I visited Melaka in December 2005. I present below the prices of some of the items I purchased during my trip, by way of providing information about the general costs of living.
At December 2005: 6.4 RM = £1
- 330ml can of soft drink from a supermarket = 1 - 1.50 RM
- 330ml bottle of imported beer in a restaurant = 12 - 15 RM
- A meal of noodles/rice with meat in a simple restaurant = 3 - 5 RM
- Cakes and pastries from a western style bakery = 2 RM
- Large stuffed crust pizza at Pizza Hut = 30 RM
- Pitcher of Pepsi (circa 6 large glasses) at Pizza Hut = 4.50 RM
- Postcards from souvenir shops next to Stadthuys = 0.70 RM each
- Entrance to Maritime/Naval Museum = 2 RM
- Entrance to Stadthuys (5 museums) = 5 RM
- 4km taxi ride (city centre to bus station) = 12 - 15 RM
- Coach to Kuala Lumpur = 9.40 RM
- Single room, with en-suite, air-conditioning, satellite TV, fridge and buffet breakfast in a modern 3* hotel = 125 RM per night.
Once lies St Francis Xavier
The church is famous because it was here that the body of St Francis Xavier, the pioneering Catholic missionary of SEAsia once lied here for 8 months during 1553.
The open grave is covered by blue wire mesh.
There are a number of strange incidences relating to the body of Francis Xavier. Strangest of all is that his body is still on display at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India (it is open to the public once every 10 years).
Like many saints, the body has resisted extensive decay for almost 500 years.
The saga of St Francis Xavier's body began shortly before the time of his death. As Xavier lay dying in San Chian, China, he instructed the sailors accompanying him to return his bones to Goa in India. When St Francis Xavier died the sailors put lots of quicklime ffin to help decay faster making it lighter to bring his bones back to Goa.
According to legend the sailors temporarily buried the body in Sancian while the sailors attended to other business. When the ship was about to leave, the coffin was brought on board and opened. But the body remain very 'fresh' looking.
Ancient Megalith Stones & tomb
Well, this complex actually not part of Malacca. It's actually located at Pengkalan Kempas, Negeri Sembilan which is on the OLD truck road to Port Dickson before the completion of Linggi bridge.
I have written another separate review on this long forgotten complex even locals don't even know its exist here:
Alor Gajah District Museum
Located in the midle of the Alor Gajah town, this is the best place to find out more about Alor Gajah's history, particulalrly of the Naning War which saw fierce clashes between the British and the locals over dispute about tax collection and control of the district rich resources.
There are also sections devoted to local custom, culture and tradition.Main exhibits here include the bridal dais, jewellery and other items of personal adornment, but there are also porcelain items, pictures of outstanding personalities of the district and objects used in traditional ceremonies.
In the vicinity of the museum are stalls selling souvenier and food, a monument and other recreational facilities.
Local Food Products
Tan Kim Hock is one of the best places to buy local foodstuff in Malacca. In this store, you'll find plenty of choices - coffee powder, be-teh-so biscuits, cincalok (shrimp paste), etc. I bought some durian dodol (dodol is a kind of "kueh"), made of gula melaka, coconut flower water, coconut milk, glutinous rice flour..and of course, durian! The rich durian flavour and its creamy texture is fabulous! This packet (200 grams) cost 4.80 Ringgit, I think.