#Melaka, #Malaysia: Part One

For my recent birthday, I visited Melaka, Malaysia. Formerly controlled by the Dutch (and before that Portugese and Indian), this UNESCO Heritage Site is small but inviting and filled with a great merge of cultures. I met up with my two dear friends from Singapore, Daphne and Hweesh, for a short but fun-filled weekend. First of all, the plane ride was fantastic.

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Below, some early morning wanderings around the center of town:

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Ruins:

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Daphne, cheerful as usual:

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Daphne and Hweesh:

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Part one, the mentally ill Hweesh:

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Part two, the correct pose:

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Some cool wall art:

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Strange car symbols:

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The fabulous cyclo/tuk-tuk type of transportation, probably the weirdest I’ve seen in Asia:

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One of the oldest churches (18th century):

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Old school story on the Pokok Melaka:

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Pigeon zone:

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A disappointing but off-the-beaten-path market:

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The tiniest papayas I’ve ever seen:

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The market had truly strange architecture:

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This fish man asked if I wanted to hug the fish:

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Pineapple preparation:

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Coconut shaving:

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I wonder if they know the connection to hip hop:

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Strangest ingredients at this Melaka bake shop:

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Huge bars of baking chocolate:

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BBQ Ax:

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Scenes from the Chinese medicine shop, where I bought some great tea:

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Cambodian delicacy in Malaysia? Hmm….

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Bake shop time. But no ugly ducklings this day.

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Instead we had this marvelous delight, a yolky-cream-sugar-filled hot puff thing:

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I think Daphne found it too hot:

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