is open! (:
A short video of Malacca (day and night)! Enjoy~!