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Malacca (Malaysia): Jonker Walk (Day)

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 6, 2010

Antiques galore as you wander down Jonker Walk in the day, known worldwide among serious antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques. (Source: Tourism Malaysia)

Besides the antiques, you will find temples, you will find coloured tiles and there are tonnes to eat and drink and sample.

And not forgetting the shopping! I was happy spending my ringgit on little knick knacks like floral hair ties and polka dot dainty hair clips to stationary like a toy soldier or russian doll bookmark. I was thrilled to finally be able to spend money on stuff other than food! I bought rings as well from the same shop selling these leather bracelets.

I wish I had more time to inspect every single shop along Jalan Hang Jebat! I miss Jonker Jonker Jonker!

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Malacca (Malaysia): Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 6, 2010

We had an early lunch at Hoe Kee Chicken Rice in Jonker Walk.  We wanted to try Chung Wah 100 metres away but the queue was too long, the sun was scorching hot and it was too small a place to accommodate 11 of us.

Nonetheless, Hoe Kee was not bad.  The service was fast, pleasant, the garlic chilli was awesome, and the food delicious.  In particular, the Asam fish!

Location: 4, 6, 8 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka

If you are interested and not hungry, read thehungrybunnie as there is a write up of the 3 more renown Chicken Rice stalls in Malacca, namely Hoe Kee, Chung Wah and Famosa.

Malacca (Malaysia): Restoran Peranakan

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

After we finished exploring the night market along Jonker Walk, we “barged” into Restoran Peranakan on the next street.  It is located on a “red light street” where the shophouses are all lit up with red lanterns, but it is not a sleezy place.

Location: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia (Next To Jonker Walk)

The kitchen was closing but the manager was so nice to accommodate the 11 of us who were hungry, tired and craving for Peranakan food.  However, we were unable to order via the menu so the cashier told us what the kitchen could cook out for us.  It was a simple meal and it filled our tummy.

The asam fish was the best way to end our night in the heart of Melaka.

Malacca (Malaysia): Jonker Walk (Night)

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

The signature red splashed all around the heart of Malacca, also known as the red city of Malaysia.

“Melaka is the oldest capital city in the state of Malaysia and it is the center of Malaccan history as well. There are many preserved landmarks that represent the essence of Malaccan history right from the occupation of Dutch, Portuguese, British and Japanese. Today, Melaka has been established as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites” (Source: articlesbase.com)

Welcome to the world heritage city! MELAKA BOLEH!

Beautiful river sight as you approach the Jonker Walk.

Jonker Walk as the sun begins to set.

Location: Jalan Hang Jebat

The exploration begins as we snack along the way…

Orang Utan – they sell original tshirt designs.

Alot of stalls were selling “childhood toys” like the Pop Pop, bubble balloon and quirky lighters, instruments, rubix cube, etc.

Clogs galore!

Rainbow coloured hair bands.

RM5 each – no battery, tak perlu battery!

Taiwan fruit candy stick for RM2 – fruits on a stick soaked or dipped in icy cold glucose.  Once the glucose hardens, you get fruit candy and its real sweet!

Flavoured ice shavings – very vibrant colours and they have a flavour called “Mulberry”!!

Ships, junks, of different shapes and sizes!

Freshly baked pineapple tarts – you can sample and sample as you walk down the street.

Ice Popsicles for RM1 each – Sarsi anyone? Yummy!

There is so much colour in the darkness.  Jonker Walk was bustling with activity and full of life at night.

Malacca (Malaysia): Lorong Bukit Cina

Posted in Malacca, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

Our first meal in Malacca was Satay Celup!

There was a queue when we arrived at 5.15pm so we headed across the road to get some Black soy milk to quench our thirst.

Back to the queue at Capitol Satay Celup Restaurant… A stand alone branch by itself, with no “sisters, brothers or branches in Malacca or anywhere else”.

Address:
41 Lorong Bukit Cina,
75100 Melaka,
Malaysia
Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 5pm (Closed on Monday)

We finally managed to get a seat at 5.45pm and we went straight for the food selection section.

Each stick is priced at RM0.80 and there are coloured plates (like your sushi conveyor belt plates) that are priced differently. They also have “mystery gifts” and we had big prawns, scallops, abalone that were at a promotional price at RM0.80 (same price as the usual sticks).  It was delicious!

