A'Famosa is spared!!
The A'Famosa plays a very important role to Melaka's development and that include attracts millions of tourists to Melaka every year. I cannot imagine who will ever visit Melaka just because of Jonkers St, Dutch Square and may be Christ Church. Thank God that Sir Stamford Raffles rescued A'Famosa from being demolished by British in 1808.
I was quite shocked to read that some people actually hate the ass out of A'Famosa Fort & those canons that constantly molested till really smooth and shine whenever kids, families, tourists, foreigners taking photos with lot of smiles and magnificent backdrop of A'Famosa. Luckily those tips are sinking to the bottom and I was so worry that it will bring about bad publicity for Melaka tourism.
Melaka people may have suffered tough lives during the colonial period, but the ability to endure and stand up under great suffering is what we looking for. Just as we all know that we are going to die one day, are we suppose to feel sad over this starting from our birth? I don't think soooooo!!!!
Drink sweet things
The locals have an incredibly sweet tooth. A few things I tried were undrinkable as they were so sweet. If you're feeling brave you can try freshly squeezed sugar cane juice from a vendor on the street.
let's go to the zoo..
this is not exactly an 'off the beaten path' but i decided to put it here as a visit to the zoo isn't the usual thing a traveller would do in a visit to malacca.. this is highly recommended if you have some extra time in hand.. this is quite an amazing place.. very well-kept and the animals are well-taken care off too!
Markota Parade is one of the biggest shopping centres in Melaka and its nicely situated near all the guesthouses and many of the hotels in Melaka. Its great because you can simply go inside for a coffee at one of its many coffee shops to escape from the midday heat. Sampling food at the food hall is also easy, with pictures of the many dishes on display for you to eat.
Should you not want to buy anything in the many shops and stalls in the centre then on the upper levels of the shopping centre they have entertainment facilities, with Bowling and the Cinema open for long hours.
On the ground floor there is often an exibition of some sort being shown, which is often interesting to watch. Previous shows have included fashion shows and indonesian/malaysian dancing. Depends on what you buy. Its between 8-10 Rm for a trip to the cinema, and similarly for the bowling.
Not for Dodgeball !
Ever watched the dodgy movie, Dodgeball? Well, in real life, there is an equivilent game in Asia with as much adrenaline, and attitude. Even the name of the game sounds like a fierce moniker for the likes of ballsy characters - "Sepak Takraw." Sepak meaning "slap" or "kick" , Takraw simply means ball in Thai . Unlike dodgeball though, the players slam dunk the ball across a net using most of their body parts except their hands! And instead a plastic ball, they use a pretty wicker ball. Well, never mind even if you can't play the game, the ball still makes a nice souvenir right? Traditional Sepak Takraw Balls are small, lightweight and made of brown-coloured wicker or ratten wood. You'll find lots of these in Jonker Street. Each ball cost around Rm5-10 in Jonker Street.