Oh Malacca In The Sun

Inspirations…
Dreamy MalaccaReading so many blog posts by fellow bloggers visiting Malacca, it inspired me in many ways. Their photographs of the places they visited like the Jonker’s Walk and the Nyonya cendol they had is really quite refreshing.

For me to say this should come as a surprise as I’m actually a Malaccan (and proud of it, ehem!), having grown up in this heritage town and am no tourist.

Anyway, these posts have inspired me so much so that for each time that I go back now, I do try to go out and experience my very hometown. Here are some places that I would like to share.

Oh but before I start, let me tell you first that this isn’t the usual places a tourist may go all the time!







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Jonker’s Walk & Beyond
Temple @ Blacksmith StreetWho can miss the sight of Jonker’s Walk with its many Nyonya eateries and souvenir shops, especially during the weekend when the road turns into a handicraft bazaar?

Yes, the atmosphere here is merry, and definitely a must see for any tourist. However, being a Malaccan (and I believe many other Malaccans will agree), it’s actually not just Jonker’s that is what we like.

The walk around the other small lanes is like going back to the past in some sorts – like passing by the bicycle shop in Blacksmith Street, where I used to repair my bicycle, and still look the same today.

Artist Shop
If one like something more contemporary, there is also the many artist shops around these small lanes, which one can tell by its vivid colours painted all over!

Another thing to notice here is the Harmony Street which has the 3 religious buildings in one row, which really goes to show a multi racial country we are.





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When The Town Goes Red
Jalan Hang KasturiAnd in fact, one of the better times (if not the best) time to visit this old town is actually during the Chinese New Year when the town is literally painted in red! Lanterns of big and small are hanged in nearly every other old street, giving such a beautiful sight and atmosphere.

One street that I particular like is actually Jalan Hang Kasturi, which has very different types of decorations each year.















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More Heritage
Merlimau House where Batik Inspirations was ShotIf one likes traditional heritage homes, there are more along the rich (& famous, to Malaccans of course) houses at Heeren Street. This Peranakan row of houses are so well decorated inside-out, showcasing the lifestyles of the Baba Nyonyas in its heydays.

But, it isn’t just that area of Malacca that has beautiful buildings. In fact, one of the nicer buildings which I like is this traditional house in Merlimau.

I used to see this house in many postcards as a schoolboy and hence when I did the coffee-table book, Batik Inspirations, I purposely hunted this house. Though it took me many rounds (and lots of getting lost) to find this place, but the find was worth it, as the pictures turned out beautifully, especially the ones featuring its beautiful staircase.

I have since gone back to this house often, and even bringing my tourists friends from Japan here – to which they are so awed by.

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The Beach & Kampung Life… Say Ahhhh.

Amongst many this is the one thing that I miss most, making my way to the beach as much as I can whenever I’m back. Maybe it’s because I grow up near the sea, hence the more affection for it (hey, who don’t like the sea huh?).

Kampung BoatOne may not necessarily come to Malacca for its sea, but this is one thing I believe we Malaccans are lucky to have. Kite @ Pantai KundurAnyway, the beach that I like to go is at Pantai Kundur – which is a long stretch of beach facing the Malacca Staits. What I like to do here is simply walk underneath the casuarina trees, getting the breeze of the sea and seeing the many families gather together for a good relaxing time with their picnic baskests and all.

Chinese Kampung HouseTo simply enjoy more, the best thing to have here is cold drinks, or better still ice creams! And that’s where the ‘ice-cream man’ gets popular! Anyway, if ice cream isn’t the cup of tea, the nearby eateries along the beach sell other refreshing drinks like the coconut.

Improvised Coconut Drink

And if I come at night, I’ll simply head to the eateries facing the sea and just order a cup of teh tarik… drinking the teh tarik brew with the seaview is just bliss!

By the way, while one is around here (Pantai Kundur), one should also take the opportunity to visit the nearby kampungs. Again, it’s about soaking in the lovely & more relaxed atmosphere, and seeing the many kampung houses – from traditional Melaka style to the Chinese kampung houses.





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Makan… Syiok!
Makan Ikan Bakar by the SeaAs any other Malaysian would have it – what is a ‘holiday’ without its great food. And I say, Malacca has it’s fair share-lah.

Nyonya food is undoubtedly one of the more popular ones and so is the little round balls of Chicken rice. Others will also associate Malacca with the satay celup or even ikan bakar (which is available at the Portugese Settlement and other eateries by the sea). Even the Malacca asam pedas fish is making it’s name now.

But beyond these, I also like the ayam golek (bbq chicken), wan tan mee, and also eating at the open air restaurants serving Chinese cuisine. These maybe less known to tourists, but it is really what the locals actually enjoy best!

This view is just a general guide to enjoy this historical town more. There’s much more to do here – and even me as a Malaccan is doing so (I believe there’s many more hidden gems!). And it is with this exploration that I’m really enjoying this summer town, which is to me somewhat dreamy in its own unique way.

“Oh Malacca in the sun… where we have so much fun…!”

*Though I did not mention about our major landmarks like the Kota A Famosa fort and red Stadhuys, these are definitely must see places too!