July is the best time to enjoy the local fruit such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen, manggo, bananas and others in this fruit season. In Melaka, we organised the Fruit Fiesta 2009 at Taboh Naning on 4-5 July 2009, from 8.00am – 10.00pm. The opening ceremony on 4th July 2009, 2pm by our Melaka Chief Minister. Come & lets makan-makan for free!!!
Have you been to Venezuela? If the answer is not yet…you still have a good opportunity to learn the Venezuelan cultural & heritage…just at Taming Sari Tower, Melaka. This event specially brought by Embassy of The Bolivarian Republic of Venezeula to Melaka. The official launching will be held on 28th June 2009 (Sunday), 8.00pm at Taming Sari Tower by Melaka Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Hj Mohd Ali Bin Rustam. You also invited to join the salsa dancing class, try the Venezuelan food (foc for the food testing), enjoy the movie & photograph & tourist poster exhibition. Dont miss the chance & lets celebrate together. See u there!!!
The Abdul Company…
Syarikat Abdul is synonym with Jonker Street. Since its establishment in 1920s, now this company has already making its name in for Antique hunter all over Malaysia and from other countries. It is a family business not are at the 3rd generation. So we can consider the company itself is antique. The Abdul shop have 2 premises at Jonker Street.
All the antique items are not only local but also come from many countries around the world like Japan, China, Germany, British and India. Some of the stuff also are not available in its homeland. So what kind of antique here? Diversified from kitchenware to a Old Samurai Sword. Talking about the sword, it has very long history, who knows how many head beheaded by it. It got Wall clock, table top clock and Grandfather clock,Dome lamp, Chandelier, Dutch Lamp. Old nyonya item like Nyonya Belts and Nyonya Food Baskets. This family heirloom things like the nyonya items could reach thousand of $$ because it hard to find nowadays.
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Remember Pirates of the Caribbean?
Although the Dutch colony stay longer than the Portuguese in Malacca and many of the building remains are Dutch, there is no specific Dutch Village here like the Portuguese Village at Ujung Pasir. So when the Dutch defeated the Portuguese, they build the Stadhuys Complex, Church and Residential at Hereen Street that still available till today but where are the Dutch Descendants here at Malacca?
Now the Branyo and Farapeira are among Melaka folk dance although the Origin is from Portugal. But I never heard about Dutch culture anywhere here. Well actually the Dutch descendants are exist in this country and they are consider the minority within the minority. They are scattered all over the country and not only centered in Malacca. They maybe the smallest group of Eurasians in Malaysia but the they are descendants of the VOC or Dutch East India Company pioneers who ruled Malacca in 1641 for 16 decades.
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Melaka Chief Minister taking a spin at MIMC during the launching recently..
New Infrastructure now is open to public and it is the good news for all Malaccans motorsport enthusiast. Located just after the Toll Exit opposite the INB Resort (Durian Tunggal). This circuit is now the largest International Circuit for Go-Kart in the country. The data shows at present it is also the largest of its kind (go-kart) in South East Asia. with 35ha site, 1.7km long and 10wide racetracks.
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Old but new, can’t see it from the main road, at the back of the Putra Specialist Hospital, stand majestically the Majestic Hotel. A 5 Star Boutique hotel with strong Chinese-Peranakan influence. Enter the Majestic door and you feel like 1920s golden era. Front liners with Nyonya Kebaya will greet you and then smell the luxury wood finishing. You can view the historic Melaka River and Traditional Kampung Morten, the Malay Village from all the room.
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Kampung Ketek the almost forgotten…
One of the oldest village recorded since the Dutch era in Melaka is ‘Kampung Ketek’ or Ketek Village. It’s history can be track down on the transcript in the Malay Anal written by famous Malay literary figure in 18th century and now describes as “The Father of Modern Malay Literature” – Abdullah Munsyi. At the past, Kampung Ketek was called Kampung Pali. Now it is surrounded by old shop houses and strategically located at the UNESCO world heritage zone.
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