26/12/09 – There is a Nyonya Baba Culture Museum in Penang which is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion located at Church Street, not many people know about it even the locals. Until the Singapore’s drama <<The Little Nyonya>> and our local TV production <<The Iron Lady>> were shown on TV, then only people start coming to visit.
30 years back, I was working at Victoria Street where it’s just next to Beach Street and Church Street. That time I used to go around that area to have my lunch and shopping, I also didn’t notice that there was a such beautiful Mansion.
After watching the <<The Little Nyonya>>, for curiosity sake, my family and I also went to visit the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. (Referring to the book, the word Peranakan is used to describe Indonesian Chinese. In both Malay and Bahasa Indonesia – “Peranakan” means “descendants”. Baba refers to the male descendants and the Nyonya the female).
在檳城的义兴街( Church Street ) 有一间僑生博物館, 鲜少人知道,就连本地人也不知道, 三十多年前,我在Victoria Street 上班,此街只有跟Church Street 相隔,当时我时常在那里走动,也不知道有这么一间古色古香的豪宅.
我也不落人后的跑去参观,果然不同凡在响,好漂亮的一间房子.這座四合院,融合了本地峇峇娘惹住宅的風格,內部與外觀都保持很完整，更收藏了多件名貴古董和峇峇娘惹文化的珍藏品. 在参观的时后,看到那些餐具,衣物和绣珠鞋子,突然让我拥有似曾相识的感觉,不禁使我想起我的外婆来,因为我的外婆也是一名娘惹,小时候,一到年假, 我们都会到外婆家小住,在那里我们看到了峇峇娘惹文化的东西,例如绣花衣服,绣花枕套与绣珠鞋子, 还有就是就是可以吃到娘惹菜与糕点.很可惜现在她人已经不在,她的遗物也不在了,还好我在我阿姨家找到唯一张旧照.
The posters in front of the Mansion shown those Movie & TV Series that shot here.
The Mansion is precisely a museum that offers a deeper look of the opulent lifestyle and the many customs and traditions of Penang’s Baba and Nyonya back in the old days. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, it is an eye-opening experience for us.
More than just a Baba-Nyonya museum, this century-old stately mansion of eclectic design and architecture incorporates Chinese carved-wood panels with English floor tiles and Scottish iron-works, built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the “Hai Kee Chan” or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung keng Kwee.
After visiting the mansion and seeing all those nyonya costume, i.e. baju kebaya, beading shoes, decorations, tableware, cooking utensils, molds and etc., it reminded me and made me thought of late-grandmother, she was a nyonya. Now, my late-grandmother is no more here and all her collections also unseen except that we found an old photograph of her.
参观完毕之后, 另人感到欣慰的是甲必丹鄭景貴故居经过百年之后均能保持完整，更收藏了千件名貴古董和珍藏品等文物让后人观赏, 实在难得。