Hi everyone! Let’s continue the journey… 😀
Have you been to Malacca (Melaka)? Well, this is my first time going to Melaka. Of course I was so eager to see the historical place.
As planning, we went to Melaka using the inside route, meaning that we were avoiding using the highway.
We arrived in Melaka at about 8pm. Straight away check in the hotel for an overnight stayed. After that we went to the nearest hotel to fill the grumbling tummies. Hehe. At 10pm, we went to the Melaka city center. The first thing Amani saw was the attractive ‘beca’ (trishaw) She insisted on riding the beca. They really knows how to attract the tourist, especially kids. One thing that made Amani wanted to ride it is because the beca was in pink colour, and has Hello Kitty attached everywhere. The beca ride cost RM25. he rode us around the ‘dataran’ and he while riding he told us about the monument, the place that we should visit in the daytime. Did you know the beca has speaker on it? Some becas were spinning the hindustan songs, old Malay songs… Luckily our rider was a young man. He spinned a Frozen song for Amani. 😄 To make the story long… Amani didn’t want the beca to stop. She cried when we had to go back to our hotel.
Early in the morning, after having breakfast we went again to the center of Melaka. We went sightseeing the town. Can you see the big ship? That was Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum. It is a replica of a Potuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka. It looks like a real ship. I didn’t get inside the ship because I couldn’t stand to carry Amani and counting the stairs. Haiyah.. 😅
Like a nightime, the becas are everywhere. Once again, Amani wanted to take a ride with beca. I surrendered this time, so I just let my parent in-law brought Amani. My mother in-law told me the ride was different like last night we had. Only a few places to visit. I heard some people told me that some of them likes to cheat the tourist. This is really shameful to our country. If it not because of Amani, I wouldn’t ride the beca as well. Hehe.
Our next activity were taking a tour with the Melaka River Cruise. It is 45 minutes ride on Sungai Melaka (Melaka River) with audio commentary. The river was the main artery of trade for Melaka in its heyday when it was bustling with traders from all around the world. The cruise offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown, Kampong Morten and other places in Melaka.
Amani really excited to see the water. Whenever a boat passed by, she would shouts “Bye-bye!” to the other visitors. The colourful buildings (murals) really caught my attention. Very creative!
All of my dream was taking photos at the ‘red buildings’. It’s like a trademark that you have been to Melaka. The first picture is a background of the Red Square, also known as Dutch Square. It dated from the 17th century and reflects the history of Melaka from Dutch colonization till today. The second picture is the background of Christ Church Melaka. It completed in 1753. The bricks were specifically shipped in from Holland. At the bottom of the picture, I was walking along the Stadthuys – Museum of History and Etnography. It is the oldest Dutch colonial building in Southeast Asia. Lastly, there is a fountain in the middle of the park. Queen Victoria Fountain – Built in 1904 by the Melaka people in memory of Queen Victoria Regina.
It was exhausting wandering the places. So stop by at the Cendol stall across the park. Me and DeaDear were having Mix Cendol and Ice-Cream cendol. Ahhh…. very soothing. hehe.
The clock ticked on 3pm. We need a journey to go back to Kuala Lumpur. Somehow, I was kind of sad because there were so many historical monuments that we haven’t visit. Especially the history of our own heroes Hang Tuah. Bear in mind that I will surely come back to Melaka some other time. Perhaps in the next visit, Amani has learn about history. It will be an educational trip for her. ☺️
Off we go to Kuala Lumpur. We did stopped by at Seremban, Negeri Sembilan to have dinner. My mother in-law sempat borong another veggies at the market. Hehe.
Next trip – Zoo Negara Malaysia. Stay tuned! Bye for now…. 😚