My observation on age as such: besides the age that you can legally have s … ahem … your own driving licence and the one that grants you lots of discount everywhere you go because you are senior, age is just a number that has little significance. Some achieve more than others at their age; some look better than others at their age; some manage to defy the gravitational pull of music-from-my-good-old-days-sounds-much-better-than-today’s-hits better than others. As for me, I am so going to watch Lady Gaga’s concert when she comes to Singapore.
My birthday is my holiday, always. And I woke up at nine this morning with my head still spinning after a long night of online gaming. Our team lead of 5 – a good online friend of ours – lightly commented that we were not performing up to our usual standard. I said the obvious, “It’s three in the morning, ha ha ha.” Cynthia and I were more or less randomly hitting the buttons like two sleepy zombies. Game mission accomplished nonetheless, sort of.
Processing my band’s studio jamming materials took much shorter time than anticipated. Probably because I have already spent much time running through the recording during the week. At about eleven-thirty, I said to Cynthia, who also took leave because I did, “Let’s have lunch at the Botanic Gardens. Grab our passports, we may dine in Malacca.”
We love road trips. Road trip for couples is like golf for business partners. It is almost like having an undivided attention for each other for hours. In fact, I think all couples should go through the road trip test amongst other ‘tests’ that I will cover in my new book “Things You Wish You Had Done Before Saying I Do”.
OK. There’s no such book. I am pulling your legs. Below are some of the photos taken today.
Malacca has changed a lot, over the last decade. It is now inscribed as a World Heritage City, though we have no clue which organization inscribes such a title. We arrived at Malacca way before dinner time so we road-toured the city. Now, there is a Malacca Eye by the sea (something like the Singapore Flyer), a few new malls, and we need to buy parking coupons instead of putting coins into the parking meter. Maybe these changes have been around for years. We seldom tour the city. We visit Malacca to have seafood, a location outskirt of Malacca.
We always had difficulties in finding “Medan Ikan Bakar” (translates to Baked Fish Eating House I think). Each time, we would spend an hour or two trying to find the place. Each time, we would document the direction in exactitude only to realize in the next trip that the landscape has changed. Malacca is not small. And it is easy to get lost.
I can certainly say it with conviction that Nokia Map has changed the way we travel. The maps are free, the GPS service is free. Not only do I know exactly where I am, it knows a list of landmarks around the area too. I don’t need to pay for and install a separate device just for this function. It comes with the phone. So, on my birthday, we arrived at the Baked Fish Eating House at ease.
Every morning, fishing boats arrive at the shore and unload some of the seafood to the long stretch of restaurants nearby. I have seen the days when this area was so popular that it literally took hours to find a parking space. In our recent visits, there seems to be an increased number of parking lots. Also, maybe because we often avoid the weekend crowds and we prefer to dine early, we dine in leisure.
We had a sea bass (baked), six gigantic prawns (baked), some squids (sweet source), a vegetable dish, and three portions of rice. The sea food tasted fresh and the fish was juicy. The total bill came up to about RM 55 (which is about S$25?). I thought it was reasonable. Note: for my future reference, we spent RM 200+ for this brief out-of-town experience.
For those of you who have the Nokia Map installed in your phone, download the Malaysia map and punch in “Pernu Umbai”. The search result of “Medan Ikan Bakar Pernu Umbai” should appears (186.7km from my home!). For other map users, try this coordinates: 2° 9′ 21″ N, 102° 20′ 9″ E. Or if you trust my direction (I have tested it on the way back and it is accurate to the one hundredth meter), click here and scroll all the way to the bottom.