Saturday, June 25, 2016

Our Malacca Adventure in Pictures

3 June 2016. Malaysia.

As much as possible, I try to include World Heritage Sites in the country I visit. Since Malacca was just two and a half hours away from Kuala Lumpur, I decided to include it in our itinerary. The guide regaled us with stories about Malacca's past. He mentioned of Parawesmara, who, while resting under a tree after a hunt, saw a deer defeat a dog. It so happened that the tree Parawesmara was resting under was a Melaka tree, which stands to this day. Or maybe it was not the original tree but the guide informed us that the spot where the present Melaka tree stands was where Parawesmara rested. 

So we visited Christ Church, the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia, and found the interior so well-preserved. Saint Paul's Church, however, was in total ruin. 

The view atop Saint Paul's hill was beautiful. We could see the whole of Malacca City and its coastline. 

The guide also told us about the Baba Nyonyan culture, and we were able to sample its cuisine. 

Next on the agenda was the Jonker Walk, the Chinatown street of Malacca. It would have been a pleasant walk were it not for the hot sun, and the kid fell asleep while I was carrying him looking for treats to bring home. For our last stop, our guide brought us to see the oldest Chinese temple in Malacca, Cheng Hoon Teng, built in 1645. We left the kid sleeping inside the van when we explored inside. 

Until our next journey,