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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Sunday, December 14, 2008

It had been a couple of weeks since the last trip to Cameron Highlands. I got restless staying in KL for too long. Spending a weekend in Melaka seemed like a good way to get away from KL. After all it is only 2 hours away. I left KL in the afternoon and arrrived in Melaka at about 4pm. Checked in at a place called Kancil Guesthouse. It was a nice place. Quickly took a shower and wandered off to the town looking for food and things to do. I had an early dinner at the mall and then just walking about at Dataran Pahlawan, watching the locals and tourists alike on their evening activities. As the day turned to night, I walked towards A Famosa (Porta De Santiago). It is arguably the most recognisable historical landmark of Melaka. Since it was located on a hill, it was a perfect location to view the city at night. I could see the Eye Of Malaysia from afar (it was in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa before being relocated here) and took a few pictures of Melaka skyline at night. It started drizzling so it was time to go back. Went to bed rather early (considering I'm on a trip), but looking forward to the next day (perhaps I could find a good Baba Nyonya food which is very famous here in Melaka).
It was Sunday, the second day in Melaka. The plan today was to explore the city a bit more and perhaps find some food that Melaka is famous for (Baba Nyonya food). The day started pretty late. It was almost lunch time, so first things first; I need to find Baba Nyonya food. It was easy to find a Baba Nyonya restaurant, the hardest part was to find a good one. After walking a while, I went into what looked like a very decent place; unfortunately the food was just so-so. After lunch, I walked to all the historical sites like the A Famosa, the red Dutch clock tower, Stadhuy’s church and the ruins of some old church. These were fascinating stuff but I’m not a big history fan. Then I went to the famous Jonker Street where all the little shops selling foods, souvenirs and lots of other things. There were a lot of old-looking temples and mosques around here too. The last spot before I left for KL was the St John’s Hill. They have cannons at the old fort. This is where the Dutch built their fort to fend off their rivals when they ruled this place.
Melaka was very nice, especially to those who love history and old buildings. You can definitely spend one or two nights here and that would be more than enough. After all it is very near to KL.
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