Sunday, December 21, 2008

Three things that keep Malacca alive and kicking

Last week I have been to Malacca the historical City, as I have been invited to teach the MLVK (Majlis Latihan Vokasional Kebangsaan) student at Kolej Unikop Malacca branch Bukit Cheng, 10 minutes from Bandar Hilir. I have been there for 6 days 5 nights and I spend my time effectively. A week runaway from office, I find it worth being at Malacca. I am not alone there as I have my other two colleagues (Liza and Fazana) that coming together from KL. In my opinion things that keep Malacca alive are.
  1. Historical Place

There are many museums in Malacca, just a walk away around Bandar Hillir it was nice do an evening walk from Stadthuys Square to Fort A Famosa and climb up the hill then when to modern shopping mall Dataran Pahlawan. Walking at the old shop road also will not disappoint you. As you will feel like being on the other place with the narrow road and old building architecture. I do suggest you walking at night as the environment is beautiful will red lighting effect. Besides there is Jonker Street where they sell many kind of merchandise that 50% different from Up Town Kuala Lumpur but the merchandise have similarity with what I saw when I was in Bali. “Look like we have loose our identity as most of the merchandise sell is import either from China or Indonesia” The pure one is just Kebaya Nonya and it is sold at RM200 without bargain. Dumb expensive. 2. Food
Malacca is famous with it Asam Pedas, so make sure when you are here try it. You can choose any fish for this Asam Pedas and I try “ikan pari”. We having it at Kota Laksamana it just a walk away from Bandar Hilir and near to Eye On Malaysia. Then I would like to suggest you go to Umbai to eat “Ikan Bakar” barbecue fish with air asam. Wow, the taste is marvelous. There may be no sign to Umbai from Bandar Hilir, just follow the Muar sign and it will lead you to Umbai. It takes about 20 minutes from Bandar Hilir to Umbai. There is a new place for Ikan Bakar lover The Floating Restaurant where there are several ikan bakar stall inside it, I would like to suggest you to go on day time around 5pm as it is anupper view point where you can enjoy the swamp and fishing village view. This place is just near the place I having my ikan bakar. Then don’t forget to drink a cendol(sweet drink with ais) in front of Jam Besar. The view will not disappointing you besides you will have an opportunity to view the entire tourist that come. Most of the tourist is Singaporean and few of western people.
3. Beach, I really fall in love with the beach, there are many beach at Melaka like Pantai Klebang (Under construction as they are building a highway to get faster access to beach area), Pantai Puteri, Pengkalan Balak. I do enjoy the evening walk at the beach to burn up my fat besides hear the wave sounds and endless view of ocean (Straits Of Malacca Ocean). It is really peace and calm. When I was walking along the beach I do saw an aged Malay couple that walk at the beach (really surprise), that is a good therapy to make the relationship stronger. You must practice it with your partner, change the habit of window shopping at Shopping Mall instead goes to the beach. It will be more romantic, belief it. Come and visit Malacca, the government is putting an effort to attract more tourist to come to Malacca as there are new attraction like Menara Taming Sari, River boat cruise and Eye on Malaysia at Malacca. However more effort must be make to attract more tourists to visit Malacca by make a bus trip from KL Sentral to Malacca so it will be an easy access. (Just my opinion). For local it is a good place to spend your weekend.

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