This is a throwback post to December 2017.
As parents to 3 not-so-little and energetic boys, we decided that our short getaways should be less of a hustle, always eating, fun filled somewhat relaxing kinda trip.
We took a coach from Singapore all the way to Malacca. A total of 4 hours trip with short toilet and refreshment breaks in between. It was a test for the boys as they had never tried the coach on long trips before. But they were excited so it was all good. They slept most of the journey there (I purposely made them go to bed late the night before just to tire them a bit more).
We were not very impressed with our hotel, The Shore Residences (a 4-star hotel) as housekeeping did not do a good job. We had to look for a broom and dustpan (housekeeping did not answer our multiple calls) just to sweep our room clean (it had bits of food here and there and hair all over the floor! Eww!). We only found out later that The Shore Residences is a sub management of The Swiss Garden hotel which is just beside it. They are sharing the 9th floor pool which is super cold even on a hot sunny December! Impossible for any human to spend time appreciating the open high rise view. Totally wasted. But other than that, the location is superb. The famous Jonker Street was just around the corner. We got to a lot of places easily. And if you are not driving in Malacca, Uber or Grab (which was our choice) is the way to go. Don’t fall into the cab scam. The drivers will mark up the travelling prices and they do not do meter charge to the extent of charging per head for the ride. Most of the Uber or Grab drivers are really friendly. Start a conversation with them if they are quiet. They will recommend some places you should go to while you are there. If you are lucky, they will tell you where to get the best Asam Pedas (Spice fish dish) or where you can get the must eat kueh keria (deep fried sweet potato). Anyway, let me share some of the beautiful yummy food pictures we had there.
Thirst quenching mango fizz
Bam! The must eat golden kueh keria! Simply wonderful. We queued 2 hours for these. Soft and smooth. Totally worth it! Oh, we miss you beautiful kerias.
We had this Asam Pedas Sting Ray from a small warong (small family owned cafe) by the road near Hattan Hotel. It was delicious.
Klebang coconut shake. Coconut flesh blended with coconut water together with some ice cubes topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One of the must have too!
Putu Bamboo Pandan. Steamed rice cake stuffed with palm sugar and steamed in bamboo tubes.
We do not have A&W here in Singapore, so we just had to get some when we saw it at the mall.
Food is affordable in Malaysia. So why not?
Burger Abang Burn. The stall is only opened at night. And it was just opposite our hotel. Convenient calories I would say. Yums!
The only food we had in Jonker Street. The tasty chicken rice balls!
We miss Malacca. It is a beautiful historic place rich with local culture and heritage. People are warm and friendly and it makes our stay so wonderful. Even though the kids did not really get to play around much, they truly enjoyed the trip . We took the trishaw ride with the loud music, managed to snap some photos near the Maritime Museum, got onto the Malacca River cruise at night from just outside our hotel – how cool! where we get to see the the beautiful well lighted Malacca. We would definitely visit Malacca again. So little time, so much to do! Hopefully the boys are bigger and better at walking and spending longer time outside without having to get back to the hotel for a nap every now and then with a better warm pool too.