Oh, Melaka, you have overwhelmed me with your artistry staring back at me. Your roots seem upside down, they will never be buried. They earned their spotlight long ago, and now we’re here to celebrate. Exploring your rugged streets, taking shots of your most popular spots, visiting your exceptional museums, discovering your hidden gems, what more could I ask? I don’t have much choice, but to keep coming back for more.
Exhausted, we found our way to the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. We ate at Nando’s, which looks like a direct copy of Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken here at the Philippines. Their ketchup is labeled “Tomato Sauce” so I ignored it at first. To my surprise, it was actually my beloved dip, which saved me from the super spicy sauces. I can’t even tolerate the “mild” one, let alone the “extra chili.” Afterwards, we exchanged our pesos to ringgits and found our way back to the inner streets of Melaka. We explored the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum next, then went on to walk some more.
One of the highlights of the day: our visit to The Baboon House. We just ordered drinks because we were still full. I didn’t take pictures inside because there were signs that permits customers to. However, when we asked our server, she said yes. Still hesitant, this is the only picture I managed to take. I regret not taking more pictures, since the place was just so breathtaking. Even the pathway to the restroom is divine!
Our next stop: Calanthe Art Cafe. We already passed by this restaurant earlier but we didn’t realize it was actually Calanthe because the name was posted on a wall covered by plants. Along with The Baboon House, this is a must visit when in Melaka. The place was colorful and beautiful, the servers were nice and attentive, the food were delicious and exquisite. Their strawberry milkshake was divine, while the satay not so much.
We took a few minutes to rest at the Jonker Walk World Heritage Park. I was happy watching people of all ages strike different poses and have fun with their loved ones (including me haha). Outside the park, you can see the crowd starting to thicken as different stalls were already opening.
Melaka’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 is much deserved. I can’t help but think of this place every now and again, replaying memories in my mind and wishing I had more time to explore and discover everything it has to offer. It was truly a magnificent experience that I will gladly and most likely repeat in the near future.