Visiting preserved historical artifacts and architectures...
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Friday morning, with nothing else productive things to do for the day, I thought of going out of town to spend the weekend. I texted my friend Mike if he wants me to join this short trip. Being a good friend slash bad influence for him, he skipped his work and joined me instead! Haha. I am still on vacation leave though. :P
“ Melaka is known for having ancient infrastructures, intriguing streets, and unique cultural heritage. In fact, it was named as UNESCO’s world heritage city in Malaysia. It is a city with a glorious past hidden behind each facade of the centuries-old buildings. Albeit being the smallest state in Malaysia, it is undoubtedly the wealthiest when it comes to history, culture, and cuisine. Let’s take a literal stroll down memory lane because here is where it all begun...”
My friend and I met at Pudu Raya bus station and left KL at 11:30am. After 2-hr bus drive, we arrived on Melaka Sentral after lunch time.
After paying for a night stay, we finally had our late lunch. We just ate in one of many affordable Chinese restaurants along Jonker street and ordered Chicken Rice and apple juice. Then after that, we excitedly strolled around the city using our bike! Actually, I was more thrilled riding the REAL bike once again after a long time than checking the place. In a way, it flashed-back my childhood times where I used to ride bike with neighbourhood friends.
For the whole afternoon, we visited many places such as the ff:
- Porta de Santiago which is the prominent landmark in Melaka and was a fortress built by Portuguese
- St. Francis Xavier’s Church in the middle of busy streets
- Christ Church which is a bright red structure testimonial to Dutch architectural ingenuity.
- Bukit Cina, Hang Li Po’s Well, Stadhuys, Malaysian Young Museum, Dutch Cemetery, Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple, Jonker Street, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Sam Po Kong Temple, and a lot more...
It was a very enlightening and educational afternoon for us, so many things to discover and learn in this small city. It amazed me to death!
We often found ourselves lost in the streets. But people in Melaka are very friendly and helpful. We were twice approached by locals and obligingly helped us steer the semi-complicated Melaka streets.
I know it was outrageously (heart pumping) dangerous to ride a bike in the busy road! But I loved the menace, I had fun going to the road side by side with the cars and getting lost most of the time haha. It was an awesome and enjoyable experience for me.
We went home at night and had a quick shower before dinner. While waiting for my friend in the living room, I had some chitchats with fellow travellers in the guesthouses from Hungary, Holand, China, and England. And we all watched the semis of Australian Open (Nadal vs Verdasco). All of us were rooting for Verdasco! Even the guy from Spain who dislike Nadal too hihihi.
I was overwhelmed with how busy Jonker Walk at night.
Then sometime around 11pm, we went to an open bar along Jonker Walk and started the drinking session haha. After few bottles of Heineken and few shots of tequila, we went back to our guesthouse still sober. Some of the guests were still awake and also enjoying the night playing billiards.
While hanging out outside, one very drunk Chinese old guy crankily approached us was screaming something on my friend, which we can’t understand at all because he was talking in Chinese language. Then he kicked the gate few times and was calling someone. Imagine he was doing this shit in the middle of the night! Obviously, he disturbed the quiet neighborhood! Then my friend calmly said “English only! English only!” hahaha funny incident! But the guy still keep on talking in Mandarin or Cantonese (well who knows). I was just watching though hehe. Then a group of Chinese guests from the guesthouse came and talked to him. I don’t know what they told him but they made him calm down and left us. But it was really hilarious! :P
After our last bottle of beer in the guesthouse, we called the night off.