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Short Staycation at Kampung Pinang Sebatang Chalet

Our first staycation after the Lockdown. I needed to escape as I had a busy fourteen days. Picked some place close by as I had two days off. What’s more, didn’t want to drive far. So the closest beach destination from Port Dickson was Pengkalan Balak. Pengkalan Balak is a popular picnic destination with the local Melaka residents. There are a great deal of little chalets and homestays across the street from the beach.

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Discovered this remarkable little chalet on a Facebook page. The spot look beautiful in that posting. A three story wooden structure. Checked the cost with Agoda and the cost was very reasonable, RM140 per night. Reach there around 1pm but the room was not ready. So we went for lunch not far off. To little shop by the sea shore. Food was quite nice combined with the ocean breeze.

After lunch we checked in which was somewhat quick. Upon check in you are given a bag of remote controls for the television and air condition. We picked the room on the third floor. We wanted the seafacing rooms but too bad it was taken earlier by a family. The entire chalet is themed towards the P.Ramlee movies. Even the name of this chalet was from a P.Ramlee film – Pendekar Bujang Lapuk. Kampung Pinang Sebatang. The rooms were names after well known characters in the his films. We got the Salmah room. Room was basic in amenities with all the items that you will discover in a 3 star hotel. Each room was equiped with air conditioned, fan and water heater. As the room came  a queen bed. I requested an extra bed which cost RM70. After going into the room, we discovered it very small for the 5 of us and adding an extra bed made it more cramp. The next adjoining room was vacant.  I  needed to pay another RM140 for the room and my two boys would be comfortable. The television channels was limited. Just the local Malaysian channels. Be that as it may, the children was tired from their day at the beach. So everybody had an early night.



For dinner we took a walk to this cosy restaurant just on the beach called D’Ribut. Food was nice. My son had their Prawn Fried Rice which came with 4 large prawns and the wife had a Prawn Noodle also came with 4 large prawns. Both cost about RM12 each. The rest of us took the normal fried rice. We also had yummy coconut shakes. All in all the food was really nice.

My Verdict

A nice cosy place to stay with the beach just across the beach. Request the seaview rooms, see is marvelous. Rooms are clean and equipment in good working condition. At the time when I stayed there the pool was shut. Be that as it may, it look like small pool. Not to worry cause you have an large ocean right across the street. Staff is friendly. A word of advice. For those older and special people. You may have a few difficulties as there are no lifts in the chalet. What’s more, there are alot of stairs. Food is accessible simply strolling separation.

Kampong Pinang Sebatang Chalet

Address :- Jalan Persiaran Pantai, Taman Perindustrian Pengkalan Balak, 78300 Masjid Tanah, Melaka

Contact No:– +60193586778

Website :- Kampong Pinang Sebatang Chalet

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Fish Roe Asam Pedas at Asam Pedas Osamin Assam Pedas

Melaka is famous for their Assam Pedas. Asam Pedas simply meanssour and spicy”. What it is, is a soury spicy broth that goes well with fish. I like my Asam Pedas with slices of Stingray. The sourness comes from sour tamarind juice and the spicyness is from fresh chili peppers.
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My goddaughter introduced us to this place in Teluk Mas that serves Fish Roe Assam Pedas. Something unique that we never have tasted. Therefore we were game on trying it. The shop is called “Asam Pedas Osamin Melaka”. As with most of my post here, I have attached a Google Map location of this place.

The shop is a typical Malaysia coffee shop. Non air-conditioned but cooled down with large fans. Its located just next to the SK Teluk Mas. Where you can park your car. Do go early cause we reach there at 12.00 noon luckily and the place got filled up by 12.30pm.
When you walk into the restaurant, you will find plates of pre-portion asam pedas with a variety of fish and fish roe.

There is also a variety of pre-plated grilled fish to chose from if you don’t fancy asam pedas.

There was also a wide variety of meats, seafood and vegetables but we went there for the asam pedas. So we took a plate of Fish Roe Asam Pedas. We also individually took some dishes from the counter. I had the “Quaill Egg Sambal” which was spicy but tasted yummy.