The third generation owner, Mr Low Yong Cheng personally came to serve us and concoct our satay sauce.

Satay Celup aka Steamboat Satay

What goes into that steaming hot pot of sauce?!

Behind the scenes in the kitchen, lay individual pots of satay sauce.  At least we know each table gets a fresh pot of satay sauce!

Johor Bahru (Malaysia): OTWC, PRAC, Mahkota Hotel

Posted in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on June 5, 2010

After crossing the Woodlands checkpoint, we had our breakfast at Old Town White Coffee (OTWC) in Johor Bahru City Square.

We ordered toast, their signature Ipoh white coffee and sampled some of their classic dishes, Old Town Nasi Lemak Special and the Old Town Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun.

Thereafter, we attempted to walk to the Terminal Bas Central Kotoraya, Johor Bahru to pick up our rented cars from PRAC.  Alternatively, SBS bus 160, 170 or 950 brings you directly there.

I HATE PRAC.

Their service is terribly slow. We waited 1.5 hours to get our 3 rental cars. Why?

1. The lady took 30 minutes to do the paperwork for each car. Ridiculous.

2. One of our cars was blocked by a car owned by another shop and they were rude.

3. With the expectation that we were coming to collect our cars on that day, I do not see why our 3 cars were not ready for our collection.

4. An ang moh couple received their car within 15 minutes from HERTZ.

It took us 3 hours to drive up from Johor to Malacca. However, we were stuck in a jam for about 1 hour to get into the main town in Malacca and to our hotel. We finally checked-in into our 3 bedroom apartment in Mahkota Hotel Melaka at 4.30pm (behind schedule thanks to the inefficient and slow PRAC minah and the traffic jam).

Address: No. 16 Jalan Sayed Abdul Aziz, 75000 Melaka

(Credits: mahkotahotel)

(Credits: mahkotahotel)

Our apartment resembled the picture from mahkotahotel and it was clean, value for money.

Cost: MYR549 for 11 persons = approximate S$22 per person a night.

We were given a room with a breath-taking view from our balcony.

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Cheras, Dim Sum

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 21, 2009

Day 3: Last day!

On Monday morning, we were whisked off to an eatery called Kedai Kopi dan Makan Seong Kee located at Taman Connaught for breakfast.  The service was good, fast and they give you hot water to sterilise your tea cups if you wish.  The range of dim sum dishes that they offer was pretty wide and the staff will come with trays of plates of dim sum for you to choose or you can order offhand if you speak Cantonese or know the menu.

What a way to end off our trip to KL and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more if not for the help of the bf’s cousins and savings by staying at his big aunt’s residence at Cheras.

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Fong Lye, Chinatown

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 20, 2009

Day 2: continuation

We were warmly treated to a scrumptious dinner at Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant located at No.94, Jalan Imbi, 55100 KL.  We had to wait for about 30 minutes before we could get two tables as this outlet is very small with only a capacity of about 50 customers.

Behold the gigantic pot of fried fish served with soup that was filled to the brim with meatballs, crabsticks, tofu, yam and cartoonish fishcakes.  The food is fantastic, the Basil chicken is so delicious and they serve complimentary shot glasses of lime plum juice and a plate of fruits per table.

The traffic jam in KL is terrible.  We spent almost an hour travelling from Jalan Imbi to Petaling Street in Chinatown after dinner.  If you enjoy alfresco shopping and plan to get last minute souvenirs or you are eyeing the latest (fake) fashion clothes and accessories (e.g. Polo Ralph polo tees, Longchamp Pliage bags, LV, Gucci, Rayban shades), don’t forget to bargain!

Highly recommended by the bf’s extended family, if you are ever in Chinatown, don’t miss the chance to try the famous Air Mata Kucing or “Cat’s eyes drink”, a combination of dried longan, Luo Han Guo and winter melon pieces with rock sugar.  A thirst quencher on a humid hot day!

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Petaling Jaya, Bangsar

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 20, 2009

Day 2:

The bf’s big aunt’s family drove us to a nearby food market (unfortunately I do not know the exact location) for breakfast. It was a heartwarming pig out session with his family, his aunt, uncle, older cousins, nephew and niece. The food they ordered for us were so good, from sliced Chicken noodles, to Penang Char Kway Tiao to Malaysian Kolo Mee!


