Yesterday afternoon we ventured into the little side “street” off the main shopping mall below us called Asian Avenue. Saw some glasses and Erica picked out a new pair for me. The staff were very friendly and tested my eyes and told me to come back later to pick them up. Cost $160RM for frames and lenses or $56 Australian. This was only for reading lenses not multi-focals. After we had ordered the glasses we noticed the store was called Young Look Optic which was a source of great amusement to us! I think the staff were surprised that we were out and about at our age! Once again they were very friendly and we chatted to them for about half an hour.
Picked up glasses in the evening and am very happy with them and we are still chuckling as I have a glasses case with Young Look written on it! Erica has taken some pics, you be the judge!
In the shopping complex below our nest is a Fine Tea Restaurant Purple Cane. It purveys as its brochure says “Tea-inspired and Tea- infused Healthy Cuisine, low-fat, low-salt and low-seasoning, refreshingly delicious and palatably light food”. A sign outside in Malaysian says something about 23% so we enquired what it said. It turns out it is a 23% off for Melaka Residents until the end of the month. We protested to the helpful lass that we were residents of Melaka as we had sold our home in Australia. She stoically parried our reasoning until Mico Ong appeared and heard our cry. She recognised us as fellow citizens and suggested we ask for her when dining and she would gladly allow us the 23% discount. It is now on the top of our list for our upcoming wedding Anniversary dinner.
Late yesterday we both got a touch of “we need a sweetie” so ventured down to The Lot 10 Hutong eat street below us where we had noticed a place called Oriental Dessert. Ordered a Mango Longan Dessert to share. It consisted of a large mound of freshly shaved ice covered in Mango and Longans and topped with various syrups that pervaded the ice. Well it surprised us by being cool, sweet and delicious.
We have been getting the urge to partake of a glass or two of wine. The so called “Sin Tax” means that 44RM or $15.50 Australian is the cost here of the $6 Australian cheapo purchased in Oz. Barely drinkable comes to mind.
Erica has done the research as there are no wine outlets in our immediate vicinity (beer seems to be the local choice). She has discovered a liquor outlet a few kilometres away and we are setting out on foot in our search for a palatable glass of wine.
Hot day so set forth by taxi on our wine mission. 20RM or $7 Australian later we arrived in the proximity of the said wine shop. After walking around and locating the spot on Google Maps we realised the shop was no more. Stumped and looking a little lost we walked towards a tyre service place.
A young man popped out and enquired as to if we needed help. We explained the situation and he explained the wine shop had moved recently. He and another man got out their phones and attempted to find us another wine shop. After no success one of them jumped on a motor scooter and went looking down the street for a wine place. We were dumb-struck at this level of assistance.
It was not to end there as he returned with no good news and offered to take us to find wine. He bundled us into us into his car and drove us up and down streets still to no avail, double parking and going into shops to check for us. Eventually he took us to Sin Wang Heng Heritage a Chinese Herbal shop and mixed business. He knew the people there and success at last was ours. Bottles of French Merlot 2011 and 2012 emerged and when Erica enquired about White wine a 2008 bottle of South Australian Chardonnay was produced. The reds were only 28RM or$9.85 Australian and the Aussie one was 75RM or $26.40.
Thanking everyone we left the store with no idea where we were. Erica thanked our young friend for his help but he insisted on driving us back to The Shore. Such help and friendliness is so rare these days and we were quite taken aback but gratefully accepted his offer. His name was Eric Lee and he is a Service Technician with Coway (a Water Filter and Purifier Company). His kind assistance certainly made our day.
Feeling hungry we walked back to Jonker Street along the river walk. A man about 50ish stopped us beside the river enquiring if Erica was Dutch. A long conversation ensued where he gave us his take on where Malaysia stands today and some of its problems arising from its ethnic mix. A very intelligent individual and a stimulating discussion.
After about 30 minutes we made our way to a Nyonya food place and we had Pork Sui and Loh Bak Nyonya Pork Rolls with green spicy vegetable and Chicken Rice balls. Washed it down with homemade Barley drink and a Soy Drink. Cost much more than usual but feeling decadant after our wine purchase.
Had our dear friend Glenn email us today worried about budget changes to Aged Pensions paid overseas. He had heard they were to go. The good news is that only persons who have lived in Australia less than 35 years are affected. So “No worries” for us real Aussies! The Financial Review link is below for you worriers!