I have been staying in Singapore for three weeks and I needed to go somewhere new, so I booked a direct flight to Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, the day I was supposed to fly out to Malaysia, I overslept. So I had to take a 10-hour bus from Johor Bahru to Melaka before going directly to the city.
I checked into a hostel called The Bunk by Olive. It is a really nice hostel with clean rooms, comfortable beds and polite staff. If you want to check it out, click HERE.
Melaka is a quaint little town by the Straits of Malacca.
It is a town full of culture, diversity and different kinds of delicious food!
Whenever I arrive to a new destination, I always see to it that I buy a refrigerator magnet. It is the only gift that my family requires of me whenever I go some place new. My grandmother collects them in her cute little house, hahaha.
When I arrived in Melaka, they were still celebrating the Lunar New Year so there were still lots of red envelopes and red lanterns on the streets. They signify luck for the coming new year.
I made my first friend whilst taking a photograph of the waterfront. I always see to it to talk to some of the locals and to hear what their stories are.
Red covers mostly the structures in Melaka. This place is called the Stadthuys; an old Dutch word that means ‘city hall’.
The Jonker Walk is the street in Melaka that leads to its very own Chinatown. You can see from the mirror’s reflection how there are lots of red lanterns hung around the streets.
A photograph of the water fountain by the Stadthuys.
A representation of the distance to different places from Melaka.
The ever famous, Christ Church in Melaka. This church is the oldest practicing Protestant church in Melaka.
A view of the clock tower by the Stadthuys.
Probably the only decent photograph of myself from my entire trip to Melaka.
The day I visited Melaka was a very crowded day. There were a lot of tourists roaming around and a bunch of locals too!
A view of the Jonker Walk from its entrance.
A view of the Jonker Walk from the Stadthuys.
Four red lanterns hanging from a building in the Jonker Walk.
A photograph of a bunch of tourists in the Jonker Walk.
I just love the Lunar New Year aesthetic. It feels very alive and bright.
I would have to say the the tuktuks in Melaka would eat up regular tuktuks alive, heh! I mean, just look at that design!
Now I didn’t get to go try their local Nyonya cuisine because I was only in Melaka for two days, but I did stuff my face with loads of Chicken Satay! They are the best and I am probably just making myself hungry by typing this…
A photograph of a street in Melaka in a different light and without colour.
Oh, one thing you should never miss when you are visiting Melaka is to grab a fresh watermelon shake. Yes, that was a watermelon shake straight sipping from an actual watermelon. It’s very refreshing and there are no preservatives nor any unhealthy chemicals added into it. Very fascinating, isn’t it?
Since Melaka was, once, colonised by the Dutch, windmills are a staple in this town.
I also love this photograph of the details showing the aesthetic of the Lunar New Year.
As I was visiting Melaka, I realised that some detours are actually a much needed rest and you get to find so much more in life. I have never been so happy to miss a flight because it brought me to a new city I will never forget.
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To know more about what really happened during my stay in Melaka, you can watch the vlog that I made by clicking HERE.
If I were to choose if I would choose to not miss my flight or still sleep in to experience Melaka, I would always choose the latter. Melaka is a such a rich town–rich in history, in culture and in very hospitable people. It is definitely one of my favourite spots in Malaysia, and I just cannot wait to go back!
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
Proverbs 21:21 NIV