17 May 2013 – Hurra for syttende mai
Malacca is one of my favourites places in Malaysia, a town with such an exciting blend of cultures. 1400s, Admiral Cheng Ho with his Chinese influence, 1500s the Portuguese, 1600s Dutch and 1800s came the Brits with their colonial ways…
Mon: 0900hrs bus/Delima Express from City Plaza/SIN to Malacca/Malaysia, S$23. Arr Malacca 1230hrs with stops only at the immigrations on the SIN and Malaysia sides, comfortable ride. Cab from bus terminal into town MYR20 S$8.40 where Courtyard@ Heeren**** is located, MYR400 S$166 for 2nights. Nice clean boutique hotel with good service and in the heart of the heritage district.
Disappointing lunch at Famosa Chicken Rice Ball* Managed a short walk after lunch, but not a good idea as the heat was overwhelmingly hot. Afternoon siesta was the better choice. Tea time at Case Del Rio**** by the river, one of the best pizzas and ginger fizz drink.
Painted the town ‘red’ with some of the demonstrators against racism with the law across the road and other eyes keeping close watch over by Christ Church (1753).
Edited 18 May: sunset at St Paul’s Church, dinner at near-by hawkers,
Tue: early morning walk by the river, Porte de Santiago/A’Famosa,
Jonkers Walk, breakfast at the annex of hotel on Jln Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Nancy’s Kitchen was recommended by SIN friends, but fortunately it was closed! The locals who recommended prefer Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine****excellent, even when it is located away from the heritage area. No MSG in this homecooking with good fresh produce. Reservations is a must as they only cater for a certain amount of people. The chef (Amy Koh) and owners (Mr Lim) choice of dishes are tasty and the quantity and quality were perfect. And all that yummy food MYR50 S$20 for 2pp.
I don’t like gourmet cooking or ‘this’ cooking or ‘that’ cooking. I like good cooking – James Beard
What a way to end this evening. On the way back to the hotel, walked pass by the mall and decided to watch Iron Man 3*** at a GSC Cinemas, MYR12 S$5. When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Action flicks are not my cup of tea but did enjoy this and a was good way to pass time on this warm evening.