Jonker Street was a revelation. Umi & Baba didn't know how they somehow missed Jonker Street's atmosphere altogether the last time. Umi and Baba remembered being brought by the rickshaw (i.e. beca - for RM40 per hour) through Jonker Street, stopping by Makam Hang Kasturi and one boutique hotel, but they didn't experience the whole chinatown/uptown-esque vibe last time out. Now it's so vibrant and full of people and all sorts of colours.
The historical places remain the same (we didn't actually enter into/visit any of them), but the much of the surrounding have transformed. A little touch here and there - and probably more people thronging the streents - makes the city a more livelier and vibrant place, instead of just old historic places with pockets of tourists admiring Malaysia's 16th century history.
cendol under the tree in front of the Stadthuys
it was hot, and I couldn't stop 'riding' the umbrella like a pony
oh so colourful rickshaws
The river cruise is one welcome addition to the whole Melaka city centre experience. Granted, there were not much to be seen from the cruise itself except for the back of old Malay village houses and shoplots along the river. But the cruise itself is a relaxing way to explore the city, and we were greeted with huge lizards living by the river side, eating fish it caught from the waters. There was also another lizard hanging out at the mangrove tree area which the city deliberately left unscathed to keep the ecosystem of the river intact.
Along the river bank we also saw the infamous Melaka monorail, which is nothing more than 2 stations linked by a thin rail with trains going to and fro. To see what, I am still not sure, cos it wasn't really at the historic site of the city. But it was definitely not for transport purposes, more like a sightseeing passenger-ferrying thingy.
getting too comfortable on the river cruise
tickets for RM10 per adult, and free for myself of course
The melaka old buildings are a mish-mash of untouched, abandoned old-school units as well as newly-refurbished & renovated units, some of which are converted into boutique hotels, cafes and budget inns. Some of the buildings are given a new touch with murals and paintings which mostly depicts Melaka's history and myths of old, such as Hang Tuah and the likes. I'm not too sure whether these paintings are a good addition or a mistake, but it does give an extra dimension to Melaka.