Malaysia has world class infrastructure - May 19th 2015

Thunderstorms rolling in over downtown Melaka.

Quiet day at the movies

Quiet day at the movies

We are going to have a lazy day, have lunch and catch a movie in the afternoon. Choice is Mad Max or Paul Bolt Mall cop (a comedy). Erica has won out and we are going to see the comedy. Last movie we saw was in Ipoh and we showed our passports and got in at seniors rates. Hope the same applies here.

Decisions, decisions. Will we have Pork Satays, Chicken Rice Balls, Duck Rice, Fried Oysters, Tandoori Chicken or a Melaka Laksa?  Either way we know it will taste great and be at the retiree prices we have learnt to love. We have started to think over 20Rm or $7 Australian is an expensive lunch for two!

Braised trotter Mongolian style

Braised trotter Mongolian style

Green vegetables

Green vegetables

Tripe, beef balls and beef chunks

Tripe, beef balls and beef chunks

One of Melaka’s other great plusses is the climate. It has no dry season so rain can fall any month of the year. Driest month is February and the wettest is November. Melaka has one of the lowest annual rainfalls in Malaysia at 2,000mm (about the same as The Northern Rivers in NSW Australia). Rainfall usually happens in the evenings although morning thunderstorms also occur. The thunderstorms here exert a cooling effect and are welcomed rather than being disruptive. Our experience has been nice sea breezes and although the humidity is constantly high (around 75 to 85%) the overall perception is this is a pleasant climate to live in.

At present Melaka seems to have few expats/retirees living here and maybe this could be explained by the lack of western style condominiums such as those abounding in Penang. This is now being rectified with Hatten City and The Shore leading the way.

Penang would probably be our recommendation for a place in Malaysia for Australian expats to settle as there are plenty of good condominium choices, fellow expats, great food, health care and good facilities. It all adds up to make it the “Asia Easy” standout.

Having said all that Penang is not for us as we thrive on adventure and the unknown rather than the safe and predictable. Melaka for us would be top of our list in Malaysia and this has been reinforced further by our so far 12 night stay in our Shore condominium. 13 more days here and off to Chiang Mai for a month!

Took taxi to Aeon Bandaraya shopping complex and went up to Golden Screen Cinemas. Asked for 2 senior’s tickets and started to get out our passports as ID. Erica removed her glasses and gave the attendant a stare and he motioned to me he believed us and issued the cheaper tickets! 8.50RM each or $2.99 Australian. He also gave us a free voucher for popcorn and a drink valued at 6.90RM. We were able to pick our seats in the theatre on a screen and once again the theatre put the Aussie ones in Byron Bay and the Tweed to shame.

Malaysia is a third world country so we find it puzzling that the road systems are world class (no potholes or nasty undulations so common in Australia), modern movie theatres with comfortable seats, showers with full flow water, cheap reliable electricity and inexpensive mobile phone / WiFi internet connections.