Located on the other side of Padang Pahlawan just behind Melakaraya, Rosa Malacca’s modern boutique hotel is everything Bandar Hilir’s UNESCO Heritage city isn’t. And that’s what you’re gonna love about it.
Bears. They’re so cute and fluffy. Until you see their claws.
You could say the same about the aptly named Bukit Beruang in Melaka. Directly translated from Malay to English as Bear Hill, at a mere 116.3 meters tall, it may sound tame but, depending on your route to its peak and back, it’s ferocity can vary.
Located approximately 20 minutes outside of Bandar Hilir (depending on traffic), Pantai Klebang is popular stretch of Melaka beach, known for its delicious coconut shakes and food truck businesses. It is also the site of some extensive, albeit photogenic, land reclamation.
I had taken my nephew Kimi and niece Lily to Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest for MNS’ annual Raptor Watch event with the promise of a day at the beach. After a short hike we arrived to find that the tide was out. That was the beginning of our discoveries….
After three days spent counting raptors at Tanjung Tuan, the MNS birders I volunteered with suggested I return for Raptor Watch. As it’s the kind of thing I thought my nephew and niece would enjoy, I roped them in for the ride.
After many missed opportunities, I finally fulfilled a lifelong ambition – counting raptors at Tanjung Tuan.
Richard and U-Chen were meant to meet at KL Sentral at 10am to catch the train to Putrajaya, where I would pick them up for the drive down to Melaka. I was expecting to hear from them as soon as they were on board the train but hadn’t so at 10.30am I messaged them both to no response. Coupled with the haze and threat of rain, I wondered if Melaka would happen at all.