Sagil Mooncake – Melaka 2008

Posted: 29th September 2008 by Jacky Yong in Silly me
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Went back to Sagil for the Mooncake Festival. We were already planning for a Melaka trip long time ago and this Mooncake celebration was a bonus for us. We were surprised that my parents agreed to tag along with us. Normally my mum will complain that it’s too far or too tiring.

It was also the second time that I used the Wira NGV to drive back to Sagil. It’s damn cheap, but the car itself is not holding itself. Half-way through the journey, the left headlights fell off without a warning!

The darn Wira is falling apart!

The darn Wira is falling apart!

Anyway we had fun with the kids, each of them swinging a lantern in their hands. Walking in the dark, I accidentally stepped onto some cat poo! Ewww….

Walking in the night .....

Walking in the night .....

.... accompanied by the big round moon.

.... accompanied by the big round moon.

Lanterns are always an intregral part of the Chinese culture

Lanterns are always an intregral part of the Chinese culture

The next day we drove to Melaka. We stayed in Avillion Legacy Melaka. It was quite an old hotel. We still thought that Equitorial Hotel Melaka was a much better hotel. We had nyonya food for dinner. We heard that any nyonya restaurant in Melaka Raya will be good enough. So we stopped over at Ole Sayang, and the food was good, especially the rendang chicken.

For memory sake

For memory's sake

Next we made a pit stop to Jonker Street. Mei Fen and I have been here already a couple of times, so this place is nothing new to us. We came here because we wanted to bring my parents there.

Jonker Bonkers

Jonker Bonkers

Too bad, upon arriving, the rain came pouring down. We had no choice but to hide out for a while in a balcony while waiting for the rain to stop.

Waiting out on a balcony for the rain to stop

Waiting out on a balcony for the rain to stop

There was a karaoke competition going on at that time. It was ironic that some fella was singing 张宇 — 雨一直下. Not once, but at least 3 times, by 3 different singers!! And in a CD shop nearby, someone was blaring Frank Sinatra’s old song, Singing in the Rain! How very ironic everything was that night!

Mei Fen’s brother and sister, Wei and Cai Hong had earlier agreed to come to look for us in Melaka. We asked them to meet us in Jonker Street. They brought 2 big umbrellas with them. So my parents took the umbrellas and walked in the rain along the street. While I took the other umbrella and went on a photo trip myself.

Chinese clogs. These are almost an identity of Jonker Street

Chinese clogs. These are almost an identity of Jonker Street

Masjid Kampung Keling, very classic mosque, and its still in use!

Masjid Kampung Keling, very classic mosque, and it's still in use!

We went back to the hotel after that. After making sure that my parents and Hui Yan have properly settled down, Mei Fen, Yan Yan and I went out with Cai Hong and Wei to explore further the town. We next went to this backlane shop that sells clams, oysters, squids and other sea creatures. It is located right opposite this quaint little CIMB bank that is located in an old colonial building.

Seems everything in Melaka looks old, even this bank. No wonder Melaka has been designated as a World Heritage City!

Seems everything in Melaka looks old, even this bank. No wonder Melaka has been designated as a World Heritage City!

After that we went for a second round of suppering, Sate Celup Melaka! Although I do not really fancy these food, I went there anyway, just to take some pictures and saviour the atmosphere of waiting for 30 minutes before we were seated.

Early next morning, we went to the main attractions, the A’Famosa and the red house.

AFamosa

A'Famosa

Crazy Yan Yan on that cannon

Crazy Yan Yan on that cannon

It feels grand isnt it? To be walking in almost 500 years of history

It feels grand isn't it? To be walking in almost 500 years of history

This place gives me a lot of HDR image opportunities!

This place gives me a lot of HDR image opportunities!

Went all the way to the top to take this picture

Went all the way to the top to take this picture

We came down to the Red House after that, the Stadhuys. Yan Yan and Hui Yan were enjoying themselves there.

Yan Yan blowing bubbles

Yan Yan blowing bubbles

While Hui Yan was just, well, happy!

While Hui Yan was just, well, happy!

After that, we crossed over to the famous Melaka Chicken Rice Ball, in Kedai Kopi Chung Wah.

Chicken Rice Ball in Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

Chicken Rice Ball in Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

Yan Yan is getting grumpy already. Its pass her nap time

Yan Yan is getting grumpy already. It's pass her nap time

And that concluded our trip to Melaka. We quickly checked out of the hotel, pumped gas, and promptly went back to our home in Seri Kembangan.

More pictures can be found here.