Musical Fountain in Melaka - May 16th 2015

Erica admiring the fountain

Erica admiring the fountain

The Shore has a marvellous Musical Fountain between it and the Mangrove River Boardwalk. Took some great pics of it during the day as its spouts leapt up to 8 metres in the air. We are not the “impressed by fountains” type but to have to admit to really liking this one! Erica says she has never seen such attractive and contemporary fountains as surround the base of this complex.

Parking Police abound all over the world and we observed one on his scooter pull up in Herren Street yesterday and give an electronic ticket. Fine was 30RM or about $10.70 Australian. Sounds like cheap parking by Australian prices! The system requires one to place “scratchy” type cards on the dashboard with your date and time scratched off. The officer took pics of both the expired card on the dash and the fine notice under the wipers. Very high tech!

We discovered a large shop called San Shu Gong Food at the star of Jonker Street yesterday. It only sells foodstuffs made in Melaka. Purchased a selection after avoiding the fish based delicacies! Ended up with Sago, Coconut, and Bean Cookies. Have eaten the coconut ones already. They were delightful. Also purchased pressed out green bean biscuits, Black sesame bites and peanut and sesame bites. The green bean pressed out ones were delicious! We have decided to ration our consumption of these goodies lest they attach themselves to our waistlines.

Another shop staff vacancy sign I took a pic of yesterday shows the hourly rate offered as 6RM or just over $2 Australian an hour plus commissions. It must be a good rate or they would not put it on a sign like this!

Those cheap airfares are calling and discovered an Air Asia Flight to Colombo in Sri Linka for $250 each Australian return.  Amortized over a 30 day stay it works out at about $17 a day. These are retiree/pensioner prices and are very tempting. An electronic 30 day visa is easily obtained online for around $25 American.

We have finalized our first 5 night’s accommodation in Chiang Mai Thailand. Settled on an old family compound across the River Ping from the Old Town. Although a small walk to town, it is quieter and less frenetic.  We have booked a ground floor suite away from the road that looks very comfortable as we both feel after living here in 1300 sq. feet moving straight to a shoebox hotel room could cause us to feel too confined. It is a tad above our Retiree/Pensioner budget but will be money well spent. www.baanorapin.com will give you an idea of what it is like.

Tourists on Jonker Street

Tourists on Jonker Street

The perfect lunch

The perfect lunch

People watching eventually got the better of us and we headed down the River Walk to busy Jonker Street and it was packed with Asian tourists both in tour groups and individuals. Wandered around and then had late lunch at Fred’s Nyona food. Have eaten there before but today we were lucky to get a table and they had sold out of roast pork. Ended up having green vegetable Kangkong Sambal (with chilli, garlic and prawn paste). chicken rice balls and a mixed chicken plate with roast and steamed. The chicken was of silken moist texture and a delight to eat. Chilli sauce and two lime juice and sour plum drinks rounded out the perfect lunch. Cost was 39RM or $13.90 Australian. The tourist area is more costly.

Amoy waffle

Amoy waffle

Erica warning the Macaques

Erica warning the Macaques

Erica needed a sweetie so bought an Amoy Waffle shaped like a fish and tasting a bit like a pikelet with a green filling. Only 1.6RM or 57cents Australian.

Off back to The Shore along the back of shops and guest houses that front the river. Found many wholesalers and traders shops. At the hotel we found our resident crab eating Macaques resting beside the River walk. Erica gave them a very stern warning to stop threatening us but having had them at our Zoo we could read them like a book so they were no problem.

Muslim bride and groom

Muslim bride and groom

The day finished with a Muslim bride and groom at The Shore beckoning us to take their pic so we obliged. She was looking beautiful if but with a little too much bling for our taste.