Jonker Walk Malacca

Jonker Walk Malacca (雞場街) is the place to be when you visit. The lane will be closed to traffic in the evenings and stalls will line the streets.

Do take note Jonker Walk night market is only open on Friday, and weekends.

Many tourists will meet at landmark 三叔公 (GPS 2.194958, 102.248342). This red building has a few floors selling local delicacies (土产).  

We would recommend starting your Jonker Walk Malacca trail at around 1800. It will be very crowded by 1830. It might be a good idea for kids to enjoy some light dinner (street snacks) beforehand.

Jonker Walk Malacca
Jonker Walk Malacca

Food, shopping, little bit of sight-seeing. Now that our kids are bigger, they are more adventurous when it come to new food and experience 🙂

 

We took our time to tour the night market, and pinched our dinner here and there.

Ear rings and accessories for the girl. There are a lot of toys to attract the kiddos too. Karaok anyone, you can peep inside the clan associations.

Jonker 88 (GPS 2.196664, 102.246669) would be one of the tourist hotspots. The iconic chendol would be a welcome respite from the merciless Sun.

YES, we are recommending you to visit Jonker 88 before Jonker Walk (market) opens at night, otherwise no seating space.

Jonker 88 is next to the muscle builder.

Food, drink, tidbits, something for everyone to enjoy. And we can still takeaway (打包) cheese tarts back to our accommodation.

A few stalls are selling watermelons! They literally use a “cream mixer” to mesh the inside for us to slurp. It took us a while to finish the whole watermelon. Fun novelty!

Some stalls will even make a sling for you to carry (just like handbag).

Some other interesting “food” eye candies along Jonker Walk Malacca.

 

These buns look cute, but taste-wise so so. The cute designs won us over.

Souvenirs anyone?

 

 

We spotted a static Golden Uncle. Drop a few spare bucks and Uncle will dance (moonwalk) for you. The gold glitters will rub off your shoulders too 🙂

The other entrance to Jonker Walk Malacca (GPS 2.197860, 102.245316). This stage will have some performances too. 

When the sun sets, the fanciful (and loud) rickshaws roam the streets!

Malacca rickshaws

Do pop by our recommended Malacca eateries in an earlier blog post too. More photos of our 2D2N trip uploaded on Facebook.

 

ps.. as with all night markets, try not to bring the strollers along. Plan for minimum 2 to 3 hours to enjoy Jonker Walk. Wear light as it will be crowded and hot.

Malacca Street food with GPS

We were in Malacca (or Melaka 马六甲) for 2D2N during the June School holidays. Malacca Street Food is famous in Malaysia, and we are not only talking about Peranakan dishes.

With the notorious jams and small lanes within the city center, walking might still be the best way to explore this ex-Portuguese enclave. Choose a accommodation near to your attractions, or food options.

We will share the street food and eateries (recommendations and ratings) in this post, GPS is end of the blog post. We will share Jonker Walk exploration in another post (all Melaka photos uploaded here).

Restoran Aunty Lee (+606 283 1001)

If you only have time for one Nonya (Peranakan) restaurant, Aunty Lee is the one! Just remember to make a reservation.

Restoran Aunty Lee
Yummy Chap chye

For the adults, there was no doubt the two best dishes were the humble “Chap Chai” and the succulent “Ponten chicken”. We just needed plain rice to go with these two delicious dishes, we would rate both at (4.5/5) .

 

Malacca Street food
Malacca Street food

Fried chicken (4.25/5) so good, we ordered a second serving. Crispy and crunchy just forget about the calories 🙂

We ordered some other dishes too (prawn, squid and otak), but we would deem them so-so only (3/5).

Empty plates can only mean one thing, our lunch was delicious!

The Daily Fix (Facebook)

the Daily Fix cafe
the Daily Fix cafe

There is always extra space for famous waffles. And Chocolate chip (4/5) and Banana (3.75/5) are popular at Cafes Daily Fix below 🙂

Yummy warm waffles with dipping chocolate or honey.

.. but this cafe is not easy to spot for first timer, I needed to go round a second time to confirm (look out for the logo NEXT KK and walk inside)

Besides the fabulous pancakes, do look out for the quirky props on the second floor. Infact this cafe is like a little museum, with many Instagrammable corners and props.

 

Lung Ann Refreshments (街隆安茶室)

Traditional kopi and toast is always popular with our family. Delicious and relaxing breakfast (and half boil egg) before we start exploring the city.

You might have to wait around as seats are limited. Enjoy your coffee and people-watch, many folks will follow their Google Map GPS and reach this venue too 🙂

Experience and our breakfast is rated (3.75/5).

Lung Ann Refreshments
Lung Ann Refreshments

The same venue serves delicious satay (Satay Loi) in the evening.

Teo Soon Loong

(潮顺隆餐馆, +606 282 2353)

Teo Soon Loong Seafood
Teo Soon Loong Seafood

Standard has dropped. We felt the old corner location was more authentic and novelty. The oyster noodle and dessert were supposed to be the signature dishes, but were so so. We can only give (2 to 2.5/5).

Do check out Google Map reviews, they are still getting decent reviews, maybe we were unlucky?

Below map  (Google Map link) indicates the estimated proximity of each Malacca Street food eatery.

Malacca Food Map

 

Makhota Parade (GPS 2.187505, 102.248673 ) is in the center. We did not try those highlighted in red this trip :

1) Restoran Aunty Lee peranakan (GPS 2.186806, 102.273644 , 20min East of Mahkota)
2) Teo Soon Loong (GPS 2.197343, 102.232127 )

3) Nancy’s Kitchen peranakan (GPS 2.197565, 102.239598)

4) V Love Hot Pot (GPS 2.195785, 102.238601)
5) 新天地 -like Hawker Centre, crowded (GPS 2.196820, 102.238960)

6) Aunty Fatso (夜来香海鲜家) Seafood (GPS 2.198605, 102.234126), Long queue!

7) Jonker Walk – (三叔公 GPS 2.194977, 102.248334)

8) Lung Ann Refreshment – Kopi and Kaya Toast (GPS 2.195849, 102.249312)

9) The Daily Fix – Cafe (GPS 2.196229, 102.246793)

Additional TIPS :

-If this is the first time driving to Malacca, head North along “North South Highway” and exit 231 (Ayer Keroh) (take note exit numbers are descending, not ascending). Exit 231 is about 210km from SG, and it will take another 30 mins to reach Melaka center (near Mahkota). This 30min will go beyond 60 mins during school holidays!

-Driving in Malacca is relatively safer compared to Johor Bahru, the only challenge is finding carpark. We would recommend car pooling from your hotel (eg) or simply walking

-We got many food ideas from our friends Cheekiemonkies (here and here). There are still many unexplored corners in Malacca 🙂

-You may read about some highway driving and safety tips on our previous post.

We have uploaded all our Melaka photos (with more Malacca Street food) on Facebook (album).

 

 

2D1N Legoland Malaysia fun weekend

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We had a 2D1N Legoland Malaysia Fun weekend recently.

Legoland is packed with celebrations for Q4 2017. They just celebrated their 5th anniversary in September, and October is Halloween “Brick-or-Treat”.

The next Halloween weekend is on 20/21 Oct evening 🙂

2D1N Legoland Malaysia
2D1N Legoland Malaysia

Skulls, pumpkins, ghouls and other “scary” creative bricks dotted Legoland compound. (poster below, do look out for December Christmas events too)

Brick-or-Treat Halloween at Legoland

These are some of the activities you can expect at Legoland Brick-or-Treat. As Legoland is designed with families in mind, the scary antics are mild, so little ones are not spooked.

I thought the Halloween Lego bricks looks more cute than scary :p 

The Kingdom area does look difference day and night. Do take note that during “Brick-or-Treat” evenings, only “Kingdom area” is extended beyond normal Legoland operating hours.

