No Pirates in Melaka

Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
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Trip End Apr 26, 2005


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Friday, March 18, 2005

MELAKA

Jun invited us to join him for a weekend getaway to Melaka. So, we departed JB on Friday afternoon and headed up the coast in a clean, spacious, air-conditioned bus. Following a quick three hour ride, we stepped out of the bus to be greeted by the oppressive afternoon heat. We immediately aligned our priorities and sought after some Chendol, a shaved ice dessert. Unadventurous yet wise, I opted for the standard sugar cane chendol, which was instantly cooling and sweet. Andy, on the other hand, ordered a durian chendol (yuck); it was difficult to eat my own while the overwhelmingly putrid stench of dirty diapers wafted in my direction. I had to save some of my chendol for Andy to cleanse his palate after he came to his senses (if not taste then at least smell) and gave up on his own.

We spent a few days hanging out in Melaka. We were quickly absorbed by its quaint ambience, charming architecture, delicious cuisines, and relaxed atmosphere. Melaka's history as a strategic trading post is evident everywhere; characterized by Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, and Dutch influences, Melaka boasts a clever fusion of unique styles. We spent the better part of a few days wandering the historic streets, eating, and enjoying one another's company.
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