Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Soar Beyond Limits

Soar Beyond Limits...that's my tagline for 2019.

Today at the Hospital University Malaysia Sabah's Conference, the first thing that my psychologist said to me when we first met after so many months was - You look gorgeous!

Being the only patient among all the doctors and scholars, I told her I felt like an alien.
Then she said the warmest thing to me - You don't look alien.

She reminded me how different I was 3 years ago compared to who I am today.
3 years ago, I was at my rock bottom.
I thought I was worthless, helpless, hopeless.
I thought I was ugly, I throw tantrums.
I didn't even dare to step out of the house.

Who would've known that 3 years later, here I am, attending a conference full of strangers, putting my two cents in, and looking gorgeous and confident.


People who've helped me in my difficult times.


This is the same person who was afraid to talk to strangers. 
I thank God profusely for the wisdom that he has given me. 
I still couldn't believe I crushed the table topics. Hallelujah for the victory.


My Toastmasters family who've helped me tremendously in rebuilding my confidence.


My dancing group which taught me to step out of my comfort zone.


This is what I've learnt from my experience.

3 years ago, I complained about everything.
3 years later, I am grateful about everything, including the heartbreaks and challenges that was thrown into my face.

Everyday, I thank God for everything that He has done for me. Find anything that you are grateful for. Sometimes, I just thank the Lord for giving us such a beautiful day, and I felt good after that. If you stay in Putatan, thank God for the continuous electricity provision.

When you start to be grateful, even when bad things happened, you can still find a glimmer of hope, a ray of sunshine, and a touch of colours from the rainbow. It's all about how you look at your life.

Change that, and you will see changes.
With the right angle, you'll see a shining star or a beautiful side of yourself that you've never seen before.


Life is all about perspective.
One day, you will soar beyond limits.

Monday, July 16, 2018

My 10th Toastmasters Speech - CC10

After a year, I've finally finished 10 speeches, graduated and received the Competent Communicator Ribbon. A million thanks to all the mentors/evaluators a.k.a aunties aunties (some insisted to be called jie jie) who had made me a better speaker. I am grateful to be in this aunties club.


The final speech in the Competent Communicator manual or project number 10 is to inspire your audience. The objective is to inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement. On top of that, the speaker needs to appeal to the audience's needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama. I was given 8-10 minutes.

So here is my graduation speech entitled Keys of Life.

Keys of Life

*hums music with wrong notes* 

     For those who learn music, you’ll know how I feel. Don’t you hate it when you can’t get the right note? It can be frustrating at times. 

     When I was five years old, I started learning the organ. I began with simple children’s songs. As I advanced with my grades; the pieces were getting more and more challenging. There are more black keys! I hate black keys because I always forgot about them. These black keys are what we call “sharps” and “flats”. 

*shows music paper* 


     Little fun fact about music theories, the “sharps” and “flats” are only indicated at the beginning of the bar. They don’t appear on the notes. Hence, you have to be alert which one is the black key when you play. In this case, you have to change this white key into black key. Now imagine, if a song has 5 sharps or flats in it, not only it applies to your right hand, it applies to your left hand as well. At the same time, you have to be aware of your fingerings, you have to control the tempo and you have to read the other notes as well. You can’t just ignore all these musical signs. There are there for a reason. It seemed like there are millions things going on in your head. Can you imagine my frustrations now? 

     Toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black keys show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also create music

     Is it possible to compose music without the black keys? Yes! But it would sound very simple like a children’s lullaby. Do you want to have only children songs in your playlist? I’m pretty sure that all of us here want to listen to other songs as well, something more groovy and sophisticated like Stand By Me by Ben E. King or Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.

     To master a piece of music is not easy. It requires hours of practice, perseverance and making lots of mistakes. That’s why I hate the black keys for they reminded me of my mistakes; they don’t make me feel good and sound really awful. My neighbor probably hates me whenever I practice. 

