A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

We woke up early today. Knowing very well that it’s the holidays in Malaysia, we decided to avoid traffic going out of the city. We were scheduled to go to Malacca today. We made our way to Bandar Tasik Selatan – the bus station for intercity travel.

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Good thing, though, we bought tickets online. If not, we wouldn’t be able to make this trip. It was so full and, I guess, bus tickets are very scarce for those who are late.

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We are scheduled for a 9 AM bus ride to Malacca and we are expecting to arrive there by 11:30 AM. Bus seats were comfortable and the dreaded traffic wasn’t anywhere in sight.

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When you arrive at the Malacca Central Bus Terminal, make your way to the domestic buses and line-up, however futile, at Platform 17. This will take you to the Dutch Square.

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See, a little futile.

As soon as we arrived, I knew how I felt about Malacca. I love it. I love it to bits.

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It was almost lunch time when we got there. And I am plenty hungry too. So, we crossed the bridge towards Jonker Walk and found this restaurant. We saw that it was full; but, the girl pointed us towards a sister establishment where we can sit.

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I saw that they had duck. I found it to be an opportunity to try something new. So, roasted duck it is.

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It was glorious. I loved it and I wondered why I never tasted duck before. After lunch, we decided to go around since we can only check in after 2 PM.

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The Red Square is named as such because of the color of its buildings. This plaza and its surrounding buildings reflect the history of Malacca after being subject to Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule.

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I must remind you that it’s very hot in Malacca. When we couldn’t take the heat, we decided to go to our booked accommodations even if it was time to check in. We wanted to see if they will allow us to rest up and recover from the heat.

And they did! Thankfully, we can stay inside the air conditioned room until around sunset.

Our home for the night was a small guesthouse by the end of Jonker Walk. It was a very convenient location. When you go out, you will immediately see the food stalls!

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There was a little bit of everything for everyone. There spectrum was from food to mobile accessories to clothing to toys to cleaning materials. You name it, they may have it.

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Another beautiful thing about Malacca is the art and architecture on/of the walls of the buildings. It gave a modern vibe to the old village.

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Too bad, we only spent half a day in Malacca. It would have been awesome to stay longer. There are so many food I want to try.

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Others in this series:

A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

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A Week in Malaysia: Day 3

We woke up this morning knowing very well what to do. We rode the LRT and alighted at Pasar Seni station.

We were going to the Central Market!

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The Central Market is the center for arts and crafts that are truly Malaysian. It isn’t a big complex so you wouldn’t have a hard time going through all the stalls.

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Since we have somewhere to be by 1 PM, we decided to have an early lunch. The Central Market has a food court in its mezzanine.

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I ordered a Nasi Goreng Kampung which they translated to homemade fried rice for MYR 8.5. It was spicy but definitely feels like what my Ma would cook at home. Suddenly loving all of these Malaysian fried rice dishes.

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Then, we walked towards the Masjid Jamek LRT station.

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And made our way towards Bukit Jalil National Stadium where we watch some badminton finals matches at the Axiata Arena. This started at 1 PM.

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Then, before 5 PM, we transferred to the National Aquatic Center for diving finals.

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It was raining when we finished watching. Good thing, though, there’s a covered walkway towards Bukit Jalil station.

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We came back to Lot10 to try other shops. But, unfortunately, I went back to my comfort food – wonton noodles.

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Then we tried this mango and longan iced dessert which we bought for MYR 9.5. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the price. It’s just ice with mango juice and some pieces of longan.

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Then, it was back to apartment for another round of drinking. We have to finish 3 cans each and that’s (drink one can a day) probably the most I can do.

 

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A Week in Malaysia: Day 1

A Week in Malaysia: Day 2

A Week in Malaysia: Day 4

A Week in Malaysia: Day 5

A Week in Malaysia: Day 6

A Week in Malaysia: Day 7

 

 

Islamic Arts


I have to admit, I have very little knowledge of Islamic arts. But this place opened my eyes to the design and architcture of our Muslim brothers.

It’s very educational. And my mind is known on the intricacies of their work. I just hope that there is more coherence in the display. Or they could direct the visitors on the order of viewing.

Definitely worth the visit if you’re in Kuala Lumpur. The entrance fee is just MYR14.

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Taken at: Shizen Ramen in Marikina City, Philippines

There’s a ramen place near our house that I pass by every day. I haven’t tried setting foot inside. Tonight, I was invited by a friend to eat there and I was pleasantly surprised!