Malaysia

Melaka or Malacca?

April 15, 2013

Is it Melaka or Malacca? Actually both are correct! That’s like Cologne and Koeln situation – one is the local spelling, the other was added just to confuse everyone :-)

So anyway, we went to Melaka this weekend – a 2 hours drive from KL by a comfy highway with pit-stop stations every 20 kilometers and we’re there!

And the first thing we did was park the car and go eat. What I usually do is check Foursquare for best/recommended “food” nearby, read some comments and decide. Anton has a good gut feeling, same as Khalid, our friend we went with. So we followed the intuition backed up with technology and social proof.

Melaka

This is the Geographer Cafe – a very nice place – both the food and the place are good. This whole table of food for 4 people + a coconut that didn’t fit in the picture was all together MYR 72 (which is ~$23). Yep, I know, right? And the coconut above has most delicious Tom Yam soup Anton tried so far. We’ll have to go to Thailand to double-check this statement though ;-)

Melaka

Melaka is a beautiful town. Very relaxed, beautiful old architecture (it was a Portuguese, Dutch and British colony before), and the wiki says this historical city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2008. Take a look yourself:

Melaka

I fell in love with this antique shop – it’s where I got to know the Nyonya porcelain (also known as Peranakan porcelain). So beautiful!!

Melaka

And then we just wandered around with no particular plan or direction

Melaka

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Saw the Christ Church where the guy was playing the synthesizer and women selling souvenirs.

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Melaka

Smoking is prohibited downtown, which is really good because the streets are so narrow. I had enough people with UV-reflecting umbrellas (it was really very hot) and a smoker would not make it any easier.

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And these are the famous rickshaw guys – they play really funny loud music while driving and at night they are illuminated all over so it’s very entertaining (located right across the Church and riding across the town).

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You can buy a duck or a chick

Melaka

THE street is called Jonker walk – the old city center street with all the shops, food stalls, tourists, massage parlours, hotels, more tourists and great buildings – don’t forget to look up.

Melaka

And this is us – already getting a bit tired and sunburnt

Melaka

(see the sea?)

Melaka

And how do you like this retro effect on the pictures? That’s what iPhones do when there’s either too bright or too dark. I’m looking for a lightweight camera for the trips, that would produce similar to Canon DSLR quality pictures, but smaller and lighter and .. well cheaper :-) So any recommendations are highly appreciated.

Which camera are you using by the way?

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  • Anonymous

    Olya, great staff on Melaka ( I choose this one for less letters). Amazing attention to details. Carry on and one day will are likely to see Olga’s Travel Guide. I have been to Melaka long time ago ( when you were little and naughty) though really impressed with its diversity. For the light camera consider Canon power shot S110. It is good for low light and has got wi fi. Or if you want something fancier Canon G 15 gets good reviews. But try not too go lower then s110. You are better off then with iPhone. I hope you are both well. xxxx Uncle Vadik

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Vadik! I appreciate them so much :-)
      And great advice on the camera, will definitely check these two out (going to Cambodia and Thailand in the next 2 months – need good shots)

  • Great travel images. I especially love the last one. For me there is always something magical about looking across a sea of rooftops. This last image would fit nicely in an Yasujiro Ozu film.

  • Great travel images. I especially love the last one. For me there is always something magical about looking across a sea of rooftops. This last image would fit nicely in an Yasujiro Ozu film.

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