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Japanese Student learn the Melaka way….



The group posing for a photo in front of a traditional Malay house – The Star.

Among the famous place for foreign student doing cultural exchange and live with foster family is at Merlimau Melaka. This is because village around Merlimau area provide near complete package of life in the Melaka village. It has 100 years old house that have been gazetted as a Heritage Area, paddy field, local sea fisherman / fishery area, local food industry that still use back of the house for operation and a glimpse of Melaka Sultanate History. At Pulai, Merlimau also among Melaka homestay participant.

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— asmaliana

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Cigarette smoke free area at Melaka



You are entering smoke free zone…….campaign.

Now the Melaka Health Department making a new campaign of smoke free area at certain part of the Melaka city. Among the area is Banda Hilir. In Malaysia smoking is ban at certain place like the Government office, Hospitals and School. But for these campaign, it target a larger area rather tahn the building itself. The campaign is aimed to educate people not to smoke in public places. This is different from the actual gazetted area. Smoking in the gazetted can be fine. In Malaysia, if caught smoking in gazetted area you can be fine RM10,000 or 2 years in jail. Europeans regions are among serious continent in making legislation about smoking ban. They had European Public Health Alliance to gather information about smoking ban also few organization such as the European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) and the European Respiratory Society on the progress of European countries in implementing anti-smoking legislation.

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— asmaliana

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The Drums Festival Beat …



Team from the Archipelago..

Archipelago Drum festival already finished in 14th of February. I manage to see the last show. Here we are already accustomed to the Malay Archipelago drums from Indonesia-Brunei-Singapore as the instrument, dance, costume similar to what we have in Malaysia. The Philippines traditional dance also kinda similar to Sabah State of Malaysia tribal dance Kadazan. The Festival had to finished up early because of the heavy rain. I manage to capture Uzbekistan Traditional dance in a short Video. Interesting dance with a man in the middle playing a traditional percussion instrument.

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— asmaliana

Middleburg Bastion opening



More picture of the opening here.

Now Middleburg Bastion already officially open. The official opening was done one 4th April 2010 by Minister of Culture and Communication Datuk Seri Rais Yatim. At the ceremony the Minister also launching ‘Alam dan Budaya ‘ Books and Banda Hilir. The Minister through Heritage Department (Jabatan Warisan) also have acquire the HSBC building, opposite the Bastion Middleburg with RM2 million cost.

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Recommend your nasi lemak at fabfood 1 Malaysia



Tourism Minister Dato’Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Festival at PWTC last year.

Got you favorite Nasi Lemak, Laksa or Bak kut teh? Tourism Ministry wanting your vote and they will make it official top 50 best place for the three. Malaysia have variety of Asian cuisine as 2 world major races here that are Chinese and Indian. Not to mention other local ethnic and minority like the Eurasians. Among all the food the ministry chooses 3 major Malaysian favorite dishes. Nasi Lemak, Laksa and Meat Bone Tea@ Bak Kut Teh.

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— asmaliana

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Intrudu – Melaka Water Festival

Malaysian Water Festival was held recently at Pantai Chenang Langkawi from 9 to 11 April. The water festival is aimed to to bring Malaysia coastal and river with more water activities. Water activities are like boat race, kayak, dragon boat, fishing or just to popularize some beautiful beaches.



Intrudu atmosphere at Portuguese Settlement, more pic at razak latif flickr.

For Melaka, we have a special watering festival, but not exactly mean for river or the sea, it is on land itself. The Intrudu. It’s the Melaka Portuguese community water festival or they call it Pesta Intrudu. A bit similar to the water festival at Southern of Thailand were the call it Songkran Festival. This year Intrudu was held at 14th February.

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— asmaliana

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