The last meal we ate in Melaka was breakfast, and we went to Ola Lavanderia Cafe. It was a logical choice because it was located just across our guesthouse, and it was the only eatery open at 8AM. We were in love with Melaka and we thought we would cap our “love at first sight” in this very nice cafe with very handsome owner.
Before stepping foot in Melaka, I envisioned old buildings, old buildings, and more old buildings. It was only when I actually stepped foot into the city that I realized my research was not as in-depth as I thought it was because (1) I forgot Malacca is actually one of the states of Malaysia, and (2) I didn’t realize it is a city, a modern city, a really modern city.
Layang-layang Guesthouse was one of the many gems I found in Melaka. This was my first time to book with AirBnB, and my first time was great! The search in AirBnB started when I could not find a good hotel in the city that was within our budget, which was P500 to P600 per night per person. I settled with Layang-layang among the numerous options because I liked their photographs in the AirBnB web site.
I have to apologize beforehand if you won’t see any traditional Melakan food in this entry. Melakan food is a must-try, many say. And I have actually prepared a list of where to eat already. But, unfortunately, Melaka, as a city, was a sight to behold and I was just mesmerized by it all that I forgot about the list. My sister, however, already requested months before our travel date that we eat at Nando’s, so I placed that at the top of our must-dos in Melaka. Anyhow, despite the absence of tasting real Melakan food, I think we had a great time in the wonderful city in terms of food.
We did not pay for any tour services in Melaka because there is no need. The guesthouse where we stayed informed us that there are free walking tours every Thursdays at 9AM and 1PM at the tourism office (this is the building located at the foot of the bridge across H&M store). I think the free walking tour would have been great because the tour guides would provide information of the place but the schedule didn’t fit our schedule. So, we did our own walking tour.
The road to Melaka was easy. As I’ve mentioned here, I booked our bus tickets through Redbus.sg and used my BDO debit card to pay for the tickets. I choose to book our tickets with Redbus because I noticed they were giving 20% discount for all ticket purchases. Even if its just a few dollars, it’s still savings.
I didn’t know how to start the first blog post on Melaka. Can I just say I fell in love with the little city? There are many reasons why I thought Melaka was a great place to visit and it started with the minute our bus entered the Malaysian peninsula. Do you still recall the country’s tourism advertisement? The “Malaysia, Truly Asia” one? That was the first thing I said when we left Causeway Link. As soon as the bus entered Malaysia, it felt like home. And, it should be. After all, we Filipinos are of the Malay race.
I am home now from our 8-day trip to Singapore and Melaka, and catching up with work at home. It was a fun week — it was my first international flight and the first time my siblings, my husband and I went on a trip together. How did it go? It was fun with a lot of walks. I joked that the Singapore trip will cripple me. Hahaha. Our trip was not budget travelling nor was it a luxury trip. It was what I call an affordable trip. So, I’m going to share our expenses, planning, and itinerary, some tips and tricks we did to save few pesos (and SG dollars and ringgits), and a few lessons learned from the trip.