So I realised it’s been exactly two months since I last blogged about anything, and now that I finally have some free time on my hands it’s time to catch up on my blog!
For those of you who’ve been following my Instagram @potatopaikia, you would have known that I’ve recently had the privilege of making a short weekend trip up north to Melaka last month with 3 of my lovely colleagues/friends.
What’s it like being the only male on a group trip with three females, two of whom are young mums?
You would think that I am pretty well-versed by now, regularly being the only rose among the thorns *cough cough* (I’m so gonna get scolded for that but I don’t care LOL), but all I can say is that such trips are mainly made up of photo-taking, shopping, and well…eating.
And also, sight-seeing. Did I neglect to say sight-seeing? And by sight-seeing, I mean that if you intend to walk from point A to point B, be prepared to make stops at points A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4… and so on.
Jokes aside, getting distracted is part of the fun for such trips, so if you’re the type who prefer fixed travel plans and this ain’t your cup of tea, you may wish to give such travel combos a miss.
This was only the second time ever I’ve made a trip to Melaka, the previous time being 1997 with some of the youth from my church.
And though the trip wasn’t super eventful, it being only a 2 day 1 night affair, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s the company that matters afterall isn’t it?
I would describe Melaka itself as a quaint Malaysian city, and though a must visit for those who reside outside of Malaysia and Singapore, I would recommend that you spend not more than 1-2 days which would be sufficient for covering most of what you need to see.
Our group initially wanted to take in a day tour on the second day of our stay there, but eventually settled on it being a purely food/cafe hopping and shopping centric stay.
Plenty of colourful and instagram-worthy places and corners though, for those who are social media freaks like me.
The Rucksack Caratel
Our accomodation for the night was at the affordable and aesthetically appealing The Rucksack Caratel.
I personally loved the concept and design of the hotel, particularly the glass lift which I was never sick of taking, as cheap-thrilled as it may sound.
The lack of hot water in the shower was a bit of a nightmare for a few of us though, and we’ve had better breakfasts in other similar hotels of an equal standing and pricing.
We did get plenty of good photos taken though, which you will be able to see here in this blog, thanks to my trusty iPhone 7 Plus.
Yet to convince myself to upgrade to the iPhone X, which plenty of my friends have already made the jump to.
Cafés and food choices
Food wise, we were spoilt for choice. Be it cafés, local Malaysian cuisine, or Peranakan and street food, a quick stroll through the popular Jonker street alone would give you more than enough to ponder about.
The stand out places for me would be Calanthe Art Café, which we visited on our first day, with the Laksa a must try, and signature coffee from each of Malaysia’s 13 states!
The Daily Fix also offers a good variety of western and local fusion food choices, with both places having a nice old fashioned touch in terms of ambience.
Jonker street, the central street of Chinatown, is renowned for its antique shops, and there is enough to keep you occupied anywhere from half a day to a day.
You would never run out of ideas for travel souvenirs, with the number of shops selling unique handicrafts and cheap keepsakes.
There are also plenty of colourful street corners which are insta-worthy, should you decide to take moment to stop from the sight-seeing.
The street comes to life particularly at night with street stalls sprouting up along the entire stretch.
My friends even managed to get some customised leather wallets and pouches done, with a quick turnaround of all of just 15 minutes, depending on the crowd.
I managed to get plenty of my Christmas shopping done during this trip as well, which will hopefully save me some time entering the festive period.
Overall Travel-Worthiness Rating: 3 out of 5 stars