Amazing! That sums up the first day at Melaka (or “Malacca” some would prefer that spelling).
It may seem insignificant but it was good enough to make our day, after the bumpy ride from home to this sleepy town.
Taking this rare opportunity, I decided to make my way to Cheng Hoon Teng (left), the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, to thank the deities for answering my prayers, made more than a decade ago, allowing me to take some photos on my 3rd trip here, after the first 2 attempts failed.
Though it's quite a journey from where we were staying, it still worth the trip, as along the way, we saw some relics like the “A’ Formosa”, “Christ Church” and other historic buildings.
What a different scene greeted us as we passed the Sungei Besi toll (on the left, which signifies the entrance to Kuala Lumpur).
Whereas there is a slow-paced, carefree ambience in the historic Melaka, it's a vibrant, endless flow of traffic, be it human or vehicular that welcome us.
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur….
The first stop brought us to TIMES SQUARE (right), the newest attraction in the capital city of Malaysia.
Nothing really fancy,
even with its much-touted "roller-coaster", I guessed with so many
established shopping malls (e.g.: Sungei Wang, BB Plaza) nearby, it's no
wonder there's a saying,” too many cooks spoiled the broth"
at Petaling Street aka the Chinatown
With Cantonese as its main dialect, you would be forgiven if you thought you were in Hong Kong the moment you stepped into Jalan Petaling.
According to the watch seller, who I bought the pocket watch (right) from, vehicles are prohibited daily from 5pm till around 11pm, when most of the stalls call it a day.
Just like any open air
markets around, bargaining is a must, as visitors from all continents
throng the narrow street all day long, to hunt for stuffs like T-shirts,
shoes, watches, etc. (of course, things are much cheaper here than in KLCC)
Nothing much to say, except that if you are taking a long bus journey when travel in Peninsular Malaysia, it is advisable to clear your bowels before the start of the trip, as the halfway stop is normally 3 hrs away from the starting point.
With lush vegetation flanked at both sides of the North- South Highway (left), this trip is definitely good for one's eye therapy
The minus point is the halfway stop (pictured on the right) for the travellers to have their coffee-breaks, don't expect any delicacies and the price tags aren't really fantastic either but grab the opportunity to clear your bowels (houseflies are a common sight).
Have a nice trip ahead..
© 2004 Ko Po Hui