Not having cable TV here until the building is complete means that we see very little English language programs. Last night late on TV 2, we watched Golden Eye, the 1995 Bond movie. Judy Dench is one of our favourites and Piece Brosnan was great as Bond. It triggered our memories as we were in Monte Carlo about March 1995 when one of the scenes in the movie was being shot. The French Navy’s latest Euro Copter Tiger was on the deck of the futuristic warship (The French Frigate La Fayette) in Monte Carlo harbour. We were both heard to exclaim, “we were there”. Clearly remember marvelling at the ship and futuristic helicopter as we watched on! At the time we remarked it looked like a James Bond Movie and later found out it was.
Heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms last night as we watched the movie but we were safe and sound in our 17th floor eyrie at The Shore. Rain gone this morning.
No plan for today after yesterday’s result. Erica is having morning coffee and emailing Robyn her old school friend in Sydney.
I decided to do my constitutional up and down the fire stairs early. Took a few pics to give you the idea. The leaves blown off the trees in last night’s storms were being swept up and picked out of the pebble waterways. On the ground floor of the shopping complex, girls in tight silver dresses are promoting the 3 Lexus Vehicles that appeared there a day ago and customers are invited to take a pic with the car of their dreams. Melaka is coming to life on a new day!
Wandering along the river towards Selvam Indian where we planned a leisurely late lunch we bumped into Peter (our friendly Indian Taxi Driver from our previous time in Melaka). He welcomed us back and told us not to miss the big Tamil Indian Religious festival taking place at the end of Selvam’s street. (Not sure exactly what the celebration was).
Following the road down we came upon a mass of the most Indians we had seen since being in India. They were all beautifully attired in full Indian dress making it a marvellous colourful spectacle that took us straight back to India. Apparently they are Chitty people, mainly Tamils from Southern India also known as Indian Peranakans. A ceremony was going on at their Temple and in a huge pavilion type structure nearby masses of free food and drink was being served to the hungry hordes. There were hundreds in the queues waiting for tables. At this point we felt a little intrusive and withdrew to the busy street.
There were many stalls selling beautiful, colourful Indian garments and the whole mood was one of festivity. What a spectacle. I remarked to Erica, “It looks like every Indian in Melaka is here” and I believe they were. I noticed later when looking at pics I had taken that Erica certainly stood out in the crowd!
Lunched late at Selvam on Roti Masala, Roghani Naan, Tandoori Chicken and Lemon and Lime teas. Cost was 16.90RM or $5.95 Australian for our feast.