What do you get with 'crazy' high school friends when they meet during CNY? They make an on the spot decision to go 'jalan jalan' - to Muar!
Yes that's what my friends and I did recently - which we call it the '1 Hour Trip (Limited) To Muar' (Limited because we only had an hour there!).
Our trip actually started off only to Merlimau (a place off Malacca town). But because we took a longer route which was heading to Muar, we then decided to just go to our neighbouring town instead.
It was quite nice passing through the kampungs. And we knew we were on the right track 40 minutes down the road once we started seeing the unmistakable Muar bridge (this btw is like the major landmark for those coming from Malacca).
We then started to find our way to the popular food street, but before we come to that we passed some old buildings in the old town.
Everything seems authentic - and in a way frozen in time.
There's even a house that looks quite Peranakan, with its beautiful carvings and all.
This old house is pretty cool, with its tiles and even the smaller carved doors, which I think even now in Malacca is hard to find (lots have been stolen or the owners are now too scared to display them already).
As it was New Year, some celebrated with lanterns - simple ones.