Scenes From Malacca, Malaysia

A spirit house.
Frangipani blooms dotted with raindrops.
The ornamental (decorative dragon’s head), juxtaposed with the mundane (an air conditioner).
Tombstones at Malacca’s fortress.
A vibrant lantern.
Cycle rickshaws.
A Christmas tree, fashioned out of green glass bottles.

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Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

13 thoughts on “Scenes From Malacca, Malaysia

  1. Tricia
    Great post as usual. Interesting Christmas tree. I thought most of the country was Muslim. Is there much Xmas decorating going on? Is it for commercial sales?

    1. Yes, we were surprised to see a great deal of Christmas decorations and holiday lights in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Georgetown. Many of the trees were creatively crafted out of recycled plastic/glass bottles! The one you see here was on someone’s balcony, but I also saw decorations in hotel lobbies, restaurants, and in public areas in Kuala Lumpur (not just in commercial spots).

      You’re right that the majority of the country is Muslim. We also saw Buddhist, Christian and Hindu places of worship though. Malaysia has such a salad bowl of cultures!

    1. Jessie, thanks for taking the time to share your comment! I was also so inspired by the incredibly diverse architecture. Having not yet been to China, I was particularly impressed by what we saw in the China Town communities in both Malacca and Georgetown. So intricate – amazing that the delicate features have lasted so long.

  2. There are so many great images here! Firstly – I miss Mamee noodles (advertised on the boat) from home. Ahhh, such a good snack. I love the mural on the buildings along the water’s edge. The decorative detail on the colourful roofs is amazing! I wish I was surrounded by that. And of course, the images of hibiscus and frangipanis just make me think of tropical weather. Great images of a lovely place!

    1. We didn’t get a chance to try Mamee noodles – are they like Ramen? For a girl like me who’s grown up in a non-tropical locale, it’s such a delight to discover new kinds of bananas, the infamous durian, and lovely new flora & fauna in this part of the world! I’m sure it’s the same for you in North America, too!?

      1. The Mammee noodles are actually eaten as a crunchy snack. Imagine instant noodles, uncooked, with alot of seasoning. Akin to crisps. I miss the tropical weather of Australia, where I was brought up. I am not a winter person at all and much prefer spring and summer overall. Bananas in Sydney were apparently astronomically priced given the floods. I was eating them in NY whilst mum was struggling to pay $6 for a kilo.

    1. Thank you, Jane. That one was taken on Melacca’s river walk. Even though we won’t be home for the holidays, the twinkly lights decorating Southeast Asia (for Christmas, for the Thai king’s birthday, for example) give us a sense of home! Hope your week is going well – what’s the weather like in your part of the world right now?

  3. Tricia
    I received the honor of a nomination today. And in turn, I have submitted your name. You are the last on my list but it was not made in any intentional order. I have immensely enjoyed your adventures and the great photos. You are nominated for Versatile Blogger. Congratulations. My post today has more details. Be well and have a great holiday. I’ll be curious to see what adventure you encounter.

    1. Victor, I’m so thrilled and honored by your nomination!! I am pleased that you’ve enjoyed my tales and photography from the road. Thank you.

      I look forward to passing the Versatile Blogger nomination along to others. We are still in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and are planning on visiting a pediatric hospital today. Afterwards, I look forward to delving more into the Versatile Blogger process. Thank you again.

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