     Since young, I preferred contemporary music; the mere reason was I can sing along with it. Hence, I always begged my piano teacher to teach me the easiest version of any contemporary song. I was so delighted to play and sing along all my favorite songs at that time. However, that happiness did not last long, I realized that I need to face the black keys again. 

     In music, we have many types of keys; we have the easiest key, the C major Key, and the hardest for me, the F# major key, which has 6 sharps. Apparently, not all songs can be sung in C major key. Man and women have different vocal range. Some song may be too low for you, or it may be too high for me. Ergo, I have only 2 choices, I either need to change and learn a new key in order for me to sing in my comfortable vocal range, OR I have to play the music in my comfort zone but shriek in high pitches. Both choices were not comfortable at all. 

     This scenario tells us that, if we stay too long in our comfort zone, we will soon start to feel the discomfort, that’s when we want to get out and search for something challenging. We have another shorter term for that, it’s called growing up

     As we grow up, we want to experience more, just like music, we want to add different type of songs into our playlist. However, growing up is never easy and comfortable. I didn’t know about this few years ago. No one has ever told me that it is perfectly OK to feel uncomfortable when trying something new. So, as soon as situations got tricky and I felt the discomfort, I didn’t know how to deal with it, and I ended up quitting or leaving. Thank God that I didn’t leave my first Toastmaster meeting, or else I would have missed so many wonderful things in my life. 

     I have problems talking to strangers; I find them intimidating as they all look strange. That’s why they are called strangers isn’t it? Hence, I tried to avoid them as much as possible. Strangely, soon enough, I started to feel uncomfortable in my own comfort zone. Then, I realized that if both inside and outside our comfort zone make us feel uncomfortable, why not choose to step outside of our comfort zone and try something unfamiliar? 

     Therefore, I decided to join this aunties club. Fast forward a year later, I’m standing here delivering my 10th speech with full conviction that I CAN do this. Unlike playing a song, in Toastmasters, there is no definite right or wrong, no teachers will scold you for playing the wrong keys. Instead, you have a room of people who wants to see you grow, who wants to help you improve and make you a better person through feedback and support. 

     Having said that, delivering a speech is also like mastering a piece of music, it requires practice. Hence, when I hit the right key after so many attempts, I felt like I was on cloud nine. When I’ve finally mastered a full song, there was this sense of accomplishment which makes me feel like I’m on top of the world and nothing can stop me. That feeling was beyond sublime, that feeling was found in Toastmasters.

     Ladies and gentlemen, growing up is inevitable; there are so many new unfamiliar things to learn every day, especially in this ever changing technology era. Ergo, sooner or later, we will face discomfort, whether you like it or not. Feeling uncomfortable IS part of the learning process. It’s the same feeling when we are trying to adapt to a new environment, when we are trying new recipes, or even when we are changing our perspectives. 

     The truth is – we are genetically engineered to feel this way. Cavemen thousands of years ago needed this discomfort feeling to help them sense danger around them. Some people don’t feel that discomfort, that’s because they had been practicing for years and had gotten used to it. Some may seemed confident on the outside, but who knows, they might be equally nervous as you! Life is too short to stay in our comfort zones. Go out, explore and don't be afraid to make mistakes, you’ll discover something exciting every day. 

     In a nutshell, black keys and white keys are meant to exist together. They are the keys of our lives. In order for the world to be balanced, you need both. You can’t have “yin” without “yang.” You can’t have light without darkness. You can’t have success without failure. 

     Toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to touch your heart, tell yourself, it’s OK to accept the black keys in our lives, without it, our music wouldn't be complete.

End

DTM Rosie Moo was my evaluator. In her feedback, she commended that my speech was full of conviction, confidence, enthusiasm and delivered roseately (word of the day). As for room of improvement, the opening and the explanation about keys/music theory was a bit too long and could be reduced. I was encouraged to elaborate on my experience to support my point on failures to enhance the speech. Other than that, it was a well prepared speech and it met the objectives.


