Is it really as good as it sounds? - 10th May 2015

Mentioned to Erica yesterday how harmonious our travelling has been. She put it very succinctly in her reply saying, “we have learnt over nearly 50 years together each other’s flaws and overlook them in favour of our good points”. Some of our friends following our blog have enquired, “is it really as good as it sounds?” and we have answered with a resounding, “Yes!”

We are such different individuals. Erica when I fell in love with her was a dress design student at cosmopolitan East Sydney Technical College. She had purple hair (from Magic Silver White), wore clothes designed and made by her that barely covered her nether regions (it was the early 60’s!) and had a penchant for smoking a pipe. I on the other hand was a shy country boy who had failed Veterinary Science at Sydney University and was working for a veterinary drug company selling antibiotics to chicken and pig farmers.  We were the most unlikely couple.

I had met Erica briefly a few years earlier through her brother, Warren, whom I went to Agricultural Boarding school with. After a year of being a drug company representative I had put on a little weight and when we met again at Crows Nest in Sydney in late 1966 Erica’s opening line was, “don’t I know you? You're fatter now than when I last met you!” She has always spoken her mind and the rest is history. Enough of reminiscing and on with the adventure.

This morning we are off to the massive Aeon Shopping Centre nearby The Shore. It is only a 15RM or about $5.30 Australian taxi fare each way. Erica is looking for some swimmers and we will have a good look around to see what the locals are doing on Mother’s Day.

Spicy noodles

Spicy noodles

Beef tripe soup

Beef tripe soup

We had lunch in the eat street under our condo. The food was so good we ate it before taking a pic! Erica had beef tripe soup with beef pieces and beef balls and I had spicy noodles with beef ball soup and greens. Cost us 21 RM or $7.40 Australian.

Watched a Mother’s day mothers on the catwalk competition, after one of the judges approached us in a beautiful silk hand painted Asian dress and explained she was limping from a fall in a deep drain 3 weeks ago. She was introduced by the compare as being very important but we forget what for! Got bored when the 23 contestants had to give a 2 minute speech each in Malaysian and we could not understand a word.

Sunday shoppers in Melaka

Sunday shoppers in Melaka

2RM dustpan

2RM dustpan

Ventured by Taxi to Aeon shopping centre nearby which was absolutely packed. Erica looked at some Sun Seeker swim suits from Australia as most ones here are suitable for Muslim Ladies only as they are coveralls. Many Muslim women actually attend the beach here in their full regalia.

Next we tried on some new glasses but as the price of the ones we liked would have paid for an airfare to Malta or Sicily we decided travel was better than new glasses.

Into the supermarket, which was huge and also packed. Got some essentials for our stay including papaya, bananas, oatmeal biscuits, muesli, milk, tomatoes, some Australian cheese, Ipoh White Coffee mix (2 types) and front loader washing detergent. Total cost was 143RM or $50.35 Australian. Had trouble finding front loader detergent and Erica approached a fellow customer who after searching with us rang her sister to see what she used and another kind lady helped us to decide on which one to buy.  People here are so friendly and helpful.