The Trip (Tim "Love" Lee)

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The 5 days trip that we took on 7th December was quite enjoyable, except when we took wrong turns in the car while navigating Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. At least it is not as bad as a few years back when some people ended up crying when we couldn’t find our way. It all boiled down to Malacca’s one-way traffic which left little chance for reprieve should you miss a turn and Kuala Lumpur’s sudden closure of main roads, as well as not updating new roads in the ‘2007 edition’ road map; leading to the confusions.

We made a last-minute change to our accommodation in Malacca when we realised the service apartment we had booked was really bad and nothing like what was shown online. Garden City Melaka is pure crap. Fadelinah and I asked to see the room first when we saw that the exterior looked suspect. What greeted us was a dingy room furnished in typical ‘Cina’ furniture and it reeked of stale air. We eventually left quietly for Century Mahkota Hotel which looked presentable from the exterior and supposedly popular with Singaporeans.

This hotel should also be torn down. It does no justice to its room rates. The room given to us also stank and the taps just spurt out water that looked more like pee. Thank goodness we only stayed a night in that damned place. We generally stayed out of the room the whole day, shopping at the new Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall and binging on local and fast food, including a must-stop at the chendol stall opposite The Stadhuys.

Micasa All Suite Hotel was the saving grace throughout the whole trip. It is basically one of the finest hotel I’ve stayed in Kuala Lumpur. The 2-bedroom suite was nicely decorated and a box of chocolates greeted our entry. The only hotel I recall ever doing that was Ritz Carlton. The room amenities were excellent and even Ooyah got a complimentary baby cot. I didn’t really have to bring much after all. If only we had skipped Malacca and went straight to Kuala Lumpur.

The highlight of the trip was Ooyah’s first dip in the pool. I was skeptical that she would take to it as water has never been her favourite element. Surprisingly, after a whimper or two, she remained quiet and seemed to like the experience. She also looked adorable in the two-piece bikini that Fadelinah bought for her way before she was born. I really enjoyed guiding her around the pool and can’t wait to bring her to the ocean. She will like the sea like her father no matter what. After an hour of water-dipping, Ooyah was dead tired and slept for the remaining hours.

Our return trip entailed a rest stop along the highway for gift-buying, A & W and Baskin Robbins. On the whole, a fruitful trip and I can’t wait to plan the next one, perhaps before the year ends.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on December 17, 2006.

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