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Museums, Galleries & friendly people

This is seriously the friendliest town and when you walk down the street people call out and ask where you are from and want to engage in conversation. Late start as slept in till 9 am as I had no window & the room was so dark!

Life on my street is so interesting...posted a few photos of local businesses

Had brekkie at the Cheng Ho Cafe & was talked into visiting yet another museum next door & yes it was the" Cheng Ho' Museum. If you are like me and have never heard of this man, I was soon to learn all about his life. He was a chinese muslim in the 14th century who was famous for becoming a eunuch at the age of 13 to help advance his chances to work alongside the emperor & became a famous chinese sailor and explorer who apparently discovered some places before famous western explorers.

One thing I did not realise was that the took everything when they were " eunuchised"!!!! They put a plug in the hole after it was all chopped off & you weren't allowed to eat or drink for 3 days & if after that you managed to pass urine you had a good chance of survival!!! It was a great museum with even a puppet show of his life.The museum is in the original warehouse site & had this narrow passageway linking a couple of the buildings which was only a couple of feet wide but called the rainforest track as it was full of vines reaching up to the sky.

Met a couple that recommended the Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum so will go there later. They stayed at the Puri Hotel which is beautiful old hotel in a Peranakan building with rooms around $100 a night.

Grabbed a bike for 10 RM ($3) for the day from a hostel down the road and set off like madogs and english men in the midday sun!! Rode from 12 - 2.30pm in 38 degree heat - mental I know!!! Rode all around town, got a bit lost and was pointed in the right direction from some helpful Indians at a servo. They could see I was looking at a map & called me over to help me out. The most confusing thing riding in Melaka is the number of 1 way streets everywhere which makes it difficult for back tracking.

Passed some MEGA malls for those that love shopping & rode along the river & past markets. Some parts of towns there were traffic jams, particularly outside schools - the same the world over! Other parts were deserted. Found Sentosa Morten - a kampong ( village) of 1920 original wood houses that have been restored. They are all different colours, some are original wood & all interesting designs.

Back in town I collapsed at the very nice Baboon Cafe - typical Peranakan design with an inside courtyard full of plants and vines that is totally open to the sky. Would love to see it during a downpour with the rain pouring into the middl of the house!

I was aso hot that sweat was running into my eyes and stinging them And my singlet top was pretty well wet right through front and back. When it had dried later in the day it had white streaks from the salt I had sweat out.. humidity is just so high!!!

After recovering I visited the Baba & Nyonyas Museum. It is an original house that has been maintained and full of furniture. Peranakans were mostly wealthy families that had servants & some were plantation owners. Their furniture & porcelain & decoration inside & outside the house were very ornate. The houses had narrow street frontages but were 200 feet deep to avoid paying big taxes. They also had shuttered windows instead of glass windows to avoid taxes. This one was so deep & as there were no side windows because of the adjoining buildings it had 3 inner courtyards to let in the light - they are such an attractive feature & the upper floor has wooden shutters like a balcony looking over into it. It is totally open to the elements.

Bedrooms were upstairs & the staircases had a folding door that came rolled across the top & with a gate at the top could lock off the upper section to keep robbers out & small children safely upstairs. The women did not need to work & the servants looked after the children so she played a lot of card & gambled . Saw a card table with money drawers on all 4 sides & even wooden fold out drink/cup holders... and we thought this was a recent invention in our cars!!!Was only 8 RM entry - about $2.50

Wandered around some more shops, got my hair washed , had some dinner & then went on the night boat cruise to see the river all lit up with the lights. Found out that the film Entrapment with Sean Connery & Catherine Zeta Jones was filmed here - must watch it again !!!

Love Malaysian food - nice and not too spicy - also not expensive. Just picked my washing & that wasn't expensive either ..less than a dollar for 6 things !!! Would be a cheap country to travel through.

Rainforest track in Cheng Ho Museum

Rainforest track in Cheng Ho Museum


Old well in the Museum

Old well in the Museum


Going about her daily business

Going about her daily business


Firing something metal - my local street

Firing something metal - my local street


Sewing machine business

Sewing machine business


Undertakers closed today - my local St

Undertakers closed today - my local St


Mosque at end of my street

Mosque at end of my street


Courtyard of Baboon Cafe

Courtyard of Baboon Cafe


Baboon Cafe

Baboon Cafe


Baboon Cafe - so relaxing

Baboon Cafe - so relaxing


Baba & Nyonya Peranakan House

Baba & Nyonya Peranakan House


Under those flowers is a trishaw bicycle

Under those flowers is a trishaw bicycle


Working beside the river using an old fashioned ty

Working beside the river using an old fashioned ty


Many birds in cages

Many birds in cages


Sentosa Morten Kampong

Sentosa Morten Kampong


Bike riding

Bike riding


Cute House

Cute House


Another one

Another one


Very Patriotic home owner

Very Patriotic home owner


Steep winding staircase inside painted buildings

Steep winding staircase inside painted buildings


Local Street

Local Street


River behind me

River behind me


Melaka River Cruise boat

Melaka River Cruise boat


Night cruise

Night cruise


Night cruise

Night cruise


Near Town Square

Near Town Square

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Malaysia

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