Our theme of the night was Hari Raya. Love the vibrant colour and roseate smile in this picture. Thank you Amanda, Maxine, Paula, Kak Adina and Soon for coming to support me.

For my next level, I've chosen the "Speak to Inform" manual from the old advance series. stay tuned for more updates on my Advanced Communicator Bronze speeches.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Ninth Toastmasters Speech - CC9

Project number 9 is to Persuade With Power. One of the objectives is to persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action. The speaker has to use logic and emotion to support her/his position and the speech should appeal to the audience's interests. I have 5-7 minutes and have to avoid using notes. So here it is.

CC9 - Ballroom Dancing
*dance moves*

        What you just saw is the dance of love, which is my favorite dance among all the ballroom dances - the rumba. Of course the dance of love would only be complete if I have a partner.

     Toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, what is ballroom dancing? Many people have the misconception that ballroom dance is strictly for a formal event, and you have to dress like Cinderella. Actually, ballroom dance consisted of two different categories; the first one is the International Standard, aka International Ballroom. The second one is the International Latin. According to World Dance Council, WDC, the 5 International standard dances are Waltz, Viennese waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango, whereas the International Latin consisted of Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba and Paso Doble. All 10 dances.

           Tonight, I’m going to show you 3 reasons why you should join ballroom dancing.

          First and foremost, ballroom dancing is good for your health. Any form of exercise is good for your health, but why ballroom dancing particularly? Out of many physical activities, dancing is one of the top five. It requires a certain degree of agility, flexibility and balance. An average adult burns between 200 and 500 calories during an hour of dance. I can vouch for that, I lose 10 kg after a year of ballroom dancing.

       Other than that, it can also boost your mental health. When you are gazing wistfully at your partner, when you are stretching your arms, when you are moving your hips, you are expressing your feelings, thoughts and emotions through your body.

          All of these body movements involved are the best communication of love, joy and pain between two people. Hence, you are exercising your emotions and body at the same time. And don’t forget that you are performing all of these actions in 3 inches high heel! Which is far more challenging than running on a track mill. It is definitely not easy, but with practice, everything is possible. 

         In my dancing school, there is a 60 year old grandma who never stops learning. She might be the oldest and slowest in our class, but she perseveres for 3 years and now she can dance better than half of the people out there. In other words, ballroom dancing is not only physically challenging, it is also mentally stimulating, that’s why I find ballroom dancing immensely therapeutic.

         Secondly, ballroom dancing builds your self-esteem. Learning and mastering a set of new skill can help boost one’s confidence. There are a lot of skills that we can pick up, playing chess, baking, or cycling. But why choose ballroom dancing? Ballroom dancing makes you look good and sexy, it can spice up your relationship with your partner and if you’re the competitive type, you could join the world’s recognized dance sport competition. Once you’ve mastered this skill, you’ll be bold enough to interact and dance with people, especially the opposite sex, which now leads us to the third and last reason…

         Ballroom dancing helps you to be more sociable. Ladies and gentlemen, when you go to a social event or an aramaiti, what do you do when the music plays? Are you the one standing bravely in the middle of the dance floor with your signature dance moves? Or are you the wallflower hiding comfortably in a corner? If you are the latter one, take heed. If you are the first one, also take heed.

        During the late eighties and early nineties, ballroom dancing was a highly regarded social activity and it was used for courting during social events. Both men and women knew the choreography perfectly well. Even now in countries like Russia and Austria, which is the birthplace of Viennese Waltz, young children take ballroom dance classes as part of their social education. Ballroom dancing has become their culture. 

        Although there were a lots of touching here and there, but these boys and girls are fully aware that there’s a fine thin line between sensual and sexual. They were taught to respect the opposite gender. I hope we can bring this amazing culture into Sabah. Take up ballroom dancing! So that next time if there is any event, instead of just waiting and crossing your finger that the DJ would play your favorite "poco poco" song, you could flaunt your cha cha or samba.

