Melaka .. again & again! – 2017 & 2018


Why Melaka again? Because Melaka is only 3 hours drive with places to visit and food to eat (one main reason I went there was to eat chicken rice ball at Ee Ji Ban). So basically in December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018 I was in Melaka!


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In 2017, wanted to stay at Hatten Hotel but mistakenly book a room at Hatten Place instead! Only realize its not the correct hotel during checkin at Hatte Hotel! However in 2018, booked a correct room at Hatten Hotel.

Hatten Place, Melaka – room booked was small (but there are also suites) however room is clean. Have an infinity pool overlooking the Strait of Malacca. Kids pool was under a roof so they can swim even when the sun is out! The Hotel is also linked to the new mall, Element Mall.

Hatten Hotel, Melaka – Booked a Deluxe Suite, room size is Ok (although not that big for a suite but good enough for me & my family and since all rooms are actually suites). Pool is also good and clean but please make sure to wear swimming attire. We had our breakfast at the Sky Lounge overlooking Malacca city (which is quite famous if you google night time in Melaka). Food is a bit limited and I do believe they need to improve their sambal for nasi lemak. The main reason to stay here is that most shopping complex and tourist attractions are within walking distance and so does Ee Ji Ban (the famous chicken rice place!)


Everytime I went to Melaka, there’s always a new thing to discover!

  • The Shore Oceanarium – An interactive marine life exhibit where your are also given a quiz to solve and can win a prize at the end of your visit! Ticket price: Adult RM33, Children 3 – 12 years old and senior citizen RM23.50. The entrance fee also incluse free magnet (Received 3 magnets since there were 3 of us)
  • Melaka Zoo – Visited Melaka Zoo 2 years in a row since my son loves animals! At first we took the train however it ended really fast and we are not able to really see the animals so we walk another round and the little boy was happy! Ticket price: Adult RM22.50 or RM16.90 (with MyKad), Children 4 – 12 years old RM16.90 or RM6.75 (with MyKad).
  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Shore – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Jonker Street – refer to my previous post HERE
  • River Cruise – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Stadhuys – refer to my previous post HERE
  • A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Maritime Museum of Malacca – refer to my previous post HERE


My no one recommendation would be Ee Ji Ban (located on Jalan Melaka Raya 3) which is a famous Halal shop selling chicken rice ball. I would also recommend to order the sambal sotong (squid) and udang (prawn)!

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More reading on Melaka from my previous post:

Hello again Melaka! – 2016


My last post on Melaka (also known as Malacca) was in 2012 (You may read my post by clicking on this link: Melaka 2012). So let me update what are the new interesting places to visit when you are in Melaka.


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Went to Melaka for a short getaway (3 days 2 nights) and stayed at Bayview Hotel Melaka. My comment? Spacious room (deluxe) with jacuzzi! Limited choices of food for breakfast though but acceptable. Nice location. Not sure the attraction is within walking distance since we drive there and also drive to the places we wanted to visit.

* Image taken from Agoda

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Since my husband & I have visited the ‘usual’ attractions, example The Stadhuys, A Famosa or Porta de Santiago, etc. and this time we have a 14 months old infant with us, we decided not to go to those places (we will wait until our son is bigger and can understand better). This time around we only visited few places (to shop :p). If you would like to read on other attraction, visit my previous post as mentioned above.

  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – offers over 70 fashion, sport and accessories brands in some 180,000 sq.ft. The outlet is set in an open air mall featuring a lake, fountains, carousel and windmill with architecture loosely themed on Malacca’s Dutch heritage. Brands open at the centre include Nike, Cotton On, Esprit, Puma, G2000, Carlo Rino, Clarks and many more. Description and images are taken from their website


  • The SHORE shopping gallery – a shopping complex with few other attraction especially for kids such as Oceanarium, 6D Motion Ride, Toy Museum. The Sky tower is also located here –


  • Jonker Street – a place to be at night! Street market with interesting stores. Also don’t forget to buy some Nyonya pineapple tarts!


The only special place we went to for dinner was Ee Ji Ban Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant. The food was delicious and Halal so no worries to Muslims! Must try!


We also went to search for the famous kuih keria & Klebang coconut shake but the queue was soooo loonngg!! Instead of waiting, we went back home


visit malaysia year

A few more weeks to 2014 & also visit Malaysia year!!

If you haven’t been to should start planning a holiday to Malaysia! Malaysia is all about the culture, places (cities, beaches, island, etc), shopping, the people and also the FOOD!!! You will be spoiled by all of the choices you will get in Malaysia!


Capital City: Kuala Lumpur

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM)

Timezone: GMT +8

Language: Malay language, English, Chinese, Tamil

Electricity: 220 – 240 Volt

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Here are some post I have written on Malaysia:

For more readings on Malaysia:

2012 Getaway Moments

Looking back at some of my 2012 getaway moments 🙂

Bali, Indonesia [CLICK HERE]


Johor Bahru, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]


Penang, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]


Port Dickson, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]


Krabi, Thailand [CLICK HERE]


Malacca, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]


Perhentian Island, Malaysia [CLICK HERE]


Shanghai, China [CLICK HERE]


Weekend ‘Backpacking’ Getaway – Malacca, Malaysia



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I was in need of a short & cheap getaway so decided to go Malacca ‘backpacking’ Style! Actually it’s easier to just drive there and stay in a nice hotel but the feeling will be different!

The truth is, I haven’t been to Malacca (or Melaka) for quite some time now & I definitely haven’t been to ‘Jonker Street‘ before. So here’s my backpacking journey to Malacca a.k.a ‘Melaka Bandar Raya Bersejarah’!


To go to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur, there’s a direct bus that will take you there but both my friend and I decided to take a train to Seremban, and then take a bus to Malacca instead. From home, we took a taxi to the nearest KTM komuter station. Since we need to take another train to reach Seremban at KL Sentral (see picture), we decided to make a stop there first and have our breakfast at McDonald’s! Hotcake! My favourite!! The journey took us around 6+ hours instead of 1.5+ hour …


During the 3 days 2 nights getaway, we stayed at a very ‘strategic’ guesthouse: Sayang-sayang 2 Youth Hostel (look it up on the internet, made reservation via phone call and bank in money through online bank transfer … EASY!) The rate is quite cheap but the most important thing is … this is my first experience staying in some sort of a guesthouse instead of a hotel! My comment? SATISFACTORY!!! This place is located 2 doors away from Discovery Cafe & near to 1st Inn Hotel (on the opposite road) in case you can’t find it … like me! –


  • Jonker Walk – a place to be during night time because of the night market!

  • River cruise – cruise along the river for a spectacular view

  • The Stadhuys – completed in 1660 and is a reproduction of the former Stadhuis (town hall) of the Frisian town in the Netherlands. Nowadays, it houses the Museums of History and Ethnography. This is one of the oldest Dutch buildings in the east.

  • A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – You will find this remains of the old Portuguese fort, A Famosa

  • Maritime Museum of Malacca – shaped of a big ship!


  • Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum
  • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
  • Christ Church
  • Dutch Square
  • Malaysian Navy Museum
  • Malay and Islamic World Museum
  • Muzium Budaya/Sultanate Palace
  • Saint Paul’s Church


Do try chicken rice balls, asam pedas and the cendol (can go to cendol jam besar opposite the stadhuys, a famous place to eat cendol)



And this is me … being me … while enjoying life to the max! 🙂


For more information on Malacca click link: