Day 2 started as early as 8 am for breakfast in the same restaurant - part of the hotel's online promotion package (free breakfast vouchers). Then it was straight to Ayer Keroh for the much-awaited (the kid, mind you) Malacca Zoo. We were there around 9.30am and therefore managed to get quite a good parking spot. But there were already tonnes of people there. I gotta own up that I do sometimes like to take a mental note of the people around me. The thing is that with the mental note, comes the comments - which rewards me with nothing that 'dosa kering'...hu..hu..hu...
Anyway, I cannot fathom why some would wear heels when going to the zoo - don't they know that the 'road' there is not even - that you are expected to have long walks, which might include going up and down slopes, small hill, etc. My only guess is that they are there on a date. And then there are those who carries small babies - I mean babies of a couple of months old - who will not appreciate the zoo. I can understand if they have other kids who are older, but this is those with only that one small baby! I can also understand if they decided to go to the zoo on a weekend - but definitely not on a weekend during school holidays.
For my kids, zoo = fun. Full stop. I did notice that the zoo looks unkempt though. And the animals - or the lack of them - seems strange. I mean it does not look like the area is deserted. There are a lot of parents with their kids in tow - happily walking about. But what do I know ? Probably the ticket alone cannot cover the cost of running the zoo.
Imagine walking on the longggg... bridge at the 'Safari' area, only to come across a few giraffes and zebra(towards the end of the bridge walk). Nothing else.
After the tiring half day at the zoo, we decided to explore unknown territory in search for (lunch) food. Along the way (back to the hotel), we saw a small roadside restaurant with rows of cars - including 'big cars' - in front. When you don't know - follow the crowd...he..he...our guess is that either the food is good or it's just a strategic area or simply those patrons are desperate tourist (us included).
The kids with managed to convince their dad for a lap in the pool, only to be told that the pool is closed (3pm) - as the lifeguard is having his lunch! The finally went down again to the pool an hour later. Then it was off to the Malacca River Cruise. My youngest daughter tired after an eventful day at the zoo and then a lap at the pool, requested for her milk - and dozed off a few minutes later. Once we were off the boat - she was awakened by her sister and note 'cepatnye habis naik bot'....ha..ha..ha...
We then went to the center of Malacca town - where it was super congested. There are people everywhere. By sheer luck, we managed to find a parking spot in the shopping arcade opposite the 'Flor De Lama' ship. We bought tickets for the tour of the ship - which was worth it. Then it was off to the areas around there - enjoying the bright lights of Malacca town during peak holiday time..