Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year 2009! And I just realised that this is my 501st post.
Our initial plan was to join the New Year's countdown in KL after coming down from Genting, but due to some last-minute change of plan, we decided to return to Malacca instead of joining the crazy and enormous crowd in the city. Besides, I find that countdown parties in KL nowadays are attended by mostly hooligans and Mat Rempits who are only interested to create havoc. We took a 7.30pm bus from Puduraya bus terminal after doing some shopping at Low Yatt Plaza and dinner at Sakae Sushi Pavillion.
Earlier that afternoon, Michelle and I had our lunch at the famous Hon Kee Porridge at Petaling Street. The place holds a significant value to both of us because it was the place that we met for the first time and had our first meal together back in December 2007.
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Pak Putra Restaurant.
The bus ride from KL to Malacca was one of the scariest, I would say. The bus was flying and it felt as if we were riding on a roller-coaster. I made a rough calculation and got to know that the bus driver was speeding as fast as 120km per hour. Isn't that crazy? Anyway, we were glad that we arrived safely in one piece.
By the time we reached Malacca, it was just a couple of hours before the clock struck midnight. After refreshing ourselves, we went out for our late supper at a Mamak restaurant near Michelle's house at Kota Laksamana. The name - Pak Putra Restaurant, suggests that it sounds more like a Malay restaurant. Apparently, it is famous for its tandoori chicken and roti naan. The fact that I saw almost every table ordered at least a plate of tandoori chicken and roti naan further confirmed that fact.
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While waiting for our orders to be served.
I must say the tandoori is really good; just like what Michelle told me, it is easily one of the best I have ever had, of not the best, hands down. The chicken marinated with various spices was really soft, tender and juicy, and it was cooked to perfection, unlike the usual ones where the chicken is tough like ayam pencen (retired chickens).
The sauce which I guess were made of blended garlic and cili padi was not bad as well. It was neither too hot nor too sweet, just the perfect balance to be dipped with the tandoori chicken.
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The orgasmic tandoori chicken.
We ordered garlic cheese naan and a bowl of mutton curry to satisfy my craving for mutton, although I would say it was quite pricey - RM8 for a medium-sized bowl of mutton curry.
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Garlic cheese naan.
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Mutton curry.
Surprisingly, the traffic around the Malacca town was smooth and there were much fewer cars than we'd expected. I suspect most of the people must have gone to KL for the New Year's countdown celebration, which is good because we get to walk around easier.
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The red buildings near the Clock Tower which were beautifully illuminated with red lights.
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Posing at the junction around the Clock Tower area.
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Along the corridor of the shophouses along th red buildings.
One great thing about the location of Michelle's house is that it is situated just under ten-minute walk from the famous Stadhuys and Clock Tower. After we had our supper, we thought of walking around that area before it turned midnight. There were less people than during the day and it made our camwhoring session much easier. We even get to pose in front of Port de Santiago with only both of us in the photo, something which is impossible to get during the afternoon and evening because it will be crowded with local and foreign tourists.
But come late night, you can almost have the place to yourself to do whatever pose you like for as long as possible.
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Along the riverside of Malacca River.
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In front of Church of St. Francis Xavier.
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Another self-timer shot in front of Port de Santiago.
I was skyping with her when it turned twelve last year, but this time we were walking along the Stadhuys building and our first kiss of the New Year was in front of the small gate that lead to the St. Paul's Hill. There were several spots where they launched the fireworks, one of them was at the Eye on Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca. That was the first time I am watching a fireworks display together with her and although it wasn't the greatest fireworks display that I've seen, words just cannot describe the feeling of standing by her side witnessing the colourful showers of fireworks on New Year's Day.
It was then that I learned how it feel to celebrate it together with you loved one.

7 comments:

kh said...

ya... with me sitting in the middle ...

Anonymous said...

the mutton curry looks ...erm....different ....it looks like full of oil

Anonymous said...

the mutton curry looks ...erm....different ....it looks like full of oil

specialhuman said...

Mushy post.

:P

and you seriously need to improve ur posing.

XD

calvin said...

@ kh:
it was michelle who sat in the middle at the porridge stall.

calvin said...

@ anonymous:
it was actually not that oily as seen in the picture :)

calvin said...

@ specialhuman:
just once in a while xD
i know you are a camwhore king and i still have a long way to go to match your posing skills.