        In a nutshell, ballroom dancing is more than just a sport, it’s a sport with emotions and it benefits you in so many areas! Firstly, your physique and mental health will be better, secondly, your self-esteem will be boosted, and thirdly you become more sociable. As American R&B singer and songwriter Vivienne Green once said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” Shall We dance?

~ End ~


DTM Fatimah Yassin was my evaluator. For the content, she said that the speech was well prepared with body and conclusion. The topic was appropriate as the room was full of ladies, the audience could relate to my topic. Fatimah also added that I effectively covered all the areas with challenging statements, illustrations and demonstrations. As for room of improvement, I could add more enthusiasm and smile. All in all, I met the speech objectives.

Thank you DTM Fatimah, will try to improve more on that area. Sometimes I'm not aware of my resting bitch face =)

The theme of the evening was Kaamatan and I didn't have any traditional costume to put on. Hmm, I think it's time to invest in one. By the way, I won the best manual speech award for the first time! *prancing happily*



Sumandak Sabah semua lawa lawa pandai masak nasi dan berucap! 
Don't play play oh!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Communicate and Connect Workshop

Lacking the confidence to speak in front of people? Do not know how to think on your feet? Having trouble pitching your business? This workshop is for you. So come and join our upcoming SWEPA Toastmasters Club (STMC) Communicate and Connect Workshop this Saturday, 19th May 2018, 2pm at Wisma Wanita. 


3 amazing speakers will be there to enlighten you. What you will learn?

STMC past president Distinguished Toastmasters  Ophelia Domingo will elucidate on how to speak off the cuff. You will learn the art of handling questions, how to think quickly and formulate an answer. 

Author and trainer Sylvia Howe from the UK will share with us on how to give customers a compelling reason to buy your products and services by using storytelling method in your business.

Last but not least, our current STMC president/author, Azlina Abdul Jalil is going to expound to you why you should join SWEPA Toastmasters Club, a 20-year-old distinguished toastmasters club in Kota Kinabalu and how it can benefit you.

Click here to register.

See you there.
#swepatoastmastersclub #stmc #toastmasters #event #kotakinabalu #sabah

My Eighth Toastmasters Speech - CC8

Project number 8 is about getting comfortable with visual aids. I have to select visual aids that are appropriate for my message and the audience. I also need to use my visual aids correctly with ease and confidence. My time is 5-7 minutes. So here's my speech script.

CC8 - My Toastmasters Journey


Founder of Toastmasters International, Dr Ralph C. Smedley once said, “We learn best in moments of enjoyment.” Toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to share about my toastmasters’ journey and prove that Dr Ralph was right. But before that, let’s walk down some memory lane.


On 3rd January 1994, this cutest little angel was born. That’s me! I thought I was the happiest baby at that time, until, 11 months later, the food stealer was born. 


Moving on, my first public speaking experience dates back to the year 1999 at Chung Hwa Kindergarten. My Chinese story was about a chicken. 


In primary school, my class teacher discovered that my Bahasa Malaysia was very good, so I was picked to represent my school in the Bahasa Malaysia storytelling competition. Guess what? I won! This was my first win in public speaking. So every year after that, I represented the school in all the Bahasa Malaysia storytelling competition. My best achievement was winning the 3rd place in the peringkat daerah, which was the area level. 


Fast forward to the year 2017, a serendipitous encounter with past president Wynnie Jong led me to join Swepa Toastmasters Club. My first meeting was a charter night. I remembered very well that there was no table topic session; instead, the audience threw questions at Rachel to prepare her for her upcoming Table Topic Contest. I was immensely impressed by Rachel’s quick wit. However, little did I know that what I’d seen was just the tip of the iceberg. Going home that night, I found myself fell deeply in love with Toastmasters and I registered during my second visit.



And so, my Toastmasters journey officially began in May. I introduced myself in the icebreaker. I forgot my speech halfway as I was really nervous; after all, I’d never given any public speech since secondary school. The theme of the night was Go Green. 



