Friday, June 8, 2012

Malacca (Malaysia) – Travel By Nava K (Part 2)

By the second day, this whole thing of travelling with the couple became quite washy-wishy. God knows what got to them, after breakfast, they just wouldn’t want to get out of Philea Resort. Maybe because our cabin is so super nice? Maybe something is not right with both of them? Or they are just too lazy to do anything else except whale their time doing nothing? I don’t know. I didn’t have a clue whatsoever. Nevertheless, I regretted holidaying with this people. What on earth is wrong with them? I guess then it’s my own way to exploring more of Malacca (Malacca - Travel By Nava K Part 1) Whatever, I didn’t want to hit Malacca town again. Thank god, after checking with the staff, they suggested I walk to Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary. I sure did. Not really very far, by the next 10 minutes, I had arrived. Paying for entrance and for camera, I made my way in into Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary which opened up extremely positively.
Colorful, chirpy, various species and various size birds right there at the first section, further inside is the Butterfly Sanctuary. Another colorful paradise, prettiness and beautifulness in a nature setting and also inside those preserve ones in the indoor akin museum. Besides birds and butterflies, there’s also other animals. The tamed and wild ones as well, once you have potentially seen it all, as you walk your way towards the entrance, you will definitely I bet walk by the mini jungle.

Fruitful a few hours of nature, I then grabbed a bite from one of the stalls and by the time I returned to Philea Resort, sun has settled down, consequently, timing was perfect for me to head to Tanjung Wellness Spa. Disaster. My appointment forgotten, treatment was shitty as well. Wasted my money basically. Seriously, a whole heap of rubbish. As if the staff was rushing to leave.
When I came back to our cabin later, the couple had sparkled up. I did pretend that I am fine with them, though I wasn’t bothered to ask whether they had eaten or not. Night called soon. The next morning, seemingly everything was really fine with the couple. They agreed for a trip to Malacca city. We left, we arrived in A Formosa and walked into the small gate house, known as Porta De Santiago. The only remaining part of A Formosa, measuring at 20 ft high with 8 ft thick walls, this Porta De Santiago is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia.  Originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque (who lead the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate), located downhill from St. Paul's Church, all that you will see now in A Formosa now is a crumbling whitewashed gatehouse. Still, for history buffs like me, I didn’t regret coming over.

At A Formosa, the couple backed off, I on the other hand walked further up to Melaka Sultanate Palace whereas I think I was the only Malaysian amongst the majority of Western tourists. Entrance fees paid, and I made my way in. A replica of the real Palace/Istana of Melaka Sultan Mansur Shah, Melaka Sultanate Palace houses more than 1,300 exhibits. Ranging from artifacts, prints, photographs and drawings which represents the history and cultural heritage of Malay Sultanate of Melaka and the various communities who settled in Melaka during the 15th century, Melaka Sultanate Palace is also where you will see Malay weapons, Malay traditional wedding dress, jewelries and brassware, between the rest of the exhibits. An interesting feature of Melaka Sultanate Palace is that no nails were used, instead it’s built with only wooden peg.

An hour almost in Malacca Sultanate Palace, I then existed and walked towards St Paul's Hill. Oh-god!  I really couldn’t see where I was heading as I climbed the steep steps amongst the hundreds of people. Hurricane of people indeed. Eventually, despite struggling, I made it to the hill top which opens up to the mesmerizing view of Malacca city and Straits of Melaka.
 Next was seeing the ruins of the 500 year old St Paul's Church. Built as a chapel by Portuguese Captain Duarte Coelho in 1521, as a gratitude to Virgin Mary for saving his life during a storm at sea. Renamed as St. Paul's Church by the Dutch, chapel has since been turned into a burial ground and St Francis Xavier, a missionary who visited Malacca continuously, was buried here in 1553 before his body was moved to Goa, India. His ancient tomb still remains in the ruins whereas his statue with the missing right arm is in front of the compound.

Done with seeing all of it, I came down to meet the couple. Next, we walked to one of the complexes for lunch and back to Philea Resort before packing our bag for heading home.

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