The Star Of The Show

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Apa Kaba Home&Stay

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hello again,

From Singapore we took the short 4 hour journey across the border to Malaysia, and our first point of call Melaka. This would be the last place we would visit before meeting Hollies’ parents in Kuala Lumpur, so by this time we were both very excited and looking forward to our Holiday!

In Melaka we stayed at Apa Kaba Home Stay with Kenny and his family which included his two children. Melaka is the historical centre of Malaysia and an area of National Heritage. Historically Melaka has been used as a major Asian port, and has been ruled by the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and then finally the British. This makes for an interesting population of mixed Chinese and Malay, Indian and Malay, and Europeans and Malay. The old streets of the city are beautiful and the food of Melaka is some of the best we have come across in Malaysia. Some delicacy’s include Chinese rice balls and steamed chicken… delicious. Despite the heritage backdrops the small town has every cosmopolitan necessity, from funky coffee shops, modern art galleries, designer clothing, and a large drinking scene. But beyond this backdrop, Melaka loses it soul and magic to tourist traffic, cement, high rise hotels (for example, the eyesore that is the Holiday Inn), and over-sized shopping malls.

Whilst here we visited Chinatown, the Dutch Square, and the very small Little India. Jonker Street is the main street in Chinatown, here are lines of antique stores, a market, family shophouses, karaoke bars, and earth-toned Chinese temples decorated with golden dragons. We also come across shops that sold a lot of items that were made out of paper, the main items being cars, clothing, pretend money, houses, high fashion handbags, music stereos, washing machines, chocolates, and takeaway food. You may ask why this is but there is a ‘perfect’ religious explanation. The items are burnt at Buddhist funerals, to ensure that the spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in their afterlife. The Chinese tradition to honour the dead typically involves burning things they “may need” in afterlife. Hence paper money is the most common. Clothes, shoes and houses are popular too. If the dead is a fan of tech gadgets, he/she will need cell phones, hence iPad/iPhone be very popular items which sell out quickly.

That evening we went to the very popular Capitol Satay. Capitol is the original restaurant that serves a tasty satay sauce along with any type of skewer which you self-cook at your table. The famous restaurant has stainless steel tables with bubbling satay sauce placed in the middle of them. There are now loads of restaurants around town claiming that they are the sister restaurant of Capitol Satay, but this is just an attempt to get in with the act. The place is so busy that there are lines of people waiting for tables every night, waiting for an average of 45 minutes. The idea is to dunk skewers of tiger prawns, Chinese sausage, chicken, pork, beef, tofu, and bokchoy (morning glory) into the 30 spiced mixture. We just so happened to be there whilst a TV programme was being filmed about Mayalsian food, and guess who got interviewed scoffing their faces… you guessed it!!!

The next morning it was time to get the early bus to Kuala Lumpur, and to meet Hollie’s Mum and Dad, Connor and Chelsea!!!!!

Love Thomas and Hollie x x x
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