Melaka river walk - May 13th 2015

Today I have decided that it is time to bring up the thorny topic of heat! Friends of ours have been asking the question, “how hot is it in Malaysia?”. So here is my attempt to answer them.

The peak daytime temperatures in Malaysia generally are in the early to mid-30’s celsius year round due to its proximity to the equator. Some places like Ipoh feel much hotter as they are away from the coast whereas Melaka feels cooler as it is coastal and gets sea breezes off the Straits of Melaka.

It is really all about how hot you feel not the absolute temperature. This can depend on your apparel and your level of activity. It is noticeable that locals conduct most of their outdoor activities from about 5pm onwards. Shopping centres that open 10am until 10pm on average are really well air-conditioned and are a great place to cool down if overheating.

Having said all this I would advise one not to base their perception of heat until after being exposed to the climate here for at least 10 to 14 days. The reason for this is that the body takes about that amount of time to readjust its thermostat!

When we lived in Brisbane Australia in an old apartment building in the city centre I read an article by an expert on heat and cold effects on the human body’s thermostat. It stated that after about 10 days of ignoring high heat or cold the body thermostat will reset itself so that one feels comfortable at the new “normal” temperature. Always one to respond to a challenge, I set out to either prove or disprove the theory in the comfort of our own home.

Beautiful river walk

Beautiful river walk

It was winter in Brisbane meaning that night time temperatures can fall in the city as low as 15 celsius. My method of testing was to lie in bed with no clothes on and no covers for 10 nights. This proved to be a big challenge and for the first 6 or 7 nights I froze and got little sleep. Miraculously around the tenth night I started to feel more comfortable and slept soundly.  The body thermostat had reset itself.  I then found for the next 10 days sleeping covered felt far too hot for comfort until a further 10 or so days had passed and my thermostat had adjusted again.

This same principle applies to Southeast Asia climate. After over 2 months here I have completely adjusted and find myself enjoying walking in the sun during the day and the shopping centres very cold. We are now sleeping comfortably at night with our air conditioner off.

All I ask is give yourself time to adjust before deciding if Southeast Asia is too hot for you.

River walk with topiary

River walk with topiary

Off to look at some new condominiums being built closer to the sea. We are going to walk the whole way along the Melaka River Walk past Jonker Street and out the other side of the UNESCO Heritage listed area to Jalan Kota Laksamana where Erica assures me from her research “Atlantis” condominiums have been built. Then onwards to the “Hatten City” sales gallery.

Walked along the Melaka River to try to find Atlantis. Were unsuccessful but walked past some large private residences and some very old original houses away from the tourist area. On to the big shopping centres of the main town centre. Pahlawan Mega Mall and Mahkota Parade.

Arrived at Hatten Group‘s sales centre and were greeted by a very nice young man Jerome Lim Jian Lon who took us through the plans of their residential developments at Hatten City.

Stage 1 is already sold out and varied in price from 535,000 RM or about $190,000 Australian for a 515 sq. feet one to well over a Million RM or $350,000 Australian for about 1200sq feet with 3 bedrooms.  When completed later this year they would rent for around 3000RM a month for a 2 bedroom 1145 sq. feet condominium or around $1060 a month Australian.

Erica and Jerome discuss Stage 2

Erica and Jerome discuss Stage 2

Stage 2 is selling now and has a stepped/terraced design to allow balcony’s for approximately 60 condominiums half of which will face the sea. These top of the range ones are selling off the plan for about 1.2Million RM to 1.3 Million RM or $422,000 to $458,000 Australian. They are around 1294 sq. feet and have only 2 bedrooms so that more space is devoted to living. Each one has its own plunge pool on the terrace. These would be our choice.  To give you an idea of the scale of all this over the 2 stages, there are 1780 condominiums and underneath will be the largest shopping centre in Melaka!

Some of the Stage one condominiums will come up for rent by the end of the year and could be a good alternative to The Shore for someone wanting to trial living in Melaka. The Mahokata Medical centre Private Hospital is nearby if needed.

Jerome explained that many Chinese and Koreans rent or buy in these type of developments when working at skilled occupations in Melaka. Also many Private hospital staff buy or rent condominiums here. For any further information we suggest you contact our new friend Jerome as he will be only too pleased to help.

Hard to believe so much is being developed in Melaka but it seems demand is still ahead of supply.