We then knew that you can take it for an excursion that goes around the city including the river! INTERESTING!!!
What a big lizard!!!
Baba-Nonya House Museum was our next station. We, unfortunatelly, couldn’t get inside because we ran out of money! 😦 However we managed to get some photos by it:
We had our bus at 2:30 pm and it was around 12 now. So, we decided to go for a round inside the malls (the sun of Malacca is really hurting)! What we noticed is that prices were really really cheap, and we were really sorry for not saving any money for shopping!!!
Then we went to the hostel for the check out.
The bus (Transitional) was really good and cheap RM25. It went directly to the airport so we didn’t have to worry about missing our flight!
We arrived at the airport three hours before the departure time. We decided to spent the last RM10 we have on a meal from the airport, and we managed to find a cheap one there:
Once we hopped inside the plane and got welcomed by the Egyptian staff, we felt home again! And it was a nice feeling 🙂 However we both felt really sad for leaving!!!
And you can see that in our last video in Malaysia:
It was a really nice bus that we booked from Penang to Malacca. The seats were big, wide, 160 degrees adjustable and comfy! Book with “New Asian Travel” they are really great! The price was expensive, I admit, but it’s the only direct and cheapest way to get from Penang to Malacca. It was for RM50, but it’s really worth it!
We had a really funny situation: we arrived at the gathering point five minutes earlier (9:55). We went directly to the ticketing office asking about the bus. There was a guy there claiming that the bus left! We PANICKED. OMG! And then he pointed at the clock and it was 10:05. We said “it’s wrong.” The clock is not right!!! When he saw us panicking that way he said: “calm down I am just kidding” :@
I wanted to smash that guy’s head but couldn’t! 😀 He happened also to be Egyptian living there 25 years ago. He kept talking with us about his experience in Thailand and Malaysia. We didn’t care about all that. All we cared about was the bus. 😀
The bus moved at 10:45 and dropped us at Malacca by 5:15 am. All the way we were sleeping of course. Then we went to the main station searching for how to reach to our hostel!
The station was almost empty at that time, and almost all the shops were closed except Mac. We got inside it and ordered a breakfast. Then we kept waiting for the day to start at Malacca!
By 6:30, the station started to be alive. We went looking for our bus which we took and went to AJIT Guest House & Hotel. The place is really close to Menara Taming Sari (a very important landmark). We asked the receptionist to just leave our bags, and then we can come back after the check-in time (2pm). He asked for extra charge RM10 each for early check-in! We told him we don’t want to pay any extra charges, we just need to leave our bags and we can come back by 2pm and get our room! He said “no problem go get your room for no extra charges”. That was late, but so nice of him 🙂
The place was “good”. We booked in it a “Basic Twin Private Shared Bathroom” for RM25 for each/night. That was a good rate there! The room was big and clean with a fan, a small table and 2 single beds. However, the toilet wasn’t very good, small and we saw ants in it! All in all we stayed for just one night and the place was great for that according to the price we paid!
We got some rest, a shower and then started our master-day at Melacca:
We really had a plenty of time and we couldn’t find anything to do except just walking on the street and by the river!
And that’s why we thought about going to the beach and sit by it for sometime 🙂 So romantic 😀 hehe
Well, we did, and I wish we didn’t 😀 because I faced a difficult situation by the sea! My “Whole” leg immersed suddenly into the sand! And I thought for a while that I may die here!!! But, thanks God I managed to get myself out of the sand. However this incident marred all the clothes I was wearing and we had to go to the hostel quickly!
I washed my cloth in the toilet, I couldn’t put them like that in my bag and didn’t have enough time for hostel laundry! This sea really gave me hard time that night :@ .
Stay tuned for my last day in Malacca and whole Malaysia…
Kek Lok Si Temple, Lunch at an Indian restaurant, Penang Hill, The Floating Mosque and Dinner at The Red Garden
That was a real beautiful day..
We spent that day with three Indonesian friends (Fitri, Fera and Yuyun) and two S.Korean friends (Ajull Lim and Si-Jull Lim). And actually their companion was what’s making this day unique!
We started by visiting the amazing Kek Lok Si Temple. The time we spent there was really very nice. It’s a huge temple and there are lots of nice places to take photos in. First of all, on our way there, we stumbled by turtles lake: 😀 YES 😀
And those are some other photos by the entrance of the temple:
Then we went for climbing to the farthest part of the temple. We booked a one way ticket for the elevator (otherwise we would have to walk so long,) but we climbed down walking!
Then we moved to have lunch in a nearby Indian restaurant:
After that, we separated we had different plans! 😦 But we kept company with Fera and Fitri 🙂
So we went to Penang Hill. However, me and Walid were on a low budget and couldn’t afford to pay the RM30 for climbing the Hill. So, we waited downstairs until Fera, and Fitri finished their trip up their! However, we didn’t sit still, we were looking for water to buy 😀
Later on, we went to The Floating Mosque.It was a bit far, but was definitely worth it! Never ever think of missing it!
We toured in the Masjid, prayed, enjoyed and took many photos!
