Jason and Dawn - Around the world 2011 travel blog

Bus ride from Kuala Lumpur airport to Melaka


Scooters and bikes in front of McDonalds.... crazy!

Christmas decorations everywhere

Christmas meal... not traditional, but very tasty!

Central Melaka

Christmas play in one of the main shopping complexes

Lined up for some satay'd meat... it was quite worth while... delicious!

Picking out the delectable items that will then be boiled in a...

The staff came along every once in a while to stirr up...

Melaka at night

After having spent the night at McDonald's in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, we took the 9:00am Bus to Melaka, then the local bus to Town Center, where we walked another 15minutes to our new home for 3 nights. Our first impression of Melaka was good, and the following days confirmed that this little city is quite nice indeed.

Melaka's 600 years of history is reflected in its ancient buildings, intriguing streets, delectable cuisine and unique cultural heritage. In the 16th century, Melaka enjoyed a reputation as the foremost maritime trading center in the region. Merchants came from as far as Arabia, China, India and Europe to conduct trade in silk, spices, gold and porcelain.

In 1403 arrived Parameswara, an exiled Hindu Prince from the Kingdom of Sri Vijaya in Sumatra. He assumed title and became the first ruler of this new realm, which marked the early beginnings of the Sultanate of Melaka. In 1511 the Portuguese conquered Melaka and colonized it for 130 years. The Dutch came in 1641 and ruled for 154 years, they were followed by the British in 1824 who ruled until the country gained its independence. Melaka also experienced Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945.

Dec 24th: After arriving at our lovely room at the "Roof Top Guest House' we spent the rest of the day enjoying each other's company, while listening to Christmas songs and enjoying some Christmas cartoons, and finally watching "It's a Wonderful Life" before calling it a night. It was nice to have some alone time and relaxation... we didn't even go out for supper, opting instead for Pizza Hut delivery (which was quite delicious).

Dec 25th: Merry Christmas to all our friends and family, we love and miss you all. Definitely a strange feeling to be in 30 plus degree heat during Christmas Day! While it's nice to be in such great weather, we missed our families and found it difficult to find the Christmas spirit within. We were able to skype and talk to our loved ones, which helped with the holiday cheer! :)

We enjoyed a Christmas supper (not at all traditional) with Nick and Delphine, as well as another French couple, Pierre and Anne. We ordered a plate of Portuguese deep fried squid, mixed vegetables, white sticky rice and a Portuguese chicken dish. We made it back to our room around 11:30pm to begin our skype sessions with the east coast family again.

Dec 26th: Boxing day, what else do you do on boxing day back home.......shopping, eating, walking, and relaxing. That was the entire day :) We had supper at Capital Satay, which is an extremely popular "hole in the wall" type place, with great food. The line up queue is always at least an hours wait, and people gladly line up for their turn! We had a great time choosing our skewers of chicken, beef, shrimp, etc. and then cooking them in our boiling pot of peanut sauce in the center of the table.

After dinner we split with the group and continued walking the streets of Melaka, undertaking a little shopping as we went. Jason bought a new pair of jean shorts which he needed extremely bad due to all his weight loss over the last month of traveling. We ended our night off with watching 'Polar Express'.

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