Visiting Melaka

I woke up one morning to find the Malaysian state of Malacca renamed as Melaka. Is that going to increase the number of visitors? – oh well, nvm.

I was in Malacca for a quick getaway and thought to document the worth-goings vs skip-where-possibles.

Food

1. Teo Soon Loong Seafood Restaurant (Teochew fare)

Address: No. 42 & 44,Jalan KPKS 1,Kompleks Perniagaan Kota Syahbandar, 75200 Melaka, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-288 0209

This restaurant moved from its old premises in 2nd Cross Street into new digs at Jalan KPKS 1. The new place is bright and bigger than its old premises and more importantly doesn’t have that musty old building smell. The new premises has ample parking space for cars and chartered buses.

Make a reservation at least one day in advance for weekdays and one week in advance for weekends. Order one whole suckling pig (RM268) when making reservations for more than 8 pax, it’s well worth the money!

Not to miss
Oyster noodles, Signature braised duck, Steamed pomfret, Suckling pig, Bitter gourd with pork, Orh Nee

Skip
Yam ring, Sweet and sour pork, Oyster omelette

Desserts

1. East & West Rendevous (60, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia)

Skip
Durian chendol. Wasted my time for this.

Interesting
Dried Blue Pea Flower. The deep blue color from the petals can be extracted from the flower and is used in the making of the Pulut Tai Tai (Nonya Steamed Blue Glutinous Rice) dessert.

 

Idea

The blue extract from the pea flower could be used for a drink of sorts.

 

 

OS X unable to read WD My Passport Ultra

(Or How To Read From A Slow Booting WD My Passport Ultra portable hard drive)

Recently, El Capitan and Sierra had stopped recognizing a WD Passport Ultra external USB portable hard drive that I have.

I had some really important data held inside which made me quite anxious about it. After scouring the intertubes [here], I had an assumption that a major surgery needs to take place before I can extract the data ever again.

The WD Passport Ultra has a PCB with a proprietary interface and I wasn’t able to attach a SATA to USB adapter to the hard drive. Also, the Passport Ultra comes with built-in AES256 encryption which meant I can’t read it directly when plugged into a SATA to USB adapter anyway.

I had even chucked the WD Passport Ultra into the freezer (freezing trick) that had worked before, all to no avail. Furthermore, the video above was quite telling about the recovery requirements, with the need for a PCB of the same version etc. Thus I had almost given up on the WD Passport Ultra.

Right before I decided to open up the hard drive, I had a job that required to forensically image a client’s data. A spark went off and I tried using a linux based recovery tool to read the portable hard drive.

Voila! 

I was able to mount the portable hard drive in readonly mode and was able to copy out the data. Of course, there is a need to sudo apt-get install hfsprogs as the drive was formatted in OS X, before mounting the drive in readonly mode.

Q: Why did a Iinux-based recovery tool managed to read the drive while full featured OS X couldn’t?
A: I suspect OS X will assume the hard drive as dead if it does not respond in an acceptable time.

Q: Why did the portable hard drive work previously?
A: Beats me. But since I was able to extract the data, I’ll leave it to the WD Quality Assurance division to give an answer.