Malacca Malaysia Places

A visit to Malaysia’s Historic State

"Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards - the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings." - Walt Disney

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Malacca is known to be “The Historic State” because of its ancient buildings and its unique heritage. First thing you will notice upon arriving to the state of Malacca (also known as Melaka) are the posters saying “Don’t mess with Melaka”. It’s everywhere. Since gentle signs like “Don’t litter” or “Please keep our surroundings clean” did not make an impact to people. A more powerful message was launched by the government in 2014 to make a point that they are serious about cleanliness.

I think their campaign worked because it was clean when we arrived there. Big thumbs up for them! Although it might scare some tourists as it may come across to some people as a harsh warning. Ah well, that’s their problem.

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Malacca is known to be “The Historic State” because of its ancient buildings and its unique heritage. It was by chance that we witnessed a traditional Malaysian wedding where they gave out gifts called “bunga telur”, a cultural decoration distributed to guests and also a way of saying thank you.

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As we were leaving, they invited us to eat to which we happily accepted even though we just had lunch. I mean, how can you say no to them? They were friendly and very welcoming, giving us smiles everywhere we turned and telling us to keep eating. We were served with a lot of food such as sweetened pineapple, fermented rice, jellies, beef stew and papadum. When dining, native Malaysians do not eat with their left hand and should be avoided because it is used for washroom purposes, thus only their right hand can be used on the table.

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Wearing skinny jeans on a hot day wasn’t the best idea. Our day trip to Malacca was fun and educational as we got to be spectators to a traditional wedding, had a pleasant traditional dining experience and learned more about the culture.


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