My Verdict

If you want to taste authentic fish roe asam pedas, then this is the place for you. Its quite out of town and you might have to use your Waze or Google Maps to find it. Parking is at a school carpark, so was ample as we went on a Sunday. On a school day it might be packed. It might be hot but with ample fans around should alright. Price was alright. We had a plate of fish roe asam pedas, 4 plain rice, 6 cold beverages, same dishes from the counter. This came up to RM44.00. Word of caution. After you have taken your food, let the staff there calculate how much it is cause for everyone. She will write in a piece of paper and hand it to you. When paying just hand this slip to the cashier.
Address :- KM 10 Kampung, Kampung Jawa, 75460 Telok Mas, Melaka
Open Daily from 8.00am till 5.00pm (closed on Wednesdays)

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The St. Paul’s Hill- A little climb to History

The St. Paul's Hill- A little climb to History

After the Malacca Sultanate Palace, we opt to go up the hill to the St. Paul Church. We start at the bottom at the Porta de Santiago. The Porta de Santiago is what’s left of the A Formosa Fort. The Porta de Santiago is the most famous historical landmarks in Melaka. And you can see by the number of people visiting the Porta de Santiago. The Porta is actually a small gate house of the fortress.

 

 

 

After the photo opt at the gate, we walked up a flight of stairs to the St. Paul’s Church. The walk-up is great and large trees provided some shade from the evening sun. Along the way there are locals selling their wares such as paintings, small souvenirs and so on. The walk up is worth it. Reason being upon reaching up, the view is spectacular. You can see the old Malacca for miles. Upon reaching the top you will come to the ruins of the St. Paul Church.

 

Inside the church there are many tombstones and also the grave site where St. Francis was buried before his body was exhumed to be buried in Goa.

At the entrance there is a statue of St.Francis. The statue had one of its hands missing due to a bomb during the second world war.

We followed the path which brought us down to the other part of the Historical Melaka. Thanks to the large trees the walk was not too bad
 

My Verdict

A good slow walk up the hill. We went in the evening which made it quite hot. I supposed the mornings are better with all the greenery around. But it’s alright as there are a number of large trees to shade us. As there are many stairs. This is not a place for the elderly and wheelchair bound. But the view from the top of the hill is spectacular. Do note at times there will be lots of tourist.
 

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Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Learning about our Fight for Independence

This time around for our trip to Melaka, I wanted to show my sons the historical side of Melaka. That was one of the reason, we chose the Imperial Heritage. It’s walking distance to this places. We started at my old school. The St. Francis Institution, one of the oldest school in Malaysia. Show my kids where my class was located and where we assembled. Later we took a walk to the Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan or Proclamation of Independence Memorial.Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, we earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

The Proclamation of Independence Memorial was a Dutch Colonial Mansion. It used to be the Malacca Club, a clubhouse for the British Expatriate when the British ruled Malaysia. It was later converted into the Memorial depicting the Malaysian road to Independence.

There are lots of artifact from the early Malaysia Sultanate till to date. You will see the progress of Malaysia leading to its Independence.
The first display you will see is a diorama of Proclamation of Independence at the Melaka Field. The scene where our first Prime Minister stood on an open car to the then Melaka Field, where the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is located now.

Then you walk through different section of the different era in Malaysia from the Portuguese Colonization, Japanese Occupation till the present day. Towards the end of the museum there are pictures of past Prime Ministers and their achievements.

My Verdict
The Memorial is worth a visit especially if you have school going kids. They can immerse in the various displays and artifacts which is divided into different section. A great cool educational way to get out of the sun. As it’s air conditioned. And the entrance is free. As most of the artifacts is of historical significance, younger kids will be very bored. Like my secone son.

Address :- Memorial Pengisytiharan Kemerdekaan, Jalan Parameswara, Melaka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Malacca

After the Memorial we went to the Melaka Sultanate Palace.

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Melaka River Cruise- A Revisit

Night Cruise on the Melaka River

This time around we went for a Night River Cruise. We started about 7.30pm and cruise along the river as the sun went down. Even at night the cruise was interesting. The cruise took you along brightly lit buildings and under colourful lit bridges.

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Kampung Morten at Night

Verdict:-

Fun and enjoyable ride. It was nice to see little cafes by the riverbank. Felt like you were somewhere else. Only thing this time we couldn’t hear the explanation. But it was OK for a Malacca Boy.

Cruise Time :- 9am till 11.30pm

Website :- Melaka River Cruise

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