Blogs from Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia, Asia - page 4


Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City April 6th 2013

It seems that there are 3 types of buses in Malaysia, 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. Your choice of bus is probably decided by how much money you have, but should probably be decided by what you are willing to endure. 1st class buses are generally clean and new and have the basic agenda of getting you to where you scheduled to go on time. You can sleep or look out the window from the second deck and enjoy the air conditioning and movies or game console that is provided. 2nd class buses have air conditioning but no bathroom and will definitely get you to where you are going eventually, although you may or may not arrive on the same bus as you left on. They are much cheaper than 1st class, and there is a ... read more
Melaka Mailbox
Melaka Cafe
Malaysia Muscle Man

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 25th 2013

Malacca is about 3 hours bus ride from Singapore. Our guide was a tall, Chinese guy who sang for us, told us stories and the best is every time we collected to board the bus, he was busy head counting as if we were little children. It is rare to see such warmth and dedication in Singapore at least. We started off early with a good breakfast of dosa and pudina (mint) chutney and then stopped for lunch. Well, the glasses for lunch were dirty with water marks. We asked the waiter to wash again and he returned with the same marks. Following lunch, we heading for a biscuit factory and then sight- seeing. It was hot day. The town square had fountains and even a stationary Dutch windmill. A church stood elegantly in the square. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 6th 2013

I left Singapore and after a four hour bus ride crossed into Malaysia and my first stop Melaka. I passed through here about 15 years ago and like alot of places I've revisited its changed alot. In 2006 it became a world heritage site and has been pushing tourism hard ever since. Theres a river bank walk all lined with bars and restaurants a hard rock cafe and i'm sure if I looked hard enough a starbucks. I stayed near Jonkers st which last time I came was full of antique and junk shops but theres only a few left now most of it has been turned over to less interesting but more profitable shops aimed at tourists. Having said that I still liked the place, food is good and cheap although beer comes in at ... read more
Temple roof Melaka
Temple Melaka
Petronas Towers KL

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 21st 2013

I mentioned some of this in the last blog but I am able to upload the photos now. I really liked this city, very pretty and quite a few things to see. I did a fair bit of cycling and going along the river on the last day was a real pleasure. I shall add some descriptions to the photos. Left on Wednesday 20th.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 17th 2013

History Melaka is and old town on the Strait of Melaka (The span of water that seperates pensular Malaysia with Sumatra.) It was founded in 1400 A.D by a Sumatran Prince that fled Sumatra (Though there was a fishing village there inhabited by the Orang Luat.) The popular myth is that the prince (named Parameswara) was resting under a tree and one of his hunting dogs was kicked by a mouse deer. The Prince took as a good omen to build a city in that spot, he then named the city Melaka after the Melaka tree he was sitting under. The City managed to make ships come there by paying_____ to neigboring kingdoms and establishing warehouses. After a while, Melaka grew into a major port due to its location on the Straits of Melaka. Melaka also ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 27th 2013

The guy you’re sharing a drink with at the bar is smoking a cigarette complaining about how smoky it is. How passive smoke is not only ghastly, but that it can create very real long-term health problems for those who breathe it, including cancer. “They’re killing everyone in here with their bloody smoking,” he blasts. As he takes another drag on his cigarette he derides the chain smoker over in the corner, the group of ladies at the bar who light up together as one of them passes round a packet for the others to share. Then there is the cigar smoker, who creates twice the cloud without even inhaling. He says he should give up himself, but somehow his smoking isn’t as harmful to him or others… perhaps because he smokes lights, or that he ... read more
Singapore Flyer
Singapore Nights
Kiva at the pool

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 7th 2013

After three weeks resting back home, I'm finally back on the road again! This time I'm starting Southeast Asian Part Deux by heading up north by bus into Peninsular Malaysia. The plan is to keep heading north overland until I finally hit Bangkok again, where I intend to spend some time continuing my Thai lessons. Anyway, first stop, Melaka! A pretty little Unesco World Heritage city in Southwest Peninsular Malaysia. I was almost ashamed when I told my friends I'd never been there before. It's one of those places that almost all Singaporeans go when they're young, to sample their famous Chicken Rice Balls, since it's just about a 3-4h ride away. Alas I never had the privilege of visiting this part of our northern neighbours when I was little, so this stop kinda fulfilled that ... read more
Dear Fellow Singaporean Readers
Melakan Sunset
Melakan Chicken Rice Balls

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 7th 2013

You know how you have times where you made a plan, but due to unforeseen circumstances, or in my case, just plain foolishness, it fell through and you are left with this gap which you need to fill up in another way. Well, my aim was to spend my time in peninsular Malaysia on the east-coast, because I hadn't seen that part yet. I figured I would go to the Perhentians and chill out there, do a dive and then move on down the coast, stopping in various little hamlets, go to Taman Negara and do a jungle hike, then end up on the Tioman Islands before flying on to Kuching in Sarawak. What I didn't check was what the weather would be like this time of year on that coast. As it turned out, this ... read more
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 3rd 2013

Budicek 7/15,konecne ranna hygiena,pobalenie sa a odchod na vlak zo starej zel.stanice Kuala Lumpur na Bandar tasik selatan zastavaku,je to piata zastavka. Na perone som sa pre istotu opytal ci nasadam na spravny vlak,jasne,ze nie,moj isol az o 5 minut. Vlak bol prazdny. Na ranajky som si este pred odchodom dal klasiku nasi lemak. Na bus stanici Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bolo vsetko perfektne znacene,som si pripadal ako na lestisku. Na velkej digitalnej tabuli som kukol odchody busov do Melaky,isli dva o 9/00. Vybral som sa do prveho okienka,cena 9r,zobral som to bez toho aby som isiel zistovat dalsiu cenu. Tetula chcela odo mna este moje meno,co mi napisala na listok,Listky su tu na meno ale nikto to nekontroluje. Meno som jej vyhlaskoval,,moja blba anglina skomolila moje moeno na Juarem. S listkom som siel k nastupisku,najskor ma ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City January 3rd 2013

Today we departed KL for a city in the south called Malacca. A colleague from work had recommended we visit this city as it has a very interesting historical background. Malacca was invaded by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British and the buildings in the old city show different architectural features depending upon the period in which they were built. Malacca is a 'quaint' city with cobbled narrow streets and is small enough that you can hear the Qur'an readings from the Mosque all around - this brought back very fond memories from my childhood! Our hotel is beautiful, an elegant room with a four poster bed, set off a pretty courtyard... Looks like it'll be street food for us again!?!? Baileys bit: The bus terminal in KL is ... read more
Fort A Famosa: Portuguese
Christ Church
St. Paul's Church and British lighthouse

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