The day was very rushed as we squeezed several places in the afternoon before we had dinner with the bf’s big aunt’s family.  We walked around for about 2 hours at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya which was of course not enough as it consists of two wings connected directly to each other over a wide road.  I spent a tiny bomb at The Face Shop as the nail polishes were on sale and so much cheaper than Singapore.  Bought almost 30 bottles as Christmas gifts for my colleagues and myself!

Thereafter, we did a quick exploration in Mid Valley Megamall for another 2 hours and shopped at the F.O.S. before we cabbed down to Bangsar area.

Hello BANGSAR!!  The place to be if you like to people watch, you can spot expats and the chic young Malaysians in this area.  Somewhat similar to Singapore’s Holland Village with a mix of restaurants, pubs, bars, grills, bistros, cafes, fast-food joints.  I read so much about the quaint shops in this area so this was a MUST-GO place on the to-do list.  The boutiques were such an eye-pleaser and the prices for the trendy fashion was awesome thanks to the Malaysian Mega Sale that was on-going around Malaysia.


Along the Jalan Telawi Streets, there are numerous quaint boutiques such as Mooie, Blueberry, Shoes, Shoes, Shoes and Little Black Book on the ground floor as well as on the 2nd levels of the shophouses.

We were thrilled to “chance” upon a Pasar Malam in the area!  The food was decadent! We didn’t manage to try FatMan Steamboat (till next time) but we gobbled down the freshly fried Ham Ji Pang, Butterfly and savoury Asam Laksa.


It was starting to drizzle and the sky was turning dark so we headed to Bangsar Village and shopped around the quiet mall that had Zara, pretty cafes and gorgeous Christmas decor.

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Bukit Pintang

Posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Travel by happyhighfashion on December 19, 2009

Bright and early on a Saturday morning, we boarded the Konsortium bus, cleared the Malaysian Immigration customs and we were on route 6 hours to our destination.

Perjalanan ke Kuala Lampur!

Day 1: Bukit Pintang district

Pavillion is located in the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district and it is a relatively new mall, only opened in November 2007.  It had lovely decor as Christmas was round the corner and the weather was cooling. Behold the Pavilion Crystal Fountain, a new national landmark. It is the Tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia endorsed by The Malaysia Book of Records (apparently, it looks really nice at night when it is lit up).

The shopping mall is new and massive! Shopping is pretty fantastic and ladies will love the Forever 21 store here, I had so much fun! It was heaven going through all the accessories, trying on the shoes and sieving through the sales rack.

Outfit: F21 top, jacket from Hong Kong, Casio watch, Furrmuse jeans, H&M bag, Gojane sandals (replaced by a pair of F21 boots that I was trying out).

Quick food break at Yo! Sushi, an imported sushi chain from London. Green plates are priced at RM3, Blue RM5, Purple RM8, Orange RM10, Pink RM14 and Grey RM16.  I was drawn to the RM3 plates but the sushi was not fantastic.  The beef ramen was not bad!

Energised and ready to explore the rest of Pavillion, we headed to Mango. Mango was having a sale and the prices were cheaper than Singapore due to the exchange rate!

It was time for more affordable shopping and we headed to Sungei Wang Plaza (opened since 1977), a 5-10 minutes walk from Pavillion, depending on how well you know the area. It was our first time so we took awhile to figure out our bearings.  Sungei Wang Plaza is like Singapore’s Far East Plaza or equivalent to Hong Kong’s New Town Mall and Argyle Center!

Marni is my favourite, located on the Main Ground floor at G053.  The entire shop was selling items from Maxi dresses, work dresses, studded bling bling clothes at only RM30 per piece and there is no minimum criteria! You can just buy one item at a flat RM30.  I went “crazy”.

Skinfood was also located on the G-floor and we purchased some nail polishes for ourselves as the price was cheaper than in Singapore!  I love RM 🙂

Trying to flag a cab down in KL is not so easy, much less getting one that allows using the meter.  Taxi drivers at the front of a taxi stand outside Sungei Wang were holding up the queue of taxis trying to make a living.  We were lucky to get a taxi uncle who spoke Mandarin and who went by the meter as he had been waiting an hour at the back of the queue thanks to the 3 taxis who tried to cheat us (and other tourists).

Home sweet home with delicious home cooked food at the bf’s big aunt’s house.

A fulfilling first day in KL : )