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My Gateway To The Historical City Of Melaka

After returning from a Shopping & Eating Trip In Korea, I was off travelling again. This time to Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage city, a place rich in ethnic culture, scrumptious cuisines & great historical sites. It was An Invitation To A Date With Bloggers At Melaka 2012.

With me in the pix is my travelling pal, Doris; taken at Christ Church, built in Dutch Colonial architecture style.

Malacca is just 4hrs coach or 3hrs car ride away from S'pore. We hired a car @ S$300 both ways as we would like to travel in comfort. Besides, I’ll get needles & pins if I do not have enough leg room for long distance.

During the 2-day event, bloggers were put up at the Sayang-Sayang Guest House. To tell the truth, it was my first time staying in a “back-packers” hostel. Having been in the airline industry for 7 years, I’ve gotten used to staying in luxurious hotels. Even during vacations, never has it crossed my mind to check into a guest house. It was a real challenge for me & I was prepared for the worst.

Before our trip, Doris posted an tricky question to me, “Do we need to bring our own towels?” Lol! Beats, me, I was just as blur. Eventually, the two of us innocently packed our towels in our bag, just to be safe.

Well, our 1-nite stay turned out to be better than expected. Thankfully, it wasn’t some old & shattered “haunted” mansion as I’d imagine. The twin-sharing room was small but chic. A nice comfy sofa greeted us upon entering our room. There was space constraint, no doubt.

Interesting, there was a flight of steps leading up to our bed. The white bedsheet was crisp & well-ironed & most importantly, the air-con was strong enough. We’d to share the bathroom facilities, but I was glad the shower rooms & toilets were spick & span. In fact, the entire place was rather clean. The experience wasn’t that bad after all.

Overlooking the Melaka River, Sayang-Sayang Youth Hostel offers affordable & colourful accommodations in Melaka’s historic Chinatown, featuring standard & dormitory rooms with air conditioning. If you’re travelling on a shoe-string budget, this is the place you’ll wanna stay. 



During our walk-about, I sensed a lot of rustic kampong (village) charm in Malacca. As I’ve never experienced kampong life, it was intriguing for me as I can never see this in the modern city of my hometown, S’pore.

The Date with Bloggers at Melaka 2012 Ceremony was held at Mahkota Parade, a major shopping mall in Malacca.

Datuk Wira Latiff Tamby Chik, 
Chairman of Malacca State Tourism, Culture & Heritage

Filipino Bloggers, Doris & Event Organizer, 
KX Lim of Asia Food Guide

The event ended with a group photo session. Pix credit: Tong Tongwu


After the ceremony, we took a stroll at Jonker Walk, which houses Malacca's traditional Chinatown that exhibits Peranakan architecture.

After shopping at the Night Market, where's the perfect place to go? Foot Reflexology, of course! We finished our massage at 1.30am & together with our bodyguard Ron (Filipino Blogger), we took a 5-min walk back to our guest house.

This is perhaps the most persuasive shots that I've captured on the 2nd night of my trip, with glistening water of the river & multi-coloured lightings. In Malacca, you can experience the old charm of architectures inherited from centuries of Portuguese, Dutch & British rule. A charismatic historical city indeed.

Many thanks to Sayang-Sayang Guest House for hosting us, & the good people at Best Melaka Guide & Asia Food Guide, for making all these possible!

26 comments:

  1. it's even more historical and culturally older than Penang...given that Malacca is one of the oldest beginning towards Malaysia and Singapore

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    1. Hong, the last time I was in Malacca was probably more than 10yrs back. I wouldn't mind returning again if not for the unbearable weather.

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  2. I've never heard of Malacca before but looks like a fascinating place to be, and this is for a blogger event? WOW I wish I could join!

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    1. Nami, nice place to shop & indulge in good food. Best part, currency is cheap. Yap, everything is paid for :)

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  3. on the 7th photo of the abandon building...am wondering what is that doll doing there...like some people have been doing naughty things with the doll

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  4. I did explore most the places as you did and it was one of a experience. Loved the food though the walking around sightseeing killed me but the food came as a comfort factor.

    I am glad to hear that the budget hotel hotel was clean and very well kept. Just like you, I am particular where I stay and so far, have not stayed in a budget hotel before though the nearest was a boutique hotel in Perth.

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    1. Nava, it's the heat that's killing for me. Lol! Yap, cleanliness was a comfort for us. It was a good experience!

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  5. Hope that Malacca treated you well. It is forever that passionate with its hot weather. hahaha

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    1. Evelyn, people are nice :) Wonder if it's all-year round that's so hot....

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  6. Wah! what's with the DOLL, lol, was it cursed ?1 =S, so scary, cant imagine you even took a shot of it =.=", Malacca was cool but Penang rules :P

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    1. Ken, hahaha! I wasn't the only one who took the shot. Lol! We found it interesting. Hahaha! Promoting Penang, Huh?? Heehee!

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  7. What an exciting blogger trip ... I totally would have taken towels and more, just to be on the safe side :-)

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    1. CJ, hahaha! Words of wisdom coming from a real woman :) Glad we're on the same page.

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  8. Shirley, this was so interesting and such a neat perspective on "life in Malacca (Melaka)" through your experiences. I love that you found a foot massage place at 1:30 a.m. :) Really a nice write-up -- that last photo is indeed a gem. (All of them were!) I love seeing the world through your lens.

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    1. Kimby, it was indeed nice to be in Malacca again after all these years. I'm glad u've enjoyed reading my little Nonya adventure :)

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  9. Wow. Jonker Street, I heard people saying that it is nice? Is it? You bought anything from there?

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    1. LuPorTi, not too bad, like mini Bangkok. Yap. Unfortunately, we failed the bargaining tests & paid everything with full price. Lol!

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  10. The top that you are wearing is it bought from Seoul? Hehehe.. Glad that you enjoyed your trip in Malacca.

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    1. DD, hahaha! Wah, u've already bookmarked my shopping in Seoul ah?? Thks, dear!

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  11. Truely a great write up! Guess have to brush up on the bargaining skills before heading back again. LOL!

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    1. DS, how true! So lousy at bargaining. Lol!

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  12. It is glad to meet you and Doris there. hehe. =)

    Btw, I wonder where you discovered the doll?
    The blue shirt is RON?!

    Do let me know if you both come to Malacca again, then with the improved bargaining skills and me, we see how far we can make it. LOL! =P

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    1. KX, thks so much for the invite! We'd great fun :) Aiyoh, the doll again?? Hahaha! Tong Wu brought us to a "haunted mansion" lah. Yap, that's Ron :) Sounds great! We'll bargain together. Lol!

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  13. Yer the doll really looked scary weh!!! LOL!
    I never went to such places in Melaka :p

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    1. Charmaine, alamak! Why's everyone paying so much attention to the doll?? Lol!

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