In my CC2, I shared with them some tips on how to overcome procrastination; unfortunately, I still haven’t overcome it. That was my first baju kurung. I bought it especially for the theme of the night, the spirit of Raya.



Project number 3 is getting to the point, so I informed the audience about my own experience as a school prefect during school time. The theme of the night was Pins and Badges. The prefect badge was the only badge that I have, I hope that in the future I’ll earn more badges in Toastmasters. 


I was asked to join the club level Humorous Speech Contest. Using CC4 objectives as guidelines, I managed to whip up a humorous speech on the differences between Malaysian food and Western Food. Unexpectedly, I got 1st runner-up! Congratulations IPP Dora and Amelia for winning the club level contest. 


This was my first speech outside of the club; I was the test speaker for an area level evaluation contest. CC5 is about body language, and my title was Chicken. I just realized that, after 19 years, I still talk about chicken in public. Dora and Amelia won the area level humorous speech and evaluation contest. Congratulations STMC for the double win. I am so proud to be a part of STMC.


Project number 6 is about vocal variety, and I shared about how our minds time travel all the time. I delivered a speech on my birthday.


2 weeks ago, I did a researched topic about mindful meditation for my CC7. This is what I really love about STMC, every meeting, we have a fun different theme, this time we got bunnies and eggs.


In Toastmasters, you are not alone, we have lots of people to guide you and lead you in every role and project. My assigned mentor is CC Mary Jublik, when I first met her, I thought to myself, who in their right mind would want to dye their hair green? Especially at this age? As it turned out, she’s one of the funniest women whom I’ve ever met. Talking about roles, in Toastmasters, not only we learn about public speaking, we also learn about leadership as we take up roles. This was my first time as the toastmaster of the evening. It was a fun spooky Halloween night with the Athenians.


There is always something new to learn in Toastmasters, I learn how to improve my speech, I learn how new members are inducted, I learn that SAA has nothing to do with the army, I learn to be aware of ahs and uhms, I learn about people’s story. It is a club where you can grow together and have fun together. 


With all these knowledge in store, I can apply it whenever I want. I applied it when I spoke at a conference and when I emceed Swepa’s Chinese New Year Gathering.



At the same time, I made many new friends, both young and old from other clubs. I am so glad that I am part of this community. Toastmasters have made me grow tremendously especially in building my self-esteem, that’s why I call it my confidence booster. My Toastmasters journey will definitely continue until my last breath.

End

CC Caroline Kunju was my evaluator, she loved the transition and flow of my speech, she also liked that I injected a few jokes here and there. As for room of improvement, I could have made the opening more interesting, and I should try to make it within the time limit. All in all, I met the speech objectives. Thank you, madam Caroline for the helpful feedback.



It was a charter night, everyone received a pink rose and some chocolates, courtesy of the club. The meeting was a huge success with so many guests coming from other clubs like KKTMC, Taiwan Toastmasters Club and most importantly, the pillars of this club since its establishment 20 years ago -  our 11 past presidents. The presence of 11 past presidents showed that our club had been strong since 1998. Isn't that amazing?! I just couldn't be more grateful to be in this club with a bunch of wise, kind and friendly aunties. Thank you STMC. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Seventh Toastmasters' Speech - CC7

Project number 7 is about researching your topic. So I have to collect information from different resources to support my opinions and points with specific facts, examples and illustrations.

CC7: Mindfulness
How many of you have experience this? You had a big argument with someone, you read a bad review about your business, you received a nasty email from your friend, weeks later, you found yourself still thinking about it. Research in Harvard shows that our mind wanders 47% of the time, that’s almost half of our lives are missing, we’re not here right now, we are either ruminating in the past or worrying about the future. This is why today we are going to learn about mindfulness, a type of meditation which had been proven effective in fighting mental illness.

