It was my last trip wearing my tourist cap in Malaysia. With my globe hopping mum & dad with me, we drove down to the ancient city of Melaka...or Malacca, depending on which language you choose. Most people have heard of the Straits of Malacca but don't know much about the long history and importance of the city as a trading port that linked Asia to the old world in Europe.
Malacca has many many highlights and stories to tell. The replica of the Sultan's palace amazes once you know it doesn't have a single nail holding the wooden structure together. Strolling through Jonkers Walk convinced me that I could live here if life took me that way. My athletes back in Kuala Lumpur tried to convince me to try a local dish whilst I was there. The name escapes me but the warning on the menu that it was a 3/3 chilli level hot dish was enough for me to pass.
It was the canal through town that grabbed my attention most of all. I'm not sure how it would have looked back in 1300 but in 2016 it was certainly dressed to impress. A mixture of modern but mostly older buildings line the banks. Walkways that alternated from concrete to wood hugged the canal separating house from water. An occasional tourist boat would shoot up the canal disturbing the normally placid water. It was beautiful.
We had a pretty simple dinner in one of the cafe's along the canals edge. We picked it for the incredible two way view up and down the canal. Mum & Dad headed back to the hotel around 8 whilst I waited for the lights and water to begin to mould into the visual that was firmly positioned in my mind. They left at just the wrong time and I definitely bagged my camera at a poor moment. I heard a splash and looked up to see a 6ft long Water Monitor organising his own dinner. The huge lizard...or small dragon was literally beating the crap out of a fish. With the fish stunned, the monitor lunged and grabbed the fish in its mouth with a snap and swum towards the edge of the waterway to consume his very fresh meal. All I had time to do was get a not so sharp iPhone pic of the modern day dinosaur and his prey.
You don't always get the chance to capture lightning in a bottle. This day the camera was tucked away at the best moment. That's why I've started telling the story to go with the pictures. I like them both. A picture tells a thousand words, but I enjoy adding 500 or so of my own to a photo.