We woke up without having any plans, but we had a look at the guide to Melaka, and thought mini Malaysia sounded fun- it was described as a theme park with lots of houses in the style of different Malaysian regional houses, and different Asian countries' traditional houses. We had to get a bus to Melaka Sentral, and then get the number 19, but the number 19 took a long time to come.
We got to where mini Malaysia was, and had Roti Cenai- flaky croissant type rotis that come with a spicy sauce to dip in. We had it with coffee and free coconut jelly. I was really enjoying the first 4 Malaysian houses we went in- the first was just a house with normal furniture in, then the second had displays about a variety of Malaysian foods, the third had a board showing you how to weave canes into cubes which was very difficult thanks to the frustrating instructions that weren't very clear and then the fourth had a display about the wedding ceremony. When we got to the next few houses though, we were found they were completely empty. We asked a worker whether there was any more houses to look inside and he said no- given there was about 15 Malaysian houses it was a bit disappointing that there was nothing else. The Asian houses were under renovation and visitors could only look around the outside. On weekends they put on a cultural performance, but since it was a Monday we only got to see the rehearsal, in which a very camp man was being very particular to the way his dance was being performed. We should have realised how disappointing it would be given we were the only ones there.
We decided to walk round the other countries houses, but it started to tip it down with rain, so went against the rules and found shelter in an Indonesian house. In a period of boredom, we decided to shoot a scary film on my very poor video recorder on my phone, but we perhaps set our imaginations running just a bit too much, as I started to get genuinely scared. At the time we thought it was a masterpiece and we were going to share it on Facebook for all to see, but we've come to our senses!
When it had settled down, we left to go catch the bus. We were just talking about how if we were going to hitchhike it would be in Malaysia, and then some man drew up in his car offering us a lift. He owned a lighting shop, and was going to go to China in a few months to sort out a business deal. He kept trying to think of vegetarian meals he could suggest Alice to have, but he liked meat too much to be able to come up with one.
He dropped us off near our guest house, which is close enough to the vegetarian restaurant we went to yesterday to be able to swing by and have a pot of ginger and pear tea. We also tried the dim sum rolls Alice had seen on the menu yesterday.
We finally got round to reporting Alice's camera as stolen, and then went on the hut for a new notebook for Alice's diary. We couldn't find a stationary shop, but did share a Roti- although this was a new type of roti which was a bit like a buttery doughnut. Then we took advantage of the coffee shop giving away free coffee, and well… it would have been rude not to have had a banana toast to share wouldn't it?
Luckily satay celup is something you can have as little or as much of as you want, and we had said we would have it again in our stay here. We were just going to go to the place over the road to Capitol Satay, but it wasn't open so we went to CS, as the queue wasn't that bad. The Chinese couple in front of us said we could share a table with them so that we could eat quicker. We both thought the other place was better, as it had a wider variety of things to choose from (especially vegetarian options), and you could dig out the nice thick sauce from the bottom of the satay sauce.