Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day Trip to Melaka - 3 April 2010

Yesterday, I went to Melaka with a friend for a day trip. It was my second time visiting Melaka.

We set off from home at around 6:15am. Took the MRT to Kranji station and from there, we took Bus 170 to Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint. By the time we crossed the causeway, it was 7:15am. An RM10 cab ride took us from the Malaysian immigration checkpoint to Larkin bus terminal, where we boarded the 8am bus bound for Melaka. One bus ticket to Melaka by S&S Express costs RM19.

The journey to Melaka Sentral from Larkin took exactly 3 hours. Upon arrival at Melaka Sentral, we immediately bought our bus tickets to return to Singapore that evening (Delima - RM22 per ticket). From Melaka Sentral, we took an RM15 cab ride to Jalan Hang Jebat, where we had our lunch at Hoe Kee Chicken Rice for some famous chicken rice balls (forgot to take food pics again xD).

Then we walked along Jonker Walk, where they have all these touristy shops selling souvenirs and foods, and a few Buddhist temples.

Then we headed to the famous tourist spot labeled as "the heart of historic quarters of Melaka" by Wikitravel, where we saw the Christ Church, the Stadthuys, and a clock tower, amongst other things.
Then we headed away from the touristy grounds and found a park with this real-life display of an old aircraft.
Some more walking and we found a shopping mall called Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall, where we were happy to spend some time enjoying the air-condition until we felt our feet could not walk another inch and were desperate for some rest. Our solution? A movie at the Golden Screen Cinema. It didn't matter which movie, as long as we get to rest comfortably with something to keep us occupied at the same time. So we watched Just Another Pandora Box, which as expected, turned out to be one of the lousiest movies we have ever seen.

After the movie, we went looking for a Peranakan restaurant for dinner and was surprised that it was difficult to find one such restaurant in Melaka! Maybe we were at the wrong place but we walked all along Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Walk) and only found this Portuguese Melaka restaurant, with which we settled because we were hungry and drenched in rain water.

^Eleven - the name of the restaurant which also doubles as a bar

^Portuguese Style Sambal Chicken

^Baked Squid

^Mixed Vegetable

^Portuguese Style Sambal Prawn

After dinner (RM54), we realised to our horror that we didn't have enough cash for our cab ride back to Melaka Sentral, where we had to catch our bus to Singapore at 7:30pm (it was 6:30pm). We walked on in hopes to find an ATM and to our relief, we found a Public Bank. I withdrew some cash and we were on our way back to Melaka Sentral.

I bought a bar of Cadbury for my journey back to Singapore. Finished the whole bar on my own (!!!!), except a row or two by my friend. I turned to the back and saw that its expiry date falls on my birthday! So a picture was due...

Reached Singapore Woodlands Immigration Check Point at 11:30pm. Took a cab from there and arrived home at exactly 12am. Showered, unpacked the time I plonked myself on my bed, it was 1:30am. I think I must've fallen asleep in record timing because I don't even remember trying to fall asleep.

Conclusion? A day trip is actually a pretty good idea for Melaka. Sure, we may have missed some places of interest, but consider the fact that we spent 3 hours in the shopping mall and cinema, which I think should have been skipped, and a tad bit too long at Jonker Walk. Lesson learnt? Don't be stingy on cab fares and save your leg stamina for walks at places of interest instead of between them. The rickshaws should be quite interesting too. Unless you prefer to take it slow and willing to spend on accommodation, I'd say a day-trip is sufficient for Melaka.

So...till the next trip!

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