With regard yesterday’s visit to the Hatten City Display the following web sites may give you a better idea. The first http://www.hattenmelaka.com/ is their general site. The second one http://hattencity.com/faq/ of FAQ gives the prospective purchaser the answers to many questions especially corporate body costs and local government costs and would probably apply to most off the plan purchases here. I found it very interesting especially the legal fees and costs.
As an interesting aside there are no number fours in these building as they are marketed to Chinese who believe four is an unlucky number. In The Shore the lift button go 3 and 3A and then 5. Similarly it goes 13 and 13A and then 15 and the same at 23 with 23A and then 25.
Purchased our Transnasional Bus tickets from Melaka to KLIA Terminal 2 for our Air Asia flight to Chiang Mai on the 2nd June. Cost 24.10RM each or $8.30 Australian at the latest exchange rate which is favouring us here. One Aussie Dollar buys 2.91 Malaysian Ringgit today. The exchange rate for the Thai Baht has also improved to over 27 Thai Baht to the Aussies dollar up from 25 at the start of our adventure.
Erica has been having no end of trouble locating a swimsuit in Malaysia. It appears that because 66% are Muslim and forbidden to swim in pools with others that there is little demand for them. When we thought about it we realised that possibly very few Malaysians have learnt to swim. Whilst in Langkawi which is 99% Muslim, we did not see any locals swimming at the beach, they just walked into the edge of the water and women remained fully clad.
Having lived in a Muslim state for over 2 months we have great respect for their customs and beliefs and have found them very friendly towards us.
Just returned from a venture into Little India and the no tourist part of China Town Melaka. We were ogling a renovation of an old Shop House when the owner bobbed out and invited us in, an offer we could not resist. It is called 1825 Hotel as that is the year it was built and will have 42 rooms some of which will have Melaka River views. Lucky to have had a preview as she and her brother are doing a great job. We may stay there when we come back as she promises it will be ready.
Next stop was the utterly unique Capitol Sate Celup recommended by our friend Jerome from The Hatten Group yesterday. Most amazing place. You sit at a circular table with a massive wok burner in the centre including a 14kg gas bottle. A pot of boiling peanut/paste/chilli/water sits atop the burner and an attendant adds more ground peanuts and stirs it for you. He adjusts the flame also so is very important!
One selects satay sticks with anything from water spinach, prawns, chicken. Squid, fish balls, octopus tentacles, stuffed capsicum etc. It is all uncooked and you take it on a tray to your table which comes complete with a roll of toilet paper for keeping hands clean. You put the sticks into the boiling peanut mix and eat when cooked. Well what an experience! It is famous and only done here in Melaka. People queue up for hours to get in. Each stick cost 1.10RM. Erica had 18 and I had 9 and including 2 sour plum lime juices cost us 39RM or $13.50Australian. Walked back to hotel along the river as the daylight began to fade.