Melakan Melting Pot!

Trip Start Oct 28, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Old Town Guesthouse

Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We arrived in Melaka after a day of travelling across Malaysia from east to west coast.  A German guy we met whilst waiting for the coach in Mersing had given us directions to a guesthouse he recommended in Melaka 'The Old Town Guesthouse' (it was not in the Lonely Planet).  When we arrived we caught a local bus to Bukit Cina and eventually found the guesthouse but it was full so we settled for the Easten Heritage backpackers hostel, this was pretty grim!  Luckily the next day Christophe, the owner of the guesthouse, was able to put us up.  It is an awesome place, highly recommended if anyone is thinking of staying over here!!  Melaka is a great town, everyone is very friendly and only too happy to help.  We got talking to a ricshaw guy the other night who as it turns out fought in the Falklands war in the British navy.

The change in temprature during the day is noticably different from the east coast.  We have been taking full advantage of air conditioning whenever we can during the day, this included going to see Michael Jackson's film at the cinema.  We have been into a couple of museums and went up in an 80 metre high 360 degree rotating tower looking out across Melaka.
Walking back to the guesthouse one night some American guy was looking up at this ledge pointing.  When we got closer we saw a kitten calling out, it was stuck.  I wasted no time in climbing up and carrying it down!  As I did a group of local men who were sat across the road stood up and aplauded me, I felt like a hero!

We have eaten in some really nice resturants, the food here is amazing and very cheap.  At one of the traditional Malakan restaurants Christophe recommended, Donald & Lily's, the 70 year old owner Donald sat with us while we ate and told us about the history of Malaka.  We learnt loads from him and he was very interested in our travel plans around south east Asia. After we had finished eating he invited us into his house which he had set out in a Feng Shui style.  He was very proud of it as he had maintained a traditional Malakan layout.  There were loads of ornaments and pictures and in the middle of the house was an opening out to the sky.  Below this part was a lowered floor with a drain for when it rains.  I would love to be sat in this room undercover when it rains, it must be really cool!  He showed us pictures of his grandparents and their traditional wedding photos.  It was an excellent experience and not something you could get in a museum. (D)
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sharon on

missing you lots soooo happy for you. just keep in touch and be happy xxx

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