A Weekend BrideAway Trip To Melaka.
Choosing the perfect place.
Getting together for a Bacholerette outing (or BrideAway) with the Bride and Bridesmaids was a challenging task especially with our unexpected schedules. One was busy for a photo-shoot at work, another is based in Singapore, while I was busy packing my things for the move. Despite this, we committed to a date and stuck with it, clearing anything that could possibly take up our time for this particular weekend.
Well we almost had to go without the bride because of a last minute photo-shoot but she pulled through in the end.
Our weekend road trip destination would be Melaka, a two hours drive away from Kuala Lumpur which would fulfill our food-heritage-relaxation itinerary. The plan was to go with the flow and walk around Jonker Street until we were Jonkerized. Most importantly is having this weekend to ourselves and spending good quality single time before the bride gets hitched!
Staying on Jonker street for the night.
Ali found this cute guesthouse while she was walking around Jonker Street during her last visit. The name Layang Layang reminded me of green fields and colourful kites (like the name) swaying high above us in the blue clouds. The actual place did have similar effects to it, what with the main lobby wall filled up with a Chopper bicycle, guitars, music notes and animal structures upon our entry. It was definitely a laid back and fuss free place where we had to put our shoes outside before entering the compound. Parking in this area is a bit difficult though but you can inform the owners beforehand of your arrival and they may be able allocate a spot for you just outside the guest house, provided the parking space is available. There are a few types of rooms here for 2 people, 3 people and even 4 people with either single beds or queen sized beds. This comes with a shared bathroom in the middle of the courtyard for both first and second floors. Sue and I stayed upstairs while the rest of the girls were below us. We loved the location of the guest house because it was right on Jonker Street and we could walk anywhere within a few minutes.
Location: Layang Layang Guest House. 26, Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200 Malacca
Eating our way through Melaka.
We did say it was going to a be no diet, food fest on this weekend trip and it started with roti canai even before it all began. Safe to say we needed a dieting break (except for me because I have been cheating) and whatever the bride felt like eating, we would go for it. As soon as Ali arrived here from Singapore we went to Jonker 88 and queued up to get bowls of Baba assam laksa, Nyonya curry laksa and cendol durian. There were so many people and some even decided to eat while standing, while others waited patiently for the customers to leave before taking a seat. What I loved about the laksa was the fact that they added tauhu, fishballs, fucuk and half an egg for each bowl instead of just noodles with the soup. For dinner we went to Amy’s Kitchen which served Baba and Nyonya dishes such as kangkong kobis keledek masak titik lemak and telur dadar cincaluk. The bill came to about RM190 for 10 people and 8 dishes which was a really good price! The uncle told us to come back and try the other 42 dishes the next time we come to Melaka. On Sunday we decided on Geographer Cafe since Sue had wanted good coffee all day. As it turns out, Geographer serves healthy food with no MSG! Everything that they cooked uses natural flavours from the meat, vegetables, good old salt and pepper.
1) Jonker 88, No. 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka
2) Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine, 75, Jalan Melaka Raya 24, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka
3) Geographer Cafe, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka
Having good coffee with good company.
Girls and their coffee can never be separated. If some of us don’t get coffee, we get cranky. So as soon as we arrived in Melaka, I took them to Mods Cafe to try out the special Mods Espresso Blend using Ethiopia and Kenya beans. After that it was off to the Malaysia 13 States Cafe where we got to choose coffees made popular in each state. I chose the Perak white coffee (typical me for not being adventurous), Sue chose the Malacca coffee (margarine, palm sugar, coffee beans), Ali had the Kelantan coffee (really kau to the the max with a tinge of bitterness) and Sin had the Sabah Tenom coffee. I think Sue’s coffee was the strangest because of the margarine factor. Oh and Louise had tea because she had the Latte earlier at Mods Cafe. Despite this, Sue felt that she needed ‘REAL’ coffee on Sunday so we went to Geographer cafe for her cafe latte. She was happy after that.
1) Malaysia’s 13 States Coffee, No. 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Melaka
2) Mods Cafe, Jalan Tokong, Melaka
3) Geographer Cafe, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka
Visiting the Place Where Letterpress Began.
With 4 of them being in the Creative unit (2 copywriters, 1 designer and 1 art director), The Royal Press Museum was one of the MUST DO THING when in Melaka. Not many people were aware that you could take a tour in the museum because from outside, the placed looked like a printing shop during the early 1900s. We booked our time for 4:30pm and was guided by a researcher who was doing his internship in The Royal Press for a few months. First opened in 1938, the Royal Press now preserves one of the oldest letterpress printing in the world. They still print calendars, liquor labels, Chinese medicine labels, invoices and wedding invitations for the local community using the traditional machines. What is also interesting is the fact that The Royal Press opened up its doors to volunteers who have the passion for printing, to assist them in the work and also archiving the 600,000 Chinese characters in their storage. Those letters are really small and to arrange them takes up a lot of effort and patience. I have a feeling they may want to volunteer their time here one of these days and learn the art of letterpressing.
Location: The Royal Press, 29, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca
Discovering lanes, windows and doors.
From our hotel, we walked along Jalan Kasturi and turned to Lorong Hang Jebat which cafes, guesthouses fronting the riverside. Most of them were closed during the day but wide open at night for happy hours (drinking session). A pub called Shantaran had photos of cut up models with cats head on them (this was so weird) and a ‘Beastness’ signage opening at 9pm onwards. Ali also pointed out the ‘Clean Clean’ laundry shop with its’ cute washing machine designed wall that came with a little hanger. Too bad it was closed though, if not we would be able to take a sneak peak inside. There was just so many things to photograph along the way and each shops that we passed by had something unique about it.
Using the heritage town as photo backdrops.
At every street corner there would be a cracked wall, a line up of potted plants or a colourful window which made for an interesting backdrop for our photos. Ali preferred making us her subject so we would walk and she would stop and tell us “Eh ok stand there be my model.” She has an eye on capturing things at that moment and putting us in the middle of it. We’re not the only ones who find the heritage setting to be a favourite among other wedding couples using them as their backdrop for their wedding album. Basically the entire Melaka town is suitable for any type of photography action.
The end of a fulfilling weekend with the bride-to-be.
Right now I am personally missing this weekend getaway already. We played ukulele, took cover from the hot sun in the air conditioned room, searched for putu piring (in vain), bought squarish looking pineapple tarts from Chrisina Ee and waved to people on the river cruise while walking along the riverfront. The weekend couldn’t have been better. All we need now is to enjoy the wedding and have another trip together possibly in Cambodia.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.