A 3 M Weekend - Malacca, Makan and Massage Pt 1

Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
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Where I stayed
Apa Kaba Home & Stay Melaka
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka,
Saturday, September 12, 2009

A group of us wanted to just pig out in Malacca. Since my aunt converted the old family home into a home stay, we decided we would spend a night there.

We left Kuala Lumpur at about 10 am and reached Ayer Keroh at about 12pm and drove into town and headed straight towards town and picked up Maggie. First stop - lunch at this restaurant that served great Mee Siam.

Then we went in to check in at Apa Kaba. Aunt and Uncle has done a great job of the place. Just 5 years ago, it was dilapidated, nearly abandoned and unkempt. Now , the compound is really clean, three of the rooms are air conditioned. Grandma's room looks great now with the bed, nice curtains and a fresh coat of paint. We took 3 air conditioned rooms and one non-air conditioned for the kids.

After checking in, we decided to go to Jonker Street for my aunt's famous cendol @ A1 Kopitiam. Ooi Leng decided to drive as she had little Yi Shan and two kids with her. Whereas, we decided to send the kids to Mahkota Hotel where my brother was staying for them to swim at the pool.

The ladies, myself, Maggie, Choy Yen and Marina walked towards Jonker Street.from Apa Kaba. It's just less than a 10 min walk and you get to see the famous sights like Church of Christ, and cross the bridge over Malacca river to Jonker Street. It's pretty and in Malacca , you, the roads are all one way so walking is sometimes the best option.

Got to A1 Kopitiam and we all have our lovely, refreshing cendol that has really fresh santan and yummy gula melaka. Yeow Seng and Chung, my husband meets us there after dropping the kids.

After, we start strolling along Jonker Street for shopping - nick knacks, souvenirs, local delicacies, Jonker Street is always full of life and on a hot afternoon, the shops with air-conditioning are such nice to walk in. Shops like these are a dying breed as more malls spring out. The locals of course prefer the malls with its lovely air condition and tons of franchised cafes and eateries. But Jonker Street - now that's character. I don't do such shopping much myself as it is rather hot and before I know it , I can't see the rest of the gang, too.
I call Chung and there are all at Geography , having a beer and enjoying the air-conditioning. Now, I know why husband just breezed past me as I was browsing. He needed his air-conditioning. I walk into Geography and I see the group - all grinning and each with a bottle of beer. " This is life , man " someone says. It sure is. We haven't done this for quite sometime - i.e walk around in the hot sun. Nowadays , its just hang out in some hotel lobby or nice air conditioned cafe in KL.

Soon, its time to go back for a shower and Chung suggest going to the hotel lobby of Mahkota Parade - we look at him and ask whatever for and his reply to "enjoy the aircon". We ignore him and go back. Some showered , whereas some of his prepared to go for dinner at Aunty Lee. Aunty Lee serves home cooked Nyonya Meal and has only about 4 - 5 tables so calling ahead and booking is a must. Yeow Seng had even pre-ordered the dishes which were excellent and we were so stuffed .

When we were driving back , we passed a massage and foot reflexology center and decided to book for a massage there at 11 pm . It was very near Apa Kaba , less than 5 min walk .We got back and again Chung was fussing about the heat. First , that the kids room didn't have air conditioned and then made us all group into one of the rooms . We opened a bottle of wine and drank and chatted about the good old days as the trip reminded us very much of the trips we use to take when we were in university.

Then, we got ready to walk out for our massage. The massage was so good that we extended it to two hours. After the massage, we felt so loosen up and just fell asleep like a baby. I just dozed that I didn't realized that it rained so heavily that night.

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