Malaysia & Never a Dull Moment!

Malacca, (Malay: Melaka) a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008, is beautiful vibrant old city with a unique historical & cultural background from previous Portuguese, Dutch & British rule. Founded in the 14th century, it was originally a simple fishing village; later it became an important port & the centre of Peranakan culture. When Chinese settlers traders & coolies originally came to the area they took local brides & adopted many local customs. The result is an interesting fusion of local Malay & Chinese cultures, with the people know as Peranakans who speak a unique southern Chinese dialect. The men are addressed as Babas and the women Nyonyas meaning Master & Mistress.

Christ Church & clock tower-old quarer town square
Christ Church & clock tower-old quarer town square

Remnants of bygone eras are seen in the architectural structures in the ‘old town’ in particular. Beautifully decorated houses, tiny shops, temples & mosques line the narrow winding streets. Our boutique hotel was located in old town/China Town, very historic, & was previously a huge house built by a wealthy Chinese trader, even containing a zoo at one time. Many artifacts from that era remain in the onsite museum. The old quarter also contains ‘Little India’, an area with Hindu temples, shops & restaurants; having an area such as this in each town/city seems to be the norm in Malayasia. The well-preserved town square with many museums & the Malacca River, which cuts through the town, provided lots of photo opportunities. Jonker Walking Street is known for it’s many antique shops & of course a night market. The town square with Christ Church, built by the Dutch in the 1700s, is the hub of activity with pimped up trishaws, blaring loud music (Disney’s ‘Frozen’ theme song was one of the favourites) offering tourist tours. Wandering up the hill, we explored Saint Paul’s Church. It was originally built in the early 1500s by the Portuguese & later became a fortress. After the Dutch siege it became St. Paul’s & was used as a burial ground for the Dutch. You can still see the tombstones, along the walls of ruins of the church.

Two days was the original plan for our stay in Malacca however transportation was gridlocked due to the Chinese New Year. Finally successful, we headed off to Ipoh, a 5-hour bus trip north. Things had been going really well with our trip up to this point however Bob decided we needed a bit more adventure in our lives & decided to ramp things up by loosing his wallet with all our credit & debit cards!

PANIC soon ensued, needless to say!!!!! So upon arrival at our hotel all cards (except one) were cancelled & we put our minds to developing a ‘Plan B’. With the help of our kids & Bob’s sister Martha (Our life-lines) we will land on our feet without any major bloodshed, I might add. After a couple of drinks, some prayers & a good nights sleep we carried on hitting the streets, sights & sounds of Ipho.

Author: Theresa & Bob

We love to wander, aimlessly at times it seems, and will keep moving as far and as long as we can. Serendipity has provided many wonders along the way, when least expected, and we love the anticipation of the 'next great find' just around the corner.

7 thoughts on “Malaysia & Never a Dull Moment!”

  1. Hello my friends! Never a dull moment is right…YIKES….glad everything worked out, I can imagine there were a few tense hours! Your pictures are awesome, you certainly will have some wonderful memories when you look back at these beautiful pictures over the years. Keep safe…and carry Bob’s wallet for him will ya!!!

  2. Losing one’s wallet is a stressful event. I can only imagine how that would be amplified in a foreign country. However it seems you have worked things out. Enjoy and be safe.

    Debbie

  3. Wow, I am so glad that you were able to sort through the panic and land on your feet enough to keep going! Sounds like you are enjoying the journey and now very seasoned travellers to always have tales to tell! If it was me I would still be back on one of those gorgeous beaches!! AAAAHHHH to be on a warm beach right now……!!!

    1. Thanks Paddy – yes, took the wind out of our sails initially, but things have sorted themselves out, thank goodness! Some good stories to share.

  4. This commentary comes from a friend of mine to whom I forward your blogs…..
    My goodness these photos are great. What a trip. I can’t imagine the terror I would feel losing my wallet in any country but especially a foreign one. How awful for them. I am glad to read that they seem to have gotten everything under control with some of your help as well as their kids.
    I decided to go through all of their photos tonight. There are some good paintings in these pictures. They are good photographers. I can’t believe the colours and the beauty of so much of this area. Beautiful and they are seeing it in such a wonderful way. Thanks for passing these on to me. I enjoy their commentary and the pictures very much.
    Lynda

    1. Thanks for forwarding Lynda’s message. We are really pleased folks are enjoying the pictures & blog. Sometimes I feel like I am loading up too many pics, but the sights are too wonderful not to share & we can only capture small fragments. Myanmar is wonderful, so stay tuned for more!!! 😃

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