Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Melaka Roadtripping' : Dataran Pahlawan, Seafood Sungai Duyung & Jonker Walk

Date & Time : 5 May 2012 (Saturday) at 1600hours until 6 May 2012 (Sunday) 0730hours
Destination: Melaka, Malaysia
Route: Kota Damansara - Shah Alam via Nilai on North South Highway (PLUS) by Car

This is a very random trip that was planned after one of us asking about "Let's road trip to somewhere this weekend" after a badminton session two (2) days before. And everybody was "Jom!" (in Malay, it means "Let's"). The list was Singapore, Penang, Fraser Hill and Melaka. Announcement made through Whatsapp and a group was scouted among us.

Finally, five (5) of us are joining (myself, FarahGush, LyanaShareen, Zikri & SyukreeBasyeer). Very random.

The Must Haves Gear for this roadtrip
 Touch&Go+SmartTag | Walking Shoes #paulsmithracing | Wheel #hondacrv | Bag Full of Overnight Stuffs #prada

All geared up! The journey started off from our meeting point in Seksyen 11 Shah Alam. There were slight delay on our departure. We drove towards south of Malaysia through ELITE Highway before get in to North South Highway at Nilai Intersection. Halfway through, we received a call and another friend is joining, Akhyar Salleh. We met him at Seremban R&R (services area) and head up to Melaka. Another random plan. LOL.

Reached Melaka around 1900hrs, and went straight to Nadeeja Cafe at Dataran Pahlawan for Millie Crepe. Hunting for delicious layered crepe cake as normally ordered online from Humble Beginning and pick it up from their pick up point in Klang Valley. First was introduced by my cousin, Fara Siva & Azuar. They are evil when it comes to food.  (psst.. my favourite is Cheesy Cheese and French Vanilla!)

Reached Melaka town & Satisfy the lust of Millie Crepe

Cheesy Cheese Millie Crepe
While waiting for our Millie Crepe!

Instagram @fashranfauzi: Meeting fans in Melaka. Lol.
(ok actualy these are the troops)
Later, we rushed to our next stop Sungai Duyung Medan Ikan Bakar (I keep mentioning it as Sungai Dua many times that night. Lol.) , which is not that far from the town centre. Was recommended by few people to go there instead of Serkam or Umbai which has been around and famous for seafood eatings.

Reached the place around 2000hrs due to the Wesak Day traffics at the city centre. GPS "help" us a lot. But somehow, it leads us to random shortcut and finally stucked at the end road somewhere. LOL.

When we reached the place, there were too many cars parked outside the seafood place! Bad impression, but somehow it must be really good! Fingers crossed. Got our table in a minute and two of us went to order random seafood dishes. 

We waited for an hour to get our food ready! While waiting for our food, we were starving (of course la!) .. hahah managed to capture a simple video of this place. Check it out!

Seafood we ordered
Jonker Walk was next! I was not getting the idea of people telling me about this place, cultural and full of antique bargains and exotic local food. Trying to get the hype of the place, so we've decided to get there to see with our own eyes ;P. We drove back to the city. Unfortunately, its Wesak Day or some call it Hari Peranakan. (stumbled upon this article while googling about Peranakan. let's read here !!! )

 The traffic was extraordinaire than usual. On the way to the Jonker Walk, we stucked, bored and I decided to walk further up over a ciggarette, while Lyana accompanied me and wait them at the front.

Brisk walked and realised that we already near to Jonker Walk. Hahahaha..  So we called them up to park anywhere nearby and just walk down the street. And while waiting......

When we arrived at Jonker Walk, the stalls were about to close. Dismantling their stalls. Nooo.. too bad.
It is believe that Jonker Walk shops open during the day, some might open up til night. But during weekend night (Saturday) the area will turn into lively night market along the street.

We missed the night market as well as the normal shops. :(

However, we keep walking around the area to appreciate the area which is believed to be the historical and cultural side of Melaka.

Eventhough, we only get to know the town at night, I am amused by the architecture of the building. The state government must have spent a lot on refurbishing the historical buildings. They preserve them well. *Big clap*

Touring Jonker Walk at night was not that boring at all. We enjoyed the night scenery walking around the area with couples of cafes that were still open. The place are safe because I saw quite a number of policeman partrolling around the area.

Good walk without causing damage to your wallet! Hahaha..

We ended up our tour almost around 1am and decided to grab some supper at the nearby place. We asked this one person from the random hotel about where to get good food at night. He recommended this place called "Kota Laksamana Asam Pedas".

(Ermmm.. asam pedas at this hour??)

We had drinks and just light meals up until 0300hrs and decided to drive back to KL. Stop by at Ayer Keroh R&R intended to refresh but somehow we ended up chatting until 0530hrs. There you go, kids nowadays! Reached Shah Alam around 0700hrs and grab good Malay breakfast at Gembira Restaurant before we split up to our very own cribs.

15 hours trip to Melaka ended on Sunday 6th May at 0800hrs

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