I didn't see this one coming. After lunch Manny took us to an old house which is a museum when not being used for functions. It is called Pinang(sic) Peranakan Mansion. The Peranakans can be known as Babas and Nynonyas but you might know them better as Straits Chinese, those who came from China and settled in Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
The house was built not for a Peranakan but a new immigrant from China, however it is in the style of a grand Peranakan mansion. It was built in the late nineteenth century and has seen both grand and humble days. It has stayed with the same family though and a descendant has spent about 20 million dollars on its restoration and the furniture collection. We took a guided tour which was about half an hour. It was well worth it, although I would have liked to visit again to look at photos on wall and some detail.
Much of the furniture is from Europe and Britain.
Back to our hotel to gather ourselves before dinner. In a fit of pique in the morning, R had thrown our towels onto the bathroom floor of Northam Fawlty Towers so they would be changed. We normally keep them for a couple of days by hanging them up. Oops. Mistake R, there are no towels again. R on the phone to hotel management. After one more call, we did get two towels without bathmats or handtowel.
Meanwhile Manny had now checked into our hotel as a room was available. He too had no towels. Eventually after a few calls he told them to get him a taxi as he would go out and buy some. He did get some then.
Further meanwhile, R's laundered clothes had not been delivered and he needed a shirt to go out with and we had run out of tissues because of my cold. Two calls and one garment arrived. Where is the rest? Another call, the rest arrived. No tissues though.
We were to meet my workmate again for dinner and a friend from country Victoria who was also in Penang. In a remarkable co-incidence, and they did not know each other, they were staying on same floor in the same small hotel. They were each paying about one fifth of what we were paying and they were very happy with their digs.
We had earlier passed a place that offered a buffet meal for about $15. We thought we would give it a go. We entered and were seated but the method of ordering was not explained to us at this point. We went to another room where a modest amount of cold food was laid out. Um, this is not even worth $15. We loaded up our plates and I was sure something was not right. Sure enough, on the table were menus and check sheets. You marked on the sheet the meals you wanted and it soon arrived. The portions were very small and the idea was to order a few, with a penalty for over ordering. The food was excellent and it was a novel but great way to eat. I just found a card. It was Deluxcious and I highly recommend the food.
Our friend from Victoria tried to pick up our waiter and it seemed like he nearly succeeded. Later when we left, the waiter was collected by his wife on a motorbike. Clearly he had no chance with the guy, as he was married. Hahaha. Manny had disappeared for a while. He was chatting to the owner and hopefully getting a new customer.
We then went off to an outdoor bar, Red Garden I think, for a drink and watched some on stage entertainment then back to Northam Fawlty Towers for bed.