Our love affair with The Shore continues - 12th May 2015

Just had a wonderful long shower with full flow. Fortunately Malaysia has not embraced the Australian idea of building no new dams so as to make water a scarce resource, thus enabling the price to be increased to the hapless consumer. Water here is in plentiful supply and boy are we enjoying it!

While shaving this morning the mirror bore a stark reminder of my barber shop massacre of yesterday. The shine from my barely covered pate greeted my gaze! Parts of my head that have not seen daylight since my youth are now exposed as white patches around my tan. My ears seem to have moved lower down my head as my barber ‘friend” removed any side burns I may have had with a deft stroke of his fast moving clippers.

Open to air wells

Open to air wells

Our love affair with The Shore continues unabated as she holds us in her warm embrace. It has just won The Asia Pacific Architectural Landscape award for 2015 and we are not surprised. The whole building oozes “Good Architecture for the 21st Century”. The clever “air wells” reminiscent of old Shop Houses in Melaka allow one to have an opening window from both the bathrooms and laundry/wet kitchen areas. It also means that there is only one common wall between each condominium. The corridor’s to the lift foyer area are breezeways of fresh air giving the whole place a pleasant feel.

Another beautiful day in Melaka awaits us so we are off to enjoy. Jumper, coat and cold are words that have slipped from our vocabulary never to be needed again.

The Shore Oceanarium

The Shore Oceanarium

Went down to the 2nd floor in our lift and into The Shore Oceanarium. We used our passports to qualify for a senior’s discount entry at 18RM each or $6.40 Australian.  The place is state of the art and very educational. We both filled in our Quiz Sheet and got full marks! Was hard to believe all this is underneath our condominium.

Walked into our Eat Street (Lot 10 Hutong) on the same level and had great late lunches. Erica had Braised Barbeque Pork Rice at 12.50 RM or $4.40 Australian and we both had to say it was the best we had ever tasted. I had Barbeque Pork Wonton Noodle at 10.50RM or $3.70 Australian which was also delicious. When you put it into perspective we had lunch for two in a shopping centre for the price of a cup of coffee each in Byron Bay

Braised pork rice

Braised pork rice

Pork wonton noodles

Pork wonton noodles

Have done a little research on The Putra Specialist Hospital that we look over from our floor’s lobby. A single deluxe private room is 200RM or $70 Australian or you can go for the VIP Suite for 530RM or $186 Australian if you were feeling extravagant! A day in Intensive care costs 200RM or $70 Australian as does the Coronary Intensive Care Unit. At these prices anyone can afford a Heart Attack! They even have a Royal Suite for 1210RM or $426 Australian. I am not sure if you have to be a member of a royal family to occupy! I will check this out as I rather fancy the Royal Suite if I was to be admitted!

I have a new favourite ATM bought about by the fact it is the only one in our complex. It is CIMB ISLAMIC Bank and I first approached it cautiously thinking that it might identify me as Non-Muslim and refuse to play ball.  Luckily it works just like any other ATM. All ATM’s in Malaysia with either Visa or Cirrus marked on them will take Australian Visa Cards.