Monday in Malacca

Monday I spent a happy day in 2 museums – the baba and nyonya museum (12RM) showing an old traditional house still owned by the same family many generations on.

For lunch I tried a traditional chicken and riceball place, surprisingly yummy.

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Then headed off to the Peoples Museum (2RM) that was recommended in the guidebook purely for what’s on the 3rd floor  – an exhibition of what people all over the world do to make themselves more attractive to others. The museum was an eclectic mix – the first floor gave you an introduction to the various races/mix of people in Malacca and their history. The second was mostly kites with some spinning tops and other games we have in the UK thrown in.

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The top floor was really interesting/gruesome showing how the people with long necks with neck rings come about, tribes who wear lip rings/ear rings, tatoos, head re shaping, all kinds of stuff and certainly worth the 40p to visit!

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After all the culture I headed back to the guesthouse to find that I had a new roommate – Ellie from Germany, just arrived from Indonesia, and on going upstairs found we’d been joined by a Dutch guy who, I have to admit, I never fully got his name…..

But we all decided to go to dinner together to try another local speciality – Capital Satay. After standing at the wrong end of the queue for about 10 mins we realised our mistake and joined the correct end, stand, then sitting on a line of chairs before finally a table was free – no table sharing here.We had a fun evening sat around a metal table with a pot of satay sauce embedded into the centre, heated by a stove in the table which we cooked all kind of things on skewers – tofu, meat, fish of various unidentified kinds!

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