As of today, I’ve been living in Malacca for about just over a week. I started work at PETRONAS Penapisan (Melaka) Sdn. Bhd. last week. With my office located in Sungai Udang, its nowhere near town but that’s been a blessing in disguise because traffic’s never been a problem on my way to work.
I’ve been quite blessed from a logistical point of view. Everywhere that I need to go isn’t further than a 20 minute drive, and that includes where I work, which one could say is out of bounds if Malacca were a golf course. On top of that, I’ve managed to rent a very decent place, a fully furnished two room apartment unit that’s not far from the seaside and has a swimming pool too.
Although its been less than a month, I guess I know Malacca as much as I need to know it for now. I’ve had my tour of Jonker Walk, both in the daytime and at night so that’s been checked off my to do list. To be honest, I do wonder sometimes what’s the special attraction about Jonker Street. I haven’t really been able to note a very special attraction, maybe other than the fact its a combination of a ‘pasar malam’ and colonial civilian architecture. Still, its a popular destination for locals, but there’s an issue with parking:
No matter how you look at it, I still say it’d be impossible to fit cars belonging to 1/30 of the Malaccan population there. I won’t even start about the traffic jams that mar the surrounding roads during weekends.
What’s interesting is that, Malacca draws quite a bit of similarity with Penang when it comes to ‘urban’ geography. It’s got its places which have been developed as much as local budgets can, then there are the places with small roads that host plenty of colonial style buildings, mostly shop lots.Then there’re the outskirts that may feel a little like Ipoh town, buzzing with local activity albeit with tiny roads.
Bukit Cina (or somewhere thereabouts)
Other than that, finding places to eat hasn’t been difficult. I hear people talking about great Malaccan food, but I have yet to taste something that’s uniquely better than things I can find in KL. Nonetheless, eating as an ordinary person, you’ll find food in Malacca more reasonably priced when eating at food courts and hawker stalls.
Dry Mee Sua
Prawn Chee Cheong Fan
However, one thing I do notice about Malacca, is that there’re plenty of shops, particularly at Jonker Street that serve as bakeries making a variety biscuits and a lot of them pineapple jam tarts.
Over at Sungai Udang, my office is quite literally in a warehouse where plenty of spare parts and materials are stored. It doesn’t seem the most pleasant place to work in, but actually its quite decent, with one section walled off properly and fitted just as well as any ordinary office space. Thinking a little deeper, I guess the place suits my job that’s off an inventorial nature. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m working under the supply chain management department.
One of the tiny challenges I have at the moment is internet access. I don’t have any broadband installed at my residence at the moment, so I’ve had to rely on a particular eatery nearby for free internet although I still pay for an ice-cream as a courtesy. Its just as well, since I also go there for some fried chicken:
Just about all my online activity for the past week has been made possible by KFC, except for today, where I’m at OldTown White Coffee. Incidentally, just 500 metres away from my apartment is something that’s insanely popular, a lot more than Colonel Sanders and co. Its even listed among on PAPAGO GPS points of interest,which is:
There isn’t much to tell about the drink other than what the signboard already says about it. The place is nothing more than a stall by the side of the road with a few tents and chairs set up around it. However, this is one of the few places where people just park their cars at the side of the road and get down just for this drink. Actually, the place is sometimes jammed just because of this stall. They open in the afternoon and its no surprise that with their popularity, they’re sold out by evening.
Some people may not be so fascinated by this admittedly not so creative but definitely innovative drink. However, it has a very fine drawing point, it only costs RM 2.00. All around Malaysia, you’ll be challenged very hard to find such a drink at such a price. Its surely in contention for Malaysia’s fair price award.
There are some things I’m not so used to in Malacca, practical things like parking:
Then there’s also the issue about where to park in certain places, because whoever planned out Malacca didn’t really take into account that a growing and more affluent population would surely take more cars onto its streets. Traffic there’s similar to Penang you could say.
Talking about driving in Malacca, it was such an inconvenience and quite a danger as well when my right signal light got busted in midweek. I had to be extra conscious about my driving, particularly turnings. Even so, I’d still get a few honks until I got it fixed on the weekend. After a lot of trouble trying to find the place, with the help of some technology and a very nice person over at Edaran NHL, I finally arrived at:
Out of the entire Malacca, this is the only place that’s got spare parts for my car. Even after calling certain people to check my car, I still got routed to Chevrolet’s only service centre around finally.
I had to wait a whole day for the light to be fixed. A spoiled component that had to be replaced and checking on the electrical wires cost me a good RM 105.00.
Oh, I didn’t mention the beach that’s near my place did I? As my apartment is by the sea, its only natural that its right by the beach (even if it is reclaimed land, and a lot of it too). I took a short walk there on Sunday evening, its not the prettiest or most exciting beach you’ll find, but not a bad place for a relaxed atmosphere.
I can’t write anymore, because frankly I’m rather tired and I have no idea how long it’ll take to upload this blog entry with all these pictures from a public wireless internet connection at an eatery. Well, maybe just one last paragraph.
Anyhow, I’m very thankful because God’s been really good to me. My laptop was acting up a few days ago but its fine now, which was really really important because I needed it for work. When my signal light spoiled, thankfully I didn’t get into any accidents of any sort and got everything resolved. I also thank God I’ve been able to find a good church with good people. I thank God that in my workplace, that I’ve found favour among those around me, that there’s no form of prejudice but a friendly atmosphere. God’s been really good, even living in the place I am is a real blessing. Thank you Jesus for being so caring and faithful, full of mercy and grace, loving me in spite of who I am.