We also videoed it, have a look at this video:
Then we went for dinner at The Red Garden:
There is a funny story to tell here! The Cook had a really very long hair (as you can see in the picture) and I told Fitri about it that I really like her hair. She went to her immediately telling her that I like her hair. She became very shy and refused to take a photo of me and her alone, but we managed to take a photo with her all! 😀
And that’s the last video we had before we had to run for the bus to Melacca…
Thanks for reading… next post is about Melacca, inshaAlah (God willing)
Clan Jetties, Khoo Kongsi Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Malaysian Police Celebrating, Fort Cornwallis, 3D street art gallery, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang Botanical Gardens and Red Garden food court.
We started the day by going to Clan Jetties. Which was a nice experience to make shopping above the sea! Yes, and cheap it was. You can buy souvenirs from there, and clothes for cheap prices but don’t forget to bargain.
Then we continued walking in the streets and we stumbled by some nice street wall arts like this one:
Then we went to the amazing Khoo Kongsi Temple, but we didn’t enter inside as it had an entry fees of RM10, and we were really on a law budget!
We continued walking and we stumbled by an amazing man doing paper-planes… You gotta have a look at this movie:
Kapitan Keling Mosque was our next station. It was really magnificent and you cannot miss it. The Architecture of the building from the outside is breathtaking:
The place of Ablution of the mosque was really different than any I’ve ever seen before:
That’s it!!! Well, I think it’s not very healthy and I don’t like the idea! However that was unique and worth documenting.
Then we continued walking… and we didn’t expect to be that lucky in that day! We had the chance to attend a Malaysian Police Celebration! Yes, it’s true! It was fascinating, and I edited the following video about it and I hope you will like it 🙂
They were all really very friendly with us, and as you can see they even allowed us to share the dance with them! Food and drink was offered by the end of the show. It’s was very simple, but for free and all of them were really simple and cooperative with each other from different ranks (soldiers andofficers). It was amazing how they could mingle with each others and with the citizens! I really liked the atmosphere!!!
Fort Cornwallis was next… Entry fees was really cheap! It was around RM2, and we didn’t know why except when we entered 😀 It is really a small one and there are nothing much to discover except very few, and I can tell all was worthless inside except the idea that you can read the history of the place. Another interesting thing is that you can have a very nice view of the ocean from there. Moreover, they were really creative to bring some statues and art sets for visitors to take photos with. I didn’t regret entering it, after all I paid RM2 only!
And then we went to 3D street art gallery and had some amazing photos there:
It’s a really big Buddhist temple, and it’s intrinsic to visit it to know about the culture of those people!
I witnessed inside those two beautiful temples many prayers for different people. I gathered them all in this video and hope you will like it 🙂
Those are some of the teachings/ stories that were in the temple. It tells you much about Buddhism. Its interesting to have a look at them:
And we had a chance to go through the temple, and take some photos from inside, including some of the praying rituals:
And then we went for the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple which is just across the street. It is very similar to the other one but the architecture is really different! You can see for yourself:
Street-nature is really magnificent here! We went for some after the two temples dose!
And we felt like walking, so we kept walking on the city streets enjoying nature, and more nature. Later we stumbled by a very beautiful tomb:
We are very thirsty by now! We drank all the water we have, kept looking for somewhere to buy a bottle, but no hope! Thanks God, we passed by a Buddhist society building for children (where children come to learn through activities.) We were very thirsty that we decided to go inside and ask for water! 😀 It was a bit embarrassing at the beginning, but the people there were very friendly and they gave us a full bottle of water, and we even played a little with the children 🙂 I am sorry I know it may seem unworthy incident, but I just thought this is worth mentioning!
Anyway, I believe we just arrived Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple now! It was really empty and isolated place! It’s ranked #7 on TripAdvisor, so we thought maybe today is a holiday or something, but once we climbed the very long way up there we realized why was that as they have visiting hours and we weren’t in any! We didn’t want to wait for the next visiting hour. This would result in not visiting another place we planned. So we just took some rest, toured around the place from outside, and of course took some photos:
And the next photos shows how high you have to climb for that temple 😀
And while descending, I saw some beautiful statues that I’d like to share with you hoping that you may like them:
We just went there, and we just had one of the most amazing, unexpected and exhausting experiences in our lives!
Instead of enjoying the garden, we, unintentionally, played exercises! LOL! Yes, we even don’t know how we made it?! We are now in front of the garden’s gate sitting to have a little rest. We realized that lots of people go in a certain opening inside the woods! And we just decided to discover where they are going 😀 You got it now, right 😀
Yes, we’re dump to do that! but it just happened and I don’t regret it because it was really really amazing! I never climbed some place in which there are so much nature like that before! It was just exquisite!
And that’s all what happened to us there:
When we climbed till the top, we were amazed to see a a small gym, drinks (tea, hot water,) and snacks. We were very thirsty and hoped to find cold water, but there wasn’t any. What we found there was just hot water. and we had no choice but to drink from it!!!
Then we climbed down heading to the hostel, of course, as we were in a desperate need for a shower!
After we had the shower, I thought it’s still early to end the day now and sleep, it was around 9 pm! My friend slept, but I went for a walk in the city streets. And I found a cool place called “The Red Garden”
And this video will make you feel the atmopsphere of the place (The Red Garden):
It was like a food court, and at the same time they make a show for you. I stayed there for a while then continued touring through many shops, supremarkets, night clubs and restaurants. And I went back home by 12 to find our new dorm-mates. They were three girls from Indonesia (Fera, Fitri and Yuyun)
And my next post will be about our last day in Penang, in which we, the three Indonesian girls and other sister and brother from s. Korea shared the fun in it together…