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Jonker Walk

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.

Welcome to Jonker Street
With no itinerary, no planning, or whatsoever, the first thing that popped up on our mind is to look for accommodation to stay for a night. With limited budget on our pockets, we opted to stay in a guesthouse.  So from Melaka Sentral, we took a cab that will bring us to a place where we can find guesthouses or hostels to stay-in. The cab driver dropped us in Hallmark Hotel near Jonker Walk. It’s a nice hotel and clean. However, we’re not looking for a hotel this time. Besides, it’s pretty expensive for us. 169RM for a night is a no-no for us. So we walked around streets and alleys looking for a cheap place. We asked a couple of hostels and houses but all were fully booked. It was extremely hot and humid. I almost want to give up. I even told Mike if we could just go back to KL as I can’t stand walking on that hot weather anymore. Of course, I was just kidding him. I was already agreed to book a room for a night in that expensive hotel but we were lost and can’t find the way back.  Then I don’t know how, we found ourselves on this street with few guesthouses. We didn’t waste any time and booked on the 1st guesthouse we checked.
one of the streets there...
We stayed at Voyager Guesthouse. It’s still relatively new guesthouse as it was only built last year. It’s not even on lonely planet yet. The owner owns another guesthouse near the place names Sama-Sama but we decided to stay on the former.  We stayed in a common BIG room with 16 single bed.  And mind you, it was so cheap! We only paid 12RM each for a night with free use of cable TV, pool table in the living room, and what we enjoyed most, FREE use of BIKE! Don’t expect it’s air-conditioned but well-ventilated with large windows.  For its price, we got a bargain!

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.

nice view...

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.

in front of Christ Church
Paul’s Church which was built on a hill where St. Francis Xavier was buried in the open grave in 1553 before transferred to Goa, India.

-          St. Francis Xavier’s Church in the middle of busy streets

-          Christ Church which is a bright red structure testimonial to Dutch architectural ingenuity.

its nice here...

-          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.

enjoying the bike!
 Probably, we often look clueless and lost most of the time haha. But every local that we asked was so friendly and accommodating!

 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.

ganda nila! hehe
Many people, mostly locals, were buying cheap stuffs in the market. It was jam-packed! For dinner, we ate on another Chinese inexpensive canteen and ordered dried noodles then went back to our guesthouse to get some rest.

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.

montecarlostar says:
Very nice blog!
Posted on: Mar 21, 2009
jaeWALK says:
haha! it's my fave place in malaysia. i just love the histori atmosphere dyan. LOL. saka sarap lang maglakad lakad sa jonker
Posted on: Mar 13, 2009
darkinvader143 says:
nag-enjoy ako dito sobra sa pagbike! bumalik sa pagkabata hahahaha... i had fun! ;)
Posted on: Mar 13, 2009
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Jonker Walk
Jonker Walk
Welcome to Jonker Street
Welcome to Jonker Street
one of the streets there...
one of the streets there...
nice view...
nice view...
in front of Christ Church
in front of Christ Church
its nice here...
its nice here...
enjoying the bike!
enjoying the bike!
ganda nila! hehe
ganda nila! hehe
shoot u!
shoot u!
entry to St. Pauls Church
entry to St. Paul's Church
St. Pauls Church
St. Paul's Church
with my friend Mike
with my friend Mike
hehehe ayos ba? lol
hehehe ayos ba? lol
dunno what is this...
dunno what is this...
where St. Francis Xavier buried
where St. Francis Xavier buried
nice car!
nice car!
choo choo train! hehe
choo choo train! hehe
stoooooooppppppppppp!!!
stoooooooppppppppppp!!!
fly away!
fly away!
pushing hard! hehe
pushing hard! hehe
waaaahhhh STOP!!!
waaaahhhh STOP!!!
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Francis Xavier Church
wheel of fortune.. hehe just kiddi…
wheel of fortune.. hehe just kidd…
traffic in Melaka
traffic in Melaka
enjoying obviously hehe
enjoying obviously hehe
traffic again
traffic again
lost
lost
one of the temples
one of the temples
street where our guesthouse located
street where our guesthouse located
mike biking
mike biking
tower
tower
cute car!
cute car!
David and Goliath! bwahahaha
David and Goliath! bwahahaha
Kings Well
King's Well
Isnt this cool! hehe
Isn't this cool! hehe
busy Jonker at night!
busy Jonker at night!
busy Jonker at night!
busy Jonker at night!
Welcome to Jonker Walk!
Welcome to Jonker Walk!
street food! looks yummy!
street food! looks yummy!
jam-packed with locals
jam-packed with locals
Voyage Guesthouse
Voyage Guesthouse
quiet street at around 3am
quiet street at around 3am
everyone is sleeping i guess
everyone is sleeping i guess
cheap place to stay! ;)
cheap place to stay! ;)
ok last drink in front of our gues…
ok last drink in front of our gue…
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