I pushed off back to Serendah, Hulu Selangor from Jitra, Kedah on Wednesday 8th because on the 9th and 10th of June, all teachers in my school are expected to key-in the marks for the subjects they teach into a system whereby after that, Ustaz Shuib, our Exam Secretary would analyse the results and then forwarded them to PPD Hulu Selangor. So, I chose to come on Thursday 9th because I wanted to settle everything, key-in all the results for 4 subjects of my class 5 Gallant (Science, English, Visual Arts & Music); 4 Brilliant & 4 Flexible both are for English. Apart from that, it was nice to meet up with colleagues and updated ourselves with whats-hot-and-not during holidays.
Anyway after that, pushed off to Malacca, the historical city for a brief birthday celebration. At first, I was thinking of going somewhere perhaps the East Coast but due to tight budget and pending of 2 vacations, so I settled for the nearest spot. Honestly, I love Malacca and I could even envision myself living there because I am a historical freak and Malacca is a hybrid of antiquated history and also a modern twist. You can see historical ruins and artefacts in the heart of the town and lie side-by-side with modern gigantic behemoths. Amazing!
The first stop is to find a place to eat. Initially, thought of finding seafood sanctuary by walking around but turned out that we couldn’t find any place. We were already far from the budget hotel and it would be ages walking back with our stomachs go empty; so took a cab. Unfortunately, the taxi driver kept blabbering and I had a hunch that he was trying to dupe us. He was trying to coax us into dropping to one restaurant at the side of the road to wait for us and to jack up double price! I adamantly said NO; arrived at the hotel and then took the car and off roamed ourselves. Well, it was simple if you took matter on your own- in no time, just encountered a seafood restaurant in the heart of Malacca called “Quayside Cafe & Seafood Restaurant”. It was just nice located at the riverbank of Malacca River and the food were not that bad although the fried calamari (“sotong goreng tepung’) is still mediocre in comparison to the ones in PD & Bagan Lalang! Still, lavishing ourselves with steamed cockles, “tom yam campur”, “kailan ikan masin” are all worthy. SO full, Alhamdulillah! Thanks so much.
Next, proceeded to the Night River Cruise. Last year I went to Malacca with my school and we boarded the boat during daylight. But this time, it was during night time and besides, the boat we took was a shelter-less! So it was an exciting feel to savour the night and the cool breeze and also to see the commotions and the lives at the sides of Malacca riverbend. I can say it’s just a wonderful cruise- albeit it is not a lavish one which of course I couldn’t afford yet, but this simple one is a great one. Had night-roaming by walking along pavement in Malacca, a night drink at Old Town White Coffee Dataran Pahlawan; and called the night off. Thanks!
On Friday, went to the Red Houses or famously known as The Stadhuys (or Stadthuys; meaning Red Square in Dutch) building in the heart of Malacca. These days, the buildings house several museums and you can feel the aura of the Dutch occupation when you are in the complex. I felt as if I was in Denmark or Portugal; the elements were strong. There is a clock tower and a fountain at the front part of the compound and it seemed very much like a small Western community feel in Wild Wild West where chapels and churches play pivotal role in the lives of the communities. There is also the oldest functioning Protestant church called Christ Church and I entered inside just to see the interior. Unfortunately, camera is not allowed. But it is nice to see an old building with the floor engraving some of Latin inscriptions and some tombstones and memorial plaques.
Next, proceeded to the main building of the Stadhuys complex which now turned into History, Ethnography and Literature Museum. It was an exquisite place that houses the journey of Malacca history; right from the glorious days of Malacca Sultanate, the marriage of Sultans with Tun Teja (a noble woman from Pahang) & Hang Li Po (Princess of China); during the colonial occupations (The Dutch) and the lives of ethnic communities during the occupation of colonials. There is also a big stone statue dedicated to immortalize Admiral Cheng Ho (Zheng He); the Moslem Chinese admiral sent by Emperor of China to go sail all across the globe.
After that, went to Masjid Selat Melaka (The Malaccan Strait Mosque) which is situated in the man-made island called Malacca Island or ‘Pulau Melaka’ for Friday Prayer. It feels so ethereal being in a mosque at the beach of a sea; absolute facing the Malacca Strait. To hear the Azan (call for prayers) being said to the thin air of a vast ocean; that brings immense ethereal, I can say. Subhanallah!
After Friday Prayer, went into Dataran Pahlawan Mall and savoured a delicious Nasi Ayam! I forgot to take note of the shop (unluckily) but I remembered that it is situated one floor before the Dreambox Karaoke; just near the escalator leading to Dreambox. Not many people go there perhaps because they didn’t know the exact taste but I can say that the soup was SO DELICIOUS! Usually, soups of ‘Nasi Ayam’ are quite tasteless and done effortlessly; but this one is so nice. I am sure I’ll be going there again when I go to Malacca! After fulfilling the stomachs’ needs, planned to watch movies at GSC but then no exciting and suitable films because I’ve watched all the hot films! So, proceeded to Dreambox Karaoke and screeched lungs out for nearly 3 hours! It was worthy pricing for RM30, I say.
On whole, it was indeed a nice experience; to discover the place I’ve always wanted to go since I was a little kid and also to commemorate my 27th birthday. Always a small-knitted affair but the intentions and the sincerities shown by people around are always cherished in the heart. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Thank you so much!
On Saturday 11th, my bestie Kathleen Mujan Nandong or Kat is having her Gawai Open House/Housewarming get-together at her residence in Jalan Ipoh. It was a nice one meeting new faces and show support to her, especially now she’s having a great emotional turbulence. She’s a strong lady and rarely jerks into tear; but now it’s hard and I guess by showing support, I can alleviate the pain she’s encountering now. Thanks for the Laksa Sarawak chica; and I pray you’ll be strong to weather this turmoil.
I hold dear to my principle of that I treat my friends the same way they treat me; if they never desert me and always support me when I fall, I will lend them hands and umbrellas when their days are having thunderstorms. But if they ignore me, I discard them and erase their memories from my life.