Monday, 20 October 2014

Day 1 Malacca

We started our short Deepavali holiday quite late in the day as we only left home after lunch. How typical, some would assert! 

As soon as we exit the toll at Ayer Keroh, we were greeted by an overdose of Mister Potato advertisement by Mamee-Double Decker. Every single turn, every single space imaginable were covered with the single message. 

The next message was "Don't Mess With Melaka" which we did not quite get until we saw an explanation, 3 days later. (It is an anti-littering campaign!). 

Our 4D/3N trip was firstly spent walking around Dataran Pahlawan, Hatten Square, Mahkota Parade and back. The Other Half and I last visited Melaka in 2008, so we were quite surprised to find so many new buildings in the vicinity. We were expecting UNESCO site with preservation and active conservation!

The bonus: We saw some new digs in and around the fort. We were quite surprised not to find many tourists flocking these historical sites. 

Despite the many new hotels offered on Agoda, we booked for Equatorial Melaka because it is within walking distance to museums. That proved to be a wise decision as proximity to places of attraction when walking about with two children under 5 can sometimes feel like a cross-country challenge with extra dose of heat and humidity.

Noticeably, every mall we entered had displays of kolam considering it was Deepavali week. It was pleasant to see diversity being celebrated. The lobby of Equatorial Melaka had a huge kolam too!

Not knowing where to find halal food other than at the hotel, that was not McDonald's, we settled for Nando's at Mahkota Parade. Not the most adventurous diners, evidently! 

We then marched safely back to the hotel for an early night in before Maghrib. Not the most adventurous travellers either, evidently!


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