      Toastmasters, ladies and gentlemen, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply being fully present without any judgement. Let’s take a moment to be mindful shall we? I want you all to close your eyes, take a deep breath in through the nose, and out through the mouth. I want you to scan your body from head to toe. Feel the tension on your shoulder, notice how your abdomen rise and fall as you breathe, listen to the sound of your surrounding. Take another deep breath and now gently, you may open your eyes. How are you feeling? 

    So what does being fully present have to do with changing our brain? First, let’s learn some biology. Somewhere here deep inside of your brain, there are 2 almond shape grey matters called the amygdalae. It plays an important part in human emotions, especially fear; it initiates our body response to stress. So just remember, amydala, fear.

     Right here just behind your forehead, is the prefrontal cortex. It’s called the executive planning center. It monitors higher-order thinking, directs problem solving, and regulates the excesses of the emotional system. In other words, the prefrontal cortex is a decision maker.

     According to a research from University of Pittsburgh, MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brains “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex becomes thicker. 

    By exercising our brain daily through mindfulness, our brain structure is slowly being altered. Mindfulness increases our brain’s neuroplasticity, which is the brain's capacity to change and adapt according to situations. Hence, we will not be easily swayed by emotional storm; we can make better decisions by choosing how to react to our feelings or surrounding. 

      Another research done by a team of neuroscientists found out that seasoned meditators are better able to focus, staying on task despite distractions around them, and are more resilient, which is the ability to recover more quickly from adversity.

     They also discovered that repeated meditation tends to make seasoned practitioners far less attached to the ongoing narratives we make up about ourselves. Although the brain makes up only about 2% of the body’s mass, it burns about 20% of the body’s metabolic energy, even when we’re doing nothing. Why? Because when we’re not focused on a specific mental task, the brain’s default mode network becomes highly active, weaving together thoughts, emotions, hopes, and dreams into a cohesive self-narrative. 

     Meditation disrupts that process, training us to notice when our mind wanders and bring it back into focus. By doing that repeatedly, we strengthen our prefrontal cortex and that quiets down the self-obsessed mind. This is why mindfulness meditation is used to help treat depression and anxiety, it helps to rewire their brain, it helps them to be aware of their dysfunctional thoughts such as I’m useless, I’m hopeless, I’m a failure etc.

      Since young, I was taught how to memorize pages of historical facts, how to count without using a calculator, how to draw using a mouse, but no one ever thought me how to handle stress. I may score A in history, but I definitely failed at stress coping mechanism. Stress will cause the amygdala to release a hormone call cortisol. Excessive cortisol will damage the brain, damp down the immune system and also impair memory. This is why we cannot perform at our peak when we are overwhelmed with stress.

      Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once said, “Our lives are what our thoughts make it” We go to the gym to train our muscles to become big and strong, but we never thought of exercising our mind. The brain is the most vital organ in our body, and yet we often forget to take good care of it. Without a healthy mind, we can’t do anything right. Why do you think the monks are so calm? Because they have been training their mind to be that way. You can do it too. Just spend 5 – 10 minute a day to be fully present. You can download an app called the Head Space to learn more about mindfulness meditation.  

Happy meditating and Happy Easter everyone.

I am honoured to have Mr TC Lim from KKTMC to evaluate me. Mr Lim used 3 questions to ask feedback from the audience. Was it intimidating? Was it pleasant? Was it easy to comprehend? What a way to start an evaluation! He commented that it was a successful sharing, the audience were paying attention, that means I met the objectives of my own speech, they were being mindful all the time. As for room of improvement, my speech structure could be more organized. I should also pay more attention to my body language and vocal variety. I'm a little bit over time, 7 minute and 41 seconds. Thank you Mr TC Lim!



Thank you Christabelle and Maxine for coming =)


It was an educational and fun meeting with eggs and bunnies around. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 KL-Genting-Melaka Trip Part 3/3

11/02/2018 Sunday

It's a beautiful Sunday morning, we all woke up feeling energized and fully charged, but first, let's find some brekkie!


We found a restaurant nearby and had a typical semenanjung Chinese breakfast. I forgot to snap a photo of the Nyonya dumpling.


