Malacca 2017

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.

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Thirst quenching mango fizz

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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.

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We had this Asam Pedas Sting Ray from a small warong (small family owned cafe) by the road near Hattan Hotel. It was delicious.

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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!

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Putu Bamboo Pandan. Steamed rice cake stuffed with palm sugar and steamed in bamboo tubes.

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We do not have A&W here in Singapore, so we just had to get some when we saw it at the mall.

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Food is affordable in Malaysia. So why not?

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Burger Abang Burn. The stall is only opened at night. And it was just opposite our hotel. Convenient calories I would say. Yums!

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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.

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Penang, Malaysia

Due to some changes in the work schedule and as a last minute decision, we decided to pack our bags for a short getaway.

If you read about Malaysia, you will come to know that it is a huge country with lots of beautiful beaches and places of interests. You will never get bored, run out of ideas on where to go or what to eat.

Since we towed the kids along, we checked into Bayview beach resort in Batu Ferringhi.

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We were on cloud 9

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Isn’t it obvious why we chose this hotel?

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Child’s play area at the hotel

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Bug caught a picture of the storm that was rolling in.

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This restaurant is located just opposite the hotel. The staffs were really friendly and the food served was really good too. Price of food were also affordable.

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You cannot miss the Gurney Plaza in George Town

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Our first chendol of the trip. Chendol is a traditional dessert popular in Southeast Asia. Made of coconut milk, rice flour jelly with pandan leaves juice, topped with shaved ice and palm sugar. Yums!!!

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Gurney Paragon, just a few steps away from Gurney Plaza. I simply love the architectural design of this building and truly ย wished that we had more time to check out this place.

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There is a huge indoor play area for the kids in Paragon itself. It cost us RM6 for each child for the whole day!

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We managed to visit the infamous Chowrasta market in George Town to get some goodies home.

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Our 2nd yummy chendol of the trip. This was really, really good. The queue was long and we had to eat by the roadside. The thickness and sweetness of the chendol was just right, we could have just finish it all in just one gulp! So thirst quenching!

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We were recommended by an Uber driver to have our nasi kandar here (famous Penang delicacy). Check out the queue!

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Up close of what nasi kandar looks like. You can choose whatever dish to go with your rice. They basically serve everything in one plate.

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We met a wonderful Australianย couple who happened to be in same hotel as us. We talked and got connected and eventually, they took us out for a seafood dinner at Long Beach hawker place. This is their 2nd trip to Penang and they really love it there. We had a lot of fun hanging out with them. It is always a pleasure to meet new people.

Seafood at long beach was yummy. The prawns were juicy and the fish was really good. But we were not impressed with the customer service there.

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Enjoying the pool area during a hot afternoon.

Rest assured if you are travelling with kids, there area a lot of entertainment for them there. You just need to do your research, be humble and ask around if you can’t find anything. The people there are more willing to share information with you.

If we get an opportunity to travel to Penang again, we would get a room somewhere in George Town as you can see, we travelled everyday to town and it takes a lot of time. Uber or Grab is definitely the way to go there. Don’t go taking taxis as it will cost you more and trust me, you do not want to bargain with the drivers. The Uber/Grab drivers are friendly so feel free to just ask them if you need any information. Don’t expect too much of customer service over there though. There’s still a lot of room for improvement.