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.
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.
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!
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!