Had dinner last night at Restoran Selvam, a highly recommended Indian place near our hotel. The food was sensational and having spent time in India we can honestly say that this was as good as eating in India. Ate Masala Roti, Butter Naan and Tandoori Chicken with yoghurt and mint dipping sauce followed by Banana wrapped in a crispy thin naan and two Lime drinks. Total cost including 6%GST was 17.50RM. The food was so good we forgot to take any pics!
There are many antique shops in Melaka with beautiful things for sale. It has been a completely different experience to browse in them now that we have no home. The knowledge that we have many wonderful pieces safely stored and that we no longer need to acquire has given us a great sense of unburdening and freedom. We no longer have to decide to buy or not and can just admire.
My wise Mother once said to me ‘You don’t need to buy something to enjoy it” and now I know what she meant.
Looked at another good riverfront hotel today whilst walking along the river cruise route. It is called the RC Hotel and is another one I recommend it but you would need a riverfront room. It is well located just along from the Wayfarer and get good reviews There are so many Guest Houses and Hotels in Melaka in every price range but would always suggest going for position over star ratings. The Puri Hotel is also in a good position (but no River). We only went as far as the foyer but it looked good.
Once again I stress that accommodation is as individual as our choice of partners so research the internet well before deciding. Erica is the arbiter of good taste in our relationship and it has always been my policy to defer to her in the matter of selecting accommodation. She has not let us down to date! One of the real treasures she chose was The Kybele Hotel in Istanbul where we spent a week many years ago. Look it up on www.kybelehotel.com/ and you will see what I mean.
Mounted the trusty 1986 Toyota Crown with Peter at the wheel and headed for Taman Peal Melaka, a manmade island just off Melaka. It is covered with empty 3 storey shops built 5 years ago, and were built to house Chinese Shopkeepers. The building of a large Mosque on the sea side of the island made the shops unsuitable for the Chinese. Gargantuan development is now occurring on the eastern end of the island with 3 Projects under construction. Large hotels and condominiums. A half completed Arab City Development is decaying on another section near the Mosque.
Another huge hotel retail and condominium development seems to rise out of the ocean as we reach the mainland again. Over 9,000 workers are on this one site! Most of these are Indonesians guest workers. www.hattencity.com
Visited the Portuguese settlement and on to Umbai a fishing village where some of the traditional Melaka fishermen still exist. This area of the coast south east of the city is flat open country with wide roads and many bungalows. Coconut plantations reach to the sea. No more land reclamation or condominiums. We are about 14 kilometres out of Melaka City. The Malaysian road signs are excellent and the broad boulevards are a credit to the town planners.
Back home in Melaka we ventured to the newly completed Shore Residences on the Melaka River. It consists of a 4 towers. Two residential blocks a Hotel block and a 42 storey serviced apartments block. http://www.kerjayaprospek.com/prj-theshore/overview.htm
Our new friend Sales Agent Cheah Yew Mun from YIT SENG REALITY took us on a grand tour.
He showed us a residential apartment of 1,232 square feet with a proper kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Selling at 780.000RM, they can be rented on 12 month leases for 3,500RM per calendar month fully furnished or 3,000RM unfurnished. Huge infinity edge pool, gym and vast shallow pool are on the garden level 9 floors up. These would be very liveable for expats. We visited the roof garden area 42 storeys up with views forever over the city and Malaka straits. We were quite overcome by the size and tasteful modern design of this landmark building. Erica was heard to give it her nod of approval!
Melaka is undergoing incredible changes with the assistance of both state and federal governments.
We believe it is on the cusp of becoming a leading city in Malaysia surpassing Penang (The Pearl of The Orient) as the place to be the many new developments underway will provide great choice for expats wishing to relocate to here in the next few years. The combination of its exotic past its position on the Melaka Straits, wonderful food, its low cost of living (compared to the Western world) and now a choice of new Western style condominiums makes it almost irresistible.
Melaka in a few short days has worked her charm on us and it has elevated her to being the top of our list for a place for us to live in Malaysia (so far!)