HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDAD!
11.12.2012 - 11.12.2012 31 °C
Today is Chelsea's Grandads 80th birthday so we have been thinking about him and wondering what he is upto. Hope you had a great day and love you loads.
Last night we managed to book our accomodation for Chirstmas. We are going to be spending 6 nights in Georgetown on the island on Penang in Malayia. Very much looking forward to that but we have a couple of stops on the way first. Now we are just tyring to find somewhere nice to spend New Years.
This morning we got a unplanned wake up call in the form of a extremely loud Muslim prayer call at 5.30am, which lasted for about fifteen minutes. After we finally got to back to sleep and woke up at a resonable hour we went to the Indian restaurant we visited last night for breakfast and had Roti. Roti is flakey bread about the size of Chapati that is served with different curry sauces to dip in. We washed it down with a cup of coffee and tea and the whole thing cost under a pound.
After breakfast we rented some bikes from another guesthouse near the one where we are staying called Saying for 3 Ringitt an hour (60p). They were old with baskets on the front and old fashioned bells but it was fantstic. The brakes wee almost non existant and squeked so loudly we were emabarresed to use them. We decided to venture further a field with the bikes so peddeled down to the sea but were disappointed that there is not much of a front at Melaka. From there we went deeper into Chinatown and rode through some quiet housing estates and stumbled upon an Indian restaurant that we returned to tongiht. Before we took the bikes back we rode up river past where we walked yesterday. We only had the bikes for a oouple of hours but it was probably the best thing we have done since we have arrived. We both thoroughly ejoyed cycling around the streets and would recomend it to anyone visiting Melaka.
After we took the bikes back we wanted to visit a Chinese tea house we had seen yesterday but unfortunately it was closed. We hope it is open tomorrow as it is our last day in Melaka. As it was closed we went on a walk through the streets we had not yet seen in Chinatown. Chelsea loves the buildings, with the shutters and the decorations, and we went in a couple of antique shops that are scattered about, they sell everything from Chinese furniture and ceramics to old tuk-tuks and paintings. For a midday snack we stumbled upon a man selling Pohpiah from a cart, and sat in the shade by the river to eat it. Pohpiah is similar to a spring roll just larger and it was wrapped in a pancake. We watched the man make them but we could not figure out what most of the ingredients were.
We came back to our guesthose early as we wanted to go out early to go to a popular restarunt in Little India that specialises in satay called Capitol. The restaurnant has a queue outside everynight so we wanted to get there for just after it opened at 5pm. Unfortunately it was closed. That is another thing we hope will be open tomorrow for our last day. On the brightside we decided to go to the Indian we had seen earlier whilst out on the bikes. Chelsa had read it had the best tandoori in Malaysia and ordered that, she was not disppointed. Liam orderd a Bombay chicken curry which was also great. We shared a couple of naans and had a couple of cans of sprite each. The meal came to 28 rinngit, which is just over a fiver, we cannot get sused to how cheap things are.
From there we had a steady stroll back and called in at the coffee house we vistied last night. We sat for an hour drinking chocolate milkshakes outside on the front talking until we ould not stand getting biten anymore and took refuge back at the guesthouse.