 

One of the highlight would be kiddy’s costume contest (Spook-Tacular Costume Contest). Hint : We heard kids who are dressed for the horror occasion can enter Legoland for free hooray!

 

 

Photo above, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine were so adorable, the audience were full of praise and not scared. Spot a cute little witch with a bloom too.

Second (Harry Potter) and third-prized winners, congrats 🙂

The winner is a “Chinese Zombie” , who can hop very well 🙂

Then we follow the monsters horde (Brick a Boo parade) back to the front stage.

LEGO Halloween characters like Dracula and Frankenstein entertained us with some dance moves.

 

Many opportunities for photos, just approach the friendly “monsters” and they will obliged.

That was how we spent day one of our 2D1N Legoland Malaysia weekend.

 

Legoland Hotel Experience

Back at Legoland hotel, we got to spend one night in the “Adventure room”. We did mentioned before that we love Legoland’s bigger themed room (two rooms) as it can accommodate 5 or 6 easily (no need to book two rooms).

 

 

Remember the cool lift?

Everyone can be a dancing queen when the door closed !

A sunny day, and the FUN continues 😊#legolandmalaysia #sengkangBabies

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Adventure starts before we enter our room. Follow the map for a treasure hunt.

Behind the doors, scorpions and bugs await. We thought Indiana Jones would fit right into the theme.

 

First task for the kids, search for clues and unbox the treasure chest in our room. Lego treats await the kids 🙂

This trick always work to let the kids settle down fast.

 

Bunk bed is the other highlight, everyone loves to sleep at the top but only the older kids got this luxury :p (even Daddy did not had a chance)

 

We had stayed in Legoland Hotel’s Pirates room before (read review), and the lobby is still the main attraction for first timers. Huge mini figures greeted us at the entrance.

Kids can spot the rows (and 100 more rows) of mini-figures behind the reception too, Cool!

.. or kids can help themselves to more bricks fun at the “pits” under the castles or sailing boat.

Photo below : You may spot life-saver Boon Kang (from 2013) in the hallway too. View of Waterpark from our room.

Walk further in and Kinect will keep families entertained.

Your breakfast venue at Bricks Family Restaurant. Be prepared to queue as many families crowds the dining area! Heh, we spotted teh-tarik too, quite tasty and innovative too 🙂

Theme Parks Fun (more photos here)

 

Visitors to Legoland might wish to top up their day tickets by RM80 to upgrade to an annual membership (that is less than SGD $30!)

Through the rides, our kids had literally grown up with Legoland! Some rides are now deemed “childish” for them haha.   

 

Boon Yee looking over the horizon from his train, we did noticed many apartments had spout up around Legoland compound.

 

Managed to convince them to take one super-slow train ride around Legoland playground haha. 

 

They still prefer anything with speed and which can induce adrenaline 🙂

 

We heard a VR roller coaster will start cruising in November. Sounds cool, just wear a VR goggle and let the world spins and Drop around you.

Do pop by our friends’ Legoland Halloween reviews too (Life’s Tiny Miracles and WackyDuo)

Additional tips to enjoy 2D1N Legoland Malaysia:

-Book a themed room and enjoy the bundle tickets promotion

-Grab the RM80 annual membership promotion (expiry date unknown)

-If you have a combo tickets, try to enjoy the water park first (just in case day 2 should rain)

-It is possible to enjoy Wet and Dry theme parks on same day but it will be tiring for adults (not kids). It helps that the theme parks are just 5 minutes walk away from hotel

-Apply suntan lotion as it can be very hot at Legoland, and we noticed Legoland had installed huge ceiling fans to cool everyone down

-If you would like some seafood or zhi-char for dinner, drive a short 8min away to Gelang Patah (Xinmin Chu review , we love the the sweet coconut crab)

We had uploaded more photos on our Facebook album.
Do pop by for more Legoland details on their Website and Fanpage.

We have documented all our Legoland adventure at this blog tag “Legoland Malaysia“, we hope your families will enjoy your 2D1N Legoland Malaysia Fun too.

Thank you Legoland for the fun invite 🙂