from the Peninsula: 5. in old Malaka
We took a bus from Singapore through Johor Bahru to Malaka. On the bus we read the signs on buildings and laughed about them. For us the Malay language sounds a bit vulgar. It is a similar languange to Indonesian so we understand it, but their choice of words!!! My!
As soon as we alighted from the bus people shoved booklets of motels under our noses. I refused all of them and just waited, until one guy politely showed us his hotel. Then another. We picked the last one and here is where we stay at.
It is a small nice and clean hotel not far from the places I wanted to see. It is very cheap, RM 40 (about US $ 10) for a simple family room with private bathroom and aircond, which can be used by all the four of us.
The keeper is also very nice, he lets us take as much boiled water as we want so we didnít have to buy any mineral water there.
The interesting thing is, this hotel is also the headquarter for the Malacca Wine and Spirit Association, so the hall in front of our room is called the Carlsberg Hall, and our room is Wine Room, and the room next to us has a name with Ďtonicí in it, can't remember exactly what.
Malaka, Thursday 17 June 1999