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.
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 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:
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!!
And then we just wandered around with no particular plan or direction
Saw the Christ Church where the guy was playing the synthesizer and women selling souvenirs.
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.
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).
You can buy a duck or a chick
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.
And this is us – already getting a bit tired and sunburnt
(see the sea?)
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?