Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Malacca: Something East, Something West

View from the top: courtyard of a traditional Babba Nyonya house in Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca is easily one of my favorite places so far.

Sure, I've been to beautiful places around Europe and if one does, the tendency is to be snobbish towards Asia. But I've been to Malacca a year before I set foot on European soil and until now, looking back at my pictures, I still have this itch to go back to Malacca -- or Melaka in Malay -- and check out the places I've been to again and those I've failed to see in my two-day stroll across this Malaysian town some four years ago.

What makes this place interesting is its culture -- a mix of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Malay and Chinese owing to its strategic location which made it an important trade outpost sometime in the 1500-1800s, resulting in a menage of interesting colors and tastes.
Please watch out for my full post on guides on how to roam about the place.