In Feb, we decided to take a day off and drive up to Malacca from Singapore. Since we just had the car fixed a week prior, we thought it was a good idea to test it live. We left in the night at around 7.30pm. Like normal people, we left with the bare minimal amount of petrol. We drove into Senai and managed to get the cheapest gas (95) from a kiosk along the highway. By this time, it was already dark and slightly scary.
But we were cheap and on a budget of RM150 due to bad planning (we forgot to exchange money) so we were glad that there were no restrictions on petrol by that point. If anyone is unaware, there is a restriction on the type of petrol Singapore licenced vehicles can pump in Johor.
The drive up was like driving in Australia but with more cars and trucks. The only lights came from the commuting vehicles. We finally arrived our Hotel, Casa Del Rio at around 9.30pm. This was probably my 4th time staying there but I love their welcome drink so you can imagine why :p Anyhoo, they serve up a nice (but too small portion) of a lemongrass, limeade kind of shaved ice ball that is totally sweet but awesomely refreshing especially after driving for so long.
There were a few places we visited during this short trip. We first went to a nice ‘traditional’ looking vegetarian restaurant. The food was pretty good but the highlight of that wasn’t to food. Yes, I agree the ngoh hiang (stuffed bean-curd skin, usually in a molded into a sausage) was supper delish and better yet, was vegetarian but what came after was totally unexpected.
The owners of the restaurant were very friendly and had a guest pianist from the Americas. They decided that it was a good idea for him to play some thing on their baby grand. He was apparently a very successful and recognized person back there. Anyhoe, after he played, the table next to us said that one of them is an opera singer. What were the odds! So he went up and performed Ave Maria. Ok so, back drop, Chinese puppet stage with China displayed all around, and two chinese men that didn’t know each other before hand performing Ave Maria for us.
After walking around Jonker street in the heat of the afternoon sun, we decided to take a break in 13 States Coffee. As the name suggests, 13 states, 13 different ways of making coffee.
As we walked in, we were bombarded by all the cute artifacts lining the floor and walls. A very cute place indeed. The coffee was pretty good especially on a hot and sunny day. The owner though had a good taste in music. Good ole old school rock and roll!
Another place I really wanted to visit was The Daily Fix. Which greeted us with slight confusion at first.
We had to walk up and down the street with our Google Map in hand twice before actually realizing that the shop was hidden inside a souvenir shop. Sneaky Sneaky!!
Brunch there was normal. I had an eggs Benedict with an iced latte. The superstar of the hour though was the espresso pancakes with vanilla ice-cream. The ice-cream was so flavorful and addictive. Combined with the bitter espresso soaked pancakes, it’s definitely an adults treat!
Maybe one of the most touristy things we did in Malacca was to drive down to the Portuguese Settlement. Unfortunately, the settlement was more like a food bazaar and only starts in the night on weekends and we were there at lunch on a Monday. So there you go, always do your research boys and girls, especially if you willingly planned to walk into a tourist trap.