Malacca 2021: A Pandemic Birthday Trip

Going to Melaka for our birthday trip was a good decision. We were thinking twice because, as we all know, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. However, things have improved here since October. So, we thought it was worth the risk since we had been travel-deprived for nearly two years. Besides, we did not want to miss another birthday trip, something we traditionally do each year.

Then off we went.

For the first day, also my birthday, we went to Seoul Garden for a Korean buffet lunch. I ate seafood, while the boys had chicken and beef to go with the banchan.

After lunch, we headed to the Christ Church Malacca, an 18th-century Anglican church. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia.

The ruins of St. Paul’s Church at the summit of St. Paul's Hill.

Portuguese captain Duarte Coelho constructed the church that has been in ruins for more than 150 years. One can reach the ruins after a steep flight of stairs near the remains of the A’ Famosa fort.

We visited the Maritime Museum for a quick look at Melaka's history. The museum is a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship believed to be loaded with stolen items from Melaka when it sank off the coast going back to Portugal. The museum tells about the different periods of the State: the sultanate, the reigns of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British.

My boys enjoyed our quick tour of Melaka because they are history buffs and love going to museums. As for me, as long as I get to set my foot somewhere else other than my neck of the woods, I'm fine.

I am too lazy to write about the rest of the trip. So, I made a video of it instead. Just watch to know more about the views and activities in Melaka. And by the way, Melaka is also spelled as "Malacca." The former is the English/modern name, and the latter is the Anglicised name. 

(Update December 30: Day 2 video)