Going in circles…

I was somewhat apprehensive about going to this historical city…

Malacca border

…that day because of all the horror stories that I heard from Simple Person who told me that the traffic would be so very bad and the roads would be terribly jammed especially when considering that the following day would be a public holiday in some states in the peninsula.

Well, it certainly seemed that our fears were totally unfounded as traffic was smooth all the way and as a matter of fact, some of the roads were quite deserted…

Malacca street

Maybe they purposely cleared the streets because they knew this VVIP from Sibu, Sarawak was coming to town? Muahahahahahaha!!!!!

Of course, if you go to the major tourist attractions, you may get to see a lot of people but other than that, there definitely wasn’t any massive congestion at all.

Malacca tourist attraction

But we did have a problem while we were there and we drove round and round in circles through all the very narrow streets, going in all directions and seeing a lot of interesting sights along the way – including this huge dragon…

Malacca dragon

…in search of this place…

East & West

…at No. 60, Lorong Hang Jebat.

Now, why on earth was I desperately trying to locate this shop, you may ask? Well, it was simply because I wanted to buy some authentic traditional nyonya zhang or meat dumplings (RM4.50)…

Nyonya zhang 1

It certainly was authentic all right…right down to the bright blue stains of the bunga telang or blue pea flower…

Nyonya zhang 2

There was a lot of meat inside…

Nyonya zhang 3

…and a whole lot of ketumbar (coriander) as well – maybe, a little bit too much and those who are not really into the taste of the spice would get put off by it. Personally, I was ok with it and I certainly loved those zhangs a lot.

After I had managed to buy those, we headed out of town to the airport hotel where I would spending the night before my flight home the next morning.

I did manage to pick up a few souvenirs from one of the shops as I was passing by…

Malacca souvenirs

I think my daughter would love these so I’m saving them for her.

It certainly was an eventful day trip and I had a great time, thanks to my dear friend, Mandy…and thanks also to you, Mandy, for spending your time and going through all the trouble to take me around here, there and everywhere during my brief weekend stay. See! You too have been duly rewarded as your car number came out in the lottery and you did get a small ang pao from our friend, Vincent Tan, as well. LOL!!!

Thank you also, Mandy, for getting me this from Singapore…

Singapore Milkmaid

…and all the hotel key cards that you have been saving for me…

From Mandy

And talking about hotel key cards, I just received these…

From Stella

…from my cousin residing in Melbourne, Australia who had gone on a holiday to Japan recently. Thanks so much for your trouble.

I wonder if anyone noticed that the address on the envelope was actually incomplete. The lane number had been inadvertently omitted but as it turned out, it was not much of a problem really as Sibu being such a small town, the mail did not need to go in circles and managed to reach me safe and sound. Ain’t that simply great, don’t you think?