Sunday, March 31, 2019

2D/1N TRIP TO MELAKA 2019 # 2



the Chee Ancestral house opposite Hotel Puri... the only western-style architect influence along the Heeren street  

Must do - Jonker Street walk...

Beautiful stone pillars of Chinese Temple..

This is interesting... a library along busy Jonker walk
let's go and check it out... 

Wow- so many books but mostly Chinese literature..  

books, books all the way to the back... but hardly anyone!

at last she found a book of interest, Buddhist teaching in English..

the well in the  courtyard within the library 

some of the facade and fresco  of the shophouses. 

Walking back to the hotel to refresh ourselves before the show..

"The Encore Melaka theatre is part of a larger waterfront integrated mixed development called Impression City Melaka which encompasses hotels, serviced apartments, commercial complexes, office towers, educational and wellness facilities, a shopping mall, retail shops, a yatch club and a marina. The landmark 56 ha project with a gross development value of RM7 billion, is being developed by Yong Tai Berhad and expected to be ready in eight to ten years’ time. Encore Melaka theatre will remain as the centerpiece of this new destination."

different angles of the building ....

Chinese New year deco still around. 

The sunset overlooking the Straits of Melaka..

"State-of-the-art theatre hall: The audience seats are situated in what seems to be an island surrounded by massive screens. In fact, to get to your seats, you will have to cross over the stage! Seating capacity is 2,000 and it has state-of-the-art theatre technology including a sophisticated hydraulics system to support the 240 meter-long stage, multi-layered stages, advanced audio and 3D video mapping projection equipment." 
"The 360 degree rotating audience platform: The “wow” factor of this theatre is definitely the 360 degree rotating audience platform surrounded by four stages, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. "

 the arrival of Cheng Ho across the sea.... rows of shirtless drummers masterfully hitting drums in sync against projected imagery of waves

Encore Melaka is the tenth of the Impression series of world-acclaimed performances in China and the first out of China.  It is specially curated and directed by WangChaoge (the creative force behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) to express her feelings for Melaka, its past, present and future.
By the way, the show was presented in English, Malay and Mandarin, reflecting the multi-racial and multi-cultural society in Melaka.

the scene when a line of ladies dressed in colourful kebayas take on the stage with their stirring performance.

the water effects accompanied by emotive choreography in one of the show’s most thought-provoking dance sequence

the birth of a new nation....  

The inter marriage 

The rousing finale 
The 70 minutes live show comprises of over 200 local performers and there are 2 shows daily on weekdays at 5.30pm and 8.30pm.    What a amazing performance! Truly wonderful.  There are free shuttle transport back to the hotels and Hotel Puri is one of the hotel with its package for room/show too. 

Enjoying my breakfast in a quiet corner of the courtyard the next morning. 

Buffet breakfast is included with room rate.

Thank you my girls for the lovely birthday present.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2D/1N TRIP TO MELAKA 2019# 1

We are ready to go.... Melaka
I was very happy when my girls agreed to go down to Melaka to celebrate my birthday. I had wanted to watch the Encore Melaka performance after hearing the good reviews.  No better excuse to go as  my birthday treat. 

We left after our breakfast and arrived in Melaka around lunchtime and Sarah recommended this restaurant..

This Perakan restaurant has been established since1997.  I started my shopping here with purchases of their cincalok and curry powder especially made by Uncle Lee.    

The aroma of curry/asam  hit us the moment we entered the restaurant and seeing the patrons tucking in the food was clearly a indication of good food here.   

So we ordered this simple but delicious meal, cincalok omelette, Ayam Pongteh, Steamed Okra with sambal and of course their pie-tee.

DIY Pie Tee... 

A satisfying meal indeed.. 

It was too early to check in, so we made a beeline for the Baba Charlie Nyonya Kueh. 
The first time, we visited the place all the kueh were sold out.  However this time, the place was quiet and still plenty of kuehs available.  Was wondering could the reason be the "service" of the staff here?

Eyes say "I want", stomach say "Too full already"

Anyway we were happy with our purchases and  now to go check in 
Hotel Puri..(you can read about  its history from their website) and it is indeed very impressive.

the center courtyard (airwell)  where the important guests are entertain..hehehe

Our room is located on the 2nd floor. 

The courtyard where breakfast will be served. 

more dining space indoors..  

a lot of artefacts around the hotel..and there is even a small museum on Malayan Sultanate history.. 

the entrance to the Puri Spa 

a model traditional malay house 

looking down from our room to the courtyard

Our spacious family room fit for 4 persons 

Heesan Cafe 

The Calanthe Art Cafe  

yummy dessert, Sago Pudding with ice-cream and gula melaka 

the inner courtyard 

the cafe have curated coffee beans from the 13 states of Malaysia
You can also buy their homemade crispy chili sambal too!

the one cafe where  we could not managed to get a table despite waiting !

and of course, a photo with the Mamee mascot... do you know that Mamee is a local product of Melaka.