Thank God that we decided to rent a car, we could easily sightsee the city at our own pace.


There is a reason why this is called an ancient city, it's because the town is practically made up of old buildings! Some are well preserved.

Fully charged, we continued our mission, which was to explore the rest of the main attractions that we didn't get to see as promised by the cunning trishaw driver.


I got to say, I need to applaud the tourism ministry of Melaka, they provide various kinds of transport for tourist to tour the few main attractions. If you don't want to ride the trishaws, there are other options available like the bicycles, the 2 person bicycles and even scooters. All can be rented. By the way, Melaka's tourism tag line is Don't Mess With Melaka. Nice!



This is the roundabout where you can see all the attractions in 360 degrees. The Christ Church, the Stadhuys (pronounced as Sta-duis, it means city hall in Dutch), the Clock Tower and the fort by the river (picture below). 




I wonder what was the function of this special structure? It can't even fit in one person.


While strolling at the waterfront, we were enchanted by the magnificent architecture building across the river, Casa Del Rio, one of Melaka's finest 5-star hotel. As you walk further along the waterfront, you'll see a jeti where you can try the Melaka river cruise. We didn't go for it though.

Melaka River Cruise
Mykad: Adult: RM13, (RM18 weekends and public holiday), Child (below 12): RM6.50.
Foreigners: Adult: RM18 (RM23 weekends and public holiday ), Child (below 12): RM10


This is the humongous ship replica we've been seeing from a far. I've always wanted to come here. Back in 2005, I didn't get a chance to see it. Now, after 13 years, here I am. Thanks to a kind local, we found out that the entrance ticket to this ship can be used to enter another 2 museums. RM5 each person. So it's 3 entries for the price of one ticket. It's really worth it. You can use the ticket to visit the ship Flora del Mar, the Maritime museum which is right next to it and Royal Navy Museum, further down a bit but within walking distance.


You could see everything from this scale replica of the Portuguese galleon. I personally think that there's no need to go for the spinning tower, aka Menara Taming Sari, which is a 110m building that provides 360 degrees view of the entire city of Melaka.

Menara Taming Sari Ticket Price
MyKad: Adult RM 10, Child (below 12) RM 5, Student RM 8
Foreigners: Adult RM 20, Child RM 10, Student RM 16




The galleon, or also known as Flora De Lamar, is actually a musem! Inside the museum is the history of Melaka. I didn't know that. I thought it was just a pretty display. Don't you think it's brilliant?! There are many interesting things inside, it's like going back to secondary school again, except with statues, paintings, ships models and others. I'm not gonna spoil everything, just come and see it for yourself. I think every secondary school student should visit this museum, they'll definitly have a better understanding of Melaka's history.


Young children and old people have to be really careful as the stairs are really steep. There was this old foreigner man, his son explained everything to him and cautiosly helped him to move around. God bless that young man.

The Maritime Museum

A painting of the Selat Melaka

Royal Navy Museum

A damn huge navy ship park at the back of the museum.

Church of St. Francis Xavier
Built in 1856, Sunday service was still going on at this neo-gothic church.


After exploring the city for the whole morning, our tummies were calling us again. So we tried Melaka's famous Rice Ball Chicken 鸡粒饭. The rice ball was so small, we had to add more. I wouldn't recommend going to the old building restaurants, they were much more expensive, plus this chicken was really salty.



An overly sweet cendol.


Right after lunch, we headed back to KL. We were just in time to return our rented car.


This was our dinner at Sakae Sushi, everything tasted so sweet. 2.5/5 rating. Not recommended.


This cheese ice cream was sooooo good! Available at Family Mart, I'm planning to make my own version very soon.

12/02/2018 Monday


Woke up early morning to have a little stroll at Pasar Seni. Petaling Street was still sleeping.


Nice architecture.


Some of the quirks inside, here, you can find everything handcrafted from batik to pewter products.


Right after that, we rushed to the airport and bode farewell to this big city